Thames Art Gallery will observe Black History Month in February with a series of public events and family friendly programs. These special events recognize and celebrate the contributions that Black Canadians have, and continue to make to the cultural landscape of our country and our communities. All events are open to the public, most are free admission. 

Art Adventure PD Day - African Heritage

Art Adventure PD Day: African Block Printing

Friday, February 1, 2019

This PD Day celebrates African Heritage. Try a cool African block print project inspired by the clothing design and symbols embracing family, integrity, determination and tolerance used by the Ashante people and ink and pastel design artwork inspired from Uganda. Discover rhythm and pattern in this fun-filled day of games, stories and art making.

Date: Friday, February 1, 2019

Time: 8:30AM - 5:00PM

Location: Studio Two

Age: 6-12

Fee: $40.00

Code: 218538

Register Today!

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NFB Film: Sisters in the Struggle

NFB Film Screening: Sisters in the Struggle

Friday, February 15, 2019 | 7:00-8:00PM, doors open at 6:30PM | Kiwanis Theatre

Free Admission | Cash bar

Made in the final years of Studio D’s existence, "Sisters in the Struggle" adopts the classic National Film Board documentary style—including talking heads and vérité shooting. Despite the conventional form, the film remains radical in its amplifications of the voices of Black Canadian women, who reflect on the legacy of the intersection of racism and sexism, alongside their personal battles in politics as well as in community, labour and feminist organizing. Most pressingly, while shot in 1991, the doc remains as timely as it was some 28 years ago, giving a nuanced portrait of the social experience of this under-represented community. Directed by Dionne Brand, the renowned poet, novelist, essayist and documentarian, the film is a must-see for anyone who is interested in the challenges and rewards of oppositional politics.

Directed by Dionne Brand and Ginny Stikeman
Canada, 1991 (documentary, 49 minutes, colour, English)

Open Family Day February 18, 2019 from 11AM-4PM

FAMILY DAY: Poster Making - Take Creative Action!

Monday, February 18, 2019 | 11:00AM-4:00PM | Studio One - Drop in Activity | Free Admission

In 1946, businessperson Viola Desmond challenged racial segregation at a cinema in Nova Scotia by refusing to leave a whites-only area. Desmond's case is one of the most publicized incidents of racial discrimination in Canadian history and helped start the modern civil rights movement in Canada. Learn how you can take creative action and affect change! Participants will think critically about protest, study poster design, and identify an issue they care about, then consider the pros and cons. They will create a poster from these ideas.

Also visit the gallery's current exhibition, "What Motivates Her?" Allyson Mitchell and Madelyne Beckles' collaborative multi-media installation is informed by pop culture and personal politics. Beckles' video work explores Black feminism through key texts, while both artists raise awareness of gender and racial inequities alongside their everyday concerns about contemporary life. 

Michael Chambers: Shadows to Silver Book Cover

Michael Chambers: Artist Talk & Catalogue Launch

Thursday, February 21, 2019 | 7:00-9:00PM | Thames Art Gallery

Free Admission | Refreshments and Cash Bar Available | Books $25

Join us for a special artist talk with Michael Chambers for the anticipated catalogue launch of "Shadows to Silver" which documents the 25th retrospective exhibition of his photographic work held at the Thames Art Gallery last summer.

Best known for his striking black-and-white imagery emphasizing the power and beauty of the nude Black body, this book — his first monograph — presents an overview of the Jamaican-Canadian artist’s prolific activist career addressing issues of sexuality and desire, diaspora and belonging. With essays by writers Donna Lypchuk and Tiana Reid, this bilingual catalogue, signed by the artist, will be on sale for $25.00. Visit more on Michael Chambers


Essays by Donna Lypchuk and Tiana Reid
With preface by curator Pamela Edmonds
Thames Art Gallery
11 x 9 in softcover
ISBN 978-1-928127-13-0
In English and French

The authors: Saskatchewan-born Donna Lypchuk is a Toronto-based critic/curator and columnist for CBC Radio. Tiana Ried is a Toronto-born writer living in New York City and PhD candidate in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.

Thank you to catalogue sponsors Black Artists Network in Dialogue and Wedge Curatorial Projects, Toronto.