Free Shuttle Bus, 3 Exhibitions + Public Reception at the Visual Arts Centre of Clarington


Julia Rose Sutherland, (detail of head) Npuinu ên·pu·i·nu- “Corpse”, 2019, refined sugar, dimensions variable.

Saturday, October 30, 12 – 4 pm
Shuttle Bus reception: 12 – 2 pm
Pickup 10.45 am from Factory Theatre, Toronto, returning for 3 pm – register
Public reception: 2 – 4 pm – register
Pre-registration is required for either reception.

Bringing together over 15 local, national and international artists, the Visual Arts Centre of Clarington (VAC) is excited to present 3 exhibitions featuring community-relevant and critical projects. A free shuttle bus leaving Toronto will take 30 pre-registered guests to our grounds for a private reception from 12 – 2 pm. The public reception will take place from 2 – 4 pm to accommodate a comfortable flow of visitors to the gallery and to adhere to capacity limits due to COVID 19 public health regulations.

Our main gallery exhibition, Bodies in Conflict, consists of bodily investigations that aim to critically address specific substance histories within historically-oppressed communities. Using corporeal forms that render human features not only visible, but realistic, Julia Rose Sutherland, P. Staff and Kiyan Williams use material changes to examine larger issues within different histories of Black, Indigenous, and Trans communities.

Public Space, the VAC’s ongoing loft gallery exhibition, will be transformed into Incubator – an art/mushroom project by Sahar Te. With the fabrication and sculptural hand of Nicolas Fleming, the project aims to demonstrate and teach alternative-adaptive models of community care and growth. Encouraging others to bear witness and internalize the processes of mushroom growth and prosperity, Te proposes that we adopt mycelial systems of progress and knowledge proliferation to mobilize radical systemic change. Incubator brings the voices of: Meech Boakye, Mark Clintberg, Emily DiCarlo, Craig Fahner, JP King, Chris Mendoza, Liam Mullen, Matt Nish-Lapidus, Miles Rufelds, and Tosca Téran together to guide us as we navigate and share new knowledge that focuses on systems of care, alternative communication networks, and the resistance of tradition.

Finally, 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 IV coalesce artistic practice and historical research to manifest as non-traditional public monuments standing on the VAC grounds until 2022.

Visitor Guidelines
Before visiting the VAC, please read our Visitor Guidelines. Visitors to the VAC, 12 years and older, must present proof of vaccination against COVID-19 to visit. This is in response to a public health order by the Government of Ontario.

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.

Visual Arts Centre of Clarington, 143 Simpson Avenue, Bowmanville, Ontario, L1C 2H9
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We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.
We acknowledge the support of the Province of Alberta through Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

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