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The Whole Shebang: a research project
Contemporary Canadian Fibre Art Collection

November 24, 2017 – February 11, 2018
Cambridge Art Galleries | Queen’s Square Gallery
Project Launch: Friday, November 24, 7:00pm

The Whole Shebang seeks to question what it means to collect and the principles and policies in place around such an act. Who decides what is worth preserving and what isn’t? What happens when the trajectory of a collection changes? Is there a point when collections overstep their mandate? For the duration of this research project, the vaults will be emptied and every work in Cambridge Art Galleries’ collection of 200+ works will be on display simultaneously and all within the same gallery space. Drawing attention to the volume of works as well as the tools and materials used to protect them, Cambridge Art Galleries is not only displaying a collection spanning 30 years but presenting an opportunity to rethink what it means to collect, the policies around such an enterprise, the logistics of objecthood, and whether or not collecting should still be a relevant and active practice.

Research and Tour Hours:
Tuesday to Thursday: 2 – 5pm, 6 – 8pm
Saturday: 10am – 12pm, 1 – 4pm
Sunday and Monday by appointment


The Whole Shebang: debating the collection
Save the Date: Saturday, January 27, 2018
Afternoon talks contextualizing the collection, followed by a debate on the pros and cons of collections within public galleries in Canada. More information will be posted on ideaexchange.org/art.

Image: Lyn Carter, Beacon, 2011, as stored in the collection vault. Photography: Scott Lee, 2017


QUEEN’S SQUARE GALLERY
1 North Square, Cambridge, ON N1S 2K6
T: 519.621.0460
Mon – Thurs 9:30am – 8:30pm
Fri & Sat 9:30am – 5:30pm
Sun 1:00 – 5:00pm

Admission is free and all are welcome.
For more information, visit ideaexchange.org/art, call 519.621.0460, follow on Twitter or on Facebook.

Cambridge Art Galleries | Idea Exchange presents contemporary art, architecture and design from three galleries in the City of Cambridge: Design at Riverside, Preston, and Queen’s Square.

Media Contact
Cherie Fawcett
Gallery Assistant
Idea Exchange, Queen’s Square
1 North Square, Cambridge, ON  N1S 2K6
519.621.0460 x160
cfawcett@ideaexchange.org
ideaexchange.org/art

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