Exhibitions and Events

From the Vault, installation view.


From the Vault

29 April – 10 July, 2016

Continuing our look at the emergence of artist-run culture and the changing cultural landscape in Halifax in the 1970s and early 1980s, this exhibition focusses on artworks acquired by the Dalhousie Art Gallery during that era. A move into a purpose-built, professional gallery space, and an annual budget for the purchase of artworks, initiated a vital period of growth for the Gallery and its collection.

Opening Reception

Opening reception

28 April, 2016

The Easter Rising: Ireland One Hundred Years Later

15 – 29 March, 2016

2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising, long considered the inciting incident that led, eventually, to Irish independence. The three films in this short series all look at that extraordinary moment, also timed to coincide with Saint Patrick’s Day.

15 March - Odd Man Out


Archives of the Future

11 March – 17 April, 2016

Archives are not just a haphazard repository of records and objects that serve to preserve institutional memory. They can only be effective in that they submit themselves to an organizational system, ostensibly to facilitate access to information but really to underscore a way of understanding, of seeing the world. This second stream of media works resists easy categorization. It is only when they become part of CFAT’s past, when they are archived, that new patterns will emerge, giving us insight into our present.


Revolution or Reinventing the Wheel

11 March – 17 April, 2016

Alongside Dalhousie Art Gallery’s exhibition "Why are we saving All these artist publications + Other Galleries stuffs?" Becky Welter-Nolan digs into Eyelevel Gallery’s archives to find patterns in the gallery’s programming and conversations. By revisiting and recreating these repetitions, Welter-Nolan asks if the artist-run centre is evolving or revolving.

Opening reception

10 March, 2016

Opening reception for What were we going to call this show? and Archives of the Future.

film still from Dear White People, 2014


African Heritage Month: First Films by Black Filmmakers

2 – 16 February, 2016


2 February - She’s Gotta Have It

Spike Lee, USA, 1986, 84 minutes. An independently minded 80s African-American female must choose between multiple suitors–one of them played by the director himself–in this precise and energetic debut feature from the now legendary filmmaker Spike Lee.

9 February - Dear White People


The Art of Film Noir II

27 January – 25 May, 2016

Now recognized as one of the most sharply defined of all popular cinematic styles, Film Noir’s reach moved past its Southern California origins to influence filmmakers around the world. In this second series of Noirs presented by the Dalhousie Art Gallery, that global reach is represented by films from England, France, and Japan, with a concentration on films by American directors who were ultimately blacklisted in Hollywood, including Abraham Polonsky, Frank Tuttle, Dalton Trumbo, Edward Dmytryk, Cy Endfield, Jules Dassin, and Joseph Losey.

Postcard invitation to opening of Peggy’s Cove Syndrome group exhibition, November 30, 1974, Eyelevel Gallery fonds, MS-3-35, Box 40, Folder 4


“Why are we saving All these artist publications + Other Galleries stuffs?” The Emergence of Artist-Run Culture in Halifax

22 January – 17 April, 2016

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Canadian artists began to self-organize and establish independent spaces for creating and presenting contemporary art. These spaces were called “parallel galleries” or “alternative spaces” and are now known as artist-run centres. Halifax is home to some of the oldest artist-run centres in the country: between 1970 and 1975, Charlotte Townsend-Gault organized the artist-run Mezzanine Gallery at NSCAD. In 1972, a group of female artists established the Inventions Gallery, but the gallery closed after a fire in 1973.

Lisa Lipton, video still from You can take my bicycle, 2011. Photo: CFAT


Gleaning a Song: The Singing Voice as Artifact in Media Art

22 January – 6 March, 2016

Gleaning a Song: The Singing Voice as Artifact in Media Art is a compilation of CFAT members’ videos that distinctly incorporate, explore, conjure, or manipulate the singing voice in “song” as tenor for cultural production, existential memoire, conceptual and technical experimentation, and/or cultural communication. The program includes works by Lindsay Dobbin, Lisa Lipton, Tom Sherman and Jan Pottie, and Emily Vey Duke & Cooper Battersby.