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December 8th, 2022

An evening with artist Leslie Reid
Cocktails, An Artist Talk, and Dark Ice Exhibition Walkthrough

Thursday, December 8, 2022
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Ottawa Art Gallery, Level 3
Free Admission

6:30 p.m.: Welcome, public cocktail reception in Sky Lounge
7:30 p.m.: Artist Talk in Alma Duncan Salon
8:15 p.m.: Dark Ice Exhibition Walkthrough (Spencerville Gallery)

More information and registration


October, 2022

Exhibition catalogue
ᓯᑯ ᕿᕐᓂᖅᓯᓯᒪᔪᖅ / Dark Ice / Glaces obscures: Leslie Reid, Robert Kautuk

Forward by Alexandra Badzak.
Mapping the North by Curated by Rebecca Basciano.
Frozen in Time by Leslie Reid, Robert Kautuk and Dr. Heather Igloliorte.

Catalogue for exhibition organized by and held at the Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa ON (2022-2023) and toured to the Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum, Iqaluit NU (2023), Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg MB (2024), and the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery, Sarnia ON (2024-2025)

© Ottawa Art Gallery, Leslie Reid, Robert Kautuk, and the authors, 2022.
ISBN 9781894906647

Book cover


On until March 5th, 2023

Dark Ice
Exhibition of new works by Leslie Reid and Robert Kautuk

Opening reception on Friday, April 22nd (Earth Day), 6:30 to 10 p.m.: Official launch with six other exhibitions, with a special program on Climate Change in relation to Dark Ice in the Alma Duncan Salon.

Ottawa Art Gallery / Galerie d'art d'Ottawa
50 Mackenzie King Bridge or 10 Daly Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario

Curated by Rebecca Basciano

Leslie Reid gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the City of Ottawa. Thank you.

More information

Exhibition invitation


July 22nd, 2022

Book launch
Ottawa Art and Artists: An Illustrated History

By Mr. Jim Burant

Page dedicated to the artist in section "Key Artists," featuring artworks:

  • Calumet: In Time, 2006, oil en canvas
  • Llewellyn III 59°04’N; 134°05’W, 2015, oil and graphite on canvas
  • Flight Line—Erasure, 2017, photo mosaic printed on aluminum, 74 images
  • Calumet: Five, 2003, oil on canvas

© 2022, Art Canada Institute
ISBN 978-1-4871-0289-0
Massey College, University of Toronto
Read or download the book

Leslie Reid, Calumet: In Time, 2006
Oil on canvas, 152 x 152 cm


July 15th, 2022

When an iceberg flips: Dark Ice exhibition uncovers some Arctic truths

By Matteo Cimellaro published in Canada's National Observer

Read or listen to the article online.


July 7th to 26th, 2022

New Arrivals from the High Arctic
Solo exhibition

Opening reception on Thursday, July 7th, 5 to 8 p.m.

Galerie St-Laurent + Hill
293 Dalhousie Street
Ottawa, Ontario

View the exhibition online

Franklin Strait I,  2022.
Oil and graphite on canvas, 18 x 24 inches


June 29th, 2022

New catalogue, available for purchase
Mapping a Cold War: An exhibition by Leslie Reid

Curated by Lindsey Sharman
26 February - 5 June, 2016
Founders' Gallery at the Military Museums
Calgary, Alberta

© 2022, Leslie Reid, Ottawa
ISBN 978-1-77835-115-0
Contact the artist at to order a copy.

Book cover


May 5th, 2022

Arctic photographers join forces for Ottawa exhibition

By Madalyn Howitt, published in the Nunatsiaq News.

Read the article online.


April 23rd, 2022 to February 26th, 2023

Dark Ice
Exhibition of new works by Leslie Reid and Robert Kautuk

Opening reception on Friday, April 22nd (Earth Day), 6:30 to 10 p.m.: Official launch with six other exhibitions, with a special program on Climate Change in relation to Dark Ice in the Alma Duncan Salon.

Ottawa Art Gallery / Galerie d'art d'Ottawa
50 Mackenzie King Bridge or 10 Daly Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario

Curated by Rebecca Basciano

Leslie Reid gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the City of Ottawa. Thank you.

