(CHATHAM, ON) – The Thames Art Gallery and the Chatham-Kent Prosperity Roundtable are presenting Breaking Barriers, a non-juried exhibit of local art exploring themes related to overcoming divisions, marginalization’s, and inequality.
Open to both amateur and professional artists, participants created works which seek to empower as well as promote resilience and resourcefulness in coping with different barriers reflecting their lived experiences.
This year, Breaking Barriers is about creating community through art. The hope was to break down any barriers to having a conversation about how a more inclusive and supportive community for everyone in Chatham-Kent can be created.
To support this vision, Phillip Mock, the project coordinator for the Chatham-Kent Prosperity Roundtable, and Elizabeth Downey-Sunnen, the lead art facilitator and owner of AwareHouse, brought two large murals to various communities around Chatham-Kent throughout August. Residents could make their mark on their community and add to the conversation.
The murals are representative of the community’s diverse voices coming together to create something wonderful and inspiring.
The murals and individual art pieces submitted to the show will now be displayed at the Thames Art Gallery from September 21 through November 18.
The opening reception for Breaking Barriers will be held at the gallery on Friday, September 28 between 7pm and 9pm. All are welcome for this free and family friendly reception.
The Thames Art Gallery is located in the Chatham Cultural Centre at 75 William Street North in Chatham. The gallery is open Wednesday to Friday from 1pm to 7pm and Saturday and Sunday between 11am and 4pm.