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ACNW Permanent Collection – December 1, 2021 – January 31, 2022

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

The “ACNW Permanent Collection: Static Transitions”

Exhibition Dates: December 1, 2021-January 30, 2022
Gallery Hours: Wed – Sun, 10 am – 2 pm

*Closed for the holidays December 20, 2021-January 4, 2022

Free Admission

Exhibition Statement

Arts Council of New Westminster is pleased to announce Sena Cleave and Aakansha Ghosh as guest curators who retrace ACNW Permanent Collection exhibition — Static Transitions. Together, Cleave and Ghosh have spent the past three months exploring the ACNW archives and permanent collection. From December 1st, 2021 to January 31st, 2021, prints, photographs, documents, and letters pulled from this process will be displayed at The Gallery at Queen’s Park to trace a journey from its beginnings in 1967 to its current home in the Centennial Lodge. The exhibition presents the multiple iterations of the ACNW and its relationships to the communities it serves—some of which occur in unexpected ways. The paths traced in Static Transitions, then, meander, conflict, and complicate the linear history of a longstanding organization. 

Sena Cleave pilfers cultural matter from everyday life and repurposes it for visual art and writing. Their work connects these materials to probe at the gap between the felt experiences of our bodies and the ways that bodies are represented or reflected back to us. Currently, they are pursuing a BFA at Simon Fraser University. 

Aakansha Ghosh is a visual artist who works across mediums and forms, using found everyday objects and building materials. Interested in sites and objects, her work weaves an understanding of place and home that navigate their presence through each other. She earned a BVA from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India (2018) and is currently pursuing her MFA at Simon Fraser University,Canada (2021). 

Cleave and Ghosh currently live, study, and work as guests on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

A special thank you to Stephen O’Shea, Laura Grady, Danielle Bobier, Andree St. Martin, and Allison Liu. We also want to acknowledge Hilda Cliffe, whose extensive archiving work has made our research possible. We are grateful for all their help, guidance and time. 

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