Welcome to our home for ongoing academic research at the Gallery. Perhaps little known to our public visitor, there is a tremendous amount that happens behind the scenes at the Gallery in conservation, research into the history & provenance of objects in our permanent collection, and critical writing on a variety of topics in art theory. This page proposes to be the home for this scholarly dialogue that doesn't always have a voice outside our exhibitions & events programme. Stay tuned here for future additions to this resource.
Audain Aboriginal Fellowship Research
CALL FOR PROPOSALS: The Art Gallery is inviting proposals for the next Audain Aboriginal Curatorial Fellowship. Click here to read the call.
Here Now: Here Before
Chris Creighton-Kelly and France Trépanier (2011-2012 Fellows)
The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, through support from the Audain Foundation, is proud to announce the establishment of the Audain Aboriginal Curatorial Fellowship. The Fellow will be selected by the Gallery to do scholarly research, allowing the opportunity for a greater multiplicity of voices contributing to the research in First Nations art. The research may lead to exhibitions, catalogue essays or other curatorial priority.
We are pleased to report that the first Fellowship was awarded to Chris Creighton-Kelly and France Trépanier for furthering their research into Aboriginal artists and specifically the relationship to other Canadian artists. Their research proposal details the approach to their project “Here Now: Here Before”. Central to their research is a concern for how the artistic history of Aboriginal artists overlaps with and influences the artistic histories of Canadian artists of colour.
An exerpt from the research proposal:
In the last two decades, Canadian visual art institutions have finally begun to pay some attention to the work of Aboriginal artists. It is often exhibited as new or alternative, as if it had no history. Yet most Canadians know that Aboriginal people have been here, on this land, for thousands of years. And non-Aboriginal Canadians often struggle to make sense of this history. As Gitksan artist or scholar Doreen Jensen suggested: “Canada is an image that hasn't emerged yet. Because this country hasn't recognized its First Nations, its whole foundation is shaking. If Canada is to emerge as a nation with a cultural identity and purpose, we have to accept First Nations art.”