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    Holding Ground: to hold space, to hold up, to care for, to support, to refuse to let go. This exhibition is the culmination of many conversations held through hosting of the Indigenous Intergenerational Exchange led by artists Marianne Nicolson, Marika Swan and educator/media maker Nikki Sanchez, in collaboration with 12 invited participants: Gerry Ambers, Aya Clappis, Ace Harry, Lisa Kenoras, Laura Manson, Jessica Mayhew, Feather Nault, Ross Neasloss Jr, Stephanie Papik, Coral Shaughnessy-Moon, Nabidu Taylor, and France Trepanier. This amazing group of individuals are all contributors to social justice and frontline activism in their respective communities. They held virtual gatherings bi-weekly from February 25th – May 20th to share cultural teachings, critical understanding, and creative processes within a healing space. Through Holding Ground, they have set the powerful intention to host an open floor for the group to participate in an active interplay of creative sharing. This exhibition will generously share a glimpse into the continuum of Indigenous resistance, across generations: “Our children are sacred and their desire to continue to advocate for our worldviews is a sacred undertaking. As such, the gallery space and the time occupied by the exhibit is reserved and recognized for them.” Marianne Nicolson At the center of this exhibition is a curtain collaboratively made by members of the group. Traditionally these curtains hang in the Big House for ceremony such as Potlatch and act as a transitional space between the physical and spiritual realms: “We will be creating a curtain to transform our space at the AGGV. This anchor will allow us to create our own microcosm of the universe. Within this we can re-enact the nature of our inter- relationships with each other and to the land. In community, each generational role is necessary. Isolated we are vulnerable. But in formation we have great strength in the diversity of our offerings.” Marika Swan On July 3rd, the floor will be opened with the curtain in place to hold space for the participants to share throughout the run of the exhibition. Watch as the space evolves and we extend an invitation to revisit throughout the coming months and witness the evolution of this shifting space. We extend our gratitude and appreciation to all of the participants involved in this project for their unique contributions, their time and generosity. “We hold the space so that what is happening in the now will have a presence.” Marianne Nicolson Gerry Ambers, Aya Clappis, Ace Harry, Lisa Kenoras, Laura Manson, Jessica Mayhew, Feather Nault, Marianne Nicolson, Ross Neasloss Jr, Stephanie Papik, Nikki Sanchez, Coral Shaughnessy-Moon, Nicole Stanbridge, Marika Swan, Nabidu Taylor, France Trepanier.
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    The AGGV is hosting weekly Public Open Houses for the 2021 CELEBRATION OF ART, so be sure to visit the Gallery and enjoy free admission all day! This is a great opportunity to explore what’s new. During your visit you can also pick up your copy of the 2021 TD Artist Guide! If you can’t make it to the Gallery, check out the TD ARTIST GUIDE online and be sure to follow us on INSTAGRAM, FACEBOOK, and TWITTER and subscribe to our YOUTUBE CHANNEL because we’ll be celebrating local arts and community for the whole month of July!
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    As part of theCELEBRATION OF ART, we will be hosting a Public Open House at the Gallery with free admission all day. Make sure to check out the newest exhibitions opening today: Holding Ground and Emily Carr: Seeing and Being Seen! If you can’t make it to the Gallery, make sure to see our digital Celebration of Artprograms which offer a chance for people at home to get creative – including weekly INVITATIONS TO CREATE from the AGGV Studio, and our July FAMILY SUNDAY program coming out tomorrow! Check out the TD ARTIST GUIDE online and be sure to follow us on INSTAGRAM, FACEBOOK, and TWITTER and subscribe to our YOUTUBE CHANNEL because we’ll be celebrating local arts and community for the whole month of July!
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    The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is excited to present an extra special Family Sunday this summer in connection with our new virtual program Celebration of Art. We are so pleased to welcome special guest, Owen. Owen is 9 years old and LOVES to create dresses, fabulous hats and other magical fashion pieces. For this month’s Family Sunday check out Owen’s delightful video workshop dropping on our YouTube channel at 2pm on July 18 and learn to create your own fabulous fashion piece to wear around your neighbourhood, campsite, wherever! Pease note – this month’s video workshop will also be screened at the AGGV for on site visitors.
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    Family Sunday happens every third Sunday of the month October – June, and is an afternoon of exploring hands-on art-making and ideas for all ages. This recurring program often features special guests like storytellers, artists, performers or musicians. When May arrives in Victoria, so do birds from all parts of the world. Their migration is our special guest Liam Singh’s flight of fascination, and we will be sharing a very special Family Sunday video where you can learn all about the feathered folk who make Vancouver Island their home. Keep your eye on our YouTube channel for the the ‘flight’ of our next Family Sunday video being released on May 16!
