Art Gallery of Mississauga Summer Exhibitions Open June 28

The AGM is thrilled to announce our Summer exhibitions! We invite you to join us for the opening reception of three new exhibitions on Thursday, June 28, 6 – 9 PM. We’re also offering lots of programming to experience and enjoy: workshops, storytelling and artist talks! All free. 

We are pleased to have Chief Stacey LaForme in attendance, who will open the exhibitions with a prayer and a poem honouring our waterways at 6:45 PM, followed by a performance by percussionist and composer Germaine Liu at 7 PM. All are welcome and refreshments will be provided. Located on the ground floor of the Mississauga Civic Centre, the AGM is a barrier-free space with an all-gender washroom.

Coming from Toronto? Get on our FREE Shuttle Bus from Artscape Youngplace (180 Shaw Street, Toronto), departing at 6 PM. Bus leaves the AGM at 8:30 PM for return trip to Toronto. Eventbrite RSVP required to reserve your seat!

Lisa Hirmer | In Case of Emergency

June 28 – August 26, 2018
Curated by Kendra Ainsworth

Emergencies, as they are commonly understood, are sudden, turbulent events that interrupt the routines of everyday life: floods, fires, storms, earthquakes – urgent situations demanding quick action against threats to safety and property. However, there are other types of emergency; situations that arrive gradually and escalate slowly, or those that are quiet and visible only to those suffering their effects. In any case, an emergency (as the word itself tells us) involves an “emergence” of something disruptive and alarming that changes our accustomed reality and the terms of our survival.

Prompted by Mississauga’s own brush with emergency – more than 200,000 people were rapidly evacuated away from a chemical spill after the Mississauga Train Derailment of 1979 and disaster was narrowly but effectively avoided – In Case of Emergency looks at the idea of emergency and our relationship to it as future event. Planning for emergency events is an important, practical action but it is also an exercise in imagination; it requires dreaming up unknown possibilities and then acting on those speculative scenarios. How does the process of preparing for emergencies act in the present? How can it bring people together or push them apart? How can an imagined future event realign current priorities, reconsider our relationships to people and place, or attune us to the emergencies we are already amidst?

As human activity increasingly interrupts the planet’s systems, we can expect to encounter increasingly more emergencies. How do we plan for these looming possibilities?

ARTIST BIO
Lisa Hirmer is an interdisciplinary artist whose work spans visual media, social practice and experimental forms of research. She is primarily concerned with collective relationships, in communities and public spaces as well as within more-than-human ecologies. She has shown her work across Canada and internationally including exhibitions/projects at Flux Factory (USA), CAFKA (Kitchener-Waterloo), KIAC (Dawson City), Third Space (Saint John) and the Art Gallery of Ontario. She is a graduate of the University of Waterloo and is currently based in Guelph, Canada.

EXHIBITION PROGRAMMING
Passion! Protest! Posters! | CANADA DAY | SUNDAY, July 1, 12 – 6 PM
Join us for a poster making workshop on Princess Royal Drive between the Civic Centre and Living Arts Centre as part of the City of Mississauga’ Canada Day programming! In this artist led workshop participants will make posters to create awareness and spark activism around important issues in their community. Presented in conjunction with the Art Gallery of Mississauga’s exhibition In Case of Emergency and in partnership with Mississauga Celebration Square.

Please note: The AGM will be open during our regular weekend hours of 12 – 4 PM.
Make some posters and then come see our exhibitions!

Urban Gardening and Food Security Workshop | Sunday, July 15, 1 – 3 PM
Join the AGM for a hands-on workshop lead by Ecosource. Participants will learn about how to start an urban garden, the importance of food security and sustainability, and will get to transplant and take home their own seedling while starting a garden in the gallery! Eventbrite Registration required.

Artist Talk | FRIDAY, July 20, 6 PM
Lisa Hirmer will speak about her art practice and exhibition, In Case of Emergency.

Mending the Past | THURSDAY, August 2, 6 PM 
Textile artist Carolanne Graham leads a workshop on visible mending. Bring that favourite pair of jeans that have a hole in them, learn how to beautifully repair them, and join a conversation on sustainability, recycling, and the value of essential skills like sewing!

Shelter In Place: Film Screening + “Sleepover” | THURSDAY, July 19, 6 – 10 PM 
Bring your slippers, pillows and blankets to the AGM for a screening of the documentary This Changes Everything and share your thoughts on climate change.

The Art Gallery of Mississauga gratefully acknowledges the generous support of Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation and Ecosource.

border crossings: travelling along the in between

June 28 – August 26, 2018
Guest-curated by Sharada Eswar and Sonja Rainey

Participate in an interactive, evolving gallery! For seven weeks, visitors and community members are invited to join us as we travel down the river of stories. The waters contain the wisdom of the ages and the power of timeless tales.

Through artist-led workshops, we will explore and express our differing and intersecting border crossing stories. Animated by workshops facilitated by the AGM’s Community Activator Sharada Eswar and artists Sonja Rainey and Miranda Sharp, border crossings: travelling along the in between, is a space for sharing our stories, forging connections and understanding each other better across cultures and generations.

EXHIBITION PROGRAMMING
Artists Talk: July 21, 1- 2:30 PM
What happens when a writer, a singer, a comic artist and a visual artist cross borders in their respective art practices? Join Sharada Eswar, Sonja Rainey & Miranda Sharp as they talk about their collaboration for the exhibit, border crossings: travelling along the in between and how they cross borders in their own disciplines. This conversation will be facilitated by Anu Radha Verma, Community Arts Curator for Social Change.

