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Women's Work: New Acquisitions

June 21-August 25, 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 20, 7:00PM
Curator's Tour: Sunday, June 23, 2:00PM

Women's Work New Acquisitions
Image: Diyan Achjadi, Digging to the Other Side (detail), 2013, ink, gouache, acrylic, silkscreen and collage on paper, 55.9 x 76.2 cm, City of Burnaby Permanent Art Collection, photo: Blaine Campbell

About the Exhibition

This exhibition focuses on the Burnaby Art Gallery’s direction, since 2013, to significantly enhance its collection of works created by women artists. Six years ago, it was discovered that within the permanent collection of more than 5000 works of art, only 22% of works were created by women artists. Although a statistic such as this is common amongst collecting institutions, it was nevertheless identified as troubling. Through targeted collections practices, the gallery has worked steadily to increase its holdings, so that the collection in 2019 now comprises 25% of works created by women. 

This exhibition highlights historical and contemporary works recently acquired through both gift and purchase, with works by Diyan Achjadi, Shuvinai Ashoona, Mary Cassatt, Kate Craig, Leonor Fini, Carole Itter, Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill, Agnes Martin, Tania Willard, and many others. 

Public Programs

Opening Reception

Thursday, June 20, 7:00 PM
Free, everyone welcome

Join us for the opening of Women's Work: New Acquisitions at the Burnaby Art Gallery. The evening will feature opening remarks. Beer generously sponsored by: Steamworks.

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Curator's Tour

Sunday, June 23, 2:00 PM
Free, everyone welcome

Join Director/Curator Ellen van Eijnsbergen on a tour of the gallery's recent acquisitions of artwork by women artists.

Self-Guided Tours: Seek 'n' Find for Children & Families

June 21-August 25
Free, all ages

Pick up an activity guide from the front desk and take a closer look at the artworks on display while connecting to larger themes and ideas. Perfect for both children and playful adults!