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Advisor: Bonnie Devine
Curator: Patrick DeCoste
Featuring Artists: Don Chretien, Bernard Leroux, & Shawn Johnson

EXHIBITION DATES: September 25 to November 26, 2021
OPENING: Saturday, September 25, 2021, 3 to 5 PM

The AIRD’s upcoming exhibition, SEED UN CEDE, is a visual arts exhibition featuring traditional and contemporary works by Bernard Leroux, Shawn Johnston, and Don Chretien. Curated by queer Acadian-Metis artist Patrick DeCoste, SEED UN CEDE examines the codes and the coding utilized in the Woodland School and more recent digital platforms to speak about colonization and futurism.

Upcoming Exhibition

S E B A S T E I N   M I L L E R
C I V I L   D I S O B E D I E N C E

Curated by Carla Garnet
Essay by Phillip Dwight Morgan

Presented by the JOHN B. AIRD GALLERY in partnership with the Scotiabank CONTACT Festival of Photography.

Sebastein Miller’s Civil Disobedience variously references photojournalism, album art, protest imagery, comic books, films, and video games. The use of digital montage foregrounds his works’ constructed nature, highlighting the gaps between posited futures and depictable reality. Through animated counter-narratives, the Toronto-based artist uses satire to comment on science, race, and the nature of resistance, and to analyze how Black North American icons circulate in popular culture.



Juried by Robert Birch

We are excited to debut John B. Aird’s first edition of its sculpture exhibition juried by Robert Birch and publication design by Erin Storus. We received an outstanding amount of stunning and critical submissions, defining contemporary sculpture in this year’s showcase of over 50 artists that reflect a wide variety of contemporary materials, techniques, and practices. SCULPTURE 2021 is presented in a virtual exhibition, accompanied by a playlist by our juror, and a digital catalog that is available to the public.



Online Exhibition + Artbook

All selected STILL LIFE works will be included in an online slide show and publication.

The intent of this call is to bring together a large array of works that encourage a rethinking of the traditionally narrow definition of ‘still life’.


The John B. Aird Gallery is delighted to announce that it will be open by appointment from 2 to 5 pm on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday in compliance with Step 3 of Ontario’s reopening plan beginning on July 16, 2021. See Roadmap to Reopen for more details.

According to the province museums, galleries, exhibitions, with limited capacity, may not exceed 50 percent capacity indoors and 75 percent capacity outdoors. Face coverings in indoor public settings and physical distancing requirements remain in place throughout Step Three.


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The gallery relocated to Artscape 906 Queen West in 2019 and will remain at this swing-space until renovations are completed at its original location in the Macdonald Block (at Bay Wellesley) in 2024-25. Your support is greatly appreciated during this exciting transition!