Arts Commons Presents Visual Arts and Media Arts:
A Centre-wide Celebration of The Peel Project
Window Galleries (across from Max Bell Theatre in Arts Commons)
December 9, 2015 to February 29, 2016
Reception: Happenings #3 in Upper Centre Court at Arts Commons on Monday, February 29 from 6-9pm, including a free screening of Art!Flicks documentary, The Peel at 7pm in the Engineered Air Theatre, followed by an artist talk.
Coming to the Window Galleries in Arts Commons are works that each deal in very different mediums to express their individual messages.
Arts Commons is honoured to present an unprecedented centre-wide showcase of The Peel Project, a uniquely Canadian story of how art and activism can serve as a catalyst of social and political change. The exhibition, told through film, visual arts, and science, features six Canadian artists and their inspiring journey through one of the last untouched watersheds in North America.
The Peel River Watershed in the Yukon/Northwest Territories spans nearly 68,000km2 of intact arctic wilderness, of which 71% is now at risk of economic development for mining and oil exploration. In September 2014, six Canadian artists paddled through this endangered nature expanse, taking in the landscape, culture and wildlife as material and inspiration for their work.
The Window Galleries will be a curated selection of the work that the artists created during and after their trip. The showcase will culminate in the North American premiere The Peel, a free Art!Flicks documentary directed by Calder Cheverie and Anthony Wallace, and an artists’ panel discussion.
Aurora Darwin currently resides in Toronto, but spent her formative years in South East Asia. A graduate of Sheridan College, Aurora was awarded the 2011 Sheridan College Summer Scholarship to attend the Pilchuk Glass School in Seattle, Washington. In addition to her work being shown at the Ontario Crafts Council Gallery, The Royal Botanical Gardens and receiving recognition of outstanding achievement in the Craft and Design- Glass program, Aurora has donated her work to several relief funds including The Canadian Foundation for the Children of Haiti and Design Hope Toronto.
Anthony Wallace is a composer, instrumentalist and sound artist based in Toronto. A classically trained violinist, he has scored films, television documentaries as well as numerous theatre and dance productions.
His musical pursuits have taken him on adventures in West Africa where he studied hand percussion, and drum construction, to the Yukon and the arctic circle making sounds in canyons and all the way down south to Barbados to produce house dance music. Anthony obtained an Honours BFA in composition from York University, and performed in the York Symphony Orchestra as well as the Niagara Youth orchestra. Having original works performed in the Music Gallery, Tribute Community Recital Hall and part of the Collisions Festival at the Yonge Center for the Performing Arts, his work focuses on merging mediums by collaborating with artist of different disciplines.
Anthony is a contributing member of the experimental folk ensemble Howl Canyon, and can be seen performing instrumental violin/piano background music every monday night at the bar 1602 Dundas west in Toronto. He has lent his musical abilities to numerous Canadian recording artists including The Weather Station, Lisa Conway (LCON), Saida Baba Talibah, Gay, The Cowgirl Choir, LILMAN, The Super Darling and many others. in 2015 he is undertaking his first solo album and collaborative gallery tour which is part of the Peel Project expected to travel Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver and whitehorse
Daniel J. Kirk is a visual artist from Calgary, Alberta. He is the director/founder of BlankPage Studio, a local creative hub, designed to encourage and engage dialogue and active participation in the development of Calgary’s cultural sphere. Daniel has been a practicing artist after graduating from the University of Calgary’s BFA program in 2007. Evidence of kirk’s public commissions and private work can now be found throughout Canada and the United States as well as Central America and Turkey.
Katie Green is graduating with a BFA with Distinction from University of Calgary. She is a visual artist whose practice aims to draw relationships between concepts of growth, death, adaptation, cooperation, and our physical and emotional connection to nature. With the fearlessness of imagination and the curiosity of heart, Katie hopes her work can be a catalyst towards building a stronger connection with our rootedness in nature, and in turn, our sense of self. Katie’s work has been exhibited in public galleries such as Contemporary Calgary (formerly Museum of Contemporary Art) and the Nickle Galleries. Her work can also be seen internationally in Nepal, India, and Sri Lanka where she worked on numerous mural projects, both independently and in collaboration with artist collectives and non-profit organizations.
Carleigh Baker is a writer who lives in Vancouver. Her fiction has appeared in subTerrain Magazine, Joyland, and Ricepaper. She was the 2012 recipient of SubTerrain’s Lush Triumphant award for short fiction. She writes book reviews for the Globe and Mail and EVENT Magazine with a focus on Aboriginal studies and new fiction, and is a contributor to Unsettled, an anthology of essays on the impact of colonialism in Canada, due out with Brindle & Glass in 2016.
In September 2015, Baker joined the Peel Project team along with five other artists, to paddle 500 kilometres through the Peel River Watershed in the Yukon and Northwest Territories. She is working on several essays and a full length memoir about the trip. A series of poems written on the trip will tour the country along with art and music created by all who contributed to the project.
Callan Field is a Toronto-based Canadian artist, adventurer and creative professional. As a photographer, his work from The Peel has focused on documenting the Arctic landscape, the unique moments of a wilderness experience and the impact they have on the people who experience them.