More information

Exhibition invitation


January 21st, 2022

Catalogue launch
Bonavista Biennale 2021: The Tonic of Wildness / Le tonique de la nature

Curated by Patricia Grattan and Matthew Hills

August 14 to September 12, 2021
Bonavista Peninsula, Newfoundland and Labrador

More information and online edition

Exhibition catalogue cover.


November 11th, 2021

Book launch
War Art in Canada: A Critical History

By Laura Brandon

Featuring the painting Kaskawulsh III 60°44’N; 138°04’W, 2014

© 2021, Art Canada Institute
ISBN 978-1-4871-0271-5
Massey College, University of Toronto
Read or download the book

Kaskawulsh III 60°44’N; 138°04’W, 2014
Oil and graphite on canvas, 81.3 x 127 cm
Global Affairs Canada, Visual Art Collection, Ottawa.


October 14th to 17th, 2021

Objekt—a reading room
Royal Canadian Academy of Art (RCA) presents an exhibition of artists' books

Supermarket: Stockholm Independent Art Fair
More information

Event poster, 2021


August 14th to September 12th, 2021

Two New Installations
Featured in the 2021 Bonavista Biennale: The Tonic of Wildness

Includes indigenous, Newfoundland and Labrador, and other Canadian and international artists: asinnajaq, Christina Battle, Gerald Beaulieu, Vessela Brakalova, Melanie Colosimo, Marlene Creates, Will Gill, Jonathan S. Green, Marcia Huyer, Philippa Jones, Robyn Love, Logan MacDonald, Caroline Monnet + Ludovic Boney, Graeme Patterson, Michael Jonathon Pittman, Leslie Reid, Jerry Ropson, Janice Wright Cheney, curated by Patricia Grattan and Matthew Hills. And a special project, REGENERATION | Piguttaugiallavalliajuk | USSANITAUTEN: Seven Northern Labrador Photographers with Eldred Allen, Gary Andersen, Holly Andersen, Wayne Broomfield, Samantha Jacque, Melissa Tremblett, Jennie Williams, curated by Jessica Winters.
Learn more about all these artists.

Bonavista Biennale
Bonavista Peninsula, Newfoundland

After the Cryogenic (Snowball Earth), 2021, print on aluminum

Inversion, 2021, print in lightbox


March 9th, 2021

Virtual talk, Arctic Experience of a Southern Artist
For the Arctic Circle Group


March 8th to May 15th, 2021

Cantley XVI, 1995
Painting at Carleton University Art Gallery, featured in the exhibition Family Matters

Curated by students enrolled in CURA 5001, a seminar in the Graduate Diploma in Curatorial Studies at Carleton University, the exhibition brings together a range of prints, drawings, photographs and paintings by Lynn Donoghue, Evergon, George Hawken, Suzy Lake, Jane Martin, David Neel, Leslie Reid, Michael Schreier, Jeff Thomas, and unknown 19th-century photographers from CUAG’s collection.

"These works variously depict tender moments, document public and private spaces, index the everyday and explore familial roles and relationships."

Carleton University Art Gallery
St. Patricks Building, Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario

Recording of April 22nd virtual event, Celebrate Family Matters with Jeff Thomas and Bear Witness.

Cantley XVI, 1995


October 2020

Uluriak, 2017
Video featured in the Open Channels C3 virtual exhibition at the Frankfurt Book Fair


January 2020

Canada Council for the Arts, Concept to Realization Grant for Dark Ice, Ottawa Art Gallery exhibition, Leslie Reid and Robert Kautuk


December 12nd, 2019 to March 22nd, 2020

Pontiac III, 1980
Painting at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, featured in the exhibition Painting Nature with a Mirror

Presented as part of the series Pictures for an Exhibition. "This selective portrait of 1980s painting in Canada showcases twenty or so paintings and drawings from the collection of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, some on display here for the first time since they were acquired." Featured artists: Sylvie Bouchard, Joseph Branco, Gathie Falk, Betty Goodwin, Kathleen Graham, John Heward, Robert Houle, Lynn Hughes, Harold Klunder, Wanda Koop, Medrie MacPhee, Martha Fleming and Lyne Lapointe, Sandra Meigs, Ron Moppett, François Morelli, Leopold Plotek, Leslie Reid, Susan G. Scott, Joanne Tod, Carol Wainio, Shirley Wiitasalo.

Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
185, rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest (corner Jeanne-Mance)
Montréal, Québec

Pontiac III, 1980


October 25th, 2019

Art North Panel Presentation, Mapping Time
with Rebecca Basciano, at the Universities Art Association of Canada conference, October 24-27, Quebec City


June 25th, 2019 - January 26th, 2020

Featured in the exhibition Open Channels / Passages communicants

A multi-media exhibition featuring 15 Canadian visual artists who took part in the Canada C3 expedition in 2017, sailing on the icebreaker Polar Prince from Toronto to Victoria, coast to coast to coast, to celebrate and respond to Canada's 150th anniversary. I was very privileged to sail on leg 9, through the Northwest Passage.
Curator: Melissa Rombout

Opening Reception: Tuesday, June 25th, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Âlagemô Exhibition Space
Canada Council for the Arts
150 Elgin Street, Ottawa

In my short video, Uluriak (06:41), Uluriak Amarualik, one of the participants on the C3, talks of her life in the hamlet of Resolute, the barren shore to which her grandparents were sent in the High Arctic Relocation of 1953. She talks of her family, of travel, and of her reasons for joining the Canadian Rangers as a very young girl.

Uluriak (still)


March 2nd - 30th, 2019

« […] le voile de l’Illusion […] » “ […] the veil of deception […] ”

Group exhibition with Simon Belleau, Adam Bergeron, Mathieu Cardin, Jean-Philippe Harvey, Christian Messier, Mélanie Myers, Leslie Reid, Dominique Sirois, Anna Torma et Laurence Veri.
Curator: Jean-Michel Quirion

Opening Reception with the artists and the curator
Saturday March 2nd, 3:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Galerie Laroche/Joncas
372 Ste-Catherine Ouest, suite 410
Montréal QC

Resolute I: 1949-08-28; 2013-08-15, 2017. 23 1/4in. x 30in., etching on paper, edition of 9



Ontario Arts Council Established Artist Grant



City of Ottawa Arts Grant.


July 1st, 2018 - ongoing

Recently purchased by the Art Gallery of Ontario, Cape Pine: The Station is now on view in the newly renovated and reinstalled J.S. McLean Centre of Indigenous and Canadian Art at the AGO, Toronto. More information.

Cape Pine: The Station,  2011, 60in x 96in, oil on canvas


June 11th - June 27th, 2018

The Arctic Circle – Svalbard, Norway

I will be participating with The Arctic Circle, an arts and science residency in the Norwegian Archipelago aboard the Antigua, a triple masted tall ship. We will sail in the waters and fjords of Svalbard, Norway.

The residency gathers visual artist, writers, performing artists, architects, scientists and others from around the world, to foster collaboration and to engage in central issues of our time, particularly with the environment and climate change.

Svalbard is a very remote region of islands in the High Arctic, glacier and ice bound, and home to many polar bears. It will be an adventure in all ways!

Photo credit: Sarah Gerats


April 28th - September 22nd, 2018

Flight Line: Erasure
Special Commission for the Ottawa Art Gallery
Featured in the inaugural exhibition of the new OAG:
Àdisòkàmagan / Nous connaître un peu nous-mêmes / We'll all become stories:
A Survey of Art in the Ottawa-Gatineau Region.

Photo mosaic printed on aluminum, 74 images, 7ft x 10ft,  2017

The mosaic is composed of historical black and white mapping photographs archived at the National Air Photo Library interwoven with my recent colour photographs of Ottawa and Northern Canada. The aluminum references flight and the structural material of aircraft.

The images create an intertwined narrative of time, place and memory. At its centre is the role played by the now-erased Rockliffe Air Station in the growth of Ottawa and the North, from 1930 to the present.

