Upcoming exhibition with artist Sarah Mihara Creagen, announcing the FCG Mask Bank, and more!
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A watercolour drawing by Sarah Mihara Creagen
Hyperaccumulating at my infusion every 7 weeks (detail)
86 x 52 inches, drawing on watercolour paper

Toxic Bodies
Sarah Mihara Creagen

May 6 - June 3, 2023
Opening Reception May 6, 3-5PM

FCG is delighted to announce Toxic Bodies, a solo exhibition of new work by artist Sarah Mihara Creagen.
Sarah's new body of work explores plants used in bioremediation processes (working with living organisms to heal or restore contaminated environments). She considers this bioremediation activity through personal experiences of her mixed-race Japanese Canadian background, queerness, chronic illness and disability while living with Crohn’s Disease. 
The artist gratefully acknowledges support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council. 

Sarah Mihara Creagen is a Queer, mixed-race Japanese Canadian artist currently based in Toronto, exploring intersections of botany, queerness, and chronic illness. She received her MFA in 2018 from Hunter College in New York City, and was a 2018/2019 Queer|Art Mentorship Fellow. She has had solo exhibitions at Katharine Mulherin’s NO FOUNDATION gallery (Toronto), SPRING/BREAK Art Show and Hercules Studios Gallery in New York City, as well as Articule (Montreal) and The Khyber (Halifax). Her work has been featured in The NY Times “What to See in New York Art Galleries Right Now,” Hyperallergic, and Visual Arts News.
Currently, Sarah is collaborating with Zoe Hayes (a queer gardener, librarian and herbalist) and the City of Hamilton to create an active public bioremediation garden through 2023/2024 on an unused city lot in Hamilton, ON.
Land Acknowledgment 
Forest City Gallery will be presenting Sarah Mihara Creagen's work on the unceded and unsurrendered territories of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Lenape, Huron-Wendat and Attawandaron peoples. 
Here, everyone has obligations, rights, and terms of co-existing and living together according to the London Township and Sombra Treaties of 1796 and the Dish With One Spoon wampum agreement.
The artist is currently based in Tkarón:to, the traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, the Haudenosaunee, the Anishinaabe and the Huron-Wendat. Tkarón:to is part of Treaty 13 and The Dish With One Spoon covenant. 

Visit our website for our full programming schedule.
Ruth Skinner stands in front of two paintings
News - FCG announces new Director

Forest City Gallery is excited to welcome Ruth Skinner to the position of Gallery Executive Director.

Originally from Newfoundland / Ktaqmkuk, Ruth Skinner is an arts organizer, educator, and publisher who has lived in London for nearly ten years. Her work spans experimental artists’ publishing and distribution practices, digital and media literacy, artist-run culture in Canada, and intersections of art, esotericism and forensics. Read more on our website. 
An illustration of a turtle wearing a mask by artist Dana Kearley
Mask Bank

In anticipation for our next exhibition, Forest City Gallery is excited to launch Mask Bank: our free community KN95 distribution programme for our community; visitors, members and non-members alike. KN95 masks are available upon arrival to the gallery to use during your visit. You are also invited to take a pack of masks with you for your daily use. In accessing the Mask Bank, we ask that you take what you need, and no questions will be asked upon pickup. Please ask FCG staff or volunteers to access the Mask Bank during our regular hours of operation or at any of our events. We hope this programme serves the arts community, which has been uniquely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

This illustration appears courtesy of Vancouver-based artist Dana Kearley, whose work centers on care, slowness, and healing, taking inspiration from ’80s, and '90s pop culture. Drawing from their own precarious health, Kearley often illustrates beings using mobility devices or living with disabilities or in this case, wearing PPE. Follow Dana on social media @danakearley 

We would like to thank Bona Fide Masks for freely providing Forest City Gallery with authentic Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for our community. See our form (link) for further information on the Mask Bank and to request and schedule specialized assistance during your mask pickup at the gallery. 
Jamelie Hassan and Ron Benner stand outside the gallery on the train tracks
FCG social media: "s'entraider"

In their recent artists’ talk for FCG, Véronique Chagnon Côté and Élise Lafontaine discussed their investment in the word “s’entraider,” meaning “to help each other.” They used it in reference to their own practices, specifically in how they collaborate, work and find community with others.

