Archive for category: Past Exhibitions


June 30, 2018 to July 29, 2018

Location: RBC Gallery
Public reception: Friday June 29, 6pm-8pm

As the first winner of the All Guilds Show Best in Show award, Jennifer Earle’s exhibition features her textile installation specifically created for the RBC Gallery on the theme of water and wine. Using hand woven towels and scarfs, many with statements pertaining to her subject, she has created a sculpture from everyday items raising our awareness of our day to day environment.

Image: Jennifer Earle, Wine Witticism #7, 2018 (detail).

Pacific Overtures

April 14, 2018 to July 22, 2018

Location: Permanent Collection Corridor

Drawn from the AGB’s Permanent Collection, this exhibition looks at the effect that Japanese ceramics has had on Canadian ceramics. While many Canadians have gone to study in Japan, often heading toward the pottery town of Mashiko, the home of Hamada and Shimaoka, others have been inspired by the work of Bernard Leach who introduced Mingei pottery to the western world.

Image credit: Judi Dyell, Plate, 2001.

AGB Ceramics Residency: Karla Rivera

May 30, 2018 to June 27, 2018

Location: RBC Gallery
Public reception: Friday June 1, 6pm-9pm

The Art Gallery of Burlington is proud to present the second AGB Ceramics Residency exhibition featuring the work of 2017/18 resident Karla Rivera. With access to fully equipped studios, the residency allows artists to build their portfolio with diverse projects that support the Gallery’s programming. It provides the artist with the opportunity to teach in community and studio programs, and to present new work in a solo exhibition in the RBC Gallery.

About the Artist
Karla Rivera is a ceramic artist born and raised in Mexico City. After some travelling, she moved to Hamilton, Ontario. At this point she started to listen to her artistic voice and got involved in the world of ceramics. In 2015 she got a Ceramics Diploma from Sheridan College in the Craft and Design Program. In 2016 she got the position of Artist in residence in the Art Gallery of Burlington. While this happened she was chosen to participate in the Fusion program Creative Direction.

Rivera’s work consists of functional and sculptural ceramics. She is interested in the forms that make the connections between the structures of nature such as the shape of an island, and the emotional states of the human mind trying to interpret and project them.

Image: Karla Rivera, Always Between the Fine Line2017.

The Koyanagi Family Donation

April 28, 2018 – July 22, 2018

Location: Perry Gallery
Opening reception: Friday June 1, 2018, 6:00 – 9:00pm

The Art Gallery of Burlington is proud to present The Koyanagi Family Donation in memory and honour of Burlingtonian James Koyanagi

James Koyanagi, a Japanese Canadian resident of Burlington, lived for a decade in Tokyo during the 1960’s. Aware that modern technology was changing the traditional Japanese way of life, he began to collect the traditional ceramics made by village potters, known as Mingei pottery. In the process he met and collected the work of the finest ceramists working in this tradition. These artists would go on to become National Living Treasures – Hamada, Shimaoka, and Kawai. With Koyanagi’s death, his family donated an outstanding selection of these treasures to the AGB’s Permanent Collection which will be shown with a selection of Japanese prints and Koyanagi’s own photographs.

Image: Kawai Kanjiro, Tea Bowl, n.d..

Mundialization: Student Art Exchange


April 26, 2018 to May 27, 2018

Location: RBC Gallery

In conjunction with the City of Burlington’s Mundialization Committee, the AGB presents a display of student artwork from Sir Ernest MacMillan Public School in Burlington, and Fujimidai from our twin city of Itabashi, Japan. The definition of mundialization is the act of a city declaring itself a “world citizen” and being aware of global issues with a sense of shared rights and responsibility. The concept involves the twinning of cities from around the world, in the belief that peaceful cooperation depends on mutual trust and appreciation among peoples of different nations, races, and cultures. Mundialization encourages citizen connections as a way of fostering world peace and global understanding. Burlington’s twin cities are Itabashi, Japan and Apeldoorn, the Netherlands.


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