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Thursday, 18 June 2015

Canada House: A showcase of Canada in the 21st century

The Canada Gallery offers an ongoing program that brings the work of Canadian artists to the heart of London. The Canada Gallery is open to the public Monday-Saturday from 11:00 to 17:45 via the Pall Mall entrance. Admission is free.

The current exhibition in Canada Gallery, entitled, Tabula Rasa, is curated by Kathleen Ritter and brings together nine highly representative works made over the course of Ian Wallace’s career. British-born and Vancouver-based, Ian Wallace has been an influential figure in contemporary art in Canada and abroad for the last five decades. He is recognized for the leading role he has played in the development of an internationally renowned photographic and conceptual art practice in Vancouver since the 1960s.

Canada House on Trafalgar Square serves as a showcase of Canada in the 21st century and can be visited through upcoming public tours on selected Friday afternoons. Please note that security arrangements for this diplomatic facility require that Canada House is not open to general visitors and all guests must register in advance to attend these public tours (spaces are limited).

The revitalized Canada House has drawn upon the diverse talents of Canadian artisans and craftspeople from coast to coast to coast in order to deliver a building that celebrates the very best of Canada in the 21st century.

Visitors to Canada House are treated to some of the finest examples of forward-looking design that relies on Canadian materials wherever possible. Key examples include:
  • Bocci lighting installation. Celebrated Vancouver designer Omer Arbel created 57.157, the 14.5-metre high glass and metal chandelier that provides a clear contrast between old and new from its position in the grand staircase.
  • Warren Carther glass wall. The Winnipeg-based glass artist has created a backlit structural glass wall featured in the Sir Wilfred Laurier Room that evokes images of Canada ranging from the beaver to snow.
  • Edmonton’s IZM, a furniture company specializing in hand-made furniture, contributed tables and credenzas to several of the rooms, including one for the dedicated Alberta room. Made of Canadian white oak, walnut and maple, the pieces inject a modern sensibility into their surroundings.
  • Quebec wood artist Kino Guérin has fashioned two benches from single strips of material – including a signature ‘Why Knot’ bench that add a playful touch to the building.
  • New Brunswick based woodworker Jamie Landry used local wood to create several pieces for the Atlantic Room. He said: “I’ve always been proud to be Canadian. Having my pieces help represent the country is a great way to do it.”
  • Sabina Hill of Port Moody in British Columbia collaborated with Mark Preston, a First Nations artist born in Dawson Creek, Yukon to create a striking signing table that will sit at the entrance to Canada House. The piece incorporates western red cedar, bronze and glass and evokes the traditional watchmen of B.C.’s Tlingit culture.
  • Ontario-based Style Garage created a stunning walnut meeting room table and credenza for the Ontario Room. Toronto-based Creative Matters was responsible for the creation of spectacular custom rugs based throughout the building.

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