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Varley Art Gallery of Markham announces opening night for fall exhibition

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Varley Art Gallery of Markham announces opening night for fall exhibition


MARKHAM, ON – September 9, 2019 – Join the City of Markham and the Varley Art Gallery of Markham on Saturday, September 14 for the opening of its fall exhibition Tout-Monde: Markham.

Tout-Monde: Markham seeks to engage with the delicate, yet timely discourse about encountering and representing the other. The project is inspired by the ideas of Martiniquais poet and philosopher Edouard Glissant (1928 – 2011). Building on his in-depth explorations of the history of slavery, and of créolisation, Glissant imagined le Tout-Monde (“the whole-world”) where “relationships between two or more identities that are masters to themselves, would rely on changing by exchanging.”

With its diverse communities, Markham offers an interesting context within which to explore Glissant’s ideas. Six artists working with film were commissioned to engage with community members from backgrounds different from their own, thus stimulating the exploration of various means of perception and interaction with others. Ultimately, this project aims to generate a series of personal or collective encounters between artists and communities, as well as between neighbours, between friends and between strangers.

“Markham is certainly renowned as one of the most culturally diverse urban areas in all of Canada,” said Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “But it is also Canada’s high-tech capital. That’s why, although we are all very proud of the City’s historical connection with F.H. Varley and the Group of Seven, we are also very pleased to see the Varley Art Gallery embrace high-tech and new media with its exciting new exhibition Tout-Monde: Markham.”

“The production of Tout-Monde: Markham has been a complex project over the course of several years from initial conception, through implementation and final installation,” said Varley Art Gallery Director Niamh O’Laoghaire. “The wait has been more than worth it. We are delighted that Elegoa Cultural Productions approached the Varley Art Gallery to be a key partner in this enterprise. It certainly marks a new step in the Varley’s role as a cultural producer in the City of Markham."

The artworks presented in the exhibition Tout-Monde: Markham are commissioned by Elegoa Cultural Productions, with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, New Chapter Program, in partnership with the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) and the Varley Art Gallery of Markham.

Curated by Catherine Sicot and Anik Glaude.

Admission to the event is free. Refreshments will be served.

RSVP to Opening Night


What
Varley Art Gallery of Markham – Fall Exhibition Opening Night


When
Saturday, September 14, 2019
6:00 to 9:00 PM

  • Panel Discussion with Artists & Curators: 6:00 PM
  • Formal Remarks: 7:15 PM
  • Poetry Reading: 8:00 PM

Where
Varley Art Gallery of Markham
216 Main Street Unionville


Who

Mayor Frank Scarpitti
Members of Council
Jack MacQuarrie and Joan Andrews MacQuarrie, Varley Patrons
Varley McKay Foundation Board Members
Andrew Chung, Artist
Annette Mangaard, Artist
Julieta Maria, Artist
Calyx Passailaigue, Artist
Roberto Santaguida, Artist
Alice Shin, Artist
Catherine Sicot, Curator, Elegoa Cultural Productions
Anik Glaude, Curator, Varley Art Gallery of Markham



Media inquiries/interview requests: 
Maxine Roy, Advisor, Communications and Media Relations at mroy@markham.ca or 647.200.8718.

About Markham: Markham, an award-winning municipality with over 355,000 residents and the largest of nine communities in York Region, is home to over 400 corporate head offices and more than 1,500 high tech and life science companies. Markham is a leader in attracting foreign direct investment with more than 210 foreign companies located in the City. Founded in the 1790s, today Markham is Canada’s most diverse community and enjoys a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy. Markham has received the Excellence Canada Gold Award for Organizational Quality & Healthy Workplace, and multiple heritage and environmental awards.

About the Varley Art Gallery of Markham: The Varley presents exhibitions of historical and contemporary Canadian art, and offers public and educational programs year-round. Through research, exhibitions, community programming and publications, the Gallery explores the art of F.H. Varley – a founding member of the Group of Seven – his peers, and other artists who have shaped artistic practice in Canada. The Varley Art Gallery of Markham is located at 216 Main Street Unionville.


