Industrial Niagara

Curated by Derek J.J. Knight
Speaker Series programmed by Catherine Parayre
March 7 to 22, 2020
Opening Reception and Speaker Series: March 14, 2 to 4 pm

Industrial Niagara brings together key works by members of the Research Centre in Interdisciplinary Arts and Creative Culture, Studies in Arts and Culture, Brock University. Visual artists Candace Couse, Catherine Parayre, Shawn Serfas, Donna Szőke, and ARTIndustria share their insights by responding to the natural environs and the features that distinguish the presence, loss or history of industry in Niagara’s landscape. A combination of hinterland, cataract and escarpment, waterways and canals, hydro-electric generators and high tension wires, manufacturing facilities, factories, subdivisions and farmland, this is the first of a series of reflections or aesthetic interpretations on the meaning of locale (genius loci).

Rodman Hall Art Centre will host a cultural event on Saturday, March 14, 2 to 4 pm featuring readings by award-winning authors Natalee Caple and Adam Dickinson as well as short reflections by Niagara residents on their observations, research or experience, from the impact of the Welland Canal to the generation of hydro-electric power: Clark Bernat, Derek Knight, Reinhard Reitzenstein, David Sharron, Penelope Stewart, and David Vivian.

Open to members of the public this event is organized as part of the Research Centre’s outreach and to encourage future partnerships in an ongoing series of thematic projects.

The Research Centre in Interdisciplinary Arts and Creative Culture acknowledges the support of Brock University: Centre for Studies in Arts and Cultures, Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, Studies in Comparative Literature and Arts, Dean’s Office in Humanities, Research Services, and Rodman Hall Art Centre.

(Image: Shawn Serfas)



Second Tuesday of the month, 5 to 7 pm
(presentations from 5:30 to 6:30 pm)

Presented at Mahtay Café, 241 St. Paul St., St. Catharines
Facilitated by Bart Gazzola

Join us on the second Tuesday of the month for an informal discussion about art and visual culture. Artists working in any media, architects, designers, and any other image-makers are invited to contribute to the conversation by sharing a selection of images and discussing for up to ten minutes. Show us what you’re working on, what inspires you, or just come for the conversation. Everyone is welcome!

To reserve your presentation date, join the 5 x 2 Visual Conversation group on Facebook.