SANDRA BREWSTER

1973            Born in Toronto, ON, Canada
Currently lives and works in Toronto, ON, Canada
                                   
                     
Education

2017            Master of Visual Arts, University of Toronto, ON, Canada
1997            Bachelor of Fine Arts, York University, Toronto, ON, Canada

                 
Forthcoming

2017-18      Instituto Sacatar Residency, Itaparica,  Bahia, Brazil.  (Dec.2017 – Feb. 2018)

2018           Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art, ROM Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, ON, Canada (open January 27)

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017            It’s all a blur, Georgia Scherman Projects, Toronto, ON, Canada (Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival)
                      A Trace | Evidence of time past, Masters of Visual Studies thesis exhibition, Art Museum, University of Toronto, ON, Canada
2017            Assemblage, Never Apart Gallery, Montreal, QC, Canada
2016           blur, The Franklin, Chicago, IL, USA
2015           From Life, Onyx Building, Toronto, ON, Canada
                      Tree of Life: The Baobab, Forever Interiors, Toronto Design Offsite Festival, Toronto, ON, Canada
2013           Mohammeds, Alice Yard, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
2011             Guyana Art, Runnymede Public Library, Toronto, ON, Canada
2010           Listen Installation, (curated by Suzanne Luke) Robert Langen Art Gallery, Waterloo, ON, Canada
2009          Guyana Art, A Space Gallery Windows, Toronto, ON, Canada
                      Face (for the run of Toronto the Good), Factory Theatre, Toronto, ON, Canada
2008          Strip, XEXE Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada
2007          4 Series, Canadian Heritage, Toronto, ON, Canada
                      Teeter Totter, Bookends Window Installation (Mayworks Festival), Another Story Bookshop, Toronto, ON, Canada
                      Profile, XEXE Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada
2006          OverTime (as part of bcurrent’s rock.paper.sistahz5 festival), The Trane Studio, Toronto, ON, Canada
2005          Taking Place, XEXE Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada
                      Reflections on Cool, Latcham Gallery, Stouffville, ON, Canada
2004          Stance, XEXE Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada
2003          Cool, Studio Show on Beatrice Street, Toronto, ON, Canada
2002          Cool Pose, Zsa Zsa, Toronto, ON, Canada

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

 

2017            Position As Desired: Exploring African Canadian Identity, Photographs from the Wedge Collection (curated by Kenneth Montague), Art Gallery of Windsor, ON, Canada (travelling)
2016           New Found Lands (curated by Pamela Edmonds), eastern Edge Gallery, St. John’s, NL, Canada
                      Enraged, Inertia ran off (curated by the Red Tree Collective), Hamilton, ON, Canada
Un|Fixed Homeland (curated by Grace Aneiza Ali), Center for contemporary Art, Newark, NY, USA
Family Business, Arts Incubator, Chicago, IL, USA
The Mecca (curated by Ray McAuliffe), JCT Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada
2015           BASEMENT (curated by Carla Garnet), BIG on Bloor Festival, Toronto, ON,
                      Canada
Performing Blackness Performing Whiteness (curated by Darren Miller), Allegheny College Art Galleries, Meadville, PA, USA
2014           Addis Foto Fest National Museum of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
2012           28 Days: Reimagining Black History Month (curated by Pamela Edmonds and Sally Frater), Georgia Scherman Projects, Toronto - in conjunction with Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada
2011             Serious Play (curated by Pamela Edmonds), SPACE, London, UK
2010           (RE) Visions (with Camille Turner and Stephen Fakiyesi, curated by Sally Frater), The Print Studio, Hamilton, ON, Canada
2009          Fortune Tellers, (curated by Kimberly Mayhorn), FiveMyles, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Summer Group Exhibition, XEXE Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada
2008          Movement 08 (curated by Stephen Fakiyesi), The Production House, Etobicoke, ON, Canada
lVI salón de debujo de santo domingo, Museoo de Arte Moderno, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
2007          Art House Affair, (curated by Stephen Fakiyesi), The Production House, Etobicoke, ON, Canada
Alter To (curated by Amelia Jimenez), Gallery 1313, Toronto, ON, Canada
Fleeting Face (curated by Teresa Ascencao), A Space Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada
Square Foot, AWOL Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada
Group of Six (as part of bcurrent’s rock.paper.sisthaz6 festival), Harlem Restaurant, Toronto, ON, Canada
2006          Perspectives (curated by Julie Crooks), National Film Board of Canada, Toronto, ON, Canada
2005          10, Trane Studio & Lounge, Toronto, ON, Canada
The Hero Project (with Grace Channer and Camille Turner, curated by Natalie Wood), Women’s Art Resource Centre, Toronto, ON, Canada
2004          Something for Everyone, XEXE Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada
2003          Square Foot, AWOL Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada
The Michael Jackson Project, Zsa Zsa, Toronto, ON, Canada
2002          Untitled, A Space Windows (with John Abrams), Toronto, ON, Canada
The Last Stop, St. Norbert Arts Centre, St. Norbert, MB, Canada
Black History Month Open Juried Exhibition, Kathleen Gormley McKay Art Centre, Unionville, ON, Canada
Through My Eyes, Through My Spirit (curated by Starr Jacobs), Spadina Historic House and Gardens, Toronto, ON, Canada
Human Rights Through Art Exhibit, City Hall and other venues throughout Toronto, Scarborough and Brampton, ON, Canada
2001           Bantu Art Association Exhibition, Victory Café, Toronto, ON, Canada
Thupelo, South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Close-Cropped, Community Arts Project, Cape Town, South Africa
1999           Open Juried Exhibition A Day in the Life…, The Latcham Gallery, Stouffville, ON, Canada
Countdown to the Millennium – Society of Canadian Artists’ 32nd Annual Open
Juried Exhibition, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada
Justice, Osgoode Hall, Toronto, ON, Canada
SCA New Members Exhibition, Sherway Gardens, Toronto, ON, Canada
I Am, Simcoe Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada
1998           Solidarity, Black Paint Studio, Toronto, ON, Canada
1997            Rememory, A Different Booklist, Toronto, ON, Canada

