Past Exhibitions

Past Exhibitions

Aesthetics of the Archives

Start date: March 7, 2020 - End date: August 23, 2020

Aesthetics of the Archives Digital Invite-1 (1)

Desmond A. Miller. 33, 2018. Courtesy of the artist. Cotton synthetic blend. © Desmond A. Miller

Foreign Affairs

Start date: February 8, 2020 - End date: August 18, 2020


The friendship between the Japanese artist Shoji Hamada and English potter Bernard Leach re-introduced the traditions of handmade functional ceramics to the modern world.


Start date: January 17, 2020 - End date: March 1, 2020

interlude_Anique Jordan_These Times PG 8

interlude brings together works that meditate on the concept of rest and the necessary spaces carved out for pause and preservation.

Division of Labour

Start date: January 10, 2020 - End date: July 5, 2020

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Division of Labour is an exhibition bringing together artists who address issues of class, race, and labour as they relate to cultural waste.

Holding Space: Samantha Dickie

Start date: November 7, 2019 - End date: January 26, 2020

The Gesture of Grace (full res). 2019. Photo credit Cathie Ferguson.

Samantha Dickie: The Gesture of Grace, detail, Stoneware 2019

Living off the Land: Helen Sovereign

Start date: November 7, 2019 - End date: January 12, 2020

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Helen Sovereign: Altar Piece c. 1992

The Gender Conspiracy

Start date: August 31, 2019 - End date: December 31, 2019

Image credit Manghoe Lassi 2019

The Gender Conspiracy is an Open Letter to the Trans and Gender Diverse communities in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) to express allyship in furthering the discourse on gender fluidity and identity, sexual orientation, same-sex relation

Burlington Potter’s Guild 50th Anniversary Exhibition

Start date: August 30, 2019 - End date: October 7, 2019

BPG 50th Logo

Featuring ceramic works by current and past members, plus selections from the Permanent Collection of the Burlington Potters’ Guild.


Start date: August 3, 2019 - End date: October 27, 2019

Eruption No. 5 (left) and Eruption NO. 6, 2018, porcelain wiith rare earth oxides

Eruptions is a close study of the life cycle of a tree. Nickel examines the decaying trees on plots of land near her home along the Red River in Winnipeg, Manitoba (Treaty 1) to observe how closely the process of growth, decay, recovery…

Legacy: A Life Spent Collecting

Start date: July 13, 2019 - End date: January 5, 2020


It Blooms on the Day…
Ying-Yeuh Chuang 2005.

Guardian Spirits

Start date: July 12, 2019 - End date: August 25, 2019

Heaven’s Coast (piece #2)

Image credit: Robynne Cole, Heaven’s Coast, 2013.

Worn Worlds

Start date: May 31, 2019 - End date: July 7, 2019

Finding the Words

Worn Worlds celebrates the art that emerges from the ordinary in life.

Image: Finding the Words, Line Dufour

Jeneen Frei Njootli: my auntie bought all her skidoos with bead money

Start date: May 24, 2019 - End date: August 18, 2019 (4)

Jeneen Frei Njootli: my auntie bought all her skidoos with bead money Circulated by the Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver) Vuntut Gwitchin artist Jeneen Frei Njootli’s solo exhibition, my auntie bought all her skidoos with bead money, is comprised of four huge sheets of steel where we glimpse shadowy impressions left by hand-sewn beadwork created by the females in the artist’s

150 Acts: Art, Activism, Impact

Start date: May 24, 2019 - End date: August 18, 2019


150 Acts: Art, Activism, Impact Organized and circulated by the Art Gallery of Guelph with the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Government of Canada.  What does nationhood mean to Canada? This is the question that 150 Acts: Art, Activism, Impact is designed to, if not answer, then continue exploring. Building on 40 years of creative collaborations with Indigenous


Start date: April 27, 2019 - End date: July 28, 2019

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IN COMMON UNCOMMON David McKenzie and Maureen Marcotte April 27 – July 28, 2019 | Perry GalleryOpening Reception April 26, 2019.

All Guilds Show, Lore: Myths, Legends, and other Stories

Start date: April 20, 2019 - End date: May 19, 2019

All Guilds’ Collage

Lore is a body of knowledge we build for ourselves. The myths, legends and other stories brought forward in this exhibition represent a diverse range of narratives and histories. From mythical beasts to historical figures, from playful stories to the difficult accounts, from the personal to the public, this collection of works is as varied as the as the guilds

In Search of Self: Denise McKay

Start date: March 9, 2019 - End date: April 28, 2019


The career of Denise McKay seems to have moved through many different paths, but on closer examination, there is a thread that unites it all.

Ears, Eyes, Voice: Black Canadian Photojournalists 1970s – 1990s

Start date: February 9, 2019 - End date: March 31, 2019

E Grant, Prime Minister Manley SIDE 1 (1)

Image: Eddie Grant, Prime Minister Manley shaking hands with Al Hamilton publisher of Contrast Newspaper. Looking on is Anthony Hill, former Jamaica High Commissioner to Canada, 1980.

