Coming up at The Anna

Down to the Wick

NSCAD Treaty Space and Port Loggia Gallery

1107 Marginal Road Halifax NS

November 25 – 29, 2019

Closing reception: Friday 29 November, 5 – 7 p.m.

Alexia Mitchell & Kayla Rudderham, MAED curators

Down to the Wick is a multi-disciplinary group exhibition investigating how colonization has had an impact on the ways we cope with mental and emotional distress and how artistic practice can help or hinder these experiences. Curators Mitchell and Rudderham hope to bring awareness, discussion and multiple perspectives to the forefront while practicing the guiding principle of “two-eyed seeing,” a term coined by Mi’kmaw elder Albert Marshall to describe utilizing the strengths of both Indigenous and settler ways of knowing, together for the benefit of all.  For more information and a list of all events related to this exhibition, please visit:


What the Swell Demands

Anna Leonowens Gallery

Continuing Exhibitions: Nov 25 – 30, 2019

Joy Wong, William and Isabel Pope Scholarship Recipient

Gallery 1

The salt of the skin is of endurance and labour. Tears and sweat adorn our surfaces like prints on fabric. The sea seduces; the liminal space between lands have both protected and scoured the bodies traversing in pursuit of stable ground.

What the swell demands is a material exploration of salt water – that which encrusts and protects, which blooms and crumbles, and disrupts the pictorial surface. This salt crust is also an artifact of disorientation – of losing sight of the coast, of queered and queering experiences of the grotesque.

Joy Wong (she/they) is an interdisciplinary artist based in Toronto, who works in painting, print media, poetry, and sculpture.  She recently completed her MFA at Western University, London, Ontario. Their practice concerns the intersections of disgust and beauty, decay and decadence, and connects material investigations with the shifting physicality of the body. She obtained her BFA from York University with a double major in Visual Arts and Creative Writing. Wong was a finalist for the 2018  RBC Canadian Painting Competition.

About the William and Isabel Pope Scholarship:

Since 2011, the Robert Pope Foundation and NSCAD University have jointly offered a two month long residency with studio and honorarium to an exceptional Canadian painter each year. For additional information aboutr this residency opportunity, visit


By Their Very Nature

NSCAD/Parks Canada partnership, group exhibition  Galleries 2 & 3

Artist Talk: Wed 27 November, 12 p.m.

By Their Very Nature is a group exhibition by fifteen participants of a week long residency at Kejimikujik National Park. Influenced by integrated, place-based learning, the group explored the imposed divide of human space and wilderness. Their works contend with separation and belonging in the interwoven layers of a place’s environmental, cultural, and constructed systems.