Halifax, May 18, 2016—The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia announced its 2016-2017 exhibition program today at the Gallery’s Halifax location, presenting an excellent roster of established and emerging artists in solo and group exhibitions in Halifax and Yarmouth.

The 2016-17 program will present a wide range of exceptional art through a Nova Scotian lens—a recurring theme for the upcoming year. With an offering of nearly 20 exhibitions, the year will feature some of Atlantic Canada’s and the country’s greatest visual artists through exhibitions like Terroir: a Nova Scotia Survey, which will showcase ambitious works by 29 artists unearthing the province’s rich visual culture, as well as a solo exhibition, The Nature of Nature, offering a comprehensive look into New Brunswick-based Thaddeus Holownia’s photographic practice to date. Upcoming programming will also continue to offer dazzling evening entertainment such as ArtParty, the Gallery’s nightclub-themed event presented by TD. In addition to innovative modern and contemporary exhibitions, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia will offer options such as Confederation – 150 years: 23 Prime Ministers, a survey of prime-ministerial portraits leading up to the sesquicentennial of Confederation, and an exhibition of works by Harold Edgerton, internationally recognized for his contribution to the transformation of the photographic medium. The Gallery will also continue to present meaningful exhibitions at its Yarmouth location, including Emily Falencki’s powerful memorial portraits of missing persons; The Path We Share, with contemporary works by four First Nations artists; and John Devlin: Spring in Cambridge, featuring drawings by a Nova Scotian artist charting the physical, emotional and spiritual world from a unique perspective.

“It will be a truly memorable year for new gallery-goers and longtime members alike. We will be presenting incredible works by some of the most exciting artists currently producing works in Atlantic Canada,” said Sarah Fillmore. “On this International Museum Day, I am delighted to present both contemporary and historical exhibitions reflecting the diversity our audiences have come to expect.”

Already on view this season is the masterful solo exhibition, Mitch Mitchell: I Will Meet You in the Sun, a surprising and poignant interpretation of the artist’s family history through large-scale print installation. Also in Halifax, In the Artists’ Footsteps allows visitors to discover the city’s fascinating art history through an exhibition and self-guided walking tour, including a map with milestone locations. Another recently-opened exhibition, 4th Wall: Justice, Art & Youth, explores powerful and relevant art by youth bravely broaching social justice issues.

Adding to the line-up of exhibitions will be a variety of talks and tours with the exhibitions’ curators and artists throughout the year, with dates to be unveiled regularly via the Gallery’s website.

In the coming months, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia will continue to present and host an array of popular family-based options, including its Summer School of the Arts, March Break and PD Day Camp programs, which provide hands-on studio activities and explorations of the Gallery for kids with experienced arts facilitators. Once a month, the Gallery will continue to offer Family Sundays, a drop-in event in the studio inspired by its exhibitions, in Halifax and Yarmouth.

By continuing to collaborate with partners – including the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, Phoenix, Autism Nova Scotia, the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia and Berkeley Residences – the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia remains a catalyst for the enhancement of public access to arts programming. Its Artful Afternoons, Autism Arts and Phoenix Youth programs will continue to provide positive programs that reflect the diversity and creativity of our communities. Throughout the entire year, the Gallery will also continue to welcome school groups to its Halifax and Yarmouth locations, and to invest in outreach initiatives such as ArtReach and ArtsSmarts, which see the Gallery partnering with the Nova Scotia Department of Education and other organizations on special workshops, events and learning activities for schools throughout the province.

The Gallery will continue to collaborate with sponsors and partners in many projects in the coming year. “The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia wishes to thank its generous corporate and community partners who continue to champion the arts alongside us in various ways, and without whom the range of exhibitions and initiatives we offer would not be possible,” said Robbie Shaw, the Gallery’s Board Chair.

Lisa Bugden, Interim Director and CEO, is enthusiastic about the upcoming year. “Sarah Fillmore and the curatorial department’s thoughtful approach to programming is apparent throughout the 2016-2017 exhibition program. The team will continue to inspire artists and audiences alike, with a special focus on celebrating the province’s rich visual culture and the great artistry on view at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.”

