Marking Place Speaker Series Michelle Jacques




Free with gallery admission/membership


Forums & Talks, Galleries

Curator Michelle Jacques’ dedication to local artists, as much as her formal education in historical Canadian art, has given her great insight into artistic production in Canada. Her coast to coast experience—from her work in Halifax at Centre for Art Tapes, to fifteen years at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, to her current position as Chief Curator of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria—gives her a breath of knowledge on contemporary and historic art of this country. Perhaps more importantly, her experience in these institutions has allowed her to develop critical insight into how art organizations need to evolve if they aspire to be truly and broadly accessible—and therefore relevant. In her talk, Jacques explores how her personal identity as an individual of Afro-Caribbean descent has shaped her relationship to Canadian art and art history. She also considers what a mainstream art institution needs to look like if it intends to both work meaningfully with Indigenous artists and communities, and to embrace the increasing diversity of this country's citizenry.

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