Fall exhibition is all about being childish

September 14, 2018 | Arts & Culture

CHILDISH, the latest exhibition at the John and Maggie Mitchell Art Gallery in Allard Hall, runs Sept. 13 to Dec. 8.

The exhibition explores contemporary artworks from nine artists across Canada that amplify the voices, tastes and ideas of children, challenging the idea that children’s views don’t have a place in the adult world.

“The works present how child perspectives help us conceptualize the social world beyond the limits of adulthood,” says Carolyn Jervis, gallery curator.

All of the featured artists integrate the perspectives of children into their art. For example, Montreal-based artists Meredith Carruthers and Susannah Wesley of the artist collective Leisure, led a workshop for children from Early Learning at MacEwan (ELM) the day before the exhibition officially opened. The artists worked with the children to create plaster sculptures that will be part of their installation.

“This exhibition is all about valuing the contributions of children, so we wanted to make sure we started by inviting kids into the space to collaborate on the artwork,” says Carolyn.

Students from ELM work with artists on collaborative installation

CHILDISH is free and open to the public during gallery hours, Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.

Featured artists include: Richard Boulet, Meagan Byrne, Susannah Wesley and Meredith Carruthers, Joële Walinga, Big Rock Candy Mountain and Kasie and Mavi Campbell, who are a mother and daughter team.  

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