Summer 2024 Exhibitions at MSVU Art Gallery

Miranda Bellamy and Amanda Fauteux, Maple III (Kjipuktuk, Halifax), 41.5” x 61.5” x 2.25”, 2023, digital C-type print, custom maple frame.

Collective: Miranda Bellamy and Amanda Fauteux

June 21 – August 17, 2024
Opening Reception: June 21 at 6:00pm
Organized by MSVU Art Gallery
Lower Gallery

Miranda Bellamy and Amanda Fauteux’s collaborative practice identifies and extends the stories of plants through site-specific research and experimentation. By listening to plants and responding through interdisciplinary projects, they make space for the critical revision of human and particularly settler-colonial histories and to reflect on material accountability, reciprocity, and ways of seeing.

‘Collective’ has been a process of accumulation. Over several years and across the many seemingly disparate locations that the artists have visited, they have met with and photographed hundreds of marked trees. In their images, the makers of the varied traces etched into or painted on each tree are absent. We are left to wonder who is responsible for these marks, and why?

The trees and their marks have told stories of loss, trauma, healing, renewal, cooperation, and guardianship. Through their work Bellamy and Fauteux consider how we might, in approaching our relationship with trees through a new lens, be able to see past ourselves in a way that recognizes the significance of our interconnection.

About the Artists

Miranda Bellamy and Amanda Fauteux are partners and artistic collaborators who share time living in Ōtepoti (Dunedin), Aotearoa (New Zealand) and within the traditional territory of Mi’kma’ki known as Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada. They have exhibited their work and attended residencies in Aotearoa, Canada, UK, and the USA. Their work was recognized on the 2023 Sobey Art Award longlist. They are the 2024 Frances Hodgkins Fellows at the University of Otago in Ōtepoti, Aotearoa.

Gathie Falk, Beautiful British Columbia Thermal Blanket – Huyen, 242.57 x 241.62 x 5.4 cm, 1980. Oil on canvas, quilted and stuffed with fibreglass insulation. Mount Saint Vincent Permanent Art Collection.

Marks & Recreation: Works from the MSVU Permanent Collection

June 21 – August 17, 2024
Opening Reception: June 21 at 6:00pm
Curated by Melanie Colosimo
Upper Gallery

Selected from the MSVU Permanent Collection, the works in this exhibition consider our relationship with nature and how repetitive acts of human interaction can transform the purpose and history of a place or an object, shaping its significance and meaning over time. Featuring works by Renate Deppe, Gathie Falk, Carol Fraser, and Kelly Mark.

Exhibition Reception

Friday, June 21 at 6:00pm

All are invited to a relaxed reception for MSVU Art Gallery’s summer exhibitions, Collective: Miranda Bellamy and Amanda Fauteux and Marks and Recreation: Works from the MSVU Permanent Collection. Please feel free to reach out to with any access requests, service needs, or inquiries.

About MSVU Art Gallery

Opened in 1971, MSVU Art Gallery is dedicated to contemporary art with an emphasis on women as cultural subjects and producers. Exhibitions explore various forms and highlight the achievements of artists in all career phases. MSVU Art Gallery promotes critical access to its exhibitions through publications, lectures, and educational programs, recognizing socially engaged practices as models of aesthetic distinction and political imagination. Consistent with the principle that exhibition spaces are civic spaces, the Gallery is committed to normalizing accessible presentation practices throughout its public programs. Admission is always free.

MSVU Art Gallery respectfully acknowledges that the Gallery and Mount Saint Vincent University are situated on Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral, unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq.

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Support from the following organizations is gratefully acknowledged:
We gratefully acknowledge support from the Canada Council for the Arts Halifax Regional Municipality and The New Brunswick Arts Board.

Image descriptions:
1. A close-up photo of the trunk of a maple tree showing cut-out chunk of the bark on the trunk with twigs and sap bridging the gap to heal the tree.
2. A large quilt is painted with a green border referencing grass. The centre is divided into 6 square sections depicting a scene from a garden party. A window to the house from the garden; red flowers in a bush; a person with light skin is sitting in a floral patch wearing sunglasses; two people with black hair pick fruit from a small bowl.
3. Logo for MSVU Art Gallery