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In this edition of The Bulletin

  1. Community Consultation / Rodman Hall > Wednesday 26 October
  2. Twenty-three Days at Sea on display in NAC’s Show Room Gallery
  3. 5 x 2 > Tuesday 1 November at Mahtay

Future of Rodman Hall

Wednesday 26 October 6PM at NAC

On behalf of Brock University, you are invited to participate in an upcoming community consultation session to provide input on the future of the Rodman Hall Art Centre, beyond the expiry of the current agreement in 2023 to fund operations, upkeep, and maintenance.
NAC members are welcome to participate on Wednesday 26 October from 6:30PM – 8PM at Niagara Artists Centre (354 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines)Refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP by clicking on the link: or by calling 905 332 8315.

WHAT: Community consultation regarding the future of a sustainable Regional Public Art Gallery in St. CatharinesWHEN & WHERE: 
Wednesday 26 October 6:30PM – 8:00PM; Niagara Artists Centre, 354 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines L2R 3N2WHY: In 2003, Brock University entered into an agreement to purchase the Rodman Hall Art Centre assets from a community organization and to maintain these assets until 2023. Now, Brock University is looking at other options for the future of the RHAC. It is trying to explore a community-based option for the Centre with a not-for-profit ownership model.

twenty-three days at sea
Nour Bishouty / Christopher Boyne / Elisa Ferrari / Amaara Raheem

Opening Reception
Friday 14 October 2016 7PM
Showroom Gallery at NAC

“The boat is a floating piece of space, a place without a place, that exists by itself, that is closed in on itself and at the same time is given over to the infinity of the sea… (it is a) great instrument of economic development, but has been simultaneously the greatest reserve of the imagination…”
– Michel Foucault

The Niagara Artists Centre is pleased to present Twenty-Three Days at Sea, Chapter One, curated by Kimberly Phillips, director/curator of Access Gallery in Vancouver, BC, as part of the Concept of Vancouver Conference happening in Downtown St. Catharines 13 and 14 October.

In December 2014, Access Gallery—in partnership with Burrard Arts Foundation—issued a call for submissions for a highly unconventional artist residency, offering selected emergent and experimental artists passage aboard cargo ships sailing from Vancouver to Shanghai. Crossing the Pacific Ocean takes approximately twenty-three days, during which time artists are considered “in residence” aboard the vessel. The response to this call was overwhelming. By deadline Access had received nearly 900 proposals submitted by artists from around the world, as far afield as Sevastopol, Lahore, Sao Paolo, and St. Petersburg.

The idea for this residency project was provoked in part by the fact that Access Gallery is a small, publicly-funded artist-run centre based in a city whose notorious real estate market renders the spatial demands of a traditional residency particularly nearly impossible to realize. Lacking the capacity to host artists on Vancouver’s terra firma for any meaningful length of time,the organization cast its thinking out to sea. But far more importantly, Twenty-Three Days at Sea offered the opportunity to ask an important set of questions relevant to our own socio-political coordinates in a major port city on the Pacific Rim. How can art responsibly bring visibility to the system of sea-borne freight, a system within which we are implicated, but which most of us neither see clearly nor fully understand? How might we interrogate romanticism about the role of the artist as “witness”? What does “risk” mean in artistic practice today?

The exhibition Twenty-Three Days at Sea, Chapter One presents new bodies of work by the residency’s inaugural four artists–Nour Bishouty, Christopher Boyne, Elisa Ferrari, and Amaara Raheem–produced in response to their time spent on the open sea. While diverse in their treatment of both media and subject matter, each of these artists’ practices is marked by a perceptible state of seeking. Their works on exhibition do not directly convey their experiences on the cargo vessels. Rather, through sculpture, sound, video, gathered ephemera, text, and movement, they meditate on the carriage of experience itself, as well as the complexity of translation, the fallibility of recall, and the conditions of complicity.

These new bodies of work, along with published reproductions of their logbooks kept while at sea, will be presented at the Niagara Artists Centre from Friday 14 October – Friday 23 December 2016.

5 x 2
Image Maker Conversations

Tuesday 1 November 5:30 – 6:30 pm (please note new time)
Mahtay Café, 241 St. Paul Street, St Catharines

Artist Facilitator: Elizabeth Chitty

Join us on the first Tuesday of each month for an informal discussion about art and visual culture. Based on the PechaKucha model, artists, architects, designers and other image-makers are invited to contribute to the conversation by sharing 5 images and speaking about each for 2 minutes. Show us what you are working on, what inspires you, or just come for the conversation. Everyone is welcome!

Contact Danny Custodio [email protected] to reserve your presentation date. We also encourage non-presenters to attend and share in the conversation.

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