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

In tandem with the exhibition Gathering | Tethering, 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.

Thursdays at 12:00pm (MST)

November 25: Frances Dorsey

December 2: Liz Toohey-Weise

December 9: tba

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.

Liz Toohey-Wiese is a settler artist residing on the homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sə̓lílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. She is a graduate from the MFA program at NSCAD University. She completed her undergraduate degree in painting at Emily Carr University, also undertaking coursework at the University of Victoria and the École Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Lyon. She has taken part in solo and group shows across Canada, and recently was the artist in residence at the Sointula Art Shed (2019), the Caetani Cultural Center (2020/21) and Island Mountain Arts (2021). Deeply interested in the history of landscape painting, her paintings explore contemporary relationships between identity and place. Her most recent work explores the complicated topic of wildfires and their connections to tourism, economy, grief, and renewal. For more information see

We acknowledge support from the Canada Council for the Arts