Past Exhibitions 2013

ProletariART 2013: The People’s Exhibition

January 25 – February 22, 2013
Opening Reception: January 25, 6:00-8:00pm

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Come out and see the talent that’s all around you!

ProletariART is an open-call exhibition showcasing the artistic ability and diversity in our own community.

Once again this year we’ve had an astounding response to the call for submissions. ProletariART 2013 will present nearly 200 works of art made by more than 100 artists from across all demographics and levels of training on Cape Breton Island. A wildly entertaining array of artwork, this exhibition features works in photography, painting, sculpture, video, drawing, textile and so much more!


SAVED: Arianne Pollet-Brannen

March 1 – May 17, 2013
Opening Reception: March 1, 2013 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Artist’s Talk: March 2, 2013 1:00pm – 3:00pm


Throughout this exhibition, Pollet-Brannen examines the biographical nature of clothing and footwear and its relationship to our construction of self. The reworked wearable sculpture pieces explore clothing as social and aesthetic technology. The pieces can be interpreted on many levels, operating concurrently as bodily covering, disguise, and decoration as part of the performance of identity.


The Most Suitable Place: The Founding of Louisbourg and île Royale in 1713

L’endroit le plus convenable : l’établissement de Louisbourg et l’île Royale en 1713

June 13 – August 15/ 13 juin – 15 août
Opening Reception: Thursday June 13th, 4:00-6:00 pm

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The imperial decisions that led to relocating the French colony of Plaisance, Newfoundland, to Louisbourg in 1713 highlighted the uncertainty of life in the colonial North Atlantic World. Combining modern technology with antique documents, maps and artefacts, this interactive exhibit takes visitors on a journey of discovery through the landscapes and histories of Île Royale, Louisbourg, and its people.

Les décisions impériales qui ont mené à la réinstallation de la colonie française de Plaisance, Terre-Neuve, à Louisbourg en 1713 ont souligné l’incertitude de la vie dans le monde colonial de l’Atlantique Nord. En combinant la technologie moderne avec d’anciens documents, cartes et artéfacts, cette exposition interactive plonge les visiteurs dans un voyage de découverte à travers les paysages et les histoires de l’île Royale, de Louisbourg, et de ses habitants.


True Grit: The Urban Folk Creations
of David P. Stephens and Kyle B. Jackson

August 23 – November 1, 2013
Opening Reception: August 23, 6-8pm

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Have you ever wondered what it looks like when contemporary art, popular culture and Nova Scotia folk art collide? Come to True Grit to find out!

Although David Stephens and Kyle Jackson have had a long-standing association with the Nova Scotia folk art community, their artistic production defies easy categorization. This exhibition surveys the artists’ careers, exploring their complicated relationship to the Nova Scotia folk art tradition, while unpacking the various labels that have been applied to their work.


Ehryn Torrell: Self-Similar

November 8, 2013  – January 10, 2014
Opening Reception and Artist Talk: November 8, 6:00-8:00

colorful building

Ehryn Torrell, Apartment, 2009, Acrylic on canvas. Photo by Bob Housser.

Self-Similar, is a solo exhibition of works by painter Ehryn Torrell. Torrell’s large paintings and drawings incorporate visual elements of collapsed and derelict structures, and of remembered cityscapes.

Using the lens of the built environment to explore personal and universal conditions of human experience, Ehryn Torrell’s work in painting examines empathy, contingency, loss and vulnerability.

Greg Davies

Phone: 902.563.1852

Catherine Arseneau
Director, Cultural Resources

Office: CE-271-A

Phone: 902.563.1326