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Eight Artists On the Move

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June 4, 2022 – February 4, 2022

This exhibition tracks the changing careers of eight notable Canadian artists by bringing their recent work into comparison with earlier pieces in the Confederation Centre Art Gallery collection. These pairings, which function as focal points of artistic biographies, illuminate the way the trajectories of individual lives and careers reshape our interpretation of works of art from the past.  


The exhibition is curated by Pan Wendt.

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Porcupine Art Revisited

Matues Revisited

June 11, 2022 – September 11, 2022

A collection of vibrant porcupine quillwork art created by The Quill Sisters collective, three artists from Epekwitk that have dedicated their time, passion, and creativity to reinvigorating the unique and dynamic tradition of Mi’kmaw quillwork embellishment on birchbark forms, will be featured in the Fredric and Ogden Martin Concourse Gallery. Matues Revisited is presented in partnership with the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Centre for Craft Nova Scotia and the Mary E Black Gallery.

Curated by Aiden Gillis.

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Check Out the Summer Trade

The Summer Trade

June 11, 2022 – October 9, 2022

Tourism is a transaction, but also, a complicated set of relationships that subtly shapes both guest and host. By its nature, tourism also holds up a mirror to the host society in which it can see a version of itself. Over the long arc of tourism’s history on Prince Edward Island, stretching from the early Victorian period to today’s economic juggernaut, the summer trade has consistently promoted the restorative effects of the province’s healthy climate, pastoral landscape, and rural culture, and continually refined the tools it uses to reach, attract, and satisfy visitors. Using images and artifacts, The Summer Trade at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery will trace change and continuity in the story of tourism in the Garden of the Gulf over a period of 150 years through a series of thematic modules spanning promotion, transportation (to and within the province), accommodations, attractions, souvenirs, and host-visitor relations. It is a tale of boosters and knockers, promoters and providers, and, of course, tourists in search of what travel brings: entertainment, experience, and the recovery of innocence. 


Curated by Ed MacDonald and Alan MacEachern.

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New Season New Works

Spring Gallery Opening at Confederation Centre Art Gallery

– Upcoming public events connect patrons with exhibitions, curators, and artists –

The Confederation Centre Art Gallery (CCAG) is thrilled to invite the public to its Spring Gallery Opening on Saturday, March 26 at 7 p.m. The evening will begin in Memorial Hall with light food, a cash bar, and live music from Ryan Van Winkle and Drew Cassibo. Guests will then make their way to the Gallery to explore the exhibitions at their own pace. Several guest curators and artists will be in attendance, including Anne KovalDanika Vandersteen, and David Woods

“There is such remarkable range of artworks on display right now,” says CCAG director Kevin Rice. “We have greatly missed hosting openings and are thrilled to welcome the public to connect with and celebrate art.”  

The Spring Gallery Opening is free to attend, and no registration is required. The current exhibitions include: 

Fairy Tails (curated by Anne Koval)

This group exhibition, with ten artists, explores the wonderous in nature by reconsidering the role of animals in storytelling. The works present fantastical narratives in which animals preside over strange episodes. 

Danika Vandersteen: How to Convey Blue in Black and White (curated by Jill McRae and Andrew Cairns)

The exhibition brings together a colourful and eclectic array of painting, found-object, and textile work to create a compelling and whimsical world populated with people, animals, everyday items, and repeating patterns. 

John Hartman: Many Lives Mark This Place (organized and circulated by the Woodstock Art Gallery, Ontario)

Renowned Canadian painter and printmaker John Hartman captures the intimate relationship between Canadian authors and their personal places of inspiration in large-scale portraits.

Visible Storage: A CCAG Collection Project (curated by Kathleen MacKinnon and Jill McRae)

Gallery staff are working in view of the public on rehousing, repairing, reporting, and retelling the stories of lesser-known pieces from the CCAG vault. The permanent collection is varied and includes paintings, prints, photographs, letters, architectural drawings, and the odd Lucy Maud Montgomery manuscript.

The Secret Codes: Quilts From and Inspired by Nova Scotia’s Black Communities (curated by David Woods) 

Organized and circulated by the Black Artists Network of Nova Scotia, this exhibition focuses on the ways that quilts have functioned as utilitarian and decorative objects, as documentary records of family history, and as a celebration of Black culture. 

Prior to the opening reception, there will be free guided tours of the CCAG led by the artists and curators of the exhibitions: 

4:00 p.m. – How to Convey Blue in Black and White with artist Danika Vandersteen

4:30 p.m. – Fairy Tails with curator Anne Koval

5:00 p.m. – The Secret Codes with curator David Woods 

Registration for these tours is required. Contact Sodam Jeong at sjeong@confederationcentre.com to book. 

Artist Danika Vandersteen will also take part in Family Sunday on March 27 at 1:30 p.m. These free, bilingual workshops are an opportunity for families to explore visual art together. Participants will create mixed media collages inspired by the colourful grids and tessellations found in Vandersteen’s work using coloured paper, markers, glue, and scissors. To register, contact Sodam Jeong at sjeong@confederationcentre.com

For all information on all CCAG events, visit confederationcentre.com.

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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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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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Up Next: A Life’s Work

Coming Soon to the CCAG — A Life’s Work: Canadian Artist Robert Harris (1849-1919)

-New Gallery exhibition highlights Harris’ work as a portrait painter in Canada’s early years-

(Charlottetown, P.E.I.) – A highly-anticipated new Robert Harris exhibition is opening in two stages this month at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery (CCAG). Beginning June 5, A Life’s Work surveys Harris’ impressive career as a portrait painter in a young country. 

