Art for Lunch Speaker Series: Bewabon Shilling, Anna Hudson, Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum



Treat yourself to Art for Lunch. Bring or buy your lunch and learn about an art-related topic in our free Friday afternoon speaker series. Arrive by 11:30 am to order your lunch at the Gallery Café.

Art for Lunch: Gallery Tour with Exhibiting Artist Bewabon Shilling
Friday, January 17, 12:15 to 1:00 pm
MacLaren Art Centre | Rotary Education Centre. Admission free

Between the Forest and the Sky is a major solo exhibition of recent paintings by Bewabon Shilling depicting the forests and skies around the artist’s home at Rama Mnjikaning First Nation. Working from the studio built by his late father, artist Arthur Shilling (1941-1986), the works reveal a landscape that also inspired his father but rendered in a style that is entirely his own. Join us January 17 for this special artist-led gallery tour and talk.

Bewabon Shilling was born in 1977 in Orillia, Ontario. He studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design, where he received both the Norman Jewison Award and the Rose of Cedarvale Scholarship. He has exhibited at Roberts Gallery, Toronto; the Gary Farmer Gallery, Santa Fe; Orillia Museum of Art and History; and Kensington Fine Art, Calgary. He is represented by Roberts Gallery, Toronto; the Collectors Gallery, Calgary; and the Darrell Bell Gallery, Saskatoon.

Art for Lunch with Anna Hudson
Friday, February 21, 12:15 to 1:00 pm
MacLaren Art Centre | Rotary Education Centre. Admission free

Join us for a talk by Professor Anna Hudson. Hudson is an art historian and curator specializing in Canadian and Indigenous art at York University (Toronto). Her practice is public facing, community engaged and draws from close community collaboration to open new possibilities for understanding the contribution of artists in Canada globally, and the amplification of the voices seldom heard. She is currently a York Research Chair leading Mobilizing Inuit Cultural Heritage—a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada research-creation collaboration aimed at recovering, preserving, documenting, facilitating and disseminating Inuit knowledge, culture and creativity. Drawing from her doctoral dissertation, Art and Social Progress: the Toronto community of Painters (1933-1950), Hudson continues historical research on humanism and socially-conscious cultural engagement in twentieth-century art.

Art for Lunch: Gallery Tour with Exhibiting Artist Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum
Friday, March 20, 12:15 to 1:00 pm
Rotary Education Centre, MacLaren Art Centre. Admission free

Join us for a talk and tour by exhibiting artist Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum. The artist was born in 1980 in Mochudi, Botswana, and currently lives and works between Johannesburg, South Africa and Toronto, Canada. Sunstrum has at times called various parts of Africa, Southeast Asia, Canada and the United States home. Motivated by her experiences in these diverse locales, Sunstrum explores how one’s sense of identity develops within geographic and cultural contexts.

In 2019 the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio featured a mid-career survey exhibition of Sunstrum’s work. The show will be accompanied by the first monograph of the artist’s work to be published by Radius Books. Her work will be showcased at the 2020 Armory Show, New York in Tiwani Contemporary’s solo booth. Previous exhibitions include: The Showroom, London; Artpace, San Antonio; Michaelis School of Fine Art Galleries, Cape Town; The Phillips Museum of Art, Lancaster; Interlochen Centre for the Arts, Interlochen; Tiwani Contemporary, London; Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg; VANSA, Johannesburg; Brundyn Gallery, Cape Town; FRAC Pays de Loire, France; the Havana Biennial; and MoCADA, New York.

Image credits: Bewabon Shilling at the opening reception of Between the Forest and the Sky, MacLaren Art Centre, 2019. Photo: André Beneteau (left); Anna Hudson (middle); Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum in her studio. Photo: Courtesy of Artpace, San Antonio, Texas (right)


About the MacLaren Art Centre
The MacLaren Art Centre is the major public art gallery in Central Ontario serving the residents of Barrie, the County of Simcoe and the surrounding area. The Gallery has a significant permanent collection of contemporary Canadian art and presents a year-round programme of innovative exhibitions, education activities and special events.

As a registered charity, the MacLaren Art Centre relies on public and private support for its operations and programmes. The MacLaren Art Centre gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of its Members, Patrons, Donors, Sponsors, Partners, the City of Barrie, the Ontario Arts Council, the Government of Ontario, the Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage and Art for Lunch series sponsor Lake Country Office Solutions.

Gallery Location
37 Mulcaster Street, Barrie, Ontario, L4M 3M2, 705-721-9696
From Toronto: From highway 400 north, 90 km north of Toronto, take the Dunlop Street East exit to Mulcaster Street and turn left. The MacLaren is one block north on the right hand at the intersection of Collier Street and Mulcaster Street.

Gallery Admission
Suggested admission $5

Wheelchair accessible