CK Museum and Thames Art Gallery Set to Re-Open with New Exhibits

The Chatham-Kent Museum and Thames Art Gallery are thrilled to be re-opening their doors on February 2.

CK Museum opens with Let Us March on Till Victory Is Won: The Struggle for Racial Equity in Chatham-Kent and Ontario, which traces the courageous story of the National Unity Association’s crusade for justice and their determination to end practices of segregation within CK and Ontario, and the ongoing fight for equity in Canada. This exhibition was produced by the CK Museum in partnership with Buxton National Historic Site and Museum, Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site, Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society and Buxton’s Next Generation. The original artwork was created by Mariah Alexander, a great-grandchild of Arthur H. Alexander, a founding member of the NUA.

Through good times and bad, our families are our lifeblood, and three brand new exhibitions at Thames Art Gallery/ARTspace celebrate the power of family. I’ll Be Your Mirror features an international cast of artists, each of whom features their parents prominently in their practice. Their works, while poetic and endearing, do not flinch from tracing the challenges family relationships confront in the face of immigration, racism, gender identity and loss. We Are Family is a community art initiative asking residents of CK to submit photographs that best exemplify their experience of family. Whether a triumph of hearth and home or a reflection on how we have grown together through the pandemic, this exhibition embraces the experience of families right here in CK. In our third exhibition, A Small Good Thing, local artist Michaela Lucio delves into an imagined history drawn from photographs found in the artist’s family albums, predominantly from the childhood of her mother.

Let Us March on Till Victory Is Won: CK Museum, February 2 to April 16
I’ll Be Your Mirror: Thames Art Gallery, February 2 to March 26
We Are Family: ARTspace PUBLIC: Window Gallery, Cultural Centre Corridor Gallery, and online at www.tagartspace.com, February 2 to March 26
A Small Good Thing: ARTspace main gallery (exhibition dates to be announced) 

The museum and gallery will be open for pre-booked visits Wednesday to Saturday between the hours of 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Visit the following websites at www.chatham-kent.ca/CKMuseum and www.chatham-kent.ca/TAG to book your visit.

All of our exhibitions are family-friendly – but if you are looking for something extra for the kids, check out our fun new interactives at Imagination Station (CK Museum 2nd Floor), including light cubes, a LEGO wall and much more!


Media Contact

Blair Newby
Coordinator, Museum Programs
Municipality of Chatham-Kent
226-312-2025 x 4420
blairn@chatham-kent.ca

Phil Vanderwall
Curator, Thames Art Gallery
Municipality of Chatham-Kent
226-312-2025 x 4422
philv@chatham-kent.ca