Allyson Mitchell and Madelyne Beckles, still from What Motivates Her? 2018. Courtesy of the Artists.

What Motivates Her? 

Allyson Mitchell and Madelyne Beckles

January 18 – March 10, 2019

Opening Reception: Friday, January 18, 2019 at 7PM

In their respective practices, both artists strive to make thought- provoking, eye-opening, powerful work about feminism, sexuality and social stigmas. Thinking through intersectional queer feminist embodiments and new materialism, together they create an interactive, sensorial environment in the gallery informed by pop culture, deconstruction and feminist gestures. Of their work they state: “We are two artists who struggle to understand how we move and groove through feminism, family, violence, bureaucracy, and the tasks of the everyday which can seem impossible, shameful and ridiculous in this political moment. Our shared fantastic empathetic intuitions are what we push and reveal in this exhibition that includes video, textile, sculpture and prints.”

Their artwork often leverages traditional domestic practices, using recycled materials and imagery, including craft techniques and found objects. Using a destabilizing humour, this collaborative installation also addresses complicated negotiations facing artists engaged with politics and identity today, particularly when the impetus is on bringing gender and racial inequality into focus.


Instant Places: Breathing Room

Ian Birse and Laura Kavanaugh

March 15 – May 5, 2019


Home Economics: 150 Years of Canadian Hooked Rugs  

Organized and circulated by the Textile Museum of Canada

May 10 – June 30, 2019


Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum

Curated by Deanna Bowen

July 5 – August 25, 2019






* The Thames Art Gallery hosts 12 – 15 exhibitions each year. These include projects that feature regional, national, and international artists. This section of our web site provides current information on upcoming exhibitions and Gallery related events.


Thames Art Gallery exhibitions and programs are generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Municipality of Chatham-Kent.

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