The New Post-Secondary Gallery: Not Just for the Humanities

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Session Title:

The New Post-Secondary Gallery: Not Just for the Humanities



Ashley Watson (Curator, L-space, Humber College)


Session Description:

How can a new model for the college/university gallery inform flexible partnerships for the museum sector? Here, we focus on the flexibility of borders and the potential of working with/developing partnerships with non-museums. Since opening in 2012, L-space has hosted exhibitions from 90% of Humber’s academic departments plus a multitude of student groups, services, and community organizations. We have reshaped borders by redefining what our “gallery space” is. This space takes the shape of what our exhibiting groups need - such as integration with postsecondary curriculum or celebrating connections with industry partners - all through a creative and educational lens. This has meant that L-space has been an art gallery, teaching space, lab space, and most of the time - many of these things combined. Through this model we demonstrate that museum practice can transcend vocations and be used to create new common goals with various sectors and audiences.


Session Slides: 

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Presenter Biographies:

Ashley Watson Curator (L Space Gallery, Humber College)

Ashley Watson has been the Curator of Humber College’s L Space Gallery since it’s creation in November 2011. With her background in Arts Administration and Museum Studies, she brings a strong passion to develop post -secondary art education through non-traditional channels. Along with curating the L Space Gallery Ashley has also been working at growing Humber’s own fine art collection with works by many Canadian artists showcased throughout the campus.