This fall at the Anna
August 31, 2016

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NSCAD alumnus Alan Syliboy will bring his exhibition Thundermaker to the Anna Leonowens Gallery for Nocturne.
 

Named for NSCAD’s feisty founder, the Anna Leonowens Gallery will be bustling this fall academic semester with celebratory group exhibitions and debut shows by undergraduate artists.

Director Melanie Colosimo is most excited by the exhibitions lined up for Nocturne: Art at Night, to be held on the evening of October 15th throughout the streets of Halifax. The Anna Leonowens Gallery will host three exhibitions: The Thundermaker by Mi’kmaq artist Alan Syliboy; the REDress Project by visiting artist Jaime Black; and Place Holder III by faculty artist Becka Barker—a collection of moving image works which will be on display in the gallery windows.

Thundermaker is a retelling of a recently discovered Mi’kmaq story The Stone Canoe, told through drawings, paintings and projected animations; visitors to the gallery will be invited to enter a tipi and experience the story the way Little Thunder heard it from his mother. Syliboy, a NSCAD alumnus, will also give a lecture hosted by NSCAD on Sept. 27, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Halifax Central Library  in advance of Nova Scotia Treaty Day on Oct. 1. (Please see the Facebook event.)

The REDress Project was created by Métis artist Jaime Black as an aesthetic response to the issue of missing Aboriginal women in Canada. During Nocturne, red dresses—a powerful visual reminder of the women who have died or disappeared—will be displayed in the gallery, in the courtyard outside, and at NSCAD’s second gallery, the Port Loggia Gallery at the Port Campus. This exhibition has been traveling since 2011, notably at the Canadian Museum of Human Rights in 2014.

But before October arrives, there are several other noteworthy shows.

The fall season begins with the Lunenburg Community Studio Residency 10th Anniversary Exhibition, opening September 12 and running for two weeks. From the collection of Senator Wilfred Moore, the exhibition includes works by more than 20 alumni of the NSCAD-Lunenburg residency program. In the decade since its launch, the program has served as a creative incubator for the careers of just-graduated NSCAD students.

At the same time, Common Threads, a survey exhibition, will be on display. Colosimo says the gallery will endeavour to focus on one area of NSCAD study every fall, beginning with the Textiles/Fashion Department. “This is a chance for students to see their professors and technicians as artists,” she says. “I’m excited to see the collaborations and to introduce the work of new professors, Jennifer Green and Elena Brebenel.”

Another new initiative by the gallery is a series of talks by faculty about their sabbaticals. Rebecca Hannon, professor in Foundation, and Christopher Kaltenbach, in Design, will present on Sept. 14, 12 noon at Art Bar + Projects. Professors Jan Peacock (Media Arts), Mark Bovey (Printmaking) and Rory MacDonald (Ceramics) will speak on Sept. 21, also at 12 noon at Art Bar + Projects.

Here’s the full line-up for the first two months at the Anna Leonowens Gallery:

  • Lunenburg Community Studio Residency 10th Anniversary Exhibition. Sept. 12-24. Opening reception Sept. 12, 5:30- 7 pm.
  • Common Threads, a Textiles/Fashion Department Survey Show. Sept. 12-24. Opening reception Sept. 12, 5:30- 7 pm.
  • Mechanical Movement by Mengduo (Dream) Zhang, undergraduate exhibitor. Sept. 27-Oct. 1. Opening reception Sept. 26, 5:30 -7 pm.
  • Starfish Student Art Award Collection. Sept. 27-Oct. 1. Opening reception Sept. 26, 5:30 pm.
  • What the Mirror Doesn’t See: Coping by Chronic Illness by Laura Roy, visual arts certificate exhibitor. Sept. 27-Oct. 1. Opening reception Sept. 26, 5:30 – 7 pm.
  • Tangible Thoughts, by Ho Ching Chan, undergraduate exhibitor. Oct. 4-8. Opening reception Oct. 3, 5:30 - 7 pm.
  • Nipuktukowek Wisisk: Our Neighbors, by Aiden Gillis, undergraduate exhibitor. Oct. 4-8. Opening reception Oct. 3, 5:30 - 7 pm.
  • Come and Get Me, by William Brewer, undergraduate exhibitor. Oct. 4-8. Opening reception Oct. 3, 5:30 - 7 pm.
  • Something’s Happened by Annie Hansel, undergraduate exhibitor. Oct. 4-8. Opening reception Oct. 3, 5:30 - 7 pm.
  • The Thundermaker by Alan Syliboy. Oct. 11-22. Opening reception Oct. 10, 5:30 – 7 pm. Nocturne, Oct. 15, 6 pm to midnight.
  • REDress Project by Jaime Black. Oct. 11-22. Opening reception Oct. 10, 5:30 – 7 pm. Nocturne, Oct. 15, 6 pm to midnight.
  • Place Holder III by Becka Barker, faculty exhibitor. Oct. 11-22. Opening reception Oct. 10, 5:30 – 7 pm. Nocturne, Oct. 15, 6 pm to midnight.

A full calendar of events can be found at : alg.nscad.ca/calendar

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Jaime Black's REDress Project is coming to the Anna Leonowens Gallery for two weeks in October.