Exhibitions and Events

Apple tree in bloom, Indigenous Butterfly and Pollinator Garden, June 2022


Plant Kingdom: Curator Tours with Frances Dorsey

21 – 23 June, 2022

TUESDAY, JUNE 21 AT 11:00 AM *Gallery + Garden tour*
THURSDAY, JUNE 23 AT 6:00 PM *Gallery tour only*

Kallis demonstrated her weaving to DAG staff.


Upcoming Series: Online Weaving with artist Sharon Kallis

18 May – 9 July, 2022

Free skillshare with a practising textile artist!

Kallis demonstrating her weaving to DAG staff. 

Artist Talk with Sharon Kallis and the Legion of Flying Monkeys

8 May, 2022

Sharon Kallis will give an informal talk about her multi-year journey getting from seed to wearable garment, and her current bi-coastal weave-along, featuring East coast and West coast nettles and linens.

This event will be concurrently streamed via Zoom. 

REGISTER HERE: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_SltAZ0oJSzemUPebTn7hRw

After the talk, Plant Kingdom artist David Gowman and his band The Legion of Flying Monkeys will be doing a short set in the gallery!

A variety of materials used in Kallis' artistic practise. Photo courtesy of Sharon Kallis.

Performance: Nettle Spinning Circle

7 May, 2022

Come enjoy the new exhibition Plant Kingdom and join us in the Sculpture Court (Arts Centre, floor 2) to observe a nettle spinning learning circle hosted by artist Sharon Kallis. She will be sharing fibre processing and spinning techniques with the volunteers who aided in her project by harvesting and processing stinging nettle from TapRoot farms in the Autumn of 2021.

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