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Finding Sybil: Contemporary Artist Responses to Sybil Andrews

March 6 to May 1, 2021

Artists: Nicole Crouch, Karver Everson, Jake James, Kari Kristensen, and Marni McMahan

Curated by Jenelle M. Pasiechnik

Five BC based artists are producing new work in response to Sybil Andrew’s biographical history, aesthetic style, and artistic practice. The CRAG’s two Sybil Andrews original linocut prints will be featured alongside the artists’ commissioned work, bringing Andrews’ legacy and our permanent collection to life through conversation with contemporary. We are honouring Sybil Andrews, whose work is a great source of pride throughout Campbell River and beyond.

Exploring Care

Part 1: The Aesthetic of Silence

March 6 to May 15, 2021

Artists: Shelley Vanderbyl and Lam Wong

Curated by Jenelle M. Pasiechnik

This three part group exhibition aims to explore the relationship between the ethics of taking care, taking care as related to art practices and professions, prioritizing the self, and the fatigue that results from community members sharing their experiences, and educating the public. The aim of the exhibition is to create a space of safety and knowledge, where people feel welcome to share their experiences and connect with others around issues pertinent to mental and physical well being.

Autumn Tigers

May 22 to July 17, 2021

Artist: Karen Tam

Curated by Jenelle M. Pasiechnik

Karen Tam explores the history of Chinese immigrants in Canada through extensively researched and immersive installations. Autumn Tigers focuses on the history of Chinese culture on Vancouver Island.

Representation: Examining the CRAG’s Permanent Collection

July 31 to September 25, 2021

Artists: TBA

Curated by Jenelle M. Pasiechnik

The CRAG takes this opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge the artists present in our permanent collection. We will also examine the history of collecting practices at the CRAG and the resulting diversity of representation or lack thereof.

Humour as Medicine

Artists: Sonny Assu (Ligwiłda’xwnjik), Lori Blondeau (Cree/Salteaux/Metis), Hjalmer Wenstob (Nuu-chah-nulth),

October 7 to November 27, 2021

Curated by Jenelle M. Pasiechnik

This group exhibition presents contemporary Indigenous art from the prairies and west coast that addresses how humour can be a powerful coping mechanism for trauma and emotional distress. Underpinning the show is the goal to explore humour as a tool for healing, activism, and open communication.

We are grateful to the Canada Council for the Arts, the British Columbia Arts Council, the Province of British Columbia, the City of Campbell River for funding.