Culture Days 2018
Saturday, September 29 & Sunday, September 30
Free admission; all ages welcome
#YourWard Exhibition & Collage Party
Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30 | 12 – 5 pm
Art Gallery of Guelph – Lecture Room
Visit the AGG on Culture Days weekend for the presentation of #YourWard, the unique community-based initiative produced by Kiel and Amanda Wilson-Ciocci (KIAM) as 2018 artists-in-residence with the City of Guelph.
Involving the community to crowdsource images from each of Guelph’s wards, KIAM has produced six large-scale paintings that explore transitions in the urban environment. Their mixed media works incorporate thick layers of acrylic paint, gel medium, and washes to draw attention to the contrasting perspectives within each canvas.
Create your own #YourWard collage using images collected throughout the residency project!
Afronautic Research Lab
Saturday, September 29 | 12 – 5 pm
Heritage Hall, 83 Essex Street, Guelph, ON N1H 3K9
The Afronauts are coming to Heritage Hall on Saturday, September 29 from 12 to 5 pm! A project led by artist Camille Turner in conjunction with the exhibition Critical Mass, the Afronauts are space travellers who left earth 10,000 years ago and have returned to their home planet to save it. Inspired by the stories of the Dogon people of Mali, they invite citizen researchers into their Afronautic Research Lab, a reading room that brings participants in contact with archival and documentary evidence revealing the roots of anti-Blackness, such as 18th century newspapers containing ads posted by Canadian slave owners, life narratives from the Black community, and records of blackface incidents on campuses. Presented by the Art Gallery of Guelph in collaboration with the Guelph Black Heritage Society, the Afronautic Research Lab continues at the University of Guelph:
Tuesday, October 2 | 9 am – 5 pm, University Centre
Wednesday, October 3 | 9 am – 5 pm, Library, Archives and Special Collections
Born in Jamaica and based in Toronto, Camille Turner’s work explores issues of race, space, home and belonging. Her interventions, installations and public engagements often combine Afrofuturism and historical research.