KWAG seeks to be innovative in its use of the Permanent Collection by creating community partnerships with cross-disciplinary venues such as the Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics, the Centre for International Governance Innovation and the Region of Waterloo Administrative Headquarters. By placing works from the Collection outside the Gallery and into alternate spaces, a new and diverse audience is reached. Combined with loans to exhibiting institutions such as Homer Watson House and Gallery (Kitchener), the Art Gallery of Guelph and the Museum of Arts & Design (New York), Permanent Collection works are seen at diverse sites throughout the region and beyond.
KWAG continues to incorporate works from the Permanent Collection into exhibitions with unique curatorial contexts. These efforts provide a framework to highlight selections of contemporary and historical works from the Collection on an ongoing basis for regular visitors and school tours.
In 2012, KWAG crowd-sourced the exhibition Collecting Resonance. The 55 works curated into the exhibition were all suggested by members of the public and drawn from the Permanent Collection. Collection pieces are regularly showcased alongside student artwork in the annual exhibition, Expressions, reinforcing parallel themes and subjects between established artists and beginners.
Our Corridor Gallery is dedicated to the exhibition of works from the Permanent Collection. Through our Community Curator program we encourage members of the public to apply for the opportunity to explore the Collection holdings and work closely with KWAG Curatorial staff to develop exhibitions shaped by their own interests and curiosity.
If you have any questions about the Permanent Collection, please contact our Assistant Curator & Registrar, Jennifer Bullock at JBullock@kwag.on.ca.