Bill Reid, Bear Mother, Dogfish Woman, 1991 (detail). Plaster on marble pedestal. SFU Art Collection. Gift of Allan and Faigie Waisman, 2002.

Research, Collections, Publications, Projects, Talks

2017 - 2019
SFU Gallery

Until 2019, SFU Gallery is focusing on research, collections, publications, projects, and talks. Rather than presenting continuous exhibitions, it will operate as a research centre for art and ideas that connect to SFU Galleries' many activities.

In all of SFU Galleries' programming - from exhibitions to the stewardship of the SFU Art Collection - research into art practices, attendant histories, philosophies and emergent discourses yield a unique space of possibility within culture and within our pedagogical context.

Watch for changing installations from the SFU Art Collection around SFU's various campuses; our growing publication activities that encourage critical writing and projects parallel to exhibitions and other events; focused talks on works from the collection from diverse perspectives at SFU Gallery; and projects that propose to use the SFU Gallery space differently.

In all of these activities, SFU Gallery will be asking: How can we create the conditions of emergence? How do we support risky thinking and new voices within an art context that connect deeply to a shared future?


Unpacking Art on Summer Break

Since January, SFU Gallery has been hosting monthly talks that "unpack" works in the collection led by members of the SFU community. The series Unpacking Art: Lunchtime Talks on Works in the SFU Art Collection expands on issues around gentrification, decolonization and collecting practices through conversations around the chosen works. The series is on a break over the summer and will continue in the fall. 

For more information on Unpacking Art: Lunchtime Talks on Works in the SFU Art Collectionclick here. 

Collection Digitization

Over the course of the summer the collection's substantial holdings of Jack Shadbolt's works will go through the process of digitization for online accessibility. SFU Galleries has held the copyright for the Shadbolt Estate since 2011. Many of Shadbolt’s paintings draw from social and political conflicts that have taken place in BC, such as the imposition of colonial power on First Nations and the environment.

Keep up to date with our collection activities on our website.