Art Gallery of Guelph Summer 2021 Exhibitions


We look forward to welcoming visitors back to the gallery soon; updated information will be provided on our website and social media channels as it becomes available. The gallery’s programs continue and digital content can be found on AGG’s Art Talk platform, while virtual tours of recent exhibitions are available on our #MuseumAtHome page.

Anna Torma: Permanent Danger
May 20 – October 3, 2021

Permanent Danger takes its title from Anna Torma’s 2017 artwork of the same name, evoking ideas of human strife and vulnerability, conditions of sustained risk, threatened natural environments, and the highs and lows of daily life. Her distinctly dense and vivid embroidered textiles are the perfect expression of such complex experiences, intensely layering details that speak to family and wellbeing, sexuality and identity, home and place. With a practice that is deeply embedded in traditional Hungarian embroidery, Torma takes her predecessors’ materials, motifs, and techniques into new terrain, with every element selected for its unique qualities and cultural allusions. read more >

Curated by Sarah Quinton and circulated by the Textile Museum of Canada with the support of The Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation and Carole Tanenbaum as well as the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.

In conversation with Anna Torma | Wednesday, June 16 | 6:30 pm
Free | Online (Zoom) | register here >

Join the Art Gallery of Guelph and Textile Museum of Canada on Wednesday, June 16 at 6:30 pm, for a conversation with artist Anna Torma and artist and curator Bryce Kanbara as they explore the ideas and issues in Torma’s work in advance of her solo exhibition. Presented with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts (Arts Across Canada). read more >

Emmanuel Osahor: For a moment
May 20 – October 3, 2021

Infused with transnational poetics, the work of Nigerian-born artist Emmanuel Osahor centres on tensions of place and displacement. Coalescing in lush paintings of gardens, each work emerges from his own photographic snapshots of encounters with these nurtured natural spaces, recapturing his fleeting experiences by grafting and reconfiguring the images. Acutely attuned to the precariousness of relationships to home, to ownership, to land, and to belonging produced by migration, for Osahor the garden is a space that speaks to not only the universality of hope and the search for safe refuge, but to ongoing colonial practices that intensify cultural marginalization. read more >

Presented in conjunction with the School of Fine Art and Music at the University of Guelph.


May 20 – October 3, 2021

This exhibition features a collection of handcrafted masks that speaks to both cultural resilience and strength of community in the face of a pandemic. A project initiated in 2020 by Métis artists Nathalie Bertin and Lisa Shepherd, participants were invited to create beaded masks that responded to their experiences as they navigated changing COVID-19 conditions. Beginning a Facebook group to facilitate sharing of images, within two weeks membership had grown to over 1500. The second touring exhibition emerging from the project, this iteration includes 44 masks – many using Indigenous beadwork techniques, while others are crafted using an array of traditional and contemporary materials and methods. read more >

Organized by the Art Gallery of Guelph in partnership with the Breathe collective with the support of the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.


Vectors of Transmission
May 20 – October 3, 2021

Vectors of Transmission highlights recent projects by Indigenous artists Ruth Cuthand, Bonnie Devine, Bea Parsons, Barry Pottle, and Katherine Takpannie in response to the evolving pandemic. Offering insight into how the impacts of the virus are not experienced equally and consistently, this work underscores the particular vulnerability of communities that continue to experience social, economic and health inequities as well as disparities in decision-making power. Addressing nuanced intersecting colonial histories that span continents and centuries, the artists point to the importance of documenting the present as a way of reinterpreting the past and transforming the future. read more >

Curated by Shauna McCabe and organized by the Art Gallery of Guelph with the support of the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Images: Anna Torma, Party with Dionysos (detail), 2008-2015, hand embroidered collage on linen fabric, silk thread, 185 x 150 cm. Collection of Patrick Cady / Musée d’Art Contemporain Singulier; Naomi Smith, Oh, Let Me Be Free…, 2021, mask: glass beads, crystals, vintage glass, cotton velveteen, deer hide, cotton sheeting, fabric foundation, metal pieces, beading thread. Collection of the artist; Katherine Takpannie, No Peace Until Justice #24 (detail), 2020, archival pigment ink on Baryta paper, edition of 5 + 2 AP, 61 x 83.8 cm. Courtesy Olga Korper Gallery

Art Gallery of Guelph
358 Gordon Street, Guelph, ON N1G 1Y1
Open Tuesday to Sunday, 12 – 5 pm, Thursday 12 – 8 pm | Accessible
Facebook | Twitter | Instagram