You Are Here: Seeing Sackville through the Owens Art Gallery Collection


Ethel Ogden, Untitled, oil on mahogany board, 21.1 × 13.7 cm, Collection of the Owens Art Gallery, gift of the family of Clementina Godfrey

You Are Here

You Are Here was created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the temporary closure of the Owens Art Gallery and Colville House. It activates the Owens’ permanent collection through works that connect to the local Sackville environment, including a number of works by Alex Colville (1920-2013). Colville lived for several decades in Sackville, and many of his most important works are set in recognizable locations in and around the town.

Bridging online and physical space, You Are Here encompasses historical and contemporary perspectives and encourages participants to engage with their immediate surroundings. Easily navigated using both desktop computers and mobile devices, this bilingual, interactive map will take you to places that no longer exist, landscapes that have transformed over time, and locations that you might know well. Through a selection of work from our collection, you can discover and rediscover Sackville. Whether you explore You Are Here virtually, or bring your artmaking supplies to locations around Sackville, we invite you to add your own view to this project. Make a drawing, photograph, painting, collage, or other visual response and share it with us so we can add it to the map. Each new perspective broadens our view, offering new ways of seeing Sackville.

You Are Here is embedded in ideas of place and what it means to be “here.” It offers an opportunity to consider our connections to this place and the land on which it is situated. With this in mind, we acknowledge, honour, and pay respect to the traditional owners and custodians—from all four directions—of this land. The Owens Art Gallery, Colville House, and Mount Allison University are built upon the unceded, ancestral lands of the L’nuk (Mi’kmaq). While this area is known as Sackville, New Brunswick, it is part of Siknikt, a district of the greater territory of Mi’kma’ki. This territory is covered by the Treaties of Peace and Friendship, which the Mi’kmaq, Wolastoqiyik, and Peskotomuhkati first signed with the British Crown in 1726.

You Are Here will be accompanied by a forthcoming teacher resource to support the interdisciplinary investigation of community mapping in the classroom. It also features an accessible PDF designed for use offline. Optimized for screen readers, the PDF can be downloaded or printed, and it includes visual descriptions of all the images and Google Maps links to artwork locations.

You Are Here is a project of the Owens Art Gallery and Colville House. It was made possible through the support of Mount Allison University, the Canada Council for the Arts, the New Brunswick Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture, Canadian Heritage (Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations), the Town of Sackville, and the generous philanthropic support of Mount Allison University alumni Heather and Ian Bourne.

Invaluable research support for this project was provided by Paul Bogaard, Genie and Bruce Coates, Tom Forrestall, Fredette Frame, Austin Ibbitson, Colin MacKinnon, Al Smith, Bill Snowdon, Donna Sullivan, and David Mawhinney, University Archivist, Mount Allison University.

We sincerely thank Graham Colville, Charles Colville, Ann Kitz, and Claire Colville.

Creative Team: Emily Falvey, Lucy MacDonald, Rachel Thornton, and Jane Tisdale


Owens Art Gallery
Mount Allison University
61 York Street, Sackville, NB, E4L 1E1 • 506-364-2574
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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the physical spaces of the Owens Art Gallery and Colville House are currently closed to the public. To find out more about our online, onscreen, and off-site programs, please visit our website and Umbrella Projects.

The Owens Art Gallery (Mount Allison University) is a member of the Maple League Galleries, a group of four university galleries that includes Foreman Art Gallery (Bishop’s University), St. Francis Xavier University Art Gallery (St. Francis Xavier University) and Acadia University Art Gallery (Acadia University).