Past Exhibitions 2015

ProletariART 2015

January 30- February 27, 2015
Opening Reception: January 30, 6-8pm

red, black, white graphic poster for proletariart exhibition

Each year, the Cape Breton University Art Gallery invites artists of all ages and levels of experience to participate in a non-juried community exhibition. More than 135 artists have participated in ProletariART 2015: The People’s Art Exhibit. Join the CBU Art Gallery in celebrating this extraordinary demonstration of community creativity.

Inside the Collection

Selected Works from the CBU Art Gallery’s Permanent Collection
Opening  Reception March 20, 2015

Poster image of sample artworks featured from inside the collection

Did you know? The CBU Art Gallery’s permanent collection consists of nearly two thousand works of art of regional, national and international significance. Surveying over forty years of collecting activity at Cape Breton University, this exhibition contains 50 works of art from the CBU Art Gallery’s permanent collection organized to trace both institutional history and to highlight particular works and areas of strength within the collection. Keep and eye on our facebook and instagram channels for highlights of the show.

Mining Legacies

June 26 – August 21, 2015
Opening Reception
6-8 pm, Friday June 26, 2015.

Mining Legacies Poster - Image of Cape Breton Miner against image of Cape Breton Island, black, white, green, and red.

Resulting from the collaborative workshop hosted by the CBU Art Gallery in partnership with the Cape Breton Miner’s Museum, Mining Legacies will present the work of artists Victoria Ward and Gary Blundell alongside a group community exhibition on the subject of mining history in industrial Cape Breton.
Witness Blanket


Witness Blanket

Carey Newman
September 8-October 16
Opening Reception: September 18, 2-4pm

A white door with art creating the walls

The blanket is a universal symbol of protection. For many of us, it identifies who we are and where we’re from – we wear them in ceremony and give them as gifts. Blankets protect our young and comfort our elders.

Inspired by a woven blanket, we have created a large scale art installation, made out of hundreds of items reclaimed from Residential Schools, churches, government buildings and traditional and cultural structures including Friendship Centres, band offices, treatment centres and universities, from across Canada. The Witness Blanket stands as a national monument to recognise the atrocities of the Indian Residential School era, honour the children, and symbolise ongoing reconciliation.

Old Trout Funnies

October 30, 2015 – January 29, 2016
Opening reception: Friday, October 30, 2015, 6-8pm

black and white coloring

Image courtesy of the Artist and Artisync.

The Cape Breton University Art Gallery presents the visual legacy of Paul MacKinnon’sOld Trout Funnies, showing original materials from the archives of the Beaton Institute for Cape Breton Studies, copies of the original comics, and various Cape Breton Liberation Army calendars.

Greg Davies

Phone: 902.563.1852

Catherine Arseneau
Director, Cultural Resources

Office: CE-271-A

Phone: 902.563.1326