Our summer programming is revving up! ☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️ Join us for some serious celebrations
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Detail image of Myles Jackson Lynch, Cryptic Landscape 3. Image courtesy of the artist.

Cryptic Landscapes
Myles Jackson Lynch, BFA, Hons.
On view August 12 - 19, 2023

This series is inspired by the fever dreams of childhood, our psychic connection to the land, and the sense of sublime we feel in the grand scale of the universe. Cryptic Landscapes is an exploration of minimalist expression through contrasting textures; paper impersonating rock formations on a grand scale versus golden regions implying value and importance. While the material conveys stillness and timeless consistency, the gilding is abstract with no concrete meaning. It is up to the viewer to find their own answers in the work, as it is our nature to find meaning in the experience of life. 

Myles Jackson Lynch, BFA, Hons. is an emerging Lŭnaapèew artist from Eelŭnaapéewi Lahkéewiit (formerly known as Moraviantown, Ontario). He grew up with an equal appreciation for nature and academia, finding inspiration in stillness. Though the medium in which he creates his art is ever changing, his body of work continues to be focused on existentialism. 

The Annual Juried Exhibition (AJE) is one of the most highly anticipated undergraduate exhibitions in the Department of Visual Arts at Western University. This diverse exhibition supports the production of new artwork made in a variety of mediums, including painting, sculpture, digital media, photography, installation, sound, and performance. For many years, Forest City Gallery has supported the AJE through the contribution of the FCG Feature Award. The FCG Feature offers a presentation opportunity to one student each year, selected by a professional jury. The AJE 21, which took place in March 2023, awarded Myles Jackson Lynch, BFA, Hons., with this year's FCG Feature Award. 
Every Child Matters: A Sign of Respect, by Jozie
Lino block print, 2022

FCG Pier: Works by Jozie and Mea
On view until September, 2023

Jozie and Mea are two elementary school students, budding artists, and part of the Oneida Nation of the Thames. They are passionate about honing their skills in printmaking, as well as developing their fluency in Oneida, and their work often embodies and represents their interests and identities.

Special thanks to Art East for custom framing Jozie and Mea's works!
Artist and Arts Professional Survey

As part of our ongoing commitment to providing a vibrant, engaging, and inspiring space, we are reaching out to artists and arts professionals for your feedback! By taking this survey, you have the opportunity to reflect on and influence your experience as a member of the FCG.

All responses will be anonymous. All participants who complete the survey before August 5th at 12:00 EST can choose to enter a draw for a chance to win one of two $75 gift card sets for local businesses, courtesy of the OEV BIA.

Click here to start the survey.
Image courtesy of Sara Mai Chitty.

Towards Braiding

September - October, 2023

As Forest City Gallery turns 50, we are thinking about what 50 more years looks like for us, and the roles and responsibilities we have as one of the longest running artist-run centres, located in Dish with One Spoon territory.
We invite you to join us, with open hearts and minds, in conversations about decolonizing arts, arts education, and institutions. This workshop and conversation series will run between September 13 to October 13, 2023.

As an artist-run center that fosters and supports contemporary art, promoting dialogue among local, regional, and international arts communities, we believe it is important to come together as a community to collectively imagine decolonial futures for arts and arts education in our city.

This is just a small beginning step. To prepare, let’s begin reading Towards Braiding by Vanessa Andreotti and Jimmy Elwood Smith together. 

Towards Braiding comes out of discussions and sharing between the authors and the Musgagetes Foundation, and this book will be our guide. Each week leading up to this series, we will post questions and quotes to inform the conversations that will emerge and take literal shape on our gallery walls in the Fall.

We look forward to taking this journey with you!

Femme Art Review

5-Year Anniversary Party & Fundraiser!

August 17th, 6-8PM

Join us at FCG on Thursday, August 17th from 6-8 pm to celebrate 5 years of art publishing and Femme Art Review's birthday! There will be music, snacks and refreshments, free tarot readings, a collage table, and lit readings! 🎉

6-7pm: Free tarot readings by Maja (@mysouldesigns), Collage/Zine table, and DJ + Music by Jay Hogdson (@jay_hodgson_collage)

7 pm: Readings by Alex Chappell (@achappe7), Moira Hayes (@jesusonthecrossfit), and Adi Berardini (@band_adii)

PWYC / Suggested donation: $10 (includes door prize raffle entry!)

This event will also be a fundraiser for Femme Art Review's third print issue. Thank you for supporting the work we do! 💖 Hope to see you there!✨

DNA CON at Forest City Gallery

DNA Art Show: August 29 - September 7, 2023
DNA Conference: September 1 &2, 2023

The Disability and Neurodiversity Alliance (DNA) of Southwestern Ontario (SWO) was created to build a community of individuals who identify as autistic, d/Deaf, disabled, mad, neurodivergent, and/or as having a chronic illness, disability, long-term condition, or mental illness. Simply put, we welcome anyone who does not identify as non disabled.  Non-disabled allies are welcome to join us as well.

DNA is holding the first-ever conference celebrating our community in this area, at FCG, September 1 & 2, 2023. Starting August 29th and running until September 7th, the first ever DNA Art Show will be featuring over ten different artists with disability and/or neurodiversity. Each artist brings their unique relationship to disability and/or neurodivergence with their selected works. Having the opportunity to present them together in a single show allows outsiders to witness just how broad of a spectrum the life experience surrounding disability and/or neurodiversity. Which truly is something to celebrate.

Following the Art opening on the evening of September 1st, there will be another event on September 2nd featuring speakers, performers and a vendors market shining a light on members of our community. Too often the lives and stories of people with disability and/or neurodiversity left out of the history books. It is the hopes of DNA to push back against this history of erasure with these events and start doing the work of leaving evidence for our future generations. 

Find out more information here & find information about contributing here!
FCG Office Hours
Currently booking on Thursdays between 3-5PM

Speak one-on-one with FCG Director Ruth Skinner on an arts topic or question, seek out practical advice on a grant or exhibition opportunity, or get critical feedback on a project. Office Hours are geared towards artists and arts professionals who are not currently enrolled in a post-secondary program, but anyone is welcome to sign up. These 25-minute meetings are carried out on Zoom.

"As a self-taught, emerging contemporary artist, finding my way in the art world involves independently seeking out guidance and learning opportunities. I appreciated being able to connect with Forest City Gallery's executive director to get advice on how to approach a new art project, and there was no cost for the session. In 30 minutes, we covered questions that I had about arts-based research, and I felt more confident and supported to start working on my project." —Roshan James, poet, interdisciplinary artist and musician

Book your appointment here.

Exhibition Assistance Program now open! 

Forest City Gallery is a third-party recommender for the Ontario Arts Council’s Exhibition Assistance program (Zone 1). The 2023-24 program is open from early June 2023 until January 16, 2024, 1:00 p.m. ET. Find out more information on our website, or visit OAC's website for complete information, including who is eligible, what expenses are eligible, and what expenses are ineligible.
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