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Dreamland: Textiles and the Canadian Landscape Takes Form at CCAG

October 14, 2014

(Charlottetown, P.E.I.) - Now showing at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery is a new exhibition celebrating the influence of landscape in Canadian textile traditions and contemporary art. Circulated by the Textile Museum of Canada, Dreamland: Textiles and the Canadian Landscape embodies significant social histories, regional traditions, and folklore from many far-reaching corners of the nation.

Canada's natural landscape has shaped its communities since pre-history. Aboriginal people and early settlers made textiles from indigenous materials such as furs and plants, and cultivated flax and sheep for linen and wool. The landscape was altered in the creation of farms and mills to process these materials, and animal populations were diminished through the fur trade. Materials that could not be cultivated due to the climate had to be imported, resulting in complex trade relationships with other parts of the world.

Canadians are deeply rooted to a sense of place, due to these interactions with the land as well as the unique beauty of each region. As a result, the colours, shapes, and patterns of the textiles presented in this exhibition serve as a visual reference to both natural and man-made landscapes, and remind people of their personal connections to the land.

Dreamland: Textiles and the Canadian Landscape features work from contemporary Canadian artists: Amalie Atkins, Douglas Coupland, John Henry Fine Day, Jérôme Fortin, Grant Heaps, Jason McLean, Graeme Patterson, Ruth Scheuing, Michael Snow, and Barbara Todd. Also featured are two recent works by Prince Edward Island artist Rilla Marshall, from the permanent collection at the CCAG.

The title, Dreamland, is also the title of the first book of poetry published in Canada in 1868. This is an appropriate choice for an exhibition that takes a lyrical approach to storytelling; the traditional Canadian textiles and contemporary works featured are tangible expressions of nostalgia, imagination, and hope, revealing the deeper symbolic meaning behind this name.

The exhibition is co-curated by Shauna McCabe, Natalia Nekrassova, Sarah Quinton, and Roxane Shaughnessy, all of the Textile Museum of Canada. Dreamland: Textiles and the Canadian Landscape opens at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery shows until Sunday, January 25, 2015. The Gallery is open daily, by donation, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Photo Credit: A digital still from artist Amalie Atkins entitled Embrace (2012), which is a featured work within the new exhibition, Dreamland: Textiles and the Canadian Landscape now showing at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery.

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Confederation Centre of the Arts is Canada's National Memorial to the Fathers of Confederation, located in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Home to a national art gallery and The Charlottetown Festival, this living memorial is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014, and continues to present the finest in Canadian visual and performing arts, heritage programming, and arts education.