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    Please join the Gallery for the opening of Retainers of Anarchy, a solo exhibition featuring new work from Howie Tsui that considers wuxia as a narrative tool for dissidence and resistance. Wuxia, a traditional form of martial arts literature that expanded into 20th-century popular film and television, was created out of narratives and characters often from lower social classes that uphold chivalric ideals against oppressive forces during unstable times. Retainers of Anarchy is collaboratively organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Great Victoria and the Ottawa Art Gallery. The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria iteration curated by Michelle Jacques.
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    Who says visual art gets to have all the fun? Words have power and beauty too! Join us online with our guide Marie Metaphor, spoken word artist, as she leads our imaginations to all kinds of enchanting new places. Marie is a multidisciplinary artist and educator living on the traditional and unceded territories of the Lək̓ʷəŋən speaking peoples, (Victoria, BC). The vocabulary of the sea, the chlorophyll dialects of the forest and the anchor of this soil are integral to her work. Marie’s poetry has been published in a number of anthologies and journals in print and online including Room magazine, The Chestnut Review and Brickyard (Brickbooks). She has performed at a wide variety of venues ranging from literary festivals to interdisciplinary arts events to local poetry slams and has been coaching youth poets for nearly a decade. Marie’s work leads with compassion as she endeavors to create moments of intimacy, tapping into art’s unique ability to breed empathy and connection among diverse individuals and communities. She believes in reckless acts of beauty. She believes in the power of stories shared. Stay tuned for the video release on our YouTube channel on April 18 at 2pm! Family Sunday happens every third Sunday of the month October – June, and is an afternoon of exploring hands-on art-making and ideas for all ages. This recurring program often features special guests like storytellers, artists, performers or musicians.
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    What happens when we combine sound and movement? What can that look like? Join us online (Zoom live) with DJ Nova Jade and we’ll explore a smorgasbord of music and rhythm. Prepare to dance in your living room! Tera Greene aka ‘DJ Nova Jade’, an award-winning DJ since 2003. Her taste in music is eclectic and substantially diverse, and she has been featured in music festivals, fitness centers, and even inside of art gallery spaces for events like our popular Urbanite event. The host of the popular Bad Rabbit Radio on SUB.FM, Nova* plays house and bass music bi-weekly for a worldwide audience. As an educator and “artivist”, Ms. Jade* has been invited to teach workshops on the fusion of dance, movement and music at the Patel Conservatory in the United States, and in events for high-risk/at-risk youth and for adults as a pathway for rehabilitation. Before she was a DJ, Nova Jade* was a dancer. She is a self-proclaimed “DJ’s DJ” and her sincere intention for every event is to help you move in some way: physically, emotionally, and otherwise.
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    Come and see what’s on display at the Gallery! This new installation of contemporary art in the Ker Gallery aims to create a contemplative, mostly monochromatic space. The exhibition spans time, cultures, and techniques. Through these works, aspects of design, architecture, craft, history, and identity are present. Through the lens of Celebrating the AGGV Collection, it has been a great opportunity to dive into the permanent collection and see what works are long overdue for display, and to consider which artists and stories can be highlighted in that process. Free admission, 10AM - 5PM. Artists include: Sybil Andrews, Ghitta Caiserman-Roth, Robert De Castro, Judi Dyelle, Rodney Graham, Kiakshuk, Latcholassie Akesuk, lessLIE, Sol Lewitt, Medrie MacPhee, Luanne Martineau, Naoko Matsubara, Waine Ryzak, Dylan Thomas, Vredaparis.
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    Join Family Sunday Coordinator, April Caverhill, online and explore the AGGV virtually in some exciting new ways! Learn how to experience our exhibits using your body, your curiosity and all of your senses PLUS enjoy a mini art project. Here’s what you will need to gather from around the house to follow along: a small cardboard box, scissors, tape, colouring supplies like pencil crayons, markers or paint, perhaps a few old magazines, white paper, and a glue stick. Stay tuned for the video release this Sunday at 2pm and join the fun! Video will be released on Feb 21 on our YouTube channel, where there are many cool, inspiring, Family Sunday videos to check out featuring wonderful local artists! Check this growing collection out at anytime. Family Sunday happens every third Sunday of the month, from October – June, and is an afternoon of exploring hands-on art-making and ideas for all ages. This recurring program often features special guests like storytellers, artists, performers or musicians. Find out more!
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