Spring-Summer 2024 Exhibitions at the Aurora Cultural Centre

This season, the Aurora Cultural Centre gallery program includes a vibrant schedule of exhibitions, public art pop-ups, and artist opportunities. Our annual Grade 12 art exhibition, #MCOYA24, closes and in queue we welcome Early Bird Gets the Worm, a yard-sale themed group exhibition from May 16 through August 10. All the while, we feature rolling pop-up art installations at the Aurora Family Leisure Complex. For opportunity-seeking artists, proposals for the installation are being accepted now alongside submissions to a themed group exhibition, Congruent (by definitions), to be exhibited later this fall.

Hidden Reflection (2024) by Melissa Bianchi, Acrylic paint on canvas, 25 x 30 in

#MCOYA24 – Mayor’s Celebration of Youth Arts 2024

February 10 – April 20, 2024
Aurora Town Hall, Second Floor

Participating artists: 55 students from Aurora High School, Cardinal Carter CHS, Dr. G.W. Williams SS, École Secondaire Catholique Renaissance, and St. Maximillian Kolbe CHS.

An annual exhibition celebrating the artistic creations of local grade 12 students. A culmination of the work completed during their secondary school experience, this year’s exhibition features 55 students and 101 artworks (plus 39 artworks in our virtual gallery), from 5 local high schools. As part of a long-standing tradition within our history, the exhibition is self-curated by the students with hands-on guidance and training from our curatorial team. The exhibition is available online through a virtual gallery through May 17, and includes Art Bytes, and Artist e-Portfolios.

Installation view of Assignments of Art Class Past (2024) featuring art by past students of Aurora High School, provided by Lee-Anne Moore (Head of Visual Art, AHS)

Running parallel to MCOYA24 is a pop-up installation at the Aurora Family Leisure Complex (135 Industrial Parkway North) titled Assignments of Art Class Past. Suspended mid-air are Claes Oldenburg-inspired sculptures of mundane objects enlarged, shedding light onto the works by past students of Aurora High School. Assignments of Art Class Past is on view until April 17, 2024.

The Barn at Mitchell Corners (2012) by David Trotter, wet formed leather with acrylic, 35 x 10 x 3.5 in. Photo credit: Oh Canada Creative

Early Bird Gets the Worm

May 16 – August 10, 2024
Aurora Town Hall, Second Floor

Participating artists: Phuong Nguyen, Carrie Perreault, Joejene C. Santos, Jonah Strub, and David Trotter. Curated by: Samantha Jones.

Early Bird Gets the Worm focuses on the annual re-awakening of yard-sale season through a curation of kitschy, curious, and questionable works by artists of varying practices, cultures, and identities.

Throughout the Spring-Summer season, homes across the region open their doors for an annual purge of personal possessions. Driving through the town of Aurora on a crisp, Saturday morning, one may find streets painted with neon Bristol board signs, scribbled with arrows and addresses in permanent marker – directions to nearby sales. Beneath the sun at first light, neighbours that may be friends, acquaintances, or strangers, spill contents from their interior life out the front of their home, in hopes for a cheap, quick profit from passersby and seasoned bargain hunters.

Early Bird Gets the Worm meditates on the sentimental relationship that humans have with the objects that they choose to collect, keep, and/or discard throughout the timeline of their life. Pulling together a collection of object-orientated works by five artists, this exhibition is a deep-dive into what compels us to our inanimate counterparts.

Please join us on Thursday, May 16, 6:30 – 8:30 pm for the public reception, with opening remarks at 7:00 pm. Light refreshments are provided, and all are welcome.

Artist Opportunities

Apply at: AuroraCulturalCentre.ca/open-calls

Call for Proposals: Art Installation at Aurora Family Leisure Complex
Deadline to Apply: April 21, 2024

Calling all installation artists! We are seeking hanging installation art for a pop-up public art piece in the front foyer of the Aurora Family Leisure Complex (135 Industrial Pkwy N, Aurora ON) from June 11 – August 21, 2024. The accepted artist will receive payment of $549.00 for the exhibition of their installation, plus $125.00 for their recorded participation in one of our Art Bytes.

Call for Submissions: Congruent (by definitions)
Deadline to Apply: August 31, 2024

An age-old symbol, ouroboros, represents many meanings across different cultures of various contexts. The name stems from Greek word that loosely translates to “tail-devourer”, while in Egypt it can be found on King Tut’s tomb, and its imagery traces to Hindu cosmology in which an ouroboros wraps around Earth. Today, the ouroboros is commonly understood as a symbol for the cycle of destruction and rebirth.

We are currently seeking artworks that touch on themes of cyclical patterns, habits, self-destruction, relapse, growth, stagnation, and/or metamorphosis. Open to interpretation, we welcome artworks both literal and abstract connections to this theme.

Selected artists will receive an honorarium for exhibited artwork, and this exhibition will run from October 30, 2024 – January 18, 2025, within the Great Hall Gallery at 22 Church Street.

All Aurora Cultural Centre programming is currently offsite during the construction of the Aurora Town Square project. In visiting us, we ask that you please take note of the location information specified on each of our event and exhibition postings.

Unless otherwise specified, all exhibitions are located at:

Aurora Cultural Centre Temporary Gallery
Aurora Town Hall, 2nd floor
100 John West Way, Aurora, ON
This is an accessible venue.

Gallery Hours: Monday through Saturday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
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Tel: 905-713-1818
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