Statement from Grenfell Art Gallery:
Our thoughts are with those for whom this has been a time of uncertainty, conflict, and trauma. We sit with our discomfort and feelings of insufficiency knowing that thoughts, words, and social media posts are inadequate for families who have lost loved ones and members of Black, Indigenous, and other marginalized communities that face injustice and discrimination daily.
In the last couple of weeks, Grenfell Art Gallery's communication platforms have amplified black voices, highlighted fundraising initiatives in support of Black Lives Matter, and shared resources that are shaping the ways that we as an institution are thinking about and responding to this moment of global consciousness about the right of Black, Indigenous, Queer, Trans, and People of Colour to live without the threat of state-sanctioned violence. Museums are not neutral. We are colonial institutions, instrumentally connected and entangled with systemic racism, patriarchy, and imperialism. Forces that have perpetuated social injustices in Ktaqmkuk, through colonialism, genocide, and enslavement. Artist Charles Gaines succinctly frames the fundamental paradox that is the seed of the mission of the contemporary art museum: "museums exist in a global world, but that this world is still evolving from a colonial history, and is therefore bifurcated along the racial and ethnic lines engineered by this history. Despite its global nature, this world remains dominated by a Eurocentric world-view that privileges whites of European descent over people of color."
We must be better. We will be better. We are committed to addressing these issues meaningfully in our exhibitions, programming, collecting, and publishing activities. Future collecting activities will seek to redress the lack of Black, Indigenous, LGBTQIA2S+, disabled, POC, and neurodiverse artists in our collection. We are looking for resources to diversify our staff, and have initiated anti-oppression and anti-racist training for current staff. We believe that this is an ongoing practice, pursued from a posture of care that will affect slow but permanent change. We are committed to ongoing transparency and accountability and look forward to updating you on our ongoing progress.
 Gaines, Charles. "A Tale of Conflict: The Contemporary Museum in the Age of Liberalism." Open Space, SFMOMA, 8 Mar. 2016, openspace.sfmoma.org/2016/03/charles-gaines.
Grenfell Art Gallery is committed to cultivating a generative engagement with art through exhibiting, researching, collecting, and nurturing innovative cultural practices. The university art gallery for Memorial University of Newfoundland, Grenfell Art Gallery is located in Western Newfoundland in the picturesque city of Corner Brook. The gallery engages in collaborative partnerships with like-minded local, regional, national and international artists, organizations, and institutions.
As a space of innovation, public engagement and experiential learning it features a 2,000 sq. ft. climate controlled exhibition space and an active collection of contemporary and historical art, specializing in, but not limited to, the art of Newfoundland and Labrador. In addition to year-round programming, the gallery undertakes numerous outreach initiatives and offers a year-round artist residency at Memorial University's Labrador Institute.
Due to Public Health Measures Grenfell Art Gallery is temporarily closed to the public. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. Admission is free and visitors are always welcome, tours and programs can be requested by contacting email@example.com. We’re wheelchair accessible and located on the second floor of the Fine Arts Building and our hours are:
Closed on holiday weekends
the public art gallery for western Newfoundland and the only gallery in
the province solely focused on the Visual Arts, Grenfell Art Gallery
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Gallery is on the second floor of the Fine Arts Building of Grenfell
Campus, which is accessible via level entrances with automatic doors and
the building elevator. The entrance to the Gallery is level, during
public hours our doors remain open, but when closed the door is very
heavy and not automatic. It opens outward. The exhibition spaces are
fully accessible inside the Gallery.
Admission is free and
visitors are always welcome, tours and programs can be requested by
contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re wheelchair accessible and our