The aim of this project is to create a space for informal gatherings where ideas are shared and a sense community is built. The theme of this project, led by artist and educator Natalie Doonan, is Borderlands. In advance of each week’s meeting, the group will do a reading that will inform discussion of the art to be viewed that week.

This reading group will focus on alternative approaches for displaying, discussing and accessing contemporary art audiences outside of museums and galleries. With the recent closing of the 2010 Olympics, there is a need for discussion around appropriate use, significance and allocation of public space. Readings will explore issues surrounding art in the public sphere and creative organization on a grassroots level.

Natalie Doonan is an artist and educator currently residing in Vancouver. She received her MFA from UBC. In addition she has studied photography, painting and new media in Mexico. Over the last ten years, Natalie has exhibited photo-based work, video and animation in galleries throughout Canada, the United States, China and Mexico. Most recently, she has turned to performance work, presented live at the Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery and at Creating Resistance, a symposium hosted by UBC in conjunction with WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Natalie has worked in art institutions for over ten years, including the Blackwood Gallery, the National Gallery of Canada, the Sandra Ainsley Gallery, the Vancouver Art Gallery and Sheridan College. She currently teaches at Emily Carr University. She is co-founder of The Miss Guides.

Supported by Design Maintenance Inc.

Image Attribution: Toby Hudson

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1st Reading: June 1, 2010, 6 to 9pm

1923 Gravely Street, Vancouver

2nd Reading: June 8, 2010, 6 to 9pm

Vancouver Art Gallery (by donation)

Fiona Tan: Rise and Fall exhibition

3rd Reading: June 15, 2010, 6 to 9pm

Vancouver Art Gallery (by donation)

Kerry James Marshall exhibition

4th Reading: June 22, 2010, 6 to 9pm

208-1374 West 10th Ave, Vancouver

5th Reading: June 29, 2010, 6 to 9pm

Museum of Anthropology ($7 fee)

Free to members or $5 to join!

Natalie Doonan

BorderlandS: A Migratory Reading Adventure