The historical photos and my colour photographs explore early and present day locations, centred on the site of Rockliffe Air Station and the city of Ottawa They chart its growth from a small colonial capital and lumber town to the city we know today. Early and recent aerial images also trace routes north of Ottawa, which the Royal Canadian Air Force Photo Squadrons photographed in the 1940s and 1950s, providing the images for the first accurate mapping of the North.

These photographs, through northern Quebec to Hudson's Bay, Churchill, Manitoba, Cape Dorset, Nunavut and on to the Northwest Passage and Resolute Bay, follow the route of the High Arctic Relocation of 1953, when several Inuit families were moved from their more southerly homes and resettled in the High Arctic, to an extreme and barren environment, as part of government programs aimed at strengthening Canadian sovereignty in the North at the start of the Cold War.

Detail: Flight Line: Erasure, digital print on aluminum, 2017
Digital image for Flight Line: Erasure, digital photographs on paper, 2017


April 2018

Global Affairs Canada purchases 2 paintings for its collection

Llewellyn II  59°04'N; 134°05'W,  2014, 32in x 50in, oil and graphite on canvas
Kaskawulsh III  60°44'N; 138°04'W,  2014, 32in x 50in, oil and graphite on canvas

Llewellyn II  59°04'N; 134°05'W,  2014

Kaskawulsh III  60°44'N; 138°04'W,  2014


November 23rd - December 6th, 2017

Mapping the North
Galerie St-Laurent + Hill, Ottawa

More information
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 23, 2017, 5-8 pm
Galerie St-Laurent + Hill is pleased to present an exhibition of works from her Northern travels by artist Leslie Reid.

Kaskawulsh IV (Disappointment River)  60°47'N; 138°14'W,  2015


August 13th - 28th, 2017

Canada C3 Expedition Visual Artist residency
LEG 9: Pond Inlet to Cambridge Bay 13 AUG - 26 AUG

Awarded the Canada C3 expedition Visual Artist residency for travel across the top of Canada in the High Arctic this August. Leslie Reid will join the icebreaker Polar Prince at Pond Inlet at the Northern tip of Baffin Island, and travel through the Northwest Passage to many Arctic sites and communities, including Beechey Island, Resolute Bay and Gjao Haven, and will disembark at Cambridge Bay. The trip will be an opportunity to continue her exploration of the Arctic and the effects of climate change on peoples and places in the North.

Canada C3 is the celebratory Canada 150 Signature Project organised by Students on Ice; it is an epic 150-day sailing journey from Toronto to Victoria via the Northwest Passage that will connect Canadians from coast to coast to coast. Artists, musicians, writers, journalists, scientists and athletes along with indigenous peoples and youth ambassadors will join the ship on each of its 15 legs around Canada’s three coasts.

Leslie Reid, Kingston, Ontario, June 4th, 2017


November 6th, 2017

The Good Lands: Canada Through the Eyes of Artists
A publication by curator Dr. Victoria Dickenson, contributors Dr. Gerald McMaster, Dr. Laura Brandon, Patricia Grattan, and Dr. Laurier Lacroix, with original essays by Naomi Fontaine and Lee Maracle, and a foreword by Senator Murray Sinclair.

Painting, Resolute II (Northwest Passage) 74°40’N; 94°55’W, 2016, from Mapping a Cold War, is featured.

More information at Figure 1 Publishing

"A book of images of this country as seen by our artists. This is a book to remind us that the land holds us, not we the land, and that we share our territories with the other sentient beings, with the forest and the grasslands, with the rocks and the rivers. This is a book to celebrate this place, a gift to Canadians to honour the beauty and power of our shared spaces, and a reminder that we all live by the gifts of the land. This is a book that acknowledges the power of art to reveal what is hidden, to make visible the landscapes of our imagination." /


October 28th - 31st, 2016

Art Toronto
Galerie Laroche/Joncas, Booth C-72, Main Section

Paintings from Mapping a Cold War are featured.
More information

Resolute II (Northwest Passage) 74°40’N; 94°55’W,  2016


April 22nd - 24th, 2016

Papier Art Fair, Montreal
Galerie Laroche/Joncas

More information

Resolute II: 1951-07-08; 2013-08-15,  2016


February 26th – June 5th, 2016

Mapping a Cold War
A solo exhibition of paintings, video, historical and contemporary photographs from the artist’s residency with the Canadian Forces Artists Program in the Canadian North and High Arctic
Curator: Lindsey Sharman

Founders' Gallery at The Military Museums
4520 Crowchild Trail S.W.
Calgary, AB

More information:

Resolute: Mosaic. Detail, 2015

Thank you to the military and civilian personnel who made this work possible.

