Category Archives: State of the Art

A Big Shout Out

As we say goodbye to our current exhibit “All Things Hilda” at The Guild and start prepping for the next we just want to say thank you to everyone for making it a huge success. Shout out to Kevin Rice and the team over at Confederation Center Art Gallery for all of their help, we couldn’t have done it without you! 


Special thanks to John Hopkins for letting us honor Hilda’s legacy.

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A Fine Line

New Exhibition Explores Relationship between the Digital World and Reality

 Artist in Residence Casey Koyczan presents exhibition and ArtTalk –

A new media installation recently developed by Tlicho-Dene artist Casey Koyczan opens at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery (CCAG) on October 13. 

nayiìhtła ; light is Koyczan’s first exhibition on P.E.I., and he will undertake a week-long residency at CCAG. Originally from Yellowknife, YT and now based in Winnipeg, MB, he recently received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Manitoba. His approach is rooted in new media, with his work combining traditional art practices with digital realities. 

“This is how we are all experiencing the world now, so it is refreshing to see work that starts from the premise that the digital and the ‘real’ are always overlapping one another,” says gallery curator Pan Wendt

In this exhibition, the artist combines two looped digital multimedia pieces with the unique characteristics of the physical space of the gallery. In the artist’s words, it “explores the relationship between the digital world and our perceptions of reality by imaginatively reshaping architectural spaces”. Dual-channel projections accompanied by audio soundscapes work together in a changing progression that evokes organic objects, natural elements, and organisms in the real world.

“I couldn’t say no to this opportunity when Pan reached out to me, I automatically said yes,” says Koyczan. “It has been great to be presented with the challenge of coming up with a new exhibition. I don’t like to show work over and over again, so I always push myself to make something new.”  

nayiìhtła ; light will be on display from October 13, 2021 – January 23, 2022 and is supported by the RBC Emerging Artists Program. 

An ArtTalk with Casey Koyczan will take place on Thursday, October 14 at 7pm. There is no cost to attend the event, but patrons must register in advance and seats are limited. To register; send your name, phone number, and the number of individuals in your party to Sodam Jeong at sjeong@confederationcentre.com

COVID Guidelines: Masks are required at all times in the gallery. To attend the ArtTalk, patrons must show one of the following upon arrival:

• Proof of vaccination along with a valid government-issued ID 

• Written exemption from the Chief Public Health Office confirming inability to be vaccinated

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Calling All Artists

The Guild is currently seeking submissions for 2022 from, but not limited to: emerging artists; mid-career artists; established and senior artists; artists of diverse backgrounds; artist populations that have been generally underserved; and community groups. As a cultural venue with its mandate for promotion and support for Island artists, the Guild’s Board of Directors have given clear direction for Island artists to be awarded first consideration. All exhibitions will run for approximately 2 weeks from February through June.

Please submit- Up to 5 works- Artist Resume- Statement of Intent / Exhibition ProposalPlease send submissions via e-mail to Alyse Mercey, Gallery and Events Manager at amercey@theguildpei.com We look forward to viewing your submission.

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Honouring the Missing

New Work Honouring Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Now On Display at Confederation Centre Art Gallery

-Newly unveiled mural by Bronson Jacque will be in the gallery until December-

A new work of art on display at Confederation Centre Art Gallery puts a face on people whose lives have been forever altered by family members and friends who have gone missing. 

 “We have unveiled a very precious piece of art that is both substantially moving and memorable,” says Aboriginal Women’s Association of PEI (AWAPEI) President Matilda Ramjattan. “This is not just a project; it is ground-breaking work and sacred art that will help heal those affected by missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. I get tears in my eyes every time I think about this project and the lives that were taken.” 

“It was very important to me to show that these missing and murdered Indigenous women are still here with us, in the hearts and minds of their families and loved ones,” explains Jacque. “That’s why each person in the mural is holding an object that belonged to their loved one, or a photo. But beyond that, I wanted the piece to reverse the colonial gaze…to take the power back, which is why each loved one is looking directly at those who gaze upon them.”

The as-yet-unnamed mural is on display in the gallery entrance stairwell.

“Confederation Centre is honoured to be given the opportunity to prominently display this important work, and to partner with the AWAPEI to create more awareness around MMIWG,” says Art Gallery Director Kevin Rice. “Bronson Jacque’s group portrait of ten women and girls who have experienced these tragedies is very impactful, and will be on display in the gallery until late December.”

