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SYLVIA GALBRAITH, based in Fergus, ON, is a photographic artist whose traditional methods of image creation are joined with a contemporary practice of using video and installation. She has worked with several art forms over the years including oils, charcoal and clay, but found that the restrictions inherent to the camera inspired and challenged her more than any other art form. Her current practice demonstrates a deep connection with the landscapes and people found in some of Canada’s loneliest places. Galbraith has participated in residencies in Newfoundland, Banff and Northern Ontario, and has exhibited her work in solo shows as well as in numerous group exhibitions across Canada. She has photographs in corporate, public and private collections throughout Canada, and internationally, and has received many awards and bursaries for her work.
In addition to her artistic practice, Galbraith is actively involved in the arts community; she was a photographer for the Bonavista Biennale (2017 & 2019, Newfoundland), and served a two-year term on the Board of Directors for the Elora Centre for the Arts. She is a member of The Elora Arts Council, The Guelph Arts Council, CARFAC, and Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography in Toronto. She arranges exhibitions for various venues throughout the GTA and locally, and is involved with the annual Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival in Toronto, both as an artist and a curator.
Galbraith has taught photography courses throughout Canada, including for the University of Toronto, University of Brandon, MB and Humber College. She currently teaches workshops in Elora, and is an Associate Faculty Member for Conestoga College’s Commercial Photography Certificate Program. Galbraith is a guest instructor at Sunbury Shores Art Centre in New Brunswick, and the Wellington County Museum & Archives in Elora.