Financial assistance from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the City of Ottawa is gratefully acknowledged.


Winter 2016

Galleries West, Spring 2016.
Mapping the North, an article by Paul Gessell, pp. 34-37.

Link to the article online



Canada Council for the Arts Long-Term Grant


November 25th – December 23rd, 2015

10 year Anniversary Exhibition Part II
Group exhibition featuring Alan Belcher, Dan Brault, Gilles Mihalcean, Sylvie Readman, François Simard, Leslie Reid, Jana Sterbak

Galerie Laroche/Joncas
372 Ste-Catherine Ouest, suite 410
Montréal QC


November 8th, 2015 - January 31st, 2016

Group 6:
The Canadian Forces Artists Program, 2012-2013

Curator: Laura Brandon

Opening reception on Sunday, November 8th

Diefenbunker, Canada’s Cold War Museum
3929 Carp Road
Carp ON

Heartbeat, 2015
(video still)


October 23rd - 25th, 2015

Feature Art Fair, Toronto
Galerie Laroche/Joncas

Video presentation

Cape Pine: The Station, 2009
(video still)

Watch video:


Autumn 2015

Border Crossings, Sept-Nov 2015
Review by Petra Halkes of Glacial, Galerie Laroche/Joncas, Montreal, March-April 2015

Border Crossings, vol.34(3), issue 135, pp. 129-130


July 31st – October 10th, 2015

Big Bang:
Group Exhibition
Curator: Jason St-Laurent

SAW Gallery
67 Nicholas Street
Ottawa ON


April 30th – October 31st, 2015

Ontario at Âjagemô:
Group exhibition from the Collection of the Art Bank

Canada Council for the Arts
150 Eglin Street
Ottawa ON



RCA/Open Studio Inaugural Printmaking Fellowship, Toronto


March 2015

National Gallery of Canada Magazine

An Interview with Leslie Reid with Becky Rynor
The Proust Questionnaire: Leslie Reid



City of Ottawa Arts Grant


March 5th - April 11th, 2015

A Solo Exhibition of New Paintings

Opening Reception Saturday March 7th, 3 to 6 p.m.

Galerie Laroche/Joncas
372 Ste-Catherine Ouest, suite 410
Montréal QC

Llewellyn I 59°04'N; 134°05'W, 2015
32" x 50", Oil and graphite on canvas

The exhibition Glacial is the result of the artist's participation with the Canadian Forces Artists Program. Thank you to the military and civilian personnel who made this work possible.

Financial assistance from the Ontario Arts Council and the City of Ottawa is gratefully acknowledged.

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November 2014

Ottawa Magazine, Profiles
Profiles: Arctic inspires new art by Leslie Reid, an article by Paul Gessell, posted November 14, 2014. The article first appeared in the Winter 2014 issue of Ottawa Magazine

Link to the online article


Winter 2014

Ottawa Magazine, Winter 2014
Arctic Attraction, an article by Paul Gessell

Link to the magazine


June 5th, 2014

RIA Salon 52, Leslie Reid: Mapping Time
A Presentation by Leslie Reid

Arts Court
2 Daly Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario

Link to RIA Salon



Ontario Arts Council Established Artist Grant


September 26th - October 9th, 2013

The Cape Pine Series:
A Solo Exhibition of New Paintings

Opening Reception Thursday, September 26th

Galerie St-Laurent+Hill
293 Dalhousie Street

Cape Pine: The Barrens, 2013
50" x 72", Oil on canvas

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September 21st, 2013

Dark Light: Harecastle
Video Projection, 2013 (5min 15sec)
Exhibited as part of Nuit Blanche Supernova! 2013 (Ottawa-Gatineau)

Screening: September 21st, 6:21pm-4:22am

Galerie St-Laurent+Hill
293 Dalhousie Street

Dark Light: Harecastle, 2013
(video still)

Watch video:


August 2013

Canadian Forces Artist Program
Travel with Canadian Forces Op Nanook to Whitehorse, Yukon; Yellowknife, N.W.T.; Resolute, Nunavut; Iqaluit, Nunavut.