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Two Thumbs Up

Confederation Centre Art Gallery to host new work from BGL

-Two Thumbs Up (Arts and Crafts) to feature the artist collective’s final exhibition of new works.

Award-winning Quebec-based artist collective BGL, who have represented Canada at the Venice Biennale, and have won major acclaim around the world, opens an exhibit of new work at the Confederation Centre Gallery (CCAG) on July 17th.

“This is going to be the last time we will be creating new work as a collective, so even if there are some works that seem to reflect on our end – like the replica of a 19th century hearse or the ‘crashed’ motorcycle – we want them to be joyful, fun, and humorous,” explains BGL member Nicolas Laverdière. “The pleasure and freedom in making art for a living was the reason we got together in the first place. Art was always an adventure into fun for us.” 

In Two Thumbs Up (Arts and Crafts), they reprise elements of their Canadassimo project originally presented at the Venice Biennale in 2015, along with a major new body of work. Curated by Pan Wendt, the CCAG exhibition features two galleries of work. One will include the studio installation from Canadassimo, and the other will show BGL’s latest work, including a series of pieces made with birch twigs. 

“Arts and Crafts is a title that makes sense for the new body of work, which really comes out of the poetry of different kinds of manual labour, things you can only say intuitively in the roughness of manual work,” offers Laverdière. “There’s something about the handmade aesthetic that’s true for us.”

“We are truly honoured to host the final exhibition of new work by some of Canada’s most imaginative, brilliant, and playful sculptors, and we have really been impressed by BGL’s work over the years,” shares CCAG Director Kevin Rice. “BGL was a pleasure to work with during Oh, Canada, a 2014 exhibition organized by Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, and presented in our gallery, and we are very excited to be showing a selection of their latest work, as well as their truly grand-scale Venice installation.”

BGL—Two Thumbs Up (Arts and Crafts) opens on Saturday, July 17 and will be on display until December 2021. Special thanks are extended to the Arts Hotel, the official accommodation sponsor in Charlottetown for BGL artist collective.

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Get to the Gallery

Don’t Miss our Summer Opening!Join us as we celebrate our new exhibitions on Saturday, July 17 at 5 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. Enjoy great food, listen to tunes from piano player Hannah Melanson, and meet the artists, including BGL members whose exhibition, Two Thumbs Up Arts and Crafts, opens July 17. Tickets are required and can be purchased at the Confederation Centre box office. BGL members Jasmin Bilodeau, Sébastien Giguère and Nicolas Laverdière.
Robert Harris ExhibitionA survey of Robert Harris’ impressive career as a portrait painter fills two of our main galleries with his commissioned and family portraits, self-portraits, genre subjects, as well as landscapes and selected drawings, sketchbooks, family photographs, letters, and memorabilia.  
Bessie in Her Wedding Gown, 1885A Decade of Art in the OpenThis exhibition in the Centre’s concourse commemorates 10 years of Art in the Open,Charlottetown’s outdoor art festival. On display are various relics, souvenirs, photo and video documentation, and a few examples of works created during the festival.                      Art in the Open 2014Click here for a full listing of Gallery exhibitionsGallery Hours:Open daily, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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Rocking the Open

Coming Soon to the CCAG – Art in the Open at 10 Years: An Incomplete Archive

-Opening June 19, retrospective exhibition celebrates art festival’s first decade-

It may be hard to believe, but Art in the Open, Charlottetown’s outdoor public art festival, is 10 years old! The first edition, held in August 2011, brought together the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, this town is small, inc., and the City of Charlottetown to collaborate and create a festival that celebrated visual art in the setting of the city’s parks and other public spaces. 

Charlottetown-based artist-archivist Donnalee Downe and Wendt have been sourcing documentation, artifacts, and artworks from artists as well as the general public, all towards a new exhibition, entitled Art in the Open at 10 Years: An Incomplete Archive, that will be open to the public in the Centre’s concourse this summer. theatre

He welcomes visitors to visit the exhibition from June 12 to September 19 at the Centre. “I think audiences would love to see all of the images and records we’re collecting in one place. Donnalee is a master organizer, categorizer, and collector, and she’s bringing an artistic vision to the exhibition as well,” he adds.

Art in the Open at 10 Years: an Incomplete Archive can be seen at Confederation Centre in Charlottetown. Art in the Open 2021 runs from 4 p.m. to midnight, August 28.

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