Voices in Black Canadian Narratives

Start date: February 9, 2019 - End date: March 31, 2019

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Curator Lindon Barrett presents Voices in Black Canadian Narratives, an exhibition honouring the work of artists Joan Butterfield, Nicole Alexander, and Ian P. Grant. Each artist brings their own distinct voice to the fabric of Canadian stories and histories. Opening Reception February 9, 6 to 9 PM Voices in Black Canadian Narratives is presented in collaboration with the Halton Black

Territories in Metal: Brigitte Clavette, Chantal Gilbert, Lou Lynn & Silvia Taylor

Start date: February 2, 2019 - End date: March 31, 2019

TiM Grid v2

Opening Night Reception: 6 – 9 PM on February 1, 2019

Sanctuary: Chari Cohen

Start date: January 9, 2019 - End date: April 21, 2019


Perry Gallery January 9 – April 21, 2019 Chari Cohen’s Sanctuary examines the boundary between sculpture and installation. Ceramics is no longer confined to a pedestal or plinth – ceramics is now free to inhabit any space and expand its boundaries.

DANCING ON THE GRAVE: Dil Hildebrand & Patrick Thibert

Start date: December 1, 2018 - End date: January 27, 2019

As a sculptor, Thibert’s artistic practice has moved from a deep engagement with abstraction towards the figure and has since leapt back into the power of shape, line, and colour. A generation younger, Hildebrand’s paintings have evolved out of the magical realism of trompe-l’œil (to deceive the eye) into a playful struggle with the flatness of the green drafting grid.

Beautiful Scars: Mohawk Warriors, Hunters, and Chiefs – The Art of Tom Wilson

Start date: December 1, 2018 - End date: January 27, 2019

Indigenous Artist Tom Wilson is a Canadian cultural icon from Hamilton, Ontario, who is well known for his musical work as Junkhouse, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, and Lee Harvey Osmond. Wilson has more recently been recognized for his literary endeavours thanks to the critical and commercial success of his 2017 autobiography Beautiful Scars. Wilson has been developing his visual

Diana Thorneycroft: Black Forest (dark waters)

Start date: September 22, 2018 - End date: November 18, 2018

Winnipeg artist Diana Thorneycroft presents three of her recent works Herd, The Village and Black Forest (dark waters) in this stunning installation. Over a hundred and fifty toy horses stampede throughout the gallery in Herd, some with morphed appearances. The altered physical representation of the horses highlight a juxtaposition of the animals as vulnerable yet powerful, tamed but wild. The Village depicts the keepers of

Round: Bowls & Vases

Start date: August 4, 2018 - End date: October 7, 2018

Bowls & Vases

Many ceramic artists have spoken about how the potter’s wheel has affected the expressive qualities of the medium by imposing a mechanical quality on their work. This exhibition will explore how the limitations of the round thrown form, has become an opportunity to explore the clay medium within a set of boundaries. Two of the most common thrown forms, bowl

Patron’s Choice

Start date: August 4, 2018 - End date: October 21, 2018

Patron’s Choice

Working with the Permanent Collection Curator, patrons and donors Bonnie Sylvia and Louise Cooke who have supported the Collection over the years, will curate a small selection of work from the Collection to address an area of their interest. This is an opportunity to see how personal preferences help organize one’s ideas around collecting. Public reception: Friday September 21, 6pm-9pm

60 by 60

Start date: August 1, 2018 - End date: September 16, 2018

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Over 60 years, one can create a large body of work. When that “one” is the Burlington Handweavers and Spinners Guild (BHSG), the body of work is huge and wide-ranging. This year the BHSG is celebrating and acknowledging their 60 years as a guild. The exhibition will showcase a 60 piece collection of spinning, dyeing, beading, felting, weaving, and knitting, created by members past and


Start date: June 30, 2018 - End date: 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


Start date: June 2, 2018 - End date: August 26, 2018

Location: Lee-Chin Family Gallery Public reception: Friday June 1, 6pm-9pm The Art Gallery of Burlington and the Burlington Handweavers & Spinners Guild present Dialogue in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the AGB, 35th anniversary of the AGB Permanent Collection, and 60th anniversary of the Burlington Handweavers & Spinners Guild. For this collaboration, a selection of 35 pieces from the Permanent Collection

My Eyes Are on You

Start date: June 1, 2018 - End date: September 9, 2018

Location: Dan Lawrie Family Courtyard Public reception: Friday June 1, 6pm-9pm Joon Hee Kim’s ceramic installation, My Eyes Are on You takes inspiration from historical gardens ranging from the Mannerist garden of the Park of the Monsters in Bomarzo Italy, to the formal grounds of Versailles. With this in mind she examines the nature of transition, how styles continuously change and how,

AGB Ceramics Residency: Karla Rivera

Start date: May 30, 2018 - End date: 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

The Koyanagi Family Donation

Start date: April 28, 2018 - End date: 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

Mundialization: Student Art Exchange

Start date: April 26, 2018 - End date: 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

Pacific Overtures

Start date: April 14, 2018 - End date: 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

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