Vaulted: A Commemorative Arts and Culture Project
Start date: 8 September, 2017
End date: 31 December, 2017
Forest City Gallery is proud to present Vaulted, a commemorative arts and culture project that celebrates Canada’s 150th Anniversary. At its core Vaulted is an ‘expanded’ visual arts exhibition that spotlights artworks by Canadian women. In partnership with Museum London, historical artworks by women are sprung from the vaults of the Museum’s prestigious Canadian collections and exhibited at Forest City Gallery, Canada’s first artist-run centre. Artworks dating from Canada’s inaugural year are brought into contact with contemporary works by women and femme-identified artists practicing in Canada today. In uniting and showcasing works by women artists of Canada’s past and present, Vaulted gives prominence to overlooked or under-appreciated artists from our history and draws connecting lines between this resolute past and our diverse present. Vaulted alludes to the barriers that pioneering women artists were forced to overcome, and their dismantling of obstacles paved the way for generations of empowered women artists. Vaulted will be a celebration of the incredible and trailblazing women who shaped—and continue to shape—Canada’s dynamic art scene today.
Vaulted Exhibition Duration: Friday, September 8th to Friday, October 13th, 2017*
*Open to the public during regular gallery hours
Vaulted Opening Reception: Friday, September 8th from 7 - 10 PM
Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon: Saturday, September 23rd from 10 - 5 PM
Post-Exhibition Roundtable Discussion and Book Launch: Wednesday, November 29th 2017 from 1 - 4 PM
Nature of the Project Reach
With its impressive scope of national participants and local community partners, Vaulted marks an exciting new phase in FCG's programming. This extended exhibition project champions highly relevant and timely themes for Canadian art history and art practice. Vaulted's initiatives will extend the Gallery's audience to a national scope. Though it entails a great deal of preparation and programming on the part of FCG's Staff, Board and volunteers, Vaulted will put FCG on the radar of art and educational institutions across the country. FCG will be proud to make this immeasurable contribution to Canadian art history, and to make priceless connections with contemporary artists and arts workers in the process.
Forest City Gallery's Vaulted is a commemorative arts and culture project that celebrates Canada’s 150th Anniversary by emphasizing the contributions of women artists. Vaulted is an ‘expanded’ visual arts exhibition that spotlights artworks by Canadian women and highlights the achievements of this often-marginalized group. An expanded exhibition extends beyond the parameters of the traditional art exhibition by encouraging the active contribution of artists, writers, curators, and the public in a series of affiliated participatory events.
Vaulted's programming will occupy the exhibition space of Forest City Gallery in downtown London, Ontario. FCG's strategies for Vaulted are carried out for the purpose of challenging our community's assumptions about Canadian art history. These strategies are also designed to attract a diverse new audience to the Gallery that is reflective of Canada’s contemporary population. Vaulted's core mandate is in keeping with FCG's commitment to inclusivity and accessibility: our website in available in English, French and Spanish; we operate in a wheelchair accessible space; FCG events are free and open to the public.
Vaulted events will culminate in a nationally-distributed companion publication and launch party. FCG will invite 5-10 writers to produce educational texts that situate the Vaulted exhibition theme within the context of the 150th anniversary of Confederation. These essays will consider what is often left out of art history, and the ways in which we might subvert cultural assumptions about gender and authorship. London-based print house, Aylmer Express, will print an edition of 500 books at a discounted price. This publication will further our geographical reach, as we have included a budget for the mailing of 250+ publications to distribute 250+ publications by mail to various galleries, artist-run centres, museums, arts organization and affiliated businesses across Canada.