Highlights include:


In the Artists' Footsteps (Halifax)
March 26, 2016 to October 16, 2016
Curator: Dianne O’Neill

Mitch Mitchell: I Will Meet You in the Sun (Halifax)

April 16, 2016 to June 5, 2016

Curator: Sarah Fillmore

Discover printmaker Mitch Mitchell’s masterful interpretation of his own history through surprising works that take liberties with tradition and pull “print” into sculpture, performance and film.

Nova Scotia Spotlight: Cecil Day (Halifax)

April 18, 2016-ongoing

Robert W. M. Manuge Gallery
The Nova Scotia Spotlight series highlights recent acquisitions to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia’s Permanent Collection by artists contributing to the province’s cultural heritage.
Featuring Cecil Day, Vanessa Paschakarnis, Laurie Swim, and Mitchell Wiebe. With support from Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. and the Donald R. Sobey Family Foundation, in Memory of Robert W. M. Manuge.

4th Wall: Justice, Art & Youth (Halifax)

May 7, 2016 to June 19, 2016

Curator: Dale Sheppard

11 young Nova Scotian artists, aged 15 to 30, share their unique perspective on issues pertaining to justice in Canada, including the rehabilitation of inmates, crime prevention, Indian Residential Schools, gender-based violence, and discrimination.

Ne'wtejk Witawti'minuk?The Path We Share (Yarmouth)

May 30, 2016 to November 13, 2016

Curator: David Diviney

The basis of this collaborative exchange between four First Nations artists—Charles Doucette, Fran Francis, Courtney M. Leonard, and Alan Syliboy—is centered on reconciling the parallel journey of the Mi'kmaq People and the whales of the North Atlantic.

Spring in Cambridge: The Visionary Drawings of John Devlin (Yarmouth)

May 30, 2016 to November 13, 2016
Curator: Dale Sheppard

Spring in Cambridge presents a selection of drawings by Nova Scotia artist John Devlin, an artist charting the physical, emotional, and spiritual world from an outsider perspective.

Terroir: A Nova Scotia Survey (Halifax)

Curators: David Diviney, Sarah Fillmore, and Bruce Johnson

June 25, 2016 to January 15, 2017

This exhibition showcases the recent work of 29 contemporary artists, providing the public with an opportunity to engage with province’s rich visual culture.

150 Years: 23 Prime Ministers

October 22, 2016 - March 19, 2017

Curator: Dianne O’Neill

In the lead-up to the sesquicentennial of Confederation, the Oyler Gallery will present a survey of prime-ministerial portraits.

Emily Falencki (Yarmouth)

November 19, 2016 to April 23, 2017

Curator: Sarah Fillmore

Emily Falencki’s memorial portraits of missing persons give voice to grief and question society’s all-too-hard shell, finding her source material in newspapers, on the internet, or on posters around her neighborhood.

After Image (Yarmouth)

November 19, 2017 to April 23, 2017

Curator: David Diviney

Paintings from the Permanent Collection that navigate ideas of appropriation and quotation, representation and abstraction, through the use and adaptation of found and borrowed imagery. Included are examples by Jack Goldstein, Monica Tap, Chris Cran, Lucy Hogg, and others.

Thaddeus Holownia: The Nature of Nature (Halifax)

February 4, 2017 to May 28, 2017

Curators: David Diviney and Sarah Fillmore

This career overview offers insight into Holownia’s photography from the late-1970s to the present day, providing the most comprehensive critical analysis of this Maritime artist’s practice to date.

Harold Edgerton (Halifax)

February 25, 2017 to August 13, 2017

Curator: Sarah Fillmore

Dr. Harold “Doc” Edgerton was an internationally recognized photographer dubbed “the man who made time stand still” in 1987 by National Geographic, in recognition of his contribution to the development and transformation of the photographic medium through the use of the stroboscope.

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