In the ODD Gallery: Ursula Handleigh & Anna Heywood-Jones

November 10 – December 16, 2021.

Through an exploration of memory, Ursula Handleigh and Anna Heywood-Jones seek to exhibit a space of dialogue; between father and daughter, between one another, between what is present and what is absent. Gathering | Tethering is an archive of experience, a shared witnessing of their fathers’ failing memories and the process of losing a parent. Held at an intersection between textiles and photography, each borrowing from the language of the other’s artistic discipline, Handleigh and Heywood-Jones strive to acknowledge and reckon with the process of incremental loss. Through tactile methods of remembering and creating, their collective work emerges as an ever-evolving anthology of lived experience. 

Gathering | Tethering Virtual Conversation Series
Ursula Handleigh and Anna Heywood-Jones will facilitate a series of dialogues with invited guests on the intersection of art and grief. In the space of shared experience, this collection of conversations seek to explore varied perspectives on the process of creating during periods of loss.

Online Conversations, Thursdays at NOON (MST): 
November 25th with Frances Dorsey
December 2nd with Liz Toohey-Weise
December 9th with Jennifer Long
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About the Artists:

Ursula Handleigh is an artist and educator of Filipino mixed-ancestry working within expanded photography and alternative modes of image making. While challenging traditional methods of documentation, Handleigh’s practice explores questions of identity and how the role of memory, ancestral knowledge and storytelling can be used to reconstruct archives and preserve histories. Handleigh’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at galleries including the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Habourfront Centre and Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. Handleigh holds a MFA from NSCAD University and a BFA from OCAD University. Handleigh is a Tkaronto Scarborough-born artist, currently living and working in K’jipuktuk / Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Anna Heywood-Jones is an artist and educator based in Vancouver, BC on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and səlilwətaɬ Nations. Through her work, Heywood-Jones explores the complex relationship between human and botanical spheres, articulated through textile materials and processes. Her practice is also dedicated to witnessing the slow loss of her father and the growth of her infant son. Heywood-Jones holds an MFA from NSCAD University, a BFA from Emily Carr University and a diploma in Fibre Arts from Kootenay School of the Arts.

Exhibition Brochure with Text by Meg Walker

We acknowledge support from the Canada Council for the Arts