On March 7th, multimedia artist cj fleury and the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) will launch a unique art exhibit as part of the T E M P L A T E S for Activism project entitled T E M P L A T E S #2: Bringing Visions. This one-of-a-kind show brings together two vastly different spheres — innovative artists and legal reformers.
The art exhibit opens NAWL’s 14th Biennial Conference, on the theme of Women, Family and the State, from March 7-10. The conference brings together lawyers, academics, front-line advocates and other activists from across the country to discuss the most important issues women face today.
Bringing Visions is a visual, sonic and performance art exhibition featuring the works of eight contemporary artists and six lawyers. The result of this symbiosis forms part of the new model of community art.
“This new paradigm links the skills, tools and activisms of two visionary sets of workers — one based in text and the other in visuals and symbolism,” explains artist and project director cj fleury. “T E M P L A T E S for Activism offers new angles to view what law is and does, how it affects our lives and how it relates to the production and reproduction of gendered power relations.”
Artists include cj fleury, Audrey Churgin, Doug Samuel, Dawn Dale, Gayle Kells, Kathy Gillis, Cindy Stelmackowich, Ngoc Tuyen Dang; feminist legal scholar Elizabeth Sheehy and other members of the law community. T E M P L A T E S for Activism is supported through the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women, the Gibraltar Centre for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.
The art exhibit will take place at the New City Hall Art Gallery from March 7 to April 26.
NAWL is a national non-profit women’s organization that promotes the equality rights of women through legal education, research and law reform advocacy.