The Art Gallery of Bancroft has two more events coming up connected to its current exhibit, called Truth.
The gallery features the work of Indigenous artists and is to honour the upcoming Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Sept. 30.
A Curator’s Talk event takes place on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. There, artists will talk about their work and their feelings about Truth and Reconciliation efforts.
The Gallery’s Molly Moldovan says the opening ceremony for Truth, held at the start of the month, was one of the best-ever attended events in the Gallery’s history. She says the local arts community is embracing reconciliation efforts and has been moved by the work on display.
“It’s an exhibition of powerfully, honest, open, emotional work that is evidence of Indigenous experience lived,” she says. “It’s beyond the word ‘truth.’ It’s an actual showing of their experience.”
“Without our acknowledging and understanding of that, we can’t develop the empathy necessary to move towards reconciliation.”
On Reconciliation Day itself, the gallery will hold a closing ceremony for Truth. It will get underway at 3 p.m. and will feature the Shawashkong Ikwe Singers.