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Gathering | Tethering Virtual Conversation Series: Frances Dorsey
November 25, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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.
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About the Artists:
Frances Dorsey has been spending most of her time in her studio and garden in Halifax, NS since retiring from teaching at NSCAD University. Her current work explores the wonders of the plant world, through the use of plant-based materials and dyes, and as subject matter. Dorsey’s earlier work addressed memory, loss and WWII. Her work has been shown in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, and is in public collections including the Canada Council Art Bank, Nova Scotia Art Bank, Cambridge Gallery Collection of Contemporary Textiles, Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, as well as in private collections. For more information see
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.
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