To celebrate Pride in Sudbury, the Ontario Public Service Pride Network in partnership with John B. Aird Gallery, Open Studio | Cambrian College and PrideHouse TO: Sudbury Celebrates! present an art exhibition exploring contemporary experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals, families, and communities in Ontario. Featuring the work of 30 artists from across the province, the exhibition reflects a diverse range of perspectives and themes, bound together with beauty, courage, humour, and pride.
In June 2003, Ontario became the first jurisdiction in North America – and one of the first in the world – to legally recognize same-sex marriage. This was a key milestone in the history of LGBTQ rights, one that reverberated throughout Canada and continues to do so internationally. Queer Landscapes, Queer Journeys provides a snapshot of LGBTQ experience in the context of this new era. The exhibition celebrates increased acceptance, inclusion, and recognition of LGBTQ communities, but also highlights several ongoing issues and challenges that are often overshadowed by the focus on marriage equality.
Ontario has served as the backdrop for a multifaceted landscape of LGBTQ experiences in recent years. While many of the themes highlighted in the exhibition extend beyond provincial borders, they have resonated in unique ways within the Ontario context. As you explore this collection of artworks, you are invited to reflect on the journeys they represent, and consider how we can continue to chart pathways to support diversity, inclusion, and self-expression.
Ben Benedict, Jonathan Brett, Harry Chahal, Justin de Lima, Pamela Dodds, Michel Dumont, Andy Fabo, Paul Foster, Jowenne Carpo Herrera, Caitlyn Jean, Daniella Mitchell, Claude LeBlanc, Fiona Legg, Sue Lloyd, Mariam Magsi, Lucy McSweeney, Walter Segers, Alexander Scott, Thomas Smith, additional artists TBA.
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Action Jeunesse | Le Centre de santé communautaire du Grand Sudbury, Artists on Elgin, Art Gallery of Sudbury, Canada World Youth, CARFAC Ontario, Citizens Climate Lobby Canada, Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury, Downtown Sudbury Art Crawl, Dream Big Conference, Friend of Junction Creek, Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario (Festival of Alternative Art Sudbury), Graphic-Con, Greater Sudbury Public Library, Laurentian University (Women’s and Gender Studies), Maker’s Market Sudbury, Myths and Mirrors Community Arts, Northern Initiative for Social Action (NISA), Ontario Culture Days, Ontario Public Service (OPS) Pride Network, PrideHouse TO, Samaritan Centre Outreach Services; Sudbury Action Centre for Youth, Sudbury Arts Council, Sudbury Design Society, Sudbury German Language School, Sudbury Indie Cinema Downtown, University of Sudbury (Indigenous Studies), Upfest, Wabnode Centre for Aboriginal Services, We Live Up Here.