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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Professionalize your artistic practice!

Developing an Artist’s Statement

In this two hour hands-on workshop you will learn how to develop, articulate and write an effective artist’s statement. Come prepared to share your ideas and write. You will leave with a completed and effective artist’s statement. Space is limited.

The workshop will be facilitated by Tara Marshall, writer, educator and Outreach Coordinator at the Art Gallery of Mississauga.

$20 Public (MAC & VAM members receive a 20% discount)
$15 Students and Art Gallery of Mississauga members
To register call Tara Marshall: 905-896-5507
or email

Date: Monday March 9th, 7- 9 pm

Art Gallery of Mississauga,
Main Floor, Mississauga Civic Centre
300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga, ON

Monday, January 19, 2009

I Served the King of England

The series, an initiative supported by the Art Gallery of Mississauga, Blackwood Gallery at the University of Toronto at Mississauga and the Living Arts Centre showcases international and independent cinema. Held at the Living Arts Centre's Hammerson Hall, the screenings are take place the last Tuesday of every month. Download your film series guide here

Film Series Tickets: available at the Living Arts Centre Box Office in person or by calling 905 306 6000. To order tickets online, visit
Admission: AGM Members/Students/Seniors: $10.00
General Admission: $12.00Series Pass: $30.00 (4 film package)

Screening Location: Living Arts Centre, Hammerson Hall, 4141 Living Arts Drive, Mississauga
Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at 8pm

I Served The King of England
Director: Jiri Menze, Czeck Republic, 2008
Language: Czech with English sub-titles
Running Time: 118 minutes
Rating: R for sexual content and nudity

Jan Dite is short in height, but high in ambition. To put it bluntly, the young provincial waiter wants to become a millionaire. And he knows just how to do it: by hearing everything, seeing everything, and creating opportunities at every turn. Armed with this knowledge and an irrepressible wish to please, he soon leaves his first place of employment, a pub, for a luxury brothel and finally moves onto an elegant Art Nouveau Prague restaurant. But by the late 1930s, things are changing. Hitler has taken the Sudetenland region and is breaking apart Czechoslovakia. Jan falls in love with Líza, a Sudeten German proud of her Aryan blood. They marry, and soon after Líza is sent to serve on the Polish front, while Jan remains behind to serve as a nurse in a Nazi SS Research Hospital, but when she returns,
she has a fortune in rare stamps that Jews had 'left behind.' After Lízaâ's less than heroic death, Jan sells the stamps and becomes a millionaire. But he only has three years to enjoy his fortune: the new Communist regime puts him behind bars for 15 years, one for each of his millions. Upon his release from jail, Jan is sent to live in a decrepit border town. Here Jan reflects on the events that have shaped his life--and to reflect on what might have happened if he had played a different role in these events.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Art's Birthday!

It's approaching Art's Birthday again! January 17th of each year.

What is Art's Birthday you ask? Read on...

In 1963, French artist, Robert Filliou declared "One million years ago, on January 17, Art was born...when someone dropped a dry sponge into a bucket of water. Modest beginnings, but look at us now. Close the schools and the factories! Let them eat cake and make art! And the next year let it be two days of holiday, then three days, then four, five, six and so on, until everyday is art's birthday, at which point we can all get on with life".The point Filliou was making concerns the making of art as an everyday activity accessible to everyone, not a rarefied object.Since then, a loose network of artists and organizations has celebrated Art's Birthday honouring the Fluxus spirit of art being made not to be bought, sold or traded as a commodity, but given "freely" as a gift.

Robert Filliou (b. January 17, 1926, Sauve, France d. 1987, Les Eyzies) a member of Fluxus, the 1960's performance group that specialized in esthetic non-events, believed that art didn't have to express itself in the form of objects. He saw it as a form of play that could even occur as unrealized notions. His minimal-impact works are apt to be made of string, cardboard and wood, the vehicles for stray, vaguely poetic ideas and images. Filliou's ephemeral works undermine heavy notions of what art is or should be.

How Mississauga will be celebrating Art's Birthday?

January 17, 2009
Noon to 8pm
Erin Meadows Community Centre & Library
2800 Erin Centre Blvd. Mississauga
Tel: 905-615-4750

The Art Gallery of Mississauga is participating in the Art's Birthday celebration presented by the Office of Arts and Culture, City of Mississauga. This year, Art's Birthday is an ecology-themed celebration. Activities include a Mississauga sound map, sound installation, underground garage sale, art trading-card craft, sound art listening gallery, art-on-air live, radio DJ demos, soundwalks, puppet musicians, underwater (pool) soundtrack, artist performances, open mic, children's workshops, happy birthday choral performance and birthday cake.

The Art Gallery of Mississauga will be presenting the work of Mississauga artists Alison S.M. Kobayashi and Gintas Tirilis who have both created dynamic site specific installations for the event.

Alison S. M. Kobayashi will be presenting two installations on the birthday theme. Her first installation can be viewed in an Erin Meadows Public Library book case beginning January 6th. The second, in the entrance of the Community Centre, is a playful multi-media installation inspired by the Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot music video Comic Strip. Kobayshi combines a retro future aesthetic, celebratory accoutrements and her own performance in a tribute to Art's Birthday.

Utilizing an unexpected combination of water and sound, Gintas Tirilis creates a site specific, participatory installation at the Erin Meadows Community Centre. Tirilis's Drip Machine allows visitors to the Centre to trigger and tune unique audio patterns and rhythms by adjusting the flow of water faucets. Each participant's faucet adjustment becomes an original "remix" which includes samples from varying radio stations and pre recorded audio.

View Art's Birthday flyer

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