The Artists Talk will be followed by the border crossings: Making Story Vessels workshop.

JOIN US FOR A WORKSHOP!

Mark your calendars to take part in a workshop for border crossings: travelling along the in between. Workshops will take place on the following Saturdays, 1 – 3 PM: June 30, July 7, 21, 28, and August 4.

border crossings: Making Story Vessels 

Join us at the AGM for a storytelling and ceramics workshop with Sharada Eswar, Sonja Rainey and Miranda Sharp, an afternoon of exploration and expression around the themes of border crossings. In this workshop, participants will be encouraged to explore and express their own differing and intersecting border crossing stories. Using word and story prompts, sigils and visual storytelling participants will make and paint their own ceramic ‘story bowls.’

Eventbrite Registration required. No prior experience needed. All art supplies will be provided. Questions? Please contact: sharada.eswar@mississauga.ca

Closing Celebration | Saturday, August 25, 1 – 6 PM
For the past seven weeks, artists from our Summer exhibitions have been working with diverse Mississauga residents and communities to create and animate our evolving, interactive gallery – border crossings: travelling along the in between, exploring and expressing differing and intersecting border crossing stories.

Come to the AGM on Saturday afternoon for the Closing Celebration of this project. Visit the exhibitions, listen to the stories, share your own story. Participate in some art making. Have some refreshments. Enjoy some music. Join us as we bid farewell to our summer exhibits.

ARTIST BIOS
SHARADA ESWAR is a writer, storyteller, singer and community arts practitioner. Sharada has been performing and teaching in Toronto and internationally and working extensively with diverse communities both in Mississauga and the GTA. Currently, she is the Community Activator at the Art Gallery of Mississauga.

SONJA RAINEY is a multi-disciplinary artist, designer and arts facilitator with a curiosity for new ways of creating performance experiences and arts engagement. She has designed for theatre, opera, film, and spectacle events in Canada, the U.S. and as part of the Prague Quadrennial. Her approach is tactile and experiential, responding to themes that explore different forms and create objects, environments and art-making initiatives.

MIRANDA SHARP is an artist and illustrator with a specific interest in comics and other forms of visual storytelling. She studied Studio Art and Art History at Concordia University in Montreal before returning to Toronto study Fine Art at OCAD. She has collaborated in several community arts projects and installations across the GTA and Ontario, where her favourite practice has been coaxing other people into creating comics of their own.

The Art Gallery of Mississauga gratefully acknowledges the generous support of Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, Pottery Supply House, and the Credit Valley Conservation.

UNRULY: Jasmine Noseworthy Persaud | Harmeet Rehal

June 28 – August 26, 2018 | XIT-RM

Curated by Anu Radha Verma

UNRULY is a conversation between two local queer and trans artists of colour, a creative intervention that contends with the (dis)embodied ways of moving through home, space, belonging, community, binaries and boundaries. Jasmine Noseworthy Persaud and Harmeet Rehal’s bodies of work coalesce in the XIT-RM, inviting the visitor to see, feel, experience and question.

ARTIST BIOS
Harmeet Rehal is a 19 year old trans non-binary, queer, and disabled creative of colour, with roots in the Sikh-Punjabi diaspora. They are a multidisciplinary artist who primarily uses digital illustrations, mixed-media installations and sneaker art as a disruptive and radical tool to navigate their relationship to healing, community, adornment, identity and trauma.
Jasmine Noseworthy Persaud is a genderfluid mixed kid (Guyanese / Newfie) artist. They draw tender and loving depictions of queers of colour. They write about diaspora and depression, colonization and trauma, and resilience and healing. Their poetry is about survival. Away from art, Jasmine lives as a demigirlfriend, pet parent, and zucchini.

EXHIBITION PROGRAMMING
UNRULY Artists Talk: Saturday, July 14, 1 PM
Barrier-Free Space | All Gender Washroom | Tea and Snacks Provided

Join Jasmine Noseworthy Persaud and Harmeet Rehal for an Artists Talk focused on their respective art practices, as well as their collaboration for the XIT-RM exhibition, UNRULY. A conversation circle will be facilitated by UNRULY Curator Anu Radha Verma.

UNRULY Visions
Writing Unruly Bodies into Fiction Workshop | Sunday, July 22, 1 PM
Barrier-Free Space | All-Gender Washroom | Tea and Snacks Provided

What are unruly bodies? How are they written into fiction? Who can write them? These are some of the questions that will be discussed and pondered upon during this workshop. Certain bodies – trans bodies, Black bodies, Indigenous bodies, bodies of colour, disabled bodies, queer bodies – are rarely seen / absent / marginalized / caricatured in Canadian fiction. This workshop will look at examples of writing about such bodies, and discuss the possibilities and difficulties of writing such bodies. Through writing prompts and freewriting exercises, participants will be encouraged to attempt writing unruly bodies into fiction, with a particular focus on intersectionality.

FACILITATOR BIO 
Sanchari Sur is a feminist / anti-racist / sex-positive / genderqueer Canadian who was born in Calcutta, India. Her work has been published in The Feminist Wire, Matrix Magazine, Toronto Lit Up’s The Unpublished City anthology (BookThug, 2017), Arc Poetry Magazine, Humber Literary Review, and is forthcoming in Prism International. She is a 2018 Lambda Literary Fellow in fiction, PhD candidate in English at Wilfrid Laurier University, and the curator / host / co-founder of Balderdash Reading Series.

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