The gallery is closed for summer.
See you in September for the next exhibition.


Trevor Kiernander – Event horizon


Trevor Kiernander, Show me the Way, 2016

Vernissage: Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 6 pm
Exhibition: September 2 to 24
Artist’s Talk: Thursday, September 15th at 7 pm

The McClure Gallery is honoured to feature the recent paintings of Trevor Kiernander.  Both this exhibition – Event Horizon: This Must Be the Place  – and the accompanying catalogue are undertaken in collaboration with Art Mûr.  Approximately 30 paintings, all completed this year, will be simultaneously on exhibit in both galleries.  They constitute a coherent and accomplished body of work, conjoining a painterly jouissance and expressive gesture with poised and deftly constructed visual compositions.  As the title suggests, they invite our sojourn.

The best of artists identify, in the pursuit of personal meaning, something much more collective.  Kiernander’s quest for place and belonging, both aesthetic and real, speaks fervently to our times, marked by an unrelenting sense of diaspora and dislocation.  Place, a sense of home, is the elusive antidote.  The scale of Kiernander’s paintings and the forms inhabiting them invite not just our eye, but our embodied selves. We feel corporeally the dark hovering shapes or flailing gestures push against or overlap all manner of portals, planes, sumptuous colour fields or the uneasy freefall of empty space.  Collapsing inwards they simultaneously reach off the edge of canvas to claim us.

Trevor Kiernander earned his MFA from Goldsmiths, University of London, in 2009.  While living in England from 2007 to 2014, he exhibited extensively throughout the UK, as well as participating in exhibitions and projects in Canada, U.S.A., Germany, Russia, and Morocco. Since returning to Montreal in 2014, Kiernander continues to work full-time in the studio.  His work is part of national, and international, private and public collections, including Loto-Quebec, Mouvement Desjardins, Conseil des arts de Montréal, and TD Bank Group.

Nicolas Rannelluci – Marcher sur les cendres


Nicolas Ranelluci, À l’aube du réfuge, 2016

Vernissage: Thursday, September 29 at 6 pm
Exhibition: September 30 to October 19, 2016
Artist’s Talk: Thursday, October 6 at 7 pm

The poetic space of memory will be explored through the motif of the ruin in this exhibition comprised of installation and several large format paintings. A scattering of small objects in decline will invite reflection upon the extraordinary forces that escape destruction and annihilation.

Phoebe Cummings, Benjamin DeMott, Janet Macpherson, Meghan Smythe. Curator: Linda Swanson – Épisode: 2nd Virginia McClure Ceramic Biennale


Phoebe Cummings, Antediluvian Swag, 2015

Vernissage: Thursday, October 27 at 6 pm
Exhibition: October 28 to November 26, 2016
Curator and artists’ exchange: Friday, October 28 at 6 pm

Episode is the second edition of the Virginia McClure Ceramic Biennale which will run between 2014 and 2022. Curated by Linda Swanson, it will feature three emerging ceramic artists, Phoebe Cummings, Janet Macpherson and Benjamin DeMott, whose work expresses new practices in contemporary ceramic art, embracing both the conceptual and the perceptual.

Eva Richardson – Surface


Eva Richardson, Untitled/Sans Titre (Red/Rouge), 2013

Vernissage: Thursday, December 1st at 6 pm
Exhibition: December 2 to 22, 2016
Artist’s Talk: Thursday, December 8 at 7 pm

In Eva Richardson’s paintings, semi-geometric abstract forms are suspended in fields of colour. Several paintings will be accompanied by some twenty small collages inspired by the materials and textures that surround the artist in everyday life: graffiti covered walls, rusted metal surfaces, old pieces of fabric and pre-used packaging materials.

Joëlle Morosoli – Chaos pénétrable


Joëlle Morosoli, Trame funestre, 2016

Vernissage: Thursday, January 5th at 6 pm
Exhibition: January 6 to 28, 2017

Joëlle Morosoli will fill the gallery with large mechanical installations that create a space that is both intractable and menacing. Playing upon the theme of prisoners and jailers, the artist creates an allegory of the secret world of our weaknesses and taboos. Visitors will be invited to enter into this space and experience the feelings it provokes.

Barry Allikas, Caroline Hart, Jennifer Lefort, Susannah Philipps. Curator: Leopold Plotek – Conçue en couleur


Caroline Hart, The Abduction, 2014

Vernissage: Thursday, February 2 at 7 pm
Exhibition: February 3 to 25, 2017
Artists and Curator Exchange: Thursday, February 9 at 7 pm

CONCEIVED IN COLOUR presents four completely different ways of painting in colour. Reserved contrasted with exuberant, fluid with formal, planned with improvised; this exhibition is a clash of harmonies. Contemporary painting, live and direct. Featuring the works of Barry Allikas, Caroline Hart, Jennifer Lefort and Susannah Phillips.

Sarah Stevenson – Fragile


Sarah Stevenson, Jambon, 2016

Vernissage: Thursday, March 2 at 6 pm
Exhibition: March 3 to 25, 2017
Artist’s Talk: Thursday, March 9 at 7 pm

Several light, insubstantial sculptures will be suspended from the ceiling and will appear to float within the space of the gallery, pivoting in reaction to the movements of the visitors. The surface of each shape will be covered by a network of fine lines made up of threads which form a fragile cage, suggesting transitory or imaginary dwellings and oneiric spaces. The sculptures will be accompanied by drawings of the same forms.

Annual Student Exhibition 2017

etudiants_webVernissage: Thursday, March 30 at 6 pm
Exhibition: March 31 to April 15, 2017

Students registered in the winter session of the Centre’s School of Art are invited to exhibit their work. The exhibition includes a variety of media and gives students the opportunity to exhibit in the context of a professional gallery. It’s also a chance to appreciate the great diversity of creative activity that takes place at the Centre.

Frédérique Ulman-Gagné – Les Choses


Frédérique Ulman-Gagné, Erotic Objects, 2015

Vernissage: Thursday, April 27, at 6pm
Exhibition: April 28 to May 20, 2017
Artist’s Talk: Thursday, May 4 at 7 pm

This painting and installation project poetically links different indoor and outdoor places, bringing together observed or mnemonic spaces, large, small, open and closed. Objects are enumerated without decoration. They are removed from their context and presented without hierarchy.

Sara Colby, Renée Duval, Holly King, Peter Krausz, Song Nan Zhang. Curator: JoAnne Meade – Brown’s Hill


Peter Krausz, Panoramic Landscape, Evening, 2016

Vernissage: Thursday, May 25 at 6 pm
Exhibition: May 26 to June 17, 2017
Artists and Curator Exchange: Thursday, June 1 at 7 pm

In the Eastern Township of Stanstead, is an undulating gravel road, “Browns Hill”.  Moving through endlessly rolling valleys, receding to a distant range of mountains and sky, Brown’s Hill is the site of inspiration for this exhibition. Five artists are invited to interpret this evocative ‘paysage’: Sara Colby, Renée Duval, Holly King, Peter Krausz and Song Nan Zhang. The exhibition travels to the Colby Curtis Museum, July 2016.  Catalogue available.