Panel Talk and Catalogue Launch


Peer Christensen, John Wadland, and Spencer J. Harrison

Sunday, October 2 from 2 PM – 4 PM

Join us as we celebrate the launch of the publication, Landscapes of Conveyance: a full-colour catalogue of Peer Christensen’s exhibition of the same name.

“Peer Christensen has been found exploring rail yards and factories searching for inspiration. What a delight that, when after meeting Duncan Jackman, Chair of the Board of Algoma Central Corporation, he was invited to visit the Port Weller Drydocks and later to board the Algoma Harvester on a five-day journey as it shuttled cargo along the St. Lawrence Seaway. This trip, as an artist and tourist immersed in a non-public space of industry, provided Peer with a new vantage point.” (excerpt from “Landscapes of Conveyance.”)

In this talk, Peer Christensen and John Wadland, will explore exhibition themes in a conversation moderated by Spencer J. Harrison.

Catalogues will be available to purchase on the day of the event.

This event is free to attend and all are welcome.

UPDATE: Please note that Crescent Street will be closed to traffic to accommodate CIBC’s Run for the Cure until 2PM on the day of the event (Sun. Oct 2). We’re recommending that for those who will be arriving by car to please park in the Del Crary public parking lot off of George Street via Rink Street (free on weekends).


Peer Christensen with arms behind his back smiling. Christensen stand in front of one of his large paintings of a steamship that is out of focus in the background.

Peer Christensen was born in Copenhagen, Denmark and moved to Canada in 1959 as a child. He has lived in Peterborough since 1985 where he maintains an active studio practice. Christensen studied classical oil painting with artist Anthony Thorn and completed a course in paper conservation, both through the University of Victoria, BC. He has been involved in the gallery and picture framing business for over 35 years, working in galleries in Victoria BC, and establishing his own business in Peterborough in 1986.

John Wadland is Professor Emeritus of Canadian Studies at Trent University where he taught from 1972 to 2008. Among other subject areas he pursued a long-held research interest in visual culture, offering a course on the topic for several years. W.J.T. Mitchell’s vexing question: “What Do Pictures Want?” inspired much of his thinking for his catalogue essay as he, like Mitchell, continues to wrestle with the implications of images.

Spencer J. Harrison is an Artist, Activist, and Educator. Spencer has been painting and creating installation-based art for forty years, and his work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Spencer is a co-founder of Camp fYrefly, Ontario (a camp for LGBTQ2S&A youth) and has been teaching in the Drawing and Painting department of OCAD University for more than ten years. Spencer also holds the honour of completing the first painted PhD dissertation in Canada, with the body of work titled, Not a Freak Show: Growing Up Gay in Rural Ontario, which was exhibited at the Art Gallery of Peterborough in 2017.

The gallery is OPEN Wednesday to Sunday, from 11am - 5pm. Admission is FREE!

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