Introducing Gallery A – Fulfilling the Legacy of Aleen Aked and paving the way for collaboration, local artistic exposure and the growth of our vibrant arts community. Please join us for the Grand Opening at RMG Fridays on 9 January.
Elizabeth Aleen Aked was an accomplished artist and a woman with a strong sense of the history and culture of the places she lived, especially her summer home and studio in Tyrone, Ontario. Miss Aked died in 2003; in her estate, a generous portion of her legacy was gifted to The Robert McLaughlin Gallery.
With the support of the Aked Endowment and funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage, the RMG is thrilled to embark on an exciting new initiative aimed at fostering a thriving local arts community.
During the summer of 2014, the RMG was under major renovations to create a professional exhibition space reserved for exhibiting the work of local artists, community collaborations, and themed group exhibits. The new space, features a professional gallery, an artist studio and rooms designed for bringing together arts communities.
Opportunities are available for community partnerships and special initiatives as well as artist residencies that prioritizes artists who wish to experiment with new ideas, collaborate, and work in new directions. Artists will have increased opportunities to give public talks, participate in professional development workshops, and give and receive critical feedback from peers. Programming of this space is separate from our curatorial planning and proposal selections are made with a jury of local artists and arts professionals.
We invite you to visit the new space, take a workshop or apply for an opportunity at Gallery A.
RMG Fridays on Friday 9 January, 7 pm
Thursday 26 February, 7 – 8 pm
Sunday 15 March. Projects will take place from September 2015 to February 2016. Application form found at http://www.rmg.on.ca
1 December, 2014 – 1 February 2015
Gallery A & Art Lab: Pete Smith, artist residency
4 February – 1 March, 2015
Gallery A: Ruth Greenlaw
Art Lab: Toni Hamel, artist residency
3 March -29 March, 2015
Gallery A & Art Lab: Toni Hamel, artist residency
31 March– 12 April, 2015
Gallery A: Speak Up! Youth Art Exhibition
14 April – 28 April, 2015
Gallery A: Durham College Fine Arts Graduate Thesis Exhibition
Sunday 1 February, 1 – 3pm
Talk and Tour with Artist, Pete Smith and Senior Curator, Linda Jansma
RMG Fridays: 6 February, 7-10pm
Opening reception: Ruth Greenlaw
Sunday 22 February, 1-3pm
Talk and Tour with artists Ruth Greenlaw and Margaret Rodgers
Sunday 29 March, 1 – 3pm
Talk and Tour with Artist Toni Hamel and Running on Empty Curator Heather Nicol
Sunday 19 April, 1 – 3pm
Opening Reception: Durham College Fine Arts Graduate Thesis Exhibition
Workshops for Artists
Register online – spaces are limited.
Saturday 10 January, 1 – 3pm
Drawing Workshop with Ron Shuebrook
Ron Shuebrook will lead a workshop about the use of memories as a catalyst for art, while also considering aesthetic forms and expressive processes. Participants will explore a variety of graphic media such as graphite, charcoal, or ink, based on their interests. All materials provided but students are welcome to bring their own tools and materials if they prefer.
Registration required. $25 Members/ $35 Non-Members / Free for adults registered in Winter/Spring 2015 art classes
Sunday 15 February, 1 – 3pm
Grant Writing and Funding Opportunities for Artists
Zhe Gu, Visual Arts Officer at the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) will lead this workshop aimed at professional Visual artists and Fine Craft artists. The workshop will cover the types of grants available, the selection process and how to prepare an effective application. Please bring any applications in progress, your artist statement, or previous grant text.
Free. Registration required.
Thursday 30 April – Saturday 2 May
By appointment during Gallery hours
Artwork Documentation Station
Over the course of three days, artists may document their artwork in an environment designed for effective, professional documentation. RMG staff will be on hand with the appropriate lighting, hanging and photographic equipment. Artists may bring their own camera, or alternately a 10GB USB memory stick to transfer images onto. Maximum of five artworks, no larger than 7ft x 7ft. Wall-mounted works only.
Free. Registration required.
Sunday 7 March, 10am – 4pm
Abstraction in Canada: The Legacy of Jock Macdonald
Lunch and refreshments included.
$20 / $15 students / Free for RMG Members