Free Art Bus Tour to Fall 2021 Exhibitions at the VAC


Installation shot of Fossilized Sunshine in the main gallery of the Visual Arts Centre of Clarington. From left: Coelacanth, Wally Dion, Circuit boards on Plywood, Nails, 2021, (middle) With Every Story a New Blind, 13 Jacquard Woven Textiles, Shaheer Zazai, 2021, courtesy of Patel Brown Gallery, (right) Rocks, Camal Pirbhai and Camille Turner, Lightboxes, 2021. Photo courtesy of the VAC.

September 11, 2021, 2 – 4 pm
Bus pickup from OCAD U – 1 pm
Bus drop off to OCAD U – 5 pm

Free refreshments, including COVID-conscious personal catered snack boxes

The VAC is excited to invite the public to our exhibitions receptions to open the fall 2021 programming. Featuring over 10 local, national, and international artists organized within various indoor and outdoor exhibition projects, the VAC will present 3 exhibitions featuring community-relevant and critical projects. A free bus leaving from OCAD U on September 11 at 1pm will take up to 30 pre-registered guests to our grounds and offer free catered snack boxes and refreshments for all local and non-local visitors. Please click here to sign up.

Our main gallery exhibition, Fossilized Sunshine, features 7 artists who explore the relationship between cultural archeology and decolonial future building. Through the exploration of different “counter futurisms,” including Afghan, Palestinian, Indigenous, and Afro-Futurism, each project employs polyphonic communities’ artifacts and their respective cultural histories as the building blocks to imagine diverse fictional realities divorced from Eurocentric subjugation.

The VAC is excited to announce our first outdoor public art installation, from the earth we grow. The project will present three outdoor art installations inspired from untold, little-known, or oft-ignored BIPOC events, stories, and activists within Canadian history. Bowmanville-based Inuk artist Couzyn van Heuvelen, Montreal-based artist Anna Binta Diallo, and Richmond-Virginia-based artist Sandy Williams coalesce artistic practice and historical research to manifest as non-traditional public monuments standing on the VAC grounds until 2022.

Finally, the VAC is pleased to present the next iteration of our ongoing loft gallery exhibition Public Space. Launching this September at the Visual Arts Centre of Clarington, Waard Ward is a collaborative, social practice project that engages newcomers to train as florists. Waard Ward collective (artist Petrina Ng, florist Abd Al-Mounim, community organizer Hanen Nanaa, educator Laura Ritacca, and curator/educator Patricia Ritacca) will offer a series of workshops to Arabic-speaking refugees and newcomers to develop flower-arranging skills and social-entrepreneurial futures. Waard Ward’s project attempts to embody a space for collaboration and co-learning, which will display each workshop’s floral arrangements, with new flowers added and vessels continuously re-arranged weekly.

Visitor Guidelines
Before visiting the VAC, please read our guidelines to learn more about the protocols we are asking our visitors to follow to keep everyone safe and comfortable.

The Visual Arts Centre of Clarington is a partially accessible venue with an accessible washroom. The front entrance can be accessed by a ramp and an outward-opening door (please note that we do not have an automatic door opener). It is important to note that the Loft Gallery is not accessible by wheelchair. Accessible parking is available on site. For any special assistance or queries about the venue, please call or email us. Admission is free and all are welcome.

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