Lectures & Presentations

Information about upcoming lectures, artist or curator tours and talks, and other presentations.

Upcoming Lectures and Presentations

Panel Talk: Energy, ecology, and community: The PEI Ark’s timely legacy
3 october, 2019

What can a long lost environmental project from the 1970s in Prince Edward Island teach us about living responsibly and sustainably in the 21st century? The answer is a great deal. Attend this exhibition tour and open discussion of the architectural, technological, social and cultural legacy of the PEI Ark. Participants include:

  • Ole Hammarlund (one of the architects and builders of the PEI Ark)
  • Steven Mannell (exhibition curator and Director of the Dalhousie College of Sustainability)
  • John Leroux (Manager of Collections and Exhibitions of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery)

There will also be a catalogue signing of "Living Lightly on the Earth:" Building an Ark for Prince Edward Island, 1974-76 by Dalhousie Architectural Press. Event is free and open to the public.

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Performance: Gillian Dykeman
5 october, 2019

As a culmination of the residency project Directing Our Gaze, Gillian Dykeman will present a performative tour, posing as a wilderness interpreter/docent tying in the collection’s landscape artworks with the landscape around the Gallery. This project is programmed in partnership with Connexion Artist-Run Centre.

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Curator Crunch: The Italian Connection
9 october, 2019

Free lunchtime presentations at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery

Join Manager of Collections and Exhibitions John Leroux each month for an exciting, intimate, and fast-paced look at artworks on display, designed to comfortably fit in your lunch break. See what these artworks say, and how they connect us with the world – how’s that for “food for thought”?

In October: The Beaverbrook Art Gallery is rightfully known for its Canadian and British collections, but alongside those beloved masterworks are a handful of gems from Italy, including three artworks by a pair who rank among the most important modern artists of the 20th century: Marino Marini and Gino Severini. Marini is considered the most important Italian sculptor of the last century, and one of his stylized equestrian statues faces the Grand Canal in Venice at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum. Severini was a member of the avant-garde Italian Futurists, before pursuing a more classical mode after the First World War. Come and see some of our art that is absolutely bellissimo!

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pARTage : Julie Caissie
20 october, 2019

This free program brings artists and guests together in French-language conversations about art and creativity. Presentations may include everything from lectures and readings to musical and dance performances, and more!

In October: Artist Julie Caissie invites you to discover her exhibition in a whole new way.

“I consider the viewer’s presence and I invite them to travel on a surface, a line, a space, a zone or a speed to create a new common geography.”

Julie Caissie is an Acadian visual artist from Moncton. Attracted by familiar or contradictory universes, she explores the relationships where painting, photography, performance, and sculpture intersect and become interdisciplinary.

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Curator Tour and Talk: Tom Smart - the Marion McCain Exhibition of Atlantic Art
31 october, 2019

Director/CEO Tom Smart, curator of the exhibition, takes you on an exploration of the 2019 Marion McCain Atlantic Art Exhibition.

Admission by donation.

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Curator Crunch: Borduas and Riopelle Against the World
13 november, 2019

Free lunchtime presentations at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery

Join Manager of Collections and Exhibitions John Leroux each month for an exciting, intimate, and fast-paced look at artworks on display, designed to comfortably fit in your lunch break. See what these artworks say, and how they connect us with the world – how’s that for “food for thought”?

In November: In the late 1940s, Quebec witnessed an intense social and cultural revolution started by a group of artists who called themselves the "Automatistes." With their freshly-printed book Refus Global (Global Refusal) as their philosophical mantra, they used their art and their words to change what they saw as a tired, cautious, and conservative French-Canadian society. Their abstract art was at the avant-garde of Canadian painting, and leading the way were the palette knife paintings of Paul-Émile Borduas and Jean-Paul Riopelle. The pair's thickly-painted works speak to the political energy and artistic changes of the era, as well as evocations of Canadian landscape and a world going full colour.

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pARTage: Luc A. Charette
17 november, 2019

This free program brings artists and guests together in French-language conversations about art and creativity. Presentations may include everything from lectures and readings to musical and dance performances, and more!

In November: Luc A. Charette will discuss his current painting practice and his return to a more tactile process. He’ll speak about how his more abstract paintings liberate him from the subject to concentrate more fully on a practice of pure expression. In an engaging atmosphere, Charette’s presentation will take us through his work where floating forms, superimposed patterns, movement and lightness are at the heart of his desire to pay closer attention to his processes, while considering the materiality of the medium.

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