2023 Dasha Shenkman Lecture in Contemporary Art: Maureen Paley

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The Dasha Shenkman Lecture in Contemporary Art

An Evening With Gallerist
Maureen Paley

War Memorial Hall, University of Guelph
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Maureen Paley was one of the first to present contemporary art in London’s East End and has been a pioneer of the current art scene, promoting and showing a diverse range of artists such as Wolfgang Tillmans and Gillian Wearing who she is credited with discovering in the early 1990’s. Founded in 1984 in a Victorian terraced house, the gallery has expanded beyond its indie roots to three galleries in both London and Hove. In 2022, it was named one of London’s best art galleries by the OPUMO Platform. In July 2017, Paley opened the second space called Morena di Luna in Hove, East Sussex, and a third space named Studio M in October 2020, located in Shoreditch, London. Paley has developed a leading and influential contemporary program that now represents 48 international artists.

The annual Dasha Shenkman Lecture in Contemporary Art was established in 2007 and is made possible through the support of Dasha Shenkman OBE, a Canadian art collector and philanthropist who lives in the United Kingdom.

The lecture is open to the public and will be followed by a question-and-answer period moderated by Robert Enright, University of Guelph Professor in Art Criticism.

MFA Open Studios Tour

3:00 – 5:30 PM & 7:30 – 8:30 PM

The University of Guelph offers a two-year Master of Fine Arts Degree that combines intensive studio concentration with seminars in theory and pedagogy. The MFA students are pleased to welcome the public to their annual Open Studios, offering a rare inside look at the development of new work within the environment of one of Canada’s premier art programs and a chance to chat with artists about their work in progress.

Please plan to join us for the MFA Open Studios before and after the lecture.

Open Studios 2023 features:

Megan Arnold | Simone Blaine | Catherine Chan | Julien Fisher | Samuelle Grande | Danan Lake | Sophia Lapres | Evgenia Mikhaylova | Paul Nadeau | Chelsea Ryan | Anna Semenoff | Thomas Wier

Free parking is available.

A free bus will leave Mercer Union (1286 Bloor Street West) in Toronto at 2:00 PM and leave the University of Guelph to return to Toronto at 8:30 p.m. Reserve a seat on the bus.

A free shuttle service between Open Studios buildings is available between 2:00 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Volunteers will be available to provide directions and assistance. For more information on both events, visit: www.uoguelph.ca/arts/shenkman.

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Meg Ross, mross@uoguelph.ca

Covid-19 restrictions and protocols will be in place to those attending. The health and safety of all remain our highest priority.