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Artist Roundtable

this town is small is pleased to present the event, “Artist Roundtable: An Oral History of The Great George Street Gallery”. This roundtable discussion will be held on November 30 from 5:30-7 pm at the theatre of The Guild, located at the corner of Richmond and Queen Street. The Great George Street Gallery (GGSG) was an artist-run centre that was active in downtown Charlottetown from 1978 to 1991. The GGSG played a pivotal role in the local art community during its operational years, before losing its national funding in 1990 and subsequently closing its doors. To explore the fascinating history and impact of this important cultural institution, this town is small, a present-day artist-run centre on PEI, has been interviewing individuals who were involved in the gallery and collecting information about its history, leading towards this public roundtable event.

At the event, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from individuals who were intimately involved with the GGSG. They will share their personal experiences and memories of the gallery, accompanied by historic photos and articles. Panellists include David Craig, Brenda Whiteway, and Nigel Roe, and the panel will be co-moderated by Dr. Laurie Brinklow and Dr. Richard Lemm. They will talk about the lasting impact of this space and its connection to current conversations within PEI’s arts communities. Audience members will have the opportunity throughout the presentation to share their GGSG memories and their reflections on Island artists’ current needs for space and community. Artist-run centres (or parallel galleries) took off as a movement across Canada in the 1960s and 70s, and as their name implies, they are often vibrant community spaces for artists to gather together, showcase their artworks, experiment and learn skills, and build their professional careers. Many artists exhibiting in prominent museums and galleries today began their careers within artist-run centres. The GGSG took this role even further, and became a multidisciplinary community hub, supporting exhibitions, literary writing, performances, music, and more. this town is small shares many of the core values and principles that made the GGSG such a vital institution for artists and art enthusiasts. However, as information about the GGSG is largely unavailable to the public, this event looks to share more about this important moment within local artist culture and shed light on the GGSG’s profound influence and lasting legacy.

The event is free of charge and open to all members of the community. Complimentary snacks and refreshments will be provided, including vegan and gluten-free options. The discussion will last approximately one and a half hours, allowing for moments for attendees to engage with the panellists and further explore the GGSG’s history. This event is made possible by the generous support of the City of Charlottetown and the PEI Culture Action Plan through Innovation PEI. The venue’s front left side door on Queen Street is equipped with an accessibility button, and the staff operates a wheelchair lift for accessible movement between the lobby, theatre, and gallery. All the restrooms are gender-neutral with accessible stalls. There is a small lip near the entrance to keep in mind. For any assistance, the staff will be there to help. For any accessibility questions, email the Accessibility Coordinator at celmcniven@gmail.com.

this town is small is Prince Edward Island’s artist-run centre, established in 2010. this town is small fosters sustainability for contemporary arts practice on PEI by providing creation, presentation, and development opportunities, often with multiple community partners and while promoting a public understanding of contemporary art. www.thistownissmall.com
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November 30, 2023
5:30 pm
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The Guild
111 Queen St
Charlottetown, PE C1A 4B3 Canada
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