The Varley Art Gallery expands its reach beyond the gallery walls with its Community Artist in Residence (CAIR) program.
CAIR is a year-long project that invites professional artists with socially engaged practices to create artistic programming based on the exhibitions on view at the gallery.
Artists selected are invited to develop and deliver at least three programs during their residency. This program provides a way for the artists, the gallery, and the community to interact, engage, and exchange in a meaningful way.
Golboo Amani is the Varley’s 2019 Community Artist in Residence, and for her final event, she will host an Age, Ableism and Art Panel Discussion, on October 19 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Varley Art Gallery. A one-hour tour and performance in the exhibition space will be followed by a casual round table discussion about these important issues. This event takes place in an accessible venue and will include ASL interpretation and live captioning.
Amani’s first performance, The School of Bartered Knowledge, coincided with Unionville Festival weekend. Her performance piece encouraged festivalgoers to exchange ideas and trade their own knowledge with the artist, who was installed in a booth at the McKay Art Centre on Main Street. Her second program, Public Reading, also takes place away from the gallery on public transit. For this community intervention, Amani invites her fellow travellers to select a work from the artist’s small portable library, from which the artist then reads aloud to the participant. This performative work permits her to engage with commuters through an intimate yet shared and collective public experience.
The October 19 panel discussion is a free event. Registration is required as limited spots will be available. For more information on the Community Artist in Residence and registration details for the Age, Ableism and Art Panel Discussion, visit varleyartgallery.ca.
Photo: Golboo Amani is the Varley’s 2019 Community Artist in Residence, and for her final event, she will host an Age, Ableism and Art Panel Discussion, on October 19 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Varley Art Gallery.Photo courtesy of Manolo Lugo.