Past Exhibitions 2016

Shaping the Shore, From Here and Away

October 7 – December 16, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday October 7, 2016 | 4:00PM – 6:00PM


Shaping the Shore, From Here and Away is an exhibition that commemorates 2016 as the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in Canada. Featuring artwork by over 15 women artists from the Cape Breton University Art Gallery’s collection and three new works by contemporary Canadian artists, Kinuk comprised of Ursula Johnson and Angella Parsons (Dartmouth, NS), Diane Borsato (Toronto, ON) and Anne Morrell Robinson (Margaree Valley, NS) in collaboration with the Ocean Waves Quilt Society (Cape Breton Island, NS), and D’Arcy Wilson (Halifax, NS) who completed an artist residency at CBU Art Gallery in July 2016.

The artists presented in this exhibition have unique connections to Cape Breton, whether they were born and raised, lived and worked, or visitors to the region with lasting impressions, these women have shaped and been shaped by the island, its people and the dynamic landscape.

Shaping the Shore, From Here and Away is supported by:



July 15 – September 23, 2016
Opening reception: Friday July 15 | 6-8PM

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Fixed Forever is a photography exhibition that brings together a number of significant works from the Cape Breton University Art Gallery’s permanent collection. The exhibition will include a range of work by Canadian, American and European photographers such as Robert Frank, Andre Kertész, Meatyard, Eadweard Muybridge, Frantisek Drtikol, Frank Pimentel and Audrey Flack. Also included in the exhibition are a number of recent acquisitions by Carl Zimmerman, whose photography explores themes of utopian architecture and George Thomas’ documentary photographs which capture the ‘back to land’ movement in Cape Breton during the 1970s. Curated by: John Mathews.

New Findings: An Exhibition By YORODEO

April 22 – June 24, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, April 22 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm


New Findings is an exhibition of anaglyphic 3D artworks created by the Halifax based artists Paul Hammond and Seth Smith who work under the name of Yorodeo. The Anaglyphic 3D process utilizes red/blue glasses and has been used in comic books and movies, since the 1950s.

New Findings was originally started in 2009 and has developed into an ongoing series of anaglyphic 3D artworks. The exhibition presents viewers with an ever-expanding, fantastical universe that draws inspiration from science fiction, fantasy, children’s literature and dreams. The work fuses collaborative drawing, photography and digital collage to create glimpses of fictional lands and the characters that occupy them. The images consider how homes are made in even the most uninviting and often bizarre environments and how nature can reclaim previously inhabited spaces. It also presents viewers with fictional monuments, landmarks, and phenomena that might exist in these worlds. The exhibition includes new sculptural dioramas that incorporate 3D prints and video.

Proletariart 2016

February 19 – April 1, 2016
Opening Reception: February 19 |  6:00pm – 8:00pm

Each year, the Cape Breton University Art Gallery invites artists of all ages and levels of experience to participate in a non-juried submission-based exhibition to celebrate community creativity.

Drawing from the concept of the late seventeenth-century Paris Salon, ProletariArt: The People’s Art Exhibit adopts the presentation style of exhibiting artwork floor-to-ceiling. While the original Salon was largely conservative and exclusive to the members of the Academy of Fine Arts, ProletariArt is open to everyone and celebrates amateur, folk,experimental, and avant-garde art in addition to traditional art forms.

ProletariArt 2016 is the 5th edition of this annual show.

Greg Davies

Phone: 902.563.1852

Catherine Arseneau
Director, Cultural Resources

Office: CE-271-A

Phone: 902.563.1326