Not long after their talk, some of FCG’s founders came to tour our Elias Street space. Jamelie Hassan and Ron Benner also co-founded The Embassy Cultural House (1983-1990) with musician Eric Stach. In 2020, the ECH was revitalized as a virtual artists’ community. This year, ECH celebrates its 40th Birthday and FCG celebrates its 50th. Suffice to say, artist-run organizations rely on mutual aid and collaboration, both within their own walls but also within and across their communities.

During their visit, Ron pointed out that our new space is right beside two wye-junctions between the CN and the CR railroad: wyes are used to allow trains the ability to travel in either direction, or to pass from one line to the other line. Am very grateful to Ron and Jamelie for this topographical intel, and to Véronique and Élise for providing a valuable word for this important year: s'entraider.

Originally posted on our Instagram (visit).

Local Events

FCG is closed for the month of April for building maintenance and installation. In the meantime, here are some exciting upcoming events from our community partners:
FCG is proud to support #UPwithART, London’s best arty-party and silent art auction fundraiser which supports both Unity Project for Relief of Homelessness and Museum London. We truly appreciate the importance of the arts and social justice in London and we hope you’ll join us on May 6 at Museum London for 3 floors of activities, 60 pieces of art up for bid, drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and music! You can also bid on the works online from April 27 - May 6. View the art, buy your tickets, and place your bids all at UPwithART.ca 

A healthy, vibrant city benefits everyone!
A promotional grid of film stills
BITTER FIGURES SWEETENED FLESH: Films in Dialogue with the Paintings & Artistry of Angie Quick. Starting at 7PM on  Thursday, April 20 at the John Labatt Visual Arts Centre, RM 137E. Free Admission!

Featuring films by Carolee Schneemann, Nazli Dinçel, Sarah Pucill, Tom Chomont, Jean Sousa, Chris Chong Chan Fui, Sharon Couzin, Patrick Bokanowski & Amy Halpern.

Inspired by the creative oeuvre of London, Ontario-based artist Angie Quick, this 16mm program seeks to interpret visual and thematic parallels between the painter's oils on canvas and the moving images of nine avant garde filmmakers exploring the photochemical medium. Curated by Sebastian Di Trolio.

Made possible by the support of the McIntosh Gallery and Artlab.
A poster for Tingfest showing a cute worm wearing a top hat and smoking a pipe
Named after Merle “Ting” Tingley, London Free Press’ editorial cartoonist from 1948 to 1986, Tingfest is an annual celebration curated by TAP Centre for Creativity that showcases the work of past, present and future comic and graphic artists from Southwestern Ontario.

This year the fest takes place from Tuesday, April 18th - Saturday, May 13th. Opening Reception will be Saturday, April 22nd and it will be one for the books. A list of events can be found here. You won't want to miss the party!
A poster for Punk Rock Flea Market by artist Jeremy Bruneel, which shows two ravens in a tree with various punk wares
Punk Rock Flea Market - Sunday, April 23rd, 11-4pm on Dundas Place (between Wellington and Clarence).
Unravel yourself from your winter cocoon and find 55 of your favourite small biz vendors, live music, good food, better friends.

FREE event, bring the whole family!
LIVE PERFORMANCES FROM Snacks? Gabi & the What’s, Mental State. The Haus of Hard Nox and Guests present a 'Drag Goes Punk Rock Spectacular'
Live screenprinting by Rezonance Printing; Skateboard Competition hosted by London Skateboard Co-op
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FCG's programs and exhibitions are free and accessible to all thanks to the
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