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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 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 and workshop leader for the Bonavista Biennale (2017 & 2019, Newfoundland), and served on the Board of Directors for the Elora Centre for the Arts. She is a member of The Elora-Fergus 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 is a guest instructor at venues across Canada, and has taught photography courses throughout Canada, including for the University of Toronto, University of Brandon, MB and Humber College. For ten years she was an Associate Faculty Member for Conestoga College’s Commercial Photography Certificate Program. Currently Galbraith teaches workshops on all things photographic from her Fergus, ON studio as well as through online programming.