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Arts professionals to share perspectives





 Kingston arts professionals will present their curatorial perspectives at a unique event on Tuesday, March 31 from 7 to 9 pm at the Union Gallery on the first floor of Stauffer Library.

The goal of the event is to demystify how curating and directing contemporary art is influenced by the different venues in which curators and artistic directors work, says host and co-presenter Jocelyn Purdie, director of the Union Gallery and independent curator/artist.

Other presenters are Jan Allen, chief curator and curator of Contemporary Art at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Michael Davidge, artistic program director of the Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre and Sandra Whitton, owner-director of the Sandra Whitton Gallery.

"All of these venues operate under different mandates," says Ms. Purdie. The type of venue, as well as the curator's perspective, determine what they present [in a show] and how it is presented, she says.

"In conversations with artists, students and the general public, there appears to be a lack of understanding of the field. Therefore it seemed a good opportunity to clarify this somewhat, and reveal how these different perspectives on contemporary art come together to weave a rich and vibrant arts community here in Kingston."

The panelists will also share examples of some exhibitions and projects. A moderated discussion will follow the presentations.

For details, contact Jocelyn Purdie, 613-533-3171, jp14@queensu.ca or www.ugallery@queensu.ca

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