Past Events 2012

Arts & Letters Coffeehouse

Wednesday February 29, 2012


Join us on February 29th for Arts & Letters, a showcase of student, faculty and staff poetry and prose.

In conjunction with ProletariART: The People’s Art Exhibit, Arts & Letters is a platform to celebrate the strength of our creative community.

Complimentary coffee and treats! All are welcome.

Readers include: Nicole Dixon, Alex Pierce, Richard Marchand, Art Bouman, Mary-Jean Doyle, Megan MacLeod, Walter Oakley, Amanda Pierce, Sabina Solymar.


Sense of Place

Opening Reception & Special Event
March 20,2012 6:00 – 9:30pm

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An Evening with Alistair MacLeod, Nino Ricci and Iain Baxter&

Join us for a special evening presentation with three Canadian cultural icons as they help us to celebrate the opening of Sense of Place: A Cross Border Exhibition at the Cape Breton University Art Gallery.

From 6:00pm – 8:00pm attend a lively exchange between MacLeod, Ricci and Baxter& at the Boardmore Theatre. The authors will read from their award-winning works, and Baxter& will discuss his career as a celebrated international conceptual artist. This will be followed by a panel discussion about the themes in Sense of Place, for which each contributed to the exhibition catalogue.

The presentation will be followed by an opening reception and book signing from 8:00-9:30pm in the CBU Art Gallery. Meet the special guests and see the exhibtion. Works by Ricci and MacLeod and Sense of Place exhibition catalogues will be available for sale.

Free event. Everyone is welcome.


Special Presentation

Wednesday March 21, 2012 1:00- 3:30pm

Join us for a special presentation for artists, writers, readers and students! March 21 from 1:00pm-2:30pm at the Boardmore Theatre, Alistair MacLeod, Nino Ricci and Iain Baxter&will enlighten audiences with readings and a discussion about creativity, art, place and identity. The discussion will be followed by an informal viewing of the exhibition between 2:30pm-3:30 pm at the CBU Art Gallery. Light refreshments will be served.

Free event. Everyone is welcome.

The Glass Is…

Day of Discussion: August 24 1:00-4:00pm

Contemporary Art in Rural Places: Models for Cape Breton
1:00 – 2:00pm
CBU Art Gallery

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CBU Art Gallery Research Intern Erin MacMillan has been scouring the archives and traveling abroad to explore potential models for contemporary arts infrastructure in rural communities. What has she found? And can it work for Cape Breton?

Artists Panel Discussion
2:00 – 3:00pm
CBU Art Gallery

This discussion positions the artists in the exhibition as both the primary stakeholders and the experts in the conversation about becoming an artist in Cape Breton. Drawing on their experiences both on and off the island, the artists will share their thoughts on the obstacles and opportunities they encounter as emerging artists in this rural place.

Group Discussion and Idea Exchange
3:00 – 4:00pm
CBU Art Gallery

Join the conversation! Stick around after the panel discussion to share your thoughts about art on Cape Breton Island. Let’s collectively generate fresh ideas and nurture community support for increased infrastructure around visual arts.

Film Screening
7:00 – 8:00pm
Sydney Credit Union Room (beside the Art Gallery)

Cape Breton is currently home to a handful of emerging filmmakers carefully crafting personal, independent films here on the island. Ashley McKenzie, Nelson MacDonald, and Jacquelyn Mills moved away to initially nurture their art practice, while Winston DeGiobbi immersed himself in the town of New Waterford to feed his underground cinematic impulses.

Come out to enjoy recent projects by these exciting emerging filmmakers. Hear about their process and the reference points that have inspired their creative paths.

All events are free and everyone is welcome!


Lunchtime Series

Each Wednesday in October, come out to an artist’s talk or presentation in the Art Gallery

All talks take place between 12:00 -1:00pm.

Sara Roth: Papering the Gallery
October 3, 2012

Join artist Sara Roth for an informal presentation on the ideas, processes and techniques used in the making of her wallpaper for the current exhibition. Talk will be followed by a hands-on demonstration.

Melissa Kearney: Souvenirs
October 10, 2012

Artist Melissa Kearney will host a talk about the intersections and concurrence between traditional and contemporary art practices with a focus on using the figurative to interpret our current cultural climate. You are encouraged to bring an item that reminds you of home.

Aislinn Thomas: Relational Aestheti-wha?: Social practices in contemporary art
Date: October 17, 2012

Cooking in a gallery? Washing dishes for strangers? Haircuts? Funk Lessons? Is this really art? Yes! In this talk artist Aislinn Thomas will provide an historical and contemporary context for social practices in contemporary art. We will explore and discuss examples of relational artworks and the challenges such work may or may not present to traditional notions of what constitutes art.

Nicole Dixon and Darryl Whetter: Bygone Daze
October 24, 2012

Acclaimed Nova Scotia writers Nicole Dixon and Darryl Whetter will use their new books to address the baffling gap between the realities of contemporary Atlantic life and the backward-glancing, sepia-toned tales of outport woe that continue to dominate Atlantic literature.

Laura Schneider: Contemporary Art (and other things that go bump in the night)
October 31, 2012

Does a visit to the art gallery terrify you? Ever feel like you just don’t “get it”? Fear not! Join Laura Schneider for a user friendly look at art in the 21st century with an emphasis on the local context and The Glass Is…

Visual Poetry: The Last Vispo & Dirty Semiotics

Double Book Launch & Opening Reception
Thursday, November 22. 4:00 -5:00 pm.

This will be the official launch of two visual poetry books, Jesse Patrick Ferguson’s dirty semiotics (Broken Jaw Press, 2011) and international anthology The Last Vispo Anthology: Visual Poetry 1998-2008 (Fantagraphics, 2012). Visual poet and Cape Breton University lecturer Jesse Patrick Ferguson will present a short talk on the history of visual/concrete poetry and his own practice in particular. The event is free to attend and everyone is welcome.

Ferguson will have copies of his book dirty semiotics available for purchase. This event is co-sponsored by CBU’s Department of Languages and Letters.


Handmade Holiday Local Artisan Market

Thursday November 29, 11:00 am – 5:30 pm


A Handmade Holiday: Local Artisan Market brings together a curated selection of local artisans to provide a range of handmade products to the CBU community and shoppers around the region.

Come out to support local artisans and craftspeople, have a cup of coffee and a treat on us, and enjoy entertainment by our musical guests, all while doing a bit of holiday shopping.

This year’s event is also as a fundraiser with proceeds going to Every Woman’s Centre.

The event is free but please bring a non-perishable food item for our food drive. You can also show your support by purchasing a raffle ticket for our gift basket of handmade goodies or bid on a festively decorated potted tree in our silent auction.

Handmade Holiday is brought to you by the CBU Art Gallery and Reloved Design, with the help of many generous supporters from CBU and the greater community.

Everyone is welcome, admission is free and parking on campus is $1.00 per day.


Greg Davies

Phone: 902.563.1852

Catherine Arseneau
Director, Cultural Resources

Office: CE-271-A

Phone: 902.563.1326