Upcoming Virtual Programming, March 2021 at Varley Art Gallery of Markham

Join us for two Lunch and Learn artist talks this March. Presented virtually on Zoom, registration is required.

We would like to thank the Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham for their ongoing support of our Lunch and Learn speaker’s series.


Anique Jordan: Salt Series

March 3, 2021 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM EST
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In 2020, the Varley Art Gallery was thrilled to acquire Anique Jordan’s Salt Series (2015). At our March 3 Lunch and Learn, the artist will discuss this series of eight photographs, which explores sites of shared cultural, social, and economic significance in the artist’s familial homeland of San Fernando, Trinidad.

Anique Jordan is an artist, writer and curator who looks to answer the question of possibility in everything she creates. As an artist, Jordan works in photography, sculpture and performance often employing the theory of hauntology to challenge historical or dominant narratives and to create, what she calls, impossible images. Jordan has lectured on her artistic and community engaged curatorial practice as a 2017 Canada Seminar speaker at Harvard University and in numerous institutions across the Americas. In 2017 she co-curated the exhibition Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood at the Art Gallery of Ontario. As an artist, she has exhibited in galleries such as Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Gallery of York University (AGYU), Art Gallery of Guelph, Doris McCarthy Gallery, Art Gallery of Windsor, Gallery 44, and Y+ Contemporary. She has received numerous awards, grants and fellowships and in 2017 was awarded the Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist of the Year award. Jordan completed a residency at the University of the West Indies (Trinidad and Tobago), was the 2018-19 Artist-in-Residence at Osgoode Hall Law School and the most recent recipient of the Hnatyshyn Emerging Artist award. Her work appears in public and private collections nationally.


Jessica Thalmann: two truths and a lie

March 31, 2021 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM EST
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Later this spring, the Varley Art Gallery of Markham will open two truths and a lie, Jessica Thalmann’s first solo exhibition in a public art gallery. In this Lunch and Learn, Thalmann will discuss the various bodies of work on display and the ways in which she uses manipulation techniques to reveal the porous boundaries that exist between the image and the object.

Jessica Thalmann is an artist and educator currently based in Toronto and New York City. She received an MFA in Advanced Photographic Studies from ICP-Bard College and a BFA in Visual Arts from York University. Her work has been shown in group exhibitions at Aperture Foundation, International Centre for Photography (New York), VIVO Media Arts Centre (Vancouver), Museum of Contemporary Art, Harbourfront Centre, Angell Gallery, Gallery TPW, Art Spin, and the Varley Art Gallery of Markham. She has been an artist in residence at the Banff Center for Arts and Creativity, Alberta, Canada, and at the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles, California, USA.

The artist would like to thank the Canada Council for the Arts for their support.

Credits: [1] Anique Jordan, Salt Journal, 2015. Courtesy of the artist. [2] Installation view, Jessica Thalmann: two truths and a lie, Varley Art Gallery of Markham, 2021. Photo: Anik Glaude

About the Varley Art Gallery of Markham, Lunch and Learn, and the Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham

The Varley Art Gallery of Markham is a vital cultural hub for artists and diverse communities. A municipal gallery, we create critical conversations about Canadian art and society. We inspire local and national audiences to engage with art through outstanding exhibitions and rich public and educational programs relevant to the communities we serve. We support artists from York region and seek to broaden access to the arts for diverse artists and cultural groups. We also share and celebrate the life and work of F.H. Varley, a founding member of the Group of Seven.

The Varley Art Gallery is situated on the traditional territories of Indigenous Peoples including the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe. We are committed to reconciliation, partnership and enhanced understanding.

Lunch and Learns are monthly artist talks that provide our community members with the opportunity to learn about current and future exhibitions, as well as hear about ongoing curatorial research happening at the gallery. This program also supports emerging and established artists by providing them with a forum in which to present their work.

The Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham supports the Varley Art Gallery as a vibrant cultural hub in the GTA. Our mandate is to support the Gallery’s strong visual arts program through our activities and investments. We provide funding to assist with art acquisitions, the conservation of the Gallery’s art collection, educational programming and exhibition research. We also administer the Varley Art Gallery’s volunteer program, providing additional support for their activities and events.

Varley Art Gallery of Markham
216 Main Street Unionville, Markham, ON, L3R 2H1
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For more information or questions, please contact Anik Glaude, Curator at aglaude@markham.ca