VAM40 Jurors' Walk the Talk


Art Gallery of Mississauga

300 City Centre Drive 1st Floor
Mississauga, Ontario

Join VAM40 Jurors John Armstrong, Jayne Wilkinson and Faisal Anwar as they discuss the works by emerging and established artists selected for the 40th Anniversary VAM exhibition. Enjoy an informative and lively discussion on a Saturday afternoon!

The AGM and VAM are most grateful to the 2018 jury who reviewed all of the submissions and selected the final 40 entries. The variety of selected works showcase a wide range of creative expression.

The VAM40 Exhibition is on view at the AGM from January 11 - February 10, 2018.


John Armstrong completed his undergraduate studies at Mount Allison University in 1978, and in 1980 received a Masters degree from Chelsea College of Art in London, UK. Armstrong has taught painting since 1982 in Art and Art History, a collaborative Honours B.A. program between Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario and the University of Toronto Mississauga. Over the past ten years, he has collaborated with Paris artist Paul Collins: their paintings on photographs, videos and publications have been on view in a number of solo and group exhibitions in Canada and Europe -- at the Bill Boyle Artport, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto; at Plug In ICA, Winnipeg and Surrey Art Gallery; at General Hardware Contemporary, Toronto, Varley Art Gallery, Markham, the Art Gallery of Mississauga; and at the Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art, Toronto.

Armstrong was a member of the Board of Directors of Mercer Union from 1991 to 1997 and was the Chair of the Blackwood Gallery Advisory Board from 2008 to 2015. He currently serves on the board of The Power Plant in Toronto. He has curated exhibitions in Toronto for Mercer Union, The Textile Museum of Canada and Harbourfront Centre, in Peterborough for Artspace, and in Kingston for the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, and in Mississauga for the Blackwood Gallery. Armstrong has published many reviews and articles for C International Contemporary Art; his writing has also appeared in ArtsAtlantic, Border Crossings, Canadian Art, Parachute and The Globe and Mail, as well as in a number of exhibition catalogues. He lives in Toronto and is represented by General Hardware Contemporary.

Jayne Wilkinson is a Toronto-based writer, editor, and curator. She holds an M.A. in Art History and Critical Theory from the University of British Columbia (Vancouver) and her research focuses on contemporary art and photo-based practices, with specific attention to issues of surveillance, security and representation. She has contributed critical essays to a variety of journals and publications, including C Magazine, Prefix Photo, Inuit Art Quarterly, InVisible Culture and others. She has worked at the Vancouver Art Gallery, was Editor/Publisher at Prefix Photo, Director/Curator at Prefix ICA, and has taught seminars in Cultural Theory at Emily Carr University of Art and Design and in Visual Studies at the University of Toronto St. George. She is Assistant Curator at the Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto Mississauga.

Faisal Anwar is an interactive artist/producer based in Canada. He is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre's Habitat-LAB and was earlier trained in graphic design at Lahore's National College of Arts. Anwar's art practice integrates art, culture and technology in odd configurations to explore our perceptions of private vs public spaces and social interactivity in modern urban cultures. He has shown and performed in many parts of the world including the Winter Olympics Vancouver 2010; The Aga Khan Museum Toronto 2016; Nuit-Blanche art festivals in Toronto and New York 2011, 15 and 16, Six Degrees of Separation exhibition in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh 2008. His project, Tweetgarden has been showcased at the Royal Ontario Museum in 2012 and at the Art Gallery of Mississauga in 2015. Anwar has also created several short films that were featured in festivals within Canada and abroad. His work is significant for its sociopolitical commentary and its exploration of human emotion and collective behaviour. For its unique expression and thematic content, Anwar's work has been acclaimed around the globe.

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