As an art hotel focused on supporting emerging contemporary artists, musicians and community advocates, we’re lucky to work with an amazing group of diverse women on an array of projects and collaborations—including art exhibitions, book launches, film screenings, artist talks and more. Here’s a list of some of our female collaborators from over the years who have made waves in art, music, politics, and beyond.
Jane Jacobs represents the idea that we all can participate in contributing to our urban landscape, because in fact we are all experts: we live here. Jane fought for cities that considered the people who live in them and how they use it. Her observations of urban life stood in stark contrast to the monster infrastructure projects threatening cities in the mid-century. Her book became a revolution in 1968 when she published The Death and Life of Great American Cities. It is also the time she moved to Toronto. The Gladstone is lucky to have Jane visit us many times and support what we were doing here before she passed away. Our favourite quote of hers is “New Ideas Must Use Old Buildings”. It inspires us to continue to incubate new ways of thinking, doing, and looking at the world through art, events and discussion.
Here’s Jane Jacobs hanging out at the legendary Trampoline Hall event at the Gladstone in 2004.
Claudia Dey & Feist
Ursula Johnson is a performance and installation artist of Mi’kmaw First Nation ancestry. She graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design and has participated in over 30 group shows and 5 solo exhibitions. She’s been selected as a finalist for the Salt Spring National Art Prize and has twice been long listed for the Sobey Art Award. Johnson exhibited at the Gladstone in 2017 as Landmarks, a Canada 150 signature project hosted at the Gladstone.
An Indigenous, mixed race, 2-Spirit multidisciplinary artist, curator, performer, social justice speaker/advocate and facilitator from the Anishinaabek Nation in Manitoba, Davis exhibited at the Gladstone’s annual pride show in 2017. That’s So Gay: Uprising marked the de-celebration of Canada 150, and Davis’s work [pictured above] was an instrumental part of that exhibition.
Lido Pimienta first collaborated with us in 2016 where she curated a music night in the Ballroom. Titled Womxn Pedalling, the show featured a lineup of amazing female artists using loopers and pedal stations. We’re glad we got the chance to host Lido here back in 2016, as her art, music, and advocacy have since taken off, leading to an impressive list of accomplishments including a Polaris Prize win in 2017 for her album “La Papessa.” Check out an interview we did with her before her Gladstone event. Photo above by Brendan Albert Photography.
Our relationship with abstract painter Julie Gladstone began in 2017 when she participated in our Come Up To My Room exhibition. Julie’s also exhibited in the 2018 WTFDYP show and the Artist Project, where she won third place in portrait painting contest.
Natalie King’s Femme’s of Fire was sponsored by OCAD’s Career Launcher program for Come Up My Room 2019. The beautifully colourful work embraced femininity in all forms, celebrating its existence and reconciling the trauma, hostile behaviour and anxiety toward queer femme identities. Video feature by Nicky Young.
The amount of work that Sarah has done at the Gladstone is epic: From two Come Up To My Room installations including the hugely popular Ferris Bueller Bedroom, curating a Harvest Wednesday, to making her very own Artist-Designed-Hotel-Room, Sarah’s creative energy knows no limits. We can’t wait to see what she has in store for us next!
We had the honour of hosting recent Oscar winner Ruth Carter, when she came through town with B.A.N.D (Black Artists in Dialogue) to participate in an inspiring artist talk in conjunction with their Cutting a Figure: Black Style Through the Lens of Charles “Teenie” Harris exhibition. During the artist talk, she described the influence that Spike Lee has had on her career and his ethos of bringing his community with him as he rises in success. Her acknowledgement of this support, the idea that community can build careers, helps us reflect on our own commitment to supporting the local artist community. Thank you Ruth for your continuing inspiration (and those Black Panther costumes!)
Emilie is a curator with Wedge Curatorial, currently presenting her second exhibition in the gladstone gallery. This year’s show a love ethic, explores and celebrates contemporary ideas around Black love in all its forms, including love of community, family, partners, places and of oneself. The Gladstone is always thrilled to host the evocative and important work curated by Emilie and Wedge Curatorial in February. Emilie also moderated the artists’ panel discussion for this year’s show [pictured left above].
The acclaimed multi-media artist exhibited a photo essay at That’s So Gay: Come Together (2016). Shraya’s work, Trisha, had already exploded on the internet after receiving coverage in The Huffington Post, CBC, Dazed Digital, The Globe & Mail, Buzzfeed and more. In Trisha, Shraya recreated old photos of her mother with herself as the subject, best described in the artist’s essay to accompany the powerful photos.
Allyson’s work has always been fundamental to the hotel: She’s exhibited at Come Up To My Room and also designed hotel room 304 — Faux Naturelle. Allyson melds feminism and pop culture to play with contemporary ideas about sexuality, autobiography, and the body, largely through the use of reclaimed textile and abandoned craft. Pictured below is a work called ‘Killjoy’s Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House,’ alongside our Room 304.
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