Varley Art Gallery of Markham announces opening night for fall exhibition


MARKHAM, ON – September 9, 2019 – Join the City of Markham and the Varley Art Gallery of Markham on Saturday, September 14 for the opening of its fall exhibition Tout-Monde: Markham.

Tout-Monde: Markham seeks to engage with the delicate, yet timely discourse about encountering and representing the other. The project is inspired by the ideas of Martiniquais poet and philosopher Edouard Glissant (1928 – 2011). Building on his in-depth explorations of the history of slavery, and of créolisation, Glissant imagined le Tout-Monde (“the whole-world”) where “relationships between two or more identities that are masters to themselves, would rely on changing by exchanging.”

With its diverse communities, Markham offers an interesting context within which to explore Glissant’s ideas. Six artists working with film were commissioned to engage with community members from backgrounds different from their own, thus stimulating the exploration of various means of perception and interaction with others. Ultimately, this project aims to generate a series of personal or collective encounters between artists and communities, as well as between neighbours, between friends and between strangers.

“Markham is certainly renowned as one of the most culturally diverse urban areas in all of Canada,” said Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “But it is also Canada’s high-tech capital. That’s why, although we are all very proud of the City’s historical connection with F.H. Varley and the Group of Seven, we are also very pleased to see the Varley Art Gallery embrace high-tech and new media with its exciting new exhibition Tout-Monde: Markham.”

“The production of Tout-Monde: Markham has been a complex project over the course of several years from initial conception, through implementation and final installation,” said Varley Art Gallery Director Niamh O’Laoghaire. “The wait has been more than worth it. We are delighted that Elegoa Cultural Productions approached the Varley Art Gallery to be a key partner in this enterprise. It certainly marks a new step in the Varley’s role as a cultural producer in the City of Markham."

The artworks presented in the exhibition Tout-Monde: Markham are commissioned by Elegoa Cultural Productions, with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, New Chapter Program, in partnership with the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) and the Varley Art Gallery of Markham.

Curated by Catherine Sicot and Anik Glaude.

Admission to the event is free. Refreshments will be served.

RSVP to Opening Night


What
Varley Art Gallery of Markham – Fall Exhibition Opening Night


When
Saturday, September 14, 2019
6:00 to 9:00 PM

  • Panel Discussion with Artists & Curators: 6:00 PM
  • Formal Remarks: 7:15 PM
  • Poetry Reading: 8:00 PM

Where
Varley Art Gallery of Markham
216 Main Street Unionville


Who

Mayor Frank Scarpitti
Members of Council
Jack MacQuarrie and Joan Andrews MacQuarrie, Varley Patrons
Varley McKay Foundation Board Members
Andrew Chung, Artist
Annette Mangaard, Artist
Julieta Maria, Artist
Calyx Passailaigue, Artist
Roberto Santaguida, Artist
Alice Shin, Artist
Catherine Sicot, Curator, Elegoa Cultural Productions
Anik Glaude, Curator, Varley Art Gallery of Markham



Media inquiries/interview requests: 
Maxine Roy, Advisor, Communications and Media Relations at mroy@markham.ca or 647.200.8718.

About Markham: Markham, an award-winning municipality with over 355,000 residents and the largest of nine communities in York Region, is home to over 400 corporate head offices and more than 1,500 high tech and life science companies. Markham is a leader in attracting foreign direct investment with more than 210 foreign companies located in the City. Founded in the 1790s, today Markham is Canada’s most diverse community and enjoys a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy. Markham has received the Excellence Canada Gold Award for Organizational Quality & Healthy Workplace, and multiple heritage and environmental awards.

About the Varley Art Gallery of Markham: The Varley presents exhibitions of historical and contemporary Canadian art, and offers public and educational programs year-round. Through research, exhibitions, community programming and publications, the Gallery explores the art of F.H. Varley – a founding member of the Group of Seven – his peers, and other artists who have shaped artistic practice in Canada. The Varley Art Gallery of Markham is located at 216 Main Street Unionville.