Directing Our Gaze, a residency with Gillian Dykeman


From September 16 to October 5, 2019, Connexion Artist-Run Centre & the Beaverbrook Art Gallery will co-present Directing Our Gaze, a residency with Fredericton-based artist Gillian Dykeman.

Directing Our Gaze responds to the landscapes in the Beaverbrook Gallery’s collection, starting with New Brunswick based renderings. The artist will visit some of the sites explored by these landscapes through use of maps, GPS, and information provided with the pieces. She will document these sites in the present, and create artistic interventions such as plein air paintings and performances on these sites. Dykeman will capture the present state of the original locations along with her interventions via video to share during open studio hours. Dykeman will also develop a new Guided Tour performance, posing as a wilderness interpreter/docent and tying in the landscape artwork within the Beaverbrook to the landscape around the Gallery. This performance will invite participants to consider what perspectives are represented by historic landscapes, and the links between the genre of landscape art with ongoing expressions of colonization in present-day New Brunswick. 

The artist will work onsite at the Beaverbrook’s Bruno Bobak Artist-in-residence studio from September 16 to October 5. An artist talk will take place Thursday, September 26 at 7pm in the RBC Learning Centre, and the residency will culminate in a performance on Sunday, October 5 at 3pm on the Beaverbrook Art Gallery grounds.


Accessibility Notes:

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery is accessible via the new pavilion entrance on the right side of the building as viewed from Queen Street. The Bruno Bobak Artist-in-Residence studio is accessible by ramp down to entrance doors equipped with button-operated automatic doors, then through the RBC Learning Centre; or from the outside door around the corner to the right, directly into the studio.

There are two sets of gendered washrooms on the lower floor, each with one wheelchair accessible stall. Gender neutral individual washrooms are also available.

The Guided Tour performance will take place around the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, inside and out, which may include unpaved or uneven terrain.

Street parking is available and free of charge after 5pm and on weekends.

Please contact Connexion at or (506) 478-4484 if you require assistance or have any further questions.

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