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Artist Talk and Exhibition Reception 
Meryl McMaster: Confluence
Saturday, January 14, Talk at 2:00pm and Reception, 3:00-5:00pm
Confluence is the first survey of McMaster’s distinctive self-portraits, which draw on the practices of sculpture, performance, and photography. An artist of mixed Plains Cree and Euro-Canadian heritage, McMaster’s work references, subverts, and re-envisions Indigenous representation through an exploration of self.  Meryl McMaster will be in attendance at the reception on Saturday, January 14 and will give a talk discussing her work and invites the public to join in the conversation about contemporary portraiture at 2:00 pm.  The reception will follow from 3:00 to 5:00pm.  The exhibition is on view until March 19, 2017.This exhibition was produced by Carleton University Art Gallery and curated by Heather Anderson.

Panel Discussion
Meryl McMaster: Confluence
Saturday, February 25, 2:00pm-3:00pm
Join us for an informal discussion of Meryl McMaster: Confluence with invited guest panelists Tarah Hogue, Curator/Communications Director with grunt gallery, Michelle Jacques, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria’s Chief Curator, and Jordan Wilson, co-curator of the 2015 exhibit c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city at the Museum of Anthropology.  The conversation will expand on the themes in the exhibition, including artists that explore their own sense of identity to the complex history of the photographic representation of Indigenous peoples. The afternoon session will be moderated by Richmond Art Gallery Director, Shaun Dacey. Free Admission.  Everyone welcome to attend.

Reception, Performance and Talk
Mark Haney and Seth: Omnis Temporalis
Saturday, April 8, Talk at 6:00pm,  Performance, 7:30-8:30 pm
Reception, 8:00-10:00pm
Curated by Nan Capogna, Omnis Temporalis is a collaborative project drawing together the work of renowned cartoonist Seth with original music and performance by Vancouver-based composer Mark Haney. Omnis Temporalis is based on Seth’s picture novella, George Sprott: 1894-1975. The exhibition includes sketchbooks and drawings as well as an installation designed by Seth of the television station, CKCK where live performances will take place. Vancouver based composer and double bassist, Mark Haney’s original musical work explores themes such as, identity, death, change, loss and memory through various portrayals of the fictional protagonist, George Sprott. George Sprott, performed by Richard Newman, tells his story through dialogue and song, supported by an ensemble of characters and a trio of alto/bass flute, cello and double bass.  This exhibition is supported by the BC Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts.

Exhibition Opening Reception
Michael Bednar: The Fraser, Living River
Saturday, April 8, 8:00-10:00pm
Richmond Art Gallery in partnership with the Richmond Public Art Program commissions a new major public work by acclaimed BC documentary photographer Michael Bednar for Vancouver’s Capture Festival. Over the past year Bednar has developed a new body of work composing views from the entire length of the Fraser River, exploring its historical and ecological significance. The river, which runs from the Continental Divide to its termination in Richmond, is the longest in British Columbia and flows through 11 of the 14 biogeoclimatic zones in the province. Mounted on the art gallery’s windows facing Minoru Boulevard Bednar’s new large scale six panel photo montage, The Fraser, Living River depicts the local context of the river.

Artist Presentation
Michael Bednar: The Fraser, Living River
Friday, April 7, 7:00pm
Photographer Michael Bednar will give a presentation about his work, The Fraser, Living River on display at the Richmond Art Gallery.  Michael Bednar is an award-winning travel and documentary photographer recognized internationally for his work exploring the intersections of humans and the environment. Bednar studied and worked in forestry, fisheries and wildlife prior to becoming a photographer.  His work has appeared in numerous publications including Asian Geographic, Geo Magazine and British Columbia Magazine. The presentation will talk place in the Richmond Cultural Centre Performance Hall during the Art About Finn Slough opening reception.

Omnis Temporalis Performances
Tuesday, April 25, 7:00 pm
Richmond Art Gallery Association presents a special evening performance of Omnis Temporalis. Join RAGA members, board members, and gallery staff for light refreshments and a chance to meet composer Mark Haney, the performers and musicians of Omnis Temporalis. Mark Haney will lead a performance of Omnis Temporalis, telling the story of cartoonist Seth’s novella George Sprott: 1894-1975 through live dialogue and music with an ensemble of actors and a trio of alto/bass flute, cello and double bass. All are welcome, free admission but RSVP is required as RAGA Members receive reserved seating. Please RSVP to Special Event If you are not a RAGA Member follow the link for the Membership page for details on how to join.
Other Performance Dates;

  • Saturday, May 13, 11:15 am
  • Thursday, May 25, 7:00 pm
  • Sunday, May 28, short performances at 1 pm, 2 pm & 3 pm
  • Friday, June 2, 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, June 3, short performances at 2 pm & 3 pm
  • Thursday, June 22, 7:00 pm

Film Screening: Seth’s Dominion
Omnis Temporalis
Thursday, June 22 
7:00 - 8:00 pm Film Screening

8:00 - 9:00 pm Omnis Temporalis Musical Performance
Seth’s Dominion is a 2014 National Film Board of Canada animated/live action documentary directed by Luc Chamberland about the Canadian cartoonist Seth. Director Luc Chamberland sheds light on the artist’s character, mixing insightful biography with vivid animation in an artful fusion of filmmaking techniques that perfectly captures Seth’s manifold creative universe. Performance of the new musical work, Omnis Temporalis is based on Seth’s picture novella George Sprott: 1894-1975, and will immediately follow the film screening (42mins).
Free admission. Film is rated PG, some material may not be suitable for children.
Registration is required due to limited seating contact Kathy at

Exhibition Opening Reception
Beyond the Horizon
Saturday, July 8, 2:00 - 4:00pm
Beyond the Horizon showcases selected landscapes from the Richmond Art Gallery’s Collection, including those by Irene Hoffar Reid, William P. Weston, Alan Wood, Toni Onley, Susan Gransby, Leslie Poole and Susan Point, and a series of new works developed in response by ten students from the Gallery’s Youth Mentorship Program. Curated by Dr. Hilary Letwin. Everyone is welcome, admission is free.

Panel Discussion with Dr. Hilary Letwin,
Susan Gransby and Leslie Poole 
Beyond the Horizon
Saturday, July 15, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
In conjunction with the exhibition, Beyond the Horizon, Curator, Dr. Hilary Letwin and  exhibiting artists, Susan Gransby and Leslie Poole, will speak about the history of the Collection, individual works of art, and the relationships, both formal and informal, that exist between the exhibited artists.