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Exhibitions

Birdwatching : Landscape and Leisure
May 2 - June 23, 2007

Guest Curators : Meredith Carruthers & Susannah Wesley (Leisure Projects)

Artists: Guy Ben-Ner (New York/Berlin), Amos Latteier (Toronto, Canada), Alison Norlen (Saskatoon, Canada), illustrations from the Bishop’s University Special Collection, and specimens from the Musée de la nature et des sciences

Every year, the Gallery invites a curator to organize an exhibition on themes and issues of regional relevance. This year’s Carte Blanche exhibition, curated by Meredith Carruthers and Susannah Wesley (Leisure Projects), explores the theme of bird watching.

Birdwatching is a unique way to approach and know a landscape. Part looking, part collecting, birdwatching as a cultural activity has created new communities and left a legacy in visual art, books and regional museums. The exhibition BIRDWATCHING at The Foreman Art Gallery of Bishop’s University addresses the special history of birdwatching and leisure in the Eastern Townships. Over a one year period invited artist/curators Leisure Projects (Meredith Carruthers and Susannah Wesley) will create an interdisciplinary installation re-organizing and recontextualising exceptional objects and drawings from local historical collections as well as creating new work especially for the exhibition. The multidisciplinary scope of this project touches on the history of art, representation and the collection, cultural geography and contemporary art.