Art As Activism: Truth, Survivance, and Resilience

Art As Activism: Truth, Survivance, and Resilience

Art As Activism: Truth, Survivance and Resilience is an exhibition about our collective journey toward decolonization, through the submission of artworks that reflect personal experiences and challenge the conventions of institutional space. Guelph Museums was established in the 1960s to preserve and share this city’s local history. Since then, our founding story has been told through the narrative of the Canada Company. Founded by John Galt, who became its first Superintendent, the Canada Company is responsible for colonizing over two million acres of land on the shores of Lake Huron, now known as the Huron Tract. This version of our founding story implies that Galt established Guelph on unpopulated land and negated, by omission, the local history of the Original Peoples. The exhibition, Art As Activism: Truth, Survivance and Resilience, will open on August 2 in conjunction with the performance of John Galt and The Instant City, a musical theatre production that navigates Galt’s background as a writer and Colonist. Both the exhibition and the performance will question Galt’s positionality in the context of our local Indigenous history and the impact of colonization that continues to shape Guelph today.

Event Properties

Event Date 08-02-2019
Event End Date & Time (24 hour) 12-01-2019
Individual Price General Admission
Guelph Civic Museum
52 Norfolk St, Guelph, ON N1H 4H8, Canada
Guelph Civic Museum
Categories Art Exhibitions and Sales,Heritage


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