Culminating several years of studio visits and research, the Confederation Centre Art Gallery (CCAG) is presenting Give Me Shelter, a two-gallery survey of emerging artists based in the city of St. John’s, Newfoundland, opening October 23.
The exhibition features the work of 13 artists, in a variety of mediums ranging from painting and drawing, to video and photography, to sculpture and textile work. The new show is part of a celebration of St. John’s culture at the CCAG.
“I really enjoyed getting to know the artistic scene in St. John’s,” says Curator Pan Wendt, “and while this is a broad survey, it also pinpoints some aspects of the culture of St. John’s that I didn’t expect to encounter.”
Wendt continues, adding that the international city has a richness and vitality that goes beyond a lot of the stereotypes about Newfoundland culture. “Most of the artists [there] are not actually from the city, which shelters many subcultures and guests from around the region and the world. This became a theme for a show—St. John’s as a sort of safe harbour, a place one can carve out a unique identity.”
Give Me Shelter displays a complex variety of artistic projects, many making reference to history and tradition, while demonstrating the modernity of St. John’s today.
Artists included are Nicholas Aiden, Greg Bennett, Pepa Chan, Hazel Eckert, Jose Gonzalez, Ashley Hemmings, John McDonald, Jason Penney, Emily Pittman, Daniel Rumbolt, Mimi Stockland, April White, and Olivia Wong.
Give Me Shelter has received research and logistical support from Eastern Edge Gallery, the Rooms Art Gallery, Emma Butler Gallery, and Christina Parker Gallery.