Celebrating ᓯᑯ ᕿᕐᓂᖅᓯᓯᒪᔪᖅ | Dark Ice at the Ottawa Art Gallery

An evening with artist Leslie Reid and the launch of a virtual dialogue in partnership with Inuit Futures

Images (left to right): Installation view of Dark Ice: Leslie Reid and Robert Kautuk, an exhibition at the Ottawa Art Gallery (April 23, 2022 to March 5, 2023), curated by Rebecca Basciano, photo: Justin Wonnacott. Leslie Reid, Svalbard, June 2018, photo courtesy of the artist.

An evening with artist Leslie Reid

Thursday, December 8, 2022 | 6:30 – 8:30 PM

The Ottawa Art Gallery invites you join us on Thursday, December 8th, for an artist talk and Dark Ice exhibition walkthrough with Leslie Reid.

An established Ottawa-based painter and photographer, Reid will reflect on her artistic career, discuss her dynamic practice, and touch on her works in the OAG’s current exhibition, ᓯᑯ ᕿᕐᓂᖅᓯᓯᒪᔪᖅ | Dark Ice, which is on view until March 5, 2023. This program will begin with a cocktail reception in the OAG Sky Lounge at 6:30pm, followed by the artist talk and presentation in our Alma Duncan Salon and Spencerville Gallery (level 3). Please note this event will be in English, and pre-registration is required: click here to register.

Leslie Reid studied at Queen’s University, Kingston, and the Chelsea College of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art in England. On her return to Canada she taught Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa, where she is now Professor Emerita. She exhibited in the landmark exhibition Some Canadian Women Artists (National Gallery of Canada, 1975 – 76), in celebration of the first International Women’s Year, and also represented Canada at the Paris Biennale. Her retrospective exhibition Leslie Reid: A Darkening Vision was curated by Diana Nemiroff (Carleton University Art Gallery, 2011), and her paintings were exhibited in Builders: The Canadian Biennial (National Gallery of Canada, 2012). Her recent work results from travel to the High Arctic, and explores climate change and sovereignty issues and their effects on northern communities. Participation in the Canadian Forces Artists Program resulted in the solo exhibition Mapping a Cold War (Founders’ Gallery, The Military Museums, Calgary, 2016). Video work from her participation with the Canada C3 2017 expedition, travelling through the Northwest Passage, was recently shown in Open Channels (Âjagemô Gallery, Canada Council, 2019).

A Virtual Conversation in partnership with Inuit Futures

In celebration of the exhibition ᓯᑯ ᕿᕐᓂᖅᓯᓯᒪᔪᖅ | Dark Ice, the OAG is also pleased to announce the launch of a dynamic virtual dialogue between artists Leslie Reid and Robert Kautuk. Moderated by Dr. Heather Igloliorte, this conversation was undertaken in partnership with Inuit Futures. This program is now available for viewing here.


Accompanying the exhibition, a trilingual publication, Dark Ice: Leslie Reid and Robert Kautuk, explores the intersection between the unique artistic, studio, and land-based practices of Reid and Kautuk, and offers meaningful visualizations that map the Arctic and the climate emergency from diverse perspectives. In addition to beautiful colour illustrations, this volume features a critical essay by curator Rebecca Basciano, as well as a conversation between the artists facilitated by Dr. Heather Igloliorte. Click here to purchase.

About the exhibition

Showcasing works by Leslie Reid (Ottawa, ON) and Robert Kautuk (Kangiqtugaapik (Clyde River), NU), ᓯᑯ ᕿᕐᓂᖅᓯᓯᒪᔪᖅ | Dark Ice examines climate change, and features photographs, paintings and videos of Arctic land and ice, and the communities who live there. Learn more here.

The exhibition runs until March 5, 2023 at the Ottawa Art Gallery, and will then tour nationally to the Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, and the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery.

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