Aerial Photography for the Mapping Time project.


June 24th, 2013

Leslie Reid: A Darkening Vision
Catalogue Publication

The catalogue for Leslie Reid: A Darkening Vision, the retrospective exhibition held at the Carleton University Art Gallery in the fall of 2011, has just been released. Diana Nemiroff, Curator of the exhibition and Director of the Gallery at the time, has written the extensive text for the catalogue. Patrick Coté has designed the beautiful and very inclusive hard cover book.

The catalogue launch takes place on Monday, June 24th at 5:00 p.m. in the Carleton University Art Gallery.

Leslie Reid: A Darkening Vision is available at the Gallery, through ABC Art Books Canada and



City of Ottawa Arts Grant


November 1st 2012 - January 20th, 2013

Builders: The Canadian Biennial at the National Gallery of Canada
Opening November 1st

Two paintings, Cape Pine: The Road and Cape Pine: The Cairn, both 2011, recently purchased for the Gallery's collection are on view in this exhibition representing recent acquisitions by the National Gallery.


October 20th, 2012

Diana Nemiroff Symposium, Carleton University, Ottawa
Organised in honour of Diana Nemiroff.
Participant in the panel Artists and Museums/Galleries with Reesa Greenberg, Jonathan Shaughnessy, Carol Wainio and François Morelli.


Autumn 2012

Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal
Awarded for contributions to the Royal Canadian Academy of Art.


Monday, May 7th, 2012

An Embarrassment of Riches: The Collection in Focus
Recently purchased painting, Dargis II, 1976, on view in this group exhibition drawn from the Gallery's collection.

Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, May 7th to September 30th, 2012.


Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

400 Women
Curated by Tamsin Challenger. Touring exhibition marking the death or disappearance of women along the Mexican-US border. A painting, Lourdes Gutierrez Rosales, 2011, one of the murdered women, on view.

At SugarCity, Amsterdam, May 3rd to 17th, 2012


Sunday, February 19th, 2012

New York book launch for The M Word:
Real Mothers in Contemporary Art

Eds. Myrel Chernick and Jennie Klein
Published by Demeter Press, 2011.

The anthology on artists working with issues of motherhood, includes the artist's article on maternal ambivalence and my work, as well as images from that period of painting.

Postmasters Gallery
459 W. 19th St, New York, NY
Sunday Feb. 19th
3pm - 5pm

The book is available through Demeter Press and


January 19th - February 1st, 2012

Group Exhibition of large paintings by Christian Audet, John R. Barkley, Renée duRocher, Élène Gamache, Peter Hoffer, and Leslie Reid

Galerie St-Laurent+Hill
293 Dalhousie Street
Ottawa, ON K1N 7E5


November 16th - December 30th, 2011

Landscapes / Paysages
Group Exhibition with works by Ivan Chuikov, Janieta Eyre, Anselm Kiefer, Ron Martin, David Rabinovich, Leslie Reid, Richard Serra, Monika Weiss

Galerie Samuel Lallouz
1434, Sherbrooke Ouest, Suite 200
Montreal, QC


Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Interview with artist Leslie Reid for "Leslie Reid: A Darkening Vision" at the Carleton University Art Gallery

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August 30th - October 30th, 2011

Leslie Reid: A Darkening Vision
A Retrospective Exhibition, curated by Diana Nemiroff
Carleton University Art Gallery

Opening Reception
Monday, 12 September, 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Dialogue with Leslie Reid and Peter Thompson, School of Canadian Studies, Carleton University
Sunday, 18 September, 2:00 p.m.

Artist’s Talk
Sunday, 23 October, 2:00 p.m.

More information



Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant









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