Not a Freak Show: Growing Up Gay in Rural Ontario

Opening Reception
Saturday April 29, 2017 - 2pm to 5pm

Artist Talk with Spencer J. Harrison
Sunday May 28, 2017 - 2pm to 4pm

  • Spencer J. Harrison, Not a Freak Show. Photo: William J. Harrison
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Spencer J. Harrison’s Not a Freak Show: Growing Up Gay in Rural Ontario bears witness to the artist’s experience using the vernacular of the circus freak show to discuss both exclusion and inclusion. The work takes the form of a large circus tent that can be walked around and gathered within, acting as a catalyst for discourse and an assertion of presence. It is the first painted PhD in Canada and was completed in the fall of 2014 for Adult Education and Community Development at OISE, University of Toronto. Spencer J. Harrison was born in the south end of Peterborough in 1962.