Lalani Jennings Contemporary Art is a new contemporary art gallery located in Guelph, Ontario. Founded in June 2022, our mission is to bring together a dynamic group of diverse artists of whom, through our eyes, best represent the unique spectrum of contemporary Canadian Art.
As a gallery that is 50% owned and operated by a woman of colour it is our priority to enable new opportunities to those artist’s that, historically, have been overlooked within the traditional and contemporary cannon.
Moreover, we endeavour to create an open and safe space for new audiences to engage with contemporary art. As such, our curatorial mission is to explore how we can create socially responsive and engaging exhibitions as an open platform for new modes of engagement between audience, works, and artist.
In order to achieve this, we seek to create an open dialogue through a holistic viewing experience generated from the utilization of video, audio, and social media. With this is mind, we have created virtual walk-throughs, interview videos, and collaborated with external writers.
Continuing with this new and diverse way of thinking, the gallery operates three main streams of exhibition making. The first is located within the main gallery space, where we program our rotating solo, and group, exhibitions. The second is a permanent sculpture gallery, showcasing a range of ceramic artist’s.
This sits alongside a retail space containing a selection of prints, works on paper, books, magazines, and functional hand-made ceramics created by an expanding group of diverse female makers.
The main purpose of this space, is to create an environment unique to the traditional Canadian contemporary commercial gallery model, enabling the opportunity to collaborate with artist’s, and non-for-profits, such as Inspirations Studio, in creating new works for new audiences.
- Directors/Curators | Ross & Sheena Lalani-Jennings
Lalani Jennings Contemporary Art