Thames Art Gallery

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The Thames Art Gallery is dedicated to promoting the understanding, appreciation, conservation, and enjoyment of the visual arts in the community of Chatham-Kent for present and future generations. The Gallery places emphasis on public arts education programming and multidisciplinary exhibitions programming.

The Thames Art Gallery is open 7 days a week from 1-5pm. The Gallery is in changeover every 6 weeks and is closed for 4 days during these installations please refer to the Current and Upcoming Exhibitions tab for details on opening receptions and dates.

The Thames Art Gallery is a third-party recommender for Zone 1 of the Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance program. For more information about this program please visit this link: http://www.arts.on.ca/page122.aspx, here you will also find fillable forms for application.

Curator – Pamela Edmonds

Assistant Curator – Emily Anne-Cadotte

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Mandate

The Thames Art Gallery is dedicated to promoting the understanding, appreciation, conservation, and enjoyment of the visual arts in the community of Chatham-Kent for present and future generations. The Gallery places emphasis on public arts education programming and multidisciplinary exhibitions programming.

Artistic Vision

The Thames Art Gallery’s strives to be an institution that celebrates creative excellence, as well as a gallery that is respected and popular because of its involvement in and contributions to the Chatham-Kent community and the arts community at large. The artistic priorities that provide the framework for Thames Art Gallery’s curatorial activities emphasize education, reflection on community, present opportunities, and provide context.

Contribution to the Art Form and Artistic Field

The Thames Art Gallery’s primary curatorial activity is to research, organize and present exhibitions and art related programs of contemporary Canadian art that are relevant, innovative, and scholarly. Curatorial activities support an atmosphere that encourages an appreciation and understanding of the visual arts. It also offers opportunities to present discussion on contemporary culture.

A curatorial priority is the development of electronic media/installation/interactive projects that challenge the Gallery’s audience and encourage reflection on the issues of modern culture.

Contribution to the Development of Artists

The Thames Art Gallery supports local, regional and national visual artists through the development and presentation of solo and group exhibitions and related publications.

The Gallery supports arts professionals by contracting their services as guest curators, writers, designers and editors for exhibition projects and as art educators/instructors and speakers for art classes/lectures in the Gallery and outreach programs.

The Gallery also seeks out performing artists, creative writers and musicians for interdisciplinary presentations.

Contribution to the Public

The Thames Art Gallery involvement with the Chatham-Kent community extends outside of the Gallery. The Gallery partners with community groups and organizations in the development of projects that are mutually beneficial.

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VibraFusionLab Exhibition Turns Sound Into Sensation

David Bobier performing on his installation Touch~Sound~Pulse  2017

Music is a universal language

It doesn’t just cross cultures and borders, but the senses themselves.

Play a favourite record and you can feel the music flow through you – metaphorically speaking.

But for those without hearing, feeling the music takes on an entirely different meaning.

From Oct 10 – November 13, VibraFusionLab is combining the senses, turning sound into touch with a special touring exhibition at 629 Dundas Street.

Sounding off

Bridging Practices in Accessibility, Art and Communication explores vibration as an independent medium. The artists’ works make sound tangible in a variety of ways – seats made of speakers, floors that rumble like bass bins, cymbals that act as speakers for their own sampled sounds. There are even transducer-fitted cushions that allow patrons to share the vibrations close to the body.

“We try to present another sensory experience around art making and art appreciation,” said curator and exhibitor David Bobier. “We also consider deaf audiences and blind audiences and give them the opportunity to access the work.”

Everything in the exhibit is done with complete accessibility in mind. It’s what Vibrafusion does best.

Sound setting

Bobier said the exhibition had a difficult time finding a home, but eventually found the perfect space in an empty Old East Village storefront.

It’s exposed brick and large ceilings amplify rather than deaden the sounds – making it all the more intimate when you’re able to (as Marky Mark put it) feel the vibration.

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Cymbalism by Gordon Monahan turns cymbals into speaker cones.

The lineup features four deaf/disabled artists and three non-disabled, each with some connection to VibraFusion. Bobier said the exhibition is an opportunity to combine those perspectives.

“It brings artists from both communities together,” Bobier explained. “People get to explore and experience the aspects of other communities… trying to equalize the opportunties.”

In addition to Bobier, artists Lindsay Fisher, Marla Hlady, Ellen Moffat, Gordon Monahan, Alison O’Daniel, and Lynx Sainte-Marie are also exhibiting.

Getting the feel

Bobier’s piece features a music box mounted on a projector, which acts as sort of a player piano. Phrases in Braille are punched onto player paper for the music box, and the resulting sounds are pumped through the seat of an old school desk, retrofitted with several speakers.

As soon as you walk in the door you hear Monahan’s Cymbalsim – four suspended cymbals with transducers to play back samples of the cymbals themselves.

Hlady’s work allows visitors to feel the sounds from the ground up, with a raised platform equipped with speakers inside. Participants use sound balls, which alter the vibrations with movement.

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Lindsay Fisher provides a hands-on approach to understanding and celebrating disability.

Other works, such as Moffat’s Small Sonorities, show the visual side of vibration, while Fisher combines visual and tactile sensations through a wooden ball and hand fitted with transducers.

Cripping it up

The whole experience is an example of ‘cripping’ the arts – sharing experiences and changing public perception of disability from less than to different.

“It’s using their own ability and experience and often different types of technology to celebrate (disability),” Bobier explained. “Cripping becomes a positive tool for understanding it.”

Visitors still have two weeks to experience the exhibition, which heads to Toronto and Hamilton in the New Year.

Bridging Practices in Acessibility, Art and Communication is open from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and from 12-9p.m. Thursdays.

Meanwhile, you can hear, see and feel the vibrations for yourself at 629 Dundas Street.

Photos by Gerard Creces

 

VibraFusionLab: Bridging Practices in Accessibility, Art and Communication

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Vtape

V tape is a vibrant distribution organization that represents an international collection of contemporary and historical video art and media works by artists. We make this collection accessible to curators and programmers, educators, scholars and public audiences worldwide. In addition to providing a distribution framework for established and emerging artists, Vtape is committed to establishing video art preservation and exhibition standards, and strives to support hybrid practices in an increasingly complex technical milieu.

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Accessibility
401 Richmond Street West is a wheelchair-accessible building equipped with an elevator to each level of the building. There are two wheelchair-accessible entranceways: the first is located at the front entrance near the Roastery Café (just east of Spadina Avenue); the second, BETTER ENTRANCE is at the north-east corner of the building, near the Spacing and Swipe retail shops (just west of the corner of Richmond and Peter Streets). To get to Vtape, or The Commons @ 401, please take the elevator up to the 4th floor; our office and all shared facilities in The Commons are wheelchair-accessible.