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Tara Nicholson: Arctic Claims

Tara Nicholson Arctic Claims

Tara Nicholson: Arctic Claims
June 2-July 2, 2017 | Lower Gallery
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 8, 7pm

Tara Nicholson incorporates large-scale photography to document, question and visualize the reality and processes surrounding scientific work currently taking place in remote and often disputed territories. In 2015, Nicholson travelled to Western Greenland to produce a new body of work exploring climate change research, based at the University of Copenhagen Arctic Station. In 2016, she travelled to Inuvik to record and study alongside climate scientists in Canada’s north.

Nicholson’s work reveals the aesthetic of taxonomies – the processes of collection and classification that develop scientific data, helping us understand what is occurring in our changing environment.


Tara Nicholson received a BFA from Ryerson University, Toronto, and an MFA from Concordia University, Montreal. She has exhibited and attended residencies internationally and has been an instructor at the University of Victoria since 2010. She lives and works in Victoria, BC.


Tea & Tour: Tuesday, June 6, 2-3:30pm | $7.50, 55 yrs+
Call 604-297-4422 to register

Join gallery staff for a guided tour of current exhibitions and finish the tour by settling into the Fireside Room for tea and treats. 

Opening Reception: Thursday, June 8, 7pm | Free, everyone welcome
Join us for the opening reception at the Burnaby Art Gallery. The evening will feature opening remarks, followed by a reception in the Fireside Room, with artists in attendance. Beer sponsored by Steamworks. 
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Artist Talk: Sunday, June 11, 2-4pm | Free, everyone 
Contemporary artists Tara Nicholson (works in Lower Gallery) and Les McKinnon (works in Upper Gallery) lead a tour and talk through their solo exhibitions revealing the inspiration and influences behind their work. 

In the BAG Family Sundays: Sunday, June 11, 1-4pm | Drop-in, all ages
Come and make art! Get your minds humming with a visit to the gallery and then into the studio for family-friendly art projects. This month, learn about Tara Nicholson's exhibition Arctic Claims and Les McKinnon's exhibition Reflecting on Headlines before making your very own work of art using photo abstraction techniques. 

Image Credit: Tara Nicholson, Arctic Station Lab, Greenland (detail), 2015, limited-edition, pigment print.