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All Things Burke

Brian Burke Film Screenings, Book Launch and ArtTalk

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It’s all things Brian Burke in December at the Gallery. First up is a noontime screening of Brian Pollard’s film Figure in a Landscape on Wednesday, December 4 at 12:05 p.m. On Thursday, December 12 we will screen the Brian Pollard/William Herrington film Portraits: Many Years Later and launch our latest art catalogue Predicaments: Brian Burke, a retrospective. And we’re not stopping there. On Sunday, January 5at 2 p.m., Curator Pan Wendt will close out the Burke show with an ArtTalk. These events are FREE and everyone is welcome to attend.

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Sponsor a Seat

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Theatre Seat Sponsorship Campaign
Make a Difference. Leave a Lasting Legacy.

Harbourfront Theatre has woven a rich history of arts and entertainment into the community and has much to be proud of over the last two decades. Looking ahead there are so many experiences yet to be had, so much untapped talent just around the corner, and so many artists, emerging and renowned across this country and beyond yet to invite to the stage. But we cannot and do not continue in our mission of expanding the cultural opportunities available to residents and visitors of our community without your support.

Therefore, friends of Harbourfront Theatre have embarked on a Seat Sponsorship Campaign to help ensure a strong future for our theatre. Seat Sponsorships play an important role in the continued preservation of Harbourfront Theatre where every dollar makes a difference.

Sponsorship Levels & Benefits

$1500 Level:

  • Nameplate on seat with inscription of your choice
  • Recognition in website and house programmes as applicable
  • Pre-sale ticket opportunities whenever possible
  • Theatre credit for $500, redeemable for tickets.

$1000 Level:

  • Nameplate on seat with inscription of your choice
  • Pre-sale ticket opportunities whenever possible

For more information about sponsoring a seat, contact Kieran Keller (kieran@harbourfronttheatre.com) or Mary Dennis (mary@harbourfronttheatre.com) by email or by phone at 902-888-2787.

Download an info packet about the Harbourfront Theatre Sponsorship Campaign here.

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Treading Light

November 13, 2019 at 9:00am at The Guild

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This joint exhibition by Carina Phillips and Niki Heddle intends to bring awareness to respectable interactions with the environment, acknowledging its delicacy as well as its strength, and the beauty it has to offer. Both artists integrate whimsy and playfulness in their sculptural creations and installations to remind the viewer of the immense, innate connection we have with the natural world.

Tread Lightly has its official opening November 15, from 7pm-9pm.

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Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Transfering Images

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A selection of politically-charged mixed media paintings by Canadian and Ojibwe artist Carl Beam.

Born on Manitoulin Island, Ojibwe artist Carl Beam (1943-2005) frequently employed photo-transfer techniques juxtaposed with expressive brushwork in paintings that addressed racial disharmony. A great admirer of Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol, Beam placed the liberatory promise of artistic autonomy embodied in the painterly gesture in tension with a proliferation of media and documentary reproductions that referred directly or indirectly to the history of oppression of Indigenous peoples. This selection of Beam’s work from the Gallery’s permanent collection includes almost two dozen collage-based paintings from the early 2000s donated by Toronto collector Milton Winberg.

-Pan Wendt, Curator

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Slowing Down the Look

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This exhibition presents new work developed from a residency in PEI in 2017. The artist’s photographs and objects investigate the relationship between cultural assumptions and the natural world. Supported by Alberta Foundation of the Arts.

In its infancy, photography was conceived as the harnessing of a distinctly natural process of image-making. It was understood to be a literal impression of light, transcending the cultural history of human-made images. This dream, of “sun pictures” that capture the physical and objective means by which nature is revealed to us, persists in the circulating images that filter our subjective experience of the natural world.

In his photo-based installations, Banff-based artist Tyler Los-Jones collapses these two opposed conceptions of photography in meditations on the specifics of a given environment. In Look slowly and all that moves, that environment is the unstable, shifting context of Prince Edward Island. This exhibition focuses on a combination of Island specific gestures of stability Los-Jones found embodied in lichens, marram grass, and fishing nets, all of which can be read as an analogue to the photographic process,

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Reclaiming and Staking Claims

Reclamations by Renee Laprise, Jane Whitten, & Lenny Gallant

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At The Guild through November 9

Reclamations is a group exhibition exploring the theme of reclaiming. In this exhibition the artists explore what it means to reclaim materials, ideas, and heritage into objects and images that speak to personal and global concerns. The Artists are Renee Laprise, Jane Whitten, & Lenny Gallant.

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Being Brian Burke

Predicaments: Brian Burke, a Retrospective Set to Open on October 5

An overview of the career of one of the Island’s most significant visual artists on exhibition at CCAG

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A new exhibition opens this week at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery (CCAG) celebrating the work of Brian Burke. The long-awaited two-gallery show will be open to the public on October 6 and officially celebrated—along with three other new exhibitions–at the Fall Art Gala on Friday, October 18 at the CCAG. The exhibition and its associated publication are sponsored by CN100.

The exhibition features over 100 paintings from a career that spanned 35 years. Brian Burke (1952-2017) was one of Prince Edward Island’s most significant visual artists of the past century. Mostly self-taught, although he did study briefly under Eric Fischl at NSCAD, Burke was a painter with a distinct personal style. His works addressed social roles, alienation, and the absurd in darkly humorous figurative images.

“Brian Burke is still a local hero, but he was also someone who dealt with universal themes, and achieved international success,” explains Curator Pan Wendt. “He was a rare artist who both sold his work and achieved critical acclaim, and he was a painter’s painter, instantly recognized by his peers for his original and powerful vision.”

This exhibition sums up Burke’s career, ranging from his rough and direct early work, through his time in New York and his major exhibition Mister Man, to his last decade, when he worked in Luzern, Switzerland, and includes loans from many private and public collections. It is accompanied by a publication that features essays by Wendt; Burke’s spouse, fellow artist Judith Scherer; NYU art history professor Robert Slifkin; and Swiss curator Heinz Stahlhut.

“We are so pleased with the generosity and collaboration of many private and several public collections for lending work to us for this exhibition in particular the Artist’s Estate,” says Gallery Director Kevin Rice.

He continues, “This retrospective of nearly 130 paintings, including many completed in Switzerland and not shown on P.E.I. previously, is really a celebration of an important Canadian artist. We hope we have a fantastic turnout at the opening reception at the Gallery on Friday, October 18 at 7 pm.”

Confederation Centre wishes to acknowledge the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Government of P.E.I., and the City of Charlottetown for their continued support.

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Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse