Exhibitions and Events

Frances Dorsey, Macro Plant Observations (detail), 2022. Photo courtesy of the artist.


Plant Kingdom

6 May – 10 July, 2022

Cecil Day, Frances Dorsey, David Gowman, Anna Heywood-Jones, Steve Higgins, Ursula Johnson and Lisa Myers, and Sharon Kallis

Plant Kingdom emerged as a means to reflect on the ways that life on our planet is dependent upon, enriched by, and indebted to plants. The elements of this exhibition, both in the Gallery and offsite, present and engage with the ways in which plants are integral to the cultivation and creation of material culture, and how this represents the larger value of plants to our planet.

Ole Hammarlund and David Bergmark studying the Ark systems model, Solsearch Architects, summer 1975. This model was used in meetings with government officials, the technical review panel, and the engineering review consultants. Credit: Solsearch Architects. Photographer: Fausta Hammarlund.

PANEL DISCUSSION: "Lessons from the Ark for the 21st Century" with Curator Steven Mannell and Architects Ole Hammarlund and David Bergmark

3 April, 2022

Sunday, April 3rd 2022 from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM | FREE ADMISSION

Public Tour with Curator Steven Mannell

27 March, 2022
This curator’s tour will give an overview of the social and architectural history of the Ark, and consider how design was used to try and instigate deep cultural change in humanity’s relationship with nature.

Student Tour with Curator Steven Mannell

23 March, 2022

In addition to an overview of the social and architectural history of the Ark, there will be an opportunity to

The play structure to the west of the Ark, Fall 1976. From left, Nancy Willis pushing Meredith Willis on the swing; Shira Hammarlund climbing the pole; Nooni Hammarlund in the low swing; Carla MacDonald in the high swing. Credit: Nancy Willis. Photographer unknown. Image courtesy of the Confederation Centre Art Gallery


Living Lightly on the Earth: Building an Ark for Prince Edward Island, 1974-76

4 March – 17 April, 2022

Organized and circulated by the Confederation Centre Art Gallery

The Ark: an early exploration in weaving together the sun, wind, biology and architecture for the benefit of humanity.

– Ark dedication, September 1976

Photo: Wes Johnston


Herd of Pianos

13 – 17 February, 2022

Screening twice daily at the Dalhousie Art Gallery from


67th Student, Staff, Faculty, and Alumni Exhibition

11 – 22 December, 2021

Our annual celebration of the creativity of the students, staff, faculty and alumni of Dalhousie University and the University of King’s College!

Guided Tour with Artists and Curators

28 November, 2021

All are welcome to a guided tour of the exhibition i want to be a seashell / i want to be a mold / i want to be a spirit with artists Lou Sheppard and William Robinson, and curators Wes Johnston and Rebecca Semple.

The tour will begin at 2 PM inside the main entrance/lobby of the Dalhousie Arts Centre and continue in the gallery. ASL interpretation will be provided, and the tour will last approximately one and a half hours. Sunday 28 November is the final day of the exhibition, and the gallery is open until 5 PM.


Steven Mannell on the Architectural History of the Dalhousie Arts Centre

19 November, 2021

All are welcome to a free lecture on the architectural history of the Dalhousie Arts Centre on the occasion of its 50th Anniversary by Professor Steven Mannell, College of Sustainability and School of Architecture. Seating is limited and Proof-of-Vaccination will be required for entry.

For additional information, please contact the Gallery at gallery@dal.ca or 902.494.2403

Junji Mikawa collection. Courtesy of Dr. Steven Mannell


Lou Sheppard and William Robinson: i want to be a seashell/i want to be a mold/i want to be a spirit

17 October – 28 November, 2021

This exhibition is informed by the Japanese concept of Metabolism, first coined by architectural critic Noboru Kawazoe in his essay the Metabolist Manifesto. Metabolism was referenced in 1971 when the Dalhousie Arts Centre was built by Fowler Bauld & Mitchell (now FBM Architecture) with the support of consulting architect Junji Mikawa.