The exhibition features commissioned portraits of local merchant William Weeks, 1880; Sir Hugh Allan, 1885, founder of the Allan Steamship Line; the artist’s niece, Ruth Harris, 1896; and Anna Leonowens, 1905, co-founder of what is now NSCAD University. Also included are portraits of Harris’ siblings and parents, self-portraits, scenes of everyday life—including The Local Stars, 1888 and A Studio Boy’s Private View, 1886—less known but remarkable landscape paintings from several countries, selected drawings, sketchbooks, and memorabilia such as family photographs and letters.

Ranging from youthful works made in Charlottetown, to those created during his international studies and travels, or in his Montreal studio, this selection of works is drawn primarily from the CCAG’s extensive Robert Harris Collection and Archive—the majority of which was transferred to the Centre in 1965 from the Robert Harris Trust.

Harris was a keen observer and he created a fascinating record of Charlottetown as he practiced drawing and painting. His detailed map of the city (based on a 1863 map by D.J. Lake) related to his early surveying work and his watercolour views of Charlottetown from 1869-1871 are a charming glimpse into this era. However Harris was intent on painting people and his early self-directed training was followed by periods of study in Boston, London, and Paris in the 1870s and early 1880s. His goal of being an artist was set by his later teens and by 1880 he was regarded as one of Canada’s leading painters. 

Harris had the distinction of being named among the 26 charter members of the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts (RCA) when it was founded in 1880. His growing reputation for portraiture was undoubtedly a contributing factor in the Canadian Government awarding him the 1883 commission to depict the delegates to the Quebec Conference of 1864. Harris’ large, group painting is an iconic image in Canadian history and the commission propelled the artist’s career and solidified his reputation as Canada’s best portrait artist of the late 19th and early 20th century.

Harris’ success has often been attributed to his talent, business acumen, and his ability to connect with people—be it the well-to-do sitters commissioning portraits or the local farmers, fishers, women working in the lobster packing plant, or as a teacher in a one-room school. The range of subjects from everyday life that Harris explored in his works bear this out.

A Life’s Work: Canadian Artist Robert Harris (1849-1919) is planned in two parts. The first will feature many of the early watercolours, drawings of nude models, illustrations, and preliminary sketches for a wide range of portraits and will be presented in the Sobey Gallery and opens on June 5. The majority of the oil paintings in the exhibition—the portraits, genre, and landscapes—will be installed on the second-floor gallery and will be ready for viewing by June 26 and on display until January 2022.

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New Eye On Art

Confederation Centre Art Gallery Welcomes Adjunct Curator

Confederation Centre is pleased to announce the addition of Charles Campbell as adjunct curator with the Confederation Centre Art Gallery (CCAG) . 

Campbell is a Jamaican-born multidisciplinary artist, writer and curator, who grew up on Prince Edward Island. Using performance, sculpture, and installation, his work investigates the future prospects that have become possible in the wake of colonization. 

Campbell will work remotely with the CCAG on special projects from his home in Victoria, B.C.  including an upcoming contribution to the national initiative, FIELDTRIP: Art Across Canada.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the team at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery,” remarks Campbell. “Growing up in Charlottetown, the encounters with the arts at Confed Centre are among my most memorable experiences. I’ll be using the post of adjunct curator to research overlooked and underserved Canadian artists and present visions from BIPOC artists that can expand our world.”

He previously served as chief curator of the National Gallery of Jamaica where he embraced vernacular styles and street art from Jamaica’s vibrant urban communities and expanded the national canon. 

“Having Charles Campbell’s perspective and expertise available as we develop future programs will be invaluable,” offers Gallery Director Kevin Rice. “We certainly enjoyed working with Charles when we presented his artwork as part of P.E.I.’s Art in the Open Festival and we now look forward to his curatorial contributions.”

The artist has exhibited widely in North America, the Caribbean, and Europe including: Rideau Hall, the Havana Biennial, Brooklyn Museum, and Perez Art Museum Miami. He holds a B. FA from Concordia University and an M.A. in Fine Arts from Goldsmiths College, University of London.

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Ready Set Go

Join us in Memorial Hall for an opening reception to celebrate the Art Gallery’s newest exhibitions then head to the Gallery to explore at your leisure. We’ve got protocols in place to keep you safe while you enjoy an evening of art, music, food and drinks.     

Guests can attend on Friday, February 19 at 7 p.m. or Saturday, February 20 at 7 p.m. Call or visit the box office to book your table at $25 per person. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance at (902) 566-1267.

Our exhibitions include The Drive featuring a major Tom Thomson painting of the same name. The show situates the work of Thomson, the Group of Seven, and their peers with contemporary Indigenous and Canadian artists to highlight the complexity of the representation of landscape.

Gerard Clarkes: A Haunted Land features paintings created in Toronto in the 1960s and 1970s, along with more recent works. In the concourse you’ll find large colourful canvases from Eye Candy: Recent Gifts to the Collection, an exhibition of works by Canadian painters recently donated to our collection.

Saturday Tours

If you can’t make the evening openings, join us in the afternoon on Saturday, February 20, for FREE 45-minute tours. There is a maximum of 10 people per tour so pre-registration is required. Tour times are 1:00, 1:15, 2:00, and 2:15. 

RSVP to Evan at 902-628-6112 or efurness@confederationcentre.com

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