The KWAG Blog

Photo of Shirley Madill, a white woman with shoulder-length black hair wearing a white blouse
In the wake of the severe emotional and economic impact of COVID-19 on the arts, the team at KWAG has been reflecting, regrouping and redefining our ties to culture in a post-pandemic world. As we open the door to a new year, I want to share how the Gallery is moving forward. The challenges of... Read More
Photo of Yexin Tan, a young Chinese woman with short dark hair wearing a white shirt standing in the Corridor Gallery alongside a framed white Ron Martin work
We are delighted to welcome Yexin Tan to the KWAG team as our new Visitor Services & Volunteer Coordinator. Yexin has been working busily behind the scenes to welcome our visitors back to the Gallery starting this Tuesday 1 February while connecting with volunteers and planning new ways to... Read More
A sidelong view of Deanna Bowen's prints of a 1911 petition, showing black-edged letter-sized pages receding in rows along a white gallery wall
Late last year, KWAG’s Acquisitions Committee met to review and approve new additions to our Permanent Collection. This work of growing our Collection of over 4300 objects is always an exciting occasion to deepen our support of artists and their practices while carefully reshaping the canon of... Read More
Photo of Darryn Doull, a young white man with long black hair wearing a white shirt and black cardigan, standing outside with the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery's corner sign behind him
Our new Curator, Darryn Doull, has been hard at work in his new role at KWAG since joining the team in late summer 2021. Here, Darryn shares some of the ideas guiding the development of our exhibition program for the years ahead. Photo: Danny Alexander Recently, I have been trying to think... Read More
Installation view of two Edward Burtynsky photographs of marble quarries in black frames on a white lobby wall; the edge of a leather bench is visible in the lower left corner
Visitors to KWAG this week will notice something new on view in the lobby. As part of our ongoing commitment to showcase more works from our Permanent Collection, Curator Darryn Doull has selected two prints by celebrated Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky for a short public appearance. These... Read More
Shelley Niro's Return to Life is a black and white photograph offering a glimpse of the Grand River from beneath a silhouetted tree canopy on a wild shoreline
KWAG respectfully acknowledges that we are located on the traditional territory of the Attawandaron (Neutral), Anishnaabeg, and Haudenosaunee peoples. The Haldimand Tract, land promised to Six Nations, includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. As I reflect on this inaugural National Day... Read More
Exterior view of KWAG at Centre In The Square with Terre Chartrand's Asibikaashi on view on an exterior wall to the right
“Art has a long story to tell…it is an incredibly effective delivery system and tool for change. It gives us an opportunity to have a voice.” - Rashid Johnson To quench a burning desire to feast my eyes physically on works of art outside of our jewel of a Gallery, I took a trip to Ottawa over... Read More
A detail of a digital artwork combining images of hands against a black brick wall scrawled with white line drawings
Last month, the KWAG Youth Council wrapped up a year unlike any other with the installation of a collaborative digital mural that is now on view outside Kitchener City Hall. A Visual Glimpse of an Historic Year combines the creativity of nine young artists in our community who came together through... Read More
Aerial photo of a large digital banner of a red spider spinning a web, installed on a large brick wall of Centre In The Square
Earlier this summer, we shared our first images of our newest outdoor art installation on social media. The reactions followed fast. "Trigger warning: spiders," replied one person on Twitter with a highly distressed emoji-face. "I feel bad for all those arachnophobes," added another on Facebook. "... Read More
Photo of Allan Bush, an older man in a dark suit and glasses, standing alongside signage recognizing Free Admission Sponsor CIBC Wood Gundy - Allan Bush Investment Team
Earlier this year, we welcomed perennial KWAG supporter Allan Bush as our newest Free Admission sponsor. The support of CIBC Wood Gundy- Allan Bush Investment Team ensures that admission to KWAG and its exhibitions remains free for everyone. Our Executive Director Shirley Madill caught up with... Read More

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