Artist Talks at KWAG are sponsored by Momentum Developments and Sorbara Law

Collector's Talks: Daniel Faria
Thursday, May 11
6:30-7:30 pm
Free Admission

Opened in 2011, Daniel Faria Gallery focuses on Canadian artists, living in Canada or abroad, with museum and international attention. The gallery represents some of Canada's preeminent contemporary artists including Mark Lewis and Douglas Coupland and gallery exhibitions have been reviewed in prominent publications, including Artforum, Canadian Art, Frieze, Modern Painters, and C Magazine.  Daniel has roots in this region, having studied at the University of Waterloo Fine Arts department and worked at KWAG.

Artist Talk: Joseph Tisiga
Thursday, 22 June
7-8 pm
Free Admission

Joseph Tisiga talks about his practice of using new approaches to storytelling through watercolours and sculptures that reflect on history, hybrid identities, and an evolving personal mythology.  In particular, Joseph will explore his fictional Indian Brand Corporation (IBC) narrative that plays a central role in the exhibition, "IBC: They say he hit them with his gloves". Tisiga was born in Edmonton and is a member of the Kaska Dene Nation.  Bring your questions and join the conversation.  Opening reception to follow at 8 pm.



Maggie Groat | Free
Friday, 24 March | 7 - 8 pm

Maggie Groat is a visual artist working in a variety of media including collage, sculpture, artists' books, site-specific interventions, and field studies to form an ongoing research-based practice. Learn more about Groat's practice, hear about the exhibition, bring your questions, and join the conversation. Opening reception to follow at 8 pm..

Open Conversations | Free
Thursdays, 2 February & March 2
7 - 9 pm

KWAG continues the conversation with community leaders to explore ways in which we can all strive to make our region
a better place to live.  What does it mean to make profound change in our society?  How do we collectively address the challenges we face in our community? What role does creativity play in shaping our hopes and aspirations for the future
of this region?  This series invites community members to describe their personal and professional sense of social responsibility and experience striving for meaningful change.

Thursday, 2 February | 7 pm
Steve Stacey, The Local Community Food Centre (Stratford)
Wendi Campbell, Food Bank of Waterloo Region

Thursday, 2 March | 7pm
Engin Sezen, Intercultural Dialogue Institute (University of Waterloo)
Sarah Shafiq, Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council, Coalition of Muslim Women, Interfaith Grand River

Kent Monkman | Free
Friday, 13 January | 7 - 8 pm

Kent Monkman is a Canadian artist of Cree ancestry who works with a variety of mediums, including painting, film and video, performance, and installation. Bring your questions and hear from the artist himself as he reveals the significance of the four epic paintings shown in the exhibition, The Four Continents, and offers insights into his multifaceted practice. Exhibition reception to follow at 8 pm.

Art and Activism | Panel Discussion | Free
Thursday, 24 November | 7 - 9 pm

Throughout the year, KWAG's exhibition programs consistently included work by artists with an evocative commentary about contemporary society.  This panel explores is the artist's social responsibility today's political landscape.  Can art make meaningful social change?  In order to be meaningful today, must art challenge society's norms?  Come take part in what is sure to be a lively conversation with artists Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge, curator Wanda Nanibush, and writer Kirsty Robertson, with moderator Bojana Videkanic.

Celebrating 60: Where it all began--the Gallery's Founders and Early Years
Thursday, 13 October
7 - 9 pm
Free Admission

The Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery was founded by a group of impassioned community members who believed in bringing the very best of contemporary art to the Waterloo Region.  Today, a few equally enthusiastic volunteers have scoured our archives to uncover the Gallery's rich history, which includes stories where the likes of Arthur Lismer, Tom Thomson, and Harold Town figure prominently.  Join Judith Stephens-Wells, Kris Schumacher, Jennifer Bullock, and Shirley Madill to hear tales from the archives!

Open Conversations: Leading a Culture of Social Responsibility
Thursdays, 27 October and 3 November
7 - 9 pm
Free Admission

This series is designed to generate dialogue on trends and themes important today. Working in conversation with members of the community, the Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery explores the role of community engagement in the Region.  What does it mean to make profound change in our community?  What is the role of creativity in social responsibility?  How do we foster a culture of social change, both locally and globally?  This series invites prominent individuals from the community to describe their personal and professional sense of social responsibility and experience striving for meaningful change.

Celebrating 60: Transforming Olde Berlin Town with rych mills
Thursday, 10 November
7 - 9 pm
Free Admission

The block bordered by Queen, Weber, Frederick and Ellen has played several roles in Berlin / Kitchener history. KWAG now occupies the northwest corner but what was here before? Who lived where Kitchener Public Library is now located? Someone raised a family where regional headquarters now sits. Why is the portion facing Weber so crucial in the city's history? To help celebrate KWAG's 60th local historian rych mills examines the block's previous inhabitants and importance in the community's growth. Industrialists, politicians, religious and volunteer leaders, along with ordinary everyday working people called this 'their neighborhood' from the 1850s on.


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