Centre Emerging Artist Residency Exhibitions
The Centre Emerging Artist Residency is a self-directed residency that highlights artists with less than 5 years of exhibition history. This 12-week residency offers artists dedicated studio time, space, and technical support to work in facilities for traditional printmaking — such as lithography, silkscreen, and intaglio — in addition to digital media production. The residency culminates with an exhibition in one of Centre’s galleries.
In 2021, Centre for Artistic + Social Practice hosted three emerging artists-in-residence: Olivia Brouwer, Valentin Brown, and Kareem-Anthony Ferreira. Please join us in celebrating these artists and the works they created during their residencies at Centre.
Valentin Brown: Welcome to my Regulated Body
May 2 – May 28, 2022
Opening Reception: May 13, 2022
Online Workshop: May 28, 2022, 1:00–2:30 p.m.
Some worms, if you squish them, crackle and purr underneath their skin. Within the realm of Welcome to my Regulated Body, worms like these form pulsing, slippery constellations. This site-specific installation is rooted in notions of access intimacy, creative access and crip horizons, proudly asserting relationships as integral to world-building.
Alongside this exhibition, the artist will facilitate a free online workshop, Sensual Softies: Storytelling with Soft Sculpture, an open crafting workshop exploring soft sculpture as part of a multisensory artistic practice, and desiring disability and difference. Register here.
Valentin Brown is an artist and arts worker practicing in the disability arts and artist-run sectors. Using mixed media drawing, tactile sculpture, and audio narrative, Valentin’s multidisciplinary practice centers the ways in which disability arts and culture disrupt and animate the stories we tell about ourselves. As a psychiatric survivor, a disabled transsexual, and a recipient of social assistance programs, Valentin employs strategies of accessible artistic practice to resist assimilative conceptions of the human body prescribed by systems of social control. Valentin is a 2017 graduate of Visual and Creative Arts at Sheridan College. Through exhibitions, in-person and virtual artist talks, workshops, and panel discussions, Valentin engages communities in the Dish with One Spoon territories currently known as Hamilton and Toronto, as well as on a national scale in the settler colonial state known as Canada.
Olivia Brouwer: The scales that fall from our eyes
June 3 – July 2, 2022
Opening Reception: June 10, 2022
The Scales That Fall From Our Eyes borrows imagery from the Biblical story of Saul, using the scales as a metaphor to represent the change that takes place when shedding prejudiced or inaccessible traditions in order to support justice and inclusivity for marginalized communities. Additionally accessible through touch and sound, the artworks are intentionally obscured visually or translated into the Braille language, drawing attention to the necessity of including non-sighted audiences in the art community by changing the way we ‘view’ art. The use of abstracted visuals and the Braille language exhibits a relationship between the activation of one’s senses and their perception, inviting visitors to interact with art in new ways and to learn to interpret their experiences in ways that do not necessarily depend on vision.
Olivia Brouwer is an interdisciplinary artist holding a BFA from the Art and Art History joint program at the University of Toronto and Sheridan College. As a partially blind artist, Brouwer explores the idea of blindness through painting, printmaking and sculpture, melding organic and geometric abstraction with scenes inspired by natural organisms and spiritual teachings relating to vision from both a metaphorical and literal sense. Inspired by the Rorschach Inkblot Test, she addresses blindness by examining ideas surrounding belief, meaning, clarity, and sight. Her most recent work explores visual art accessibility and the activation of human senses beyond the reliance of vision, enabling an inclusive experience for both non-sighted and sighted audiences.
Kareem-Anthony Ferreira: Table, Manors
June 3 – July 2, 2022
Opening Reception: June 10, 2022
Table, Manors is a developing body of work by Hamilton-born painter Kareem-Anthony Ferreira. The works in Table, Manors reimagine moments from his Trinidadian family members’ lives, focussed around the dinner table. The images and structures reference and display preparing, serving, regarding, and eating food produce a rich exploration of not only Ferreira’s memories, but moreover the broader thematic of colonialism in the Caribbean. Paired with these paintings are a collection of readymade sculptures which he has carefully curated. Collected are a variety of chairs from the place setting of different homes that are then reupholstered with hand printed fabric printed with reimagined island prints. Both these paintings and sculptures incorporate various print, collaged or textural motifs inspired by the environs surrounding his family’s home.
Kareem-Anthony Ferreira completed his BFA at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario in 2012 and his MFA at the University of Arizona in 2020. Ferreira recently had a solo exhibition at Nino Mier Gallery, Glassell Park and has exhibited works at Johannes Vogt Gallery, New York; Alice Yard Gallery, Trinidad and Tobago; the Tucson Museum of Art, Arizona; DeFacto Gallery, Ontario; and the Workers Art & Heritage Museum, Ontario.
Centre for Artistic + Social Practice
173 James Street North
Media Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Centre for Artistic + Social Practice acknowledges that its organization, located in Hamilton, is on the traditional territories of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Mississauga and Haudenosaunee nations whose presence here reaches back to time immemorial. Centre recognizes the historical oppression of Indigenous peoples, cultures and lands in what is now known as Canada and is committed to healing and decolonizing together through the arts.
This exhibition is generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council and the City of Hamilton.
Our 173 James North location is partially physically accessible. We have a level entrance leading to our shop, information desk, galleries, washroom and traditional print studio. Unfortunately, we do not have automatic doors or an elevator. We are working toward becoming a physically accessible space in the future.