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Blue Crush
Kerri Flannigan 
March 5 - April 15, 2022

Two more weeks to catch Blue Crush!
Whether swimming offers a form of being, healing, embodiment, or even a wellness tonic, Blue Crush is an exhibition that safely brings you to the water’s edge, compliments you on your choice of swimwear, offers a space on diving board at the lip of the pool, submerges viewers underwater, looks out towards open sea, and reminds us we are all bodies of water.
                   - Excerpt from the exhibition essay by Shannon Webb-Campbell

Blue Crush looks at sites of swimming as spaces of recreation and leisure, and as contested, and colonized.Swimming has always been political, as Britt Bennett writes in her New York Times Op-Ed “Who Gets to Go to the Pool,” that “water has long been a site of racial anxiety.” Jeff Wiltse, author of Contested Waters: A Social History of Swimming Pools in America, writes about the history of swimming pools: “swimming quickly developed from hygiene-centered into a sporting and leisure activity in the early twentieth century, it quickly became one of the most White-dominated activities.”

Kerri Flannigan is an interdisciplinary artist and educator currently based on Lkwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ Territories (Victoria, BC), who experiments with methods of research and storytelling through installation, video, and performance. This work frequently takes a collaborative form, working individually and collectively within a large group to create responses to ubiquitous themes. Family mythologies, coming-of-age confessions, queer experiences of place, fire, and swimming and have all been subjects of recent works.
Flannigan has shown locally and internationally, receiving a Canada Council for the Arts Inter-Arts Grant and BC Arts Council Media Arts Grant in 2020, a BC Arts Council Visual Arts Grant in 2022, and the Best English Zine at the Expozine Awards (2011 and 2014).
Tax Workshop for Artists & Freelancers
Thursday, April 7, 2022
6pm EST

Back by popular demand! Join us on Thursday, April 7th at 6pm on Zoom for a free tax workshop tailored to artists and creative professionals, facilitated by tax expert Sunny Widerman. No registration required.

Tax season can be a confusing and stressful time, and this tax year is no exception. This workshop will include topics such as: paying tax on earned income and calculating taxable income; claiming business expenses and required record keeping; HST and billing; Grants and T4s; and saving for the future. This informative session will benefit those looking to update their knowledge on taxes for artists, those seeking answers to specific questions, and artists who are new to the tax system.

Sunny Widerman has been a tax preparer and advisor since 2002, with a growing clientele of freelancers, business owners and professionals. Through her firm Personal Tax Advisors, Sunny specializes in helping clients take control of their tax planning by explaining the tax issues that affect them. She focuses on a gentle, non-threatening approach to financial issues and clear, jargon free language.

Have specific questions you want answered? There will be a lot of opportunity to ask questions during the session, or you can email your questions in advance to [email protected]

Our mailing address is:
1025 Elias Street
N5W 3P6

FCG's programs and exhibitions are free and accessible to all thanks to the
generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council,
London Arts Council, and the London Community Foundation. 

We are grateful to our artists, members, volunteers, donors, and community partners.
Our operations rely on your generous and dedicated support.

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