Archivists and Artists Create

Reception Open to the Public

Photo Credit: Tanya St-Pierre. Collage Series (2014). Digital print.

Photo Credit: Tanya St-Pierre. Collage Series (2014). Digital print.

The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery will be hosting a reception on Friday, January 30 at 7:30 p.m. to formally open five new exhibits.

Two of the exhibits, Tanya St. Pierre’s, “Collage Series” and Daniel Young and Christian Giroux’s, “Infracture Canada” borrow from the collections of the Rooms Provincial Archives

The “Collage Series” features thirty-two composite images by Quebec-based artist Tanya St-Pierre. St-Pierre’s collages interpret, while rendering poetic, the work of Newfoundland and Labrador women during the First and Second World Wars. Researching intensely in The Rooms Provincial Archives for a two-week period in August 2014, St-Pierre carefully looked over hundreds of archival documents and selected the primary material for the collages. By cutting out fragments of history from archival sources, and blending the two time periods, the collages operate like a metaphor for the disruption that occurs during wartime, and the lives torn in the context of these moments of strong cultural tension and social transition.

“Infracture Canada” critically explores the built environment. For the exhibition, the artists incorporate architectural images from the Provincial Archives collections, speaking to the built vernacular found in this province. This exhibit was co-produced with Oakville Galleries.

The other exhibits that will officially open are St. John’s-based multidisciplinary artist Audrey Hurd’s exhibit ‘’Until it Remembers” and Lyne Lapointe’s, Perches/Perchoirs organized and circulated by the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and “Folklore and other Panics”

Immerse yourself in our culture at Newfoundland and Labrador’s largest public cultural space. It’s the place where it all comes together – our history, heritage and artistic expression. The Rooms unites the Provincial Archives, Art Gallery and Museum. A place for people, The Rooms is a portal to the many stories our province has to tell.

Join us and meet some of the artists in this free event that is open to the public. For more information contact The Rooms by calling 757-8090 or visit