Ascent Gallery Launch & Inaugural Exhibition: Half Plus Half

A Calm Heart Cools the Body by Hayley Chiu

Join us for the official opening of the Ascent Gallery, an exhibition space at Etobicoke Civic Centre dedicated to early career artists, featuring the work of Hayley Chiu.

November 4, 2023
Artist Talk: 1:30 pm
Reception: 2 – 4 pm
Ascent Gallery, Etobicoke Civic Centre, Level 1 (below the main gallery)

The event will also feature the sale of Haley Chiu prints.
Light refreshments will be provided.

Inaugural Exhibition:

Half Plus Half
November 1, 2023 – February 1, 2024
As a Canadian-born Chinese, Hayley Chiu recalls her conflicted identity growing up and the search for belonging. In Half Plus Half, Chiu creates a wholeness by combining fragments incomplete without the presence of the other. Painting is her way of bridging the gap – an expression influenced by the mind, body, upbringing and culture. Her explorations are characterized by seeking comfort within order in chaos and a reflection of the self, projected into her environment and the everyday.

About Ascent Gallery
The Ascent Gallery is a reduced-rate gallery rental program providing growth opportunities through mentorship and endorsement to early career artists, with a focus on those from equity-deserving communities, living and working in Toronto. The gallery hosts four shows annually and is owned and operated by the City of Toronto, Arts Services. Admission is free and the venue is accessible.

Ascent Gallery
399 The West Mall
Toronto, Ontario M9C 2Y2

About City of Toronto’s Cultural Centres & Galleries
Toronto’s Cultural Centres & Galleries comprise four unique sites owned and operated by the City of Toronto. They include Assembly Hall, Cedar Ridge Creative Centre, Clark Centre for the Arts and Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery. Collectively the centres present over 40 gallery shows annually, showcasing works by more than 800 artists, and offer close to 150 art programs each year in collaboration with some 70+ community partners.

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