Residencies

2013           Alice Yard, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
2002          The Last Stop, St. Norbert Art Centre, St. Norbert, Manitoba
2000          Thupelo, South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

Selected Lectures/Talks

2017            Position As Desired, Art Gallery of Windsor, ON, Canada
2016           Perspectives on the House museum (with Greg Tate and Mabel O. Wilson), Art Gallery of Ontario, ON, Canada
                      Geography and Planning Speakers Series, University of Toronto, ON, Canada
2014           Luminous Bodies, Thematic Art Residency, Gibraltar Point Centre for the Arts, Toronto, ON, Canada
                      A State of Blackness, Toronto, ON, Canada
2013           Alice Yard, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
2011             Position As Desired: A Symposiuum on Artistic Practice and African Diasporic Communities in Canada, ROM, Toronto, ON, Canada
2010           Wilfred Laurier University (as part of the “Listen Installation” at Robert Langen Art Gallery), Waterloo, ON, Canada
                      (Re) Visions, The Print Studio, Hamilton, ON, Canada
2009          STRIP – A Visual Response to Gun Violence, Black History Conference for Teens, University of Toronto, Mississauga, ON, Canada
2008          Involve Youth Art Expo, Science Centre, Toronto, ON, Canada
2007          Delisle Youth Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada
2006          With SEENCollective, A Space Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada
                      Black Women Speak, Victoria Park S.S., L’Amoreaux C.I., Toronto, Ontario
                      Delisle Youth Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada
                      Perspectives, National Film Board of Canada, Toronto, ON, Canada
2005          Albion Heights Public School, Girls Group, Etobicoke, ON, Canada
Working Within Collectives (with SEENCollective), Shift Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada
                      10 for 10, Trane (with SEEN Collective) Studio, Toronto, ON, Canada
2004          Breaking Barriers, Emery Collegiate Institute, Toronto, ON, Canada
2003          Self Perception Through Art, Central Technical Highschool, Toronto, ON, Canada
2002          Member’s Talk, A Space Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada

 

Awards/Grants

2017            Gattuso Prize, Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
2002-13 Production grants from the Toronto and Ontario Arts Councils, and The Canada
                      Council for the Arts.
2009          Ontario Arts Council – Artist in Education
                      Exhibition Assistance Grant, Ontario Arts Council
3rd Place Award of Excellence, Black History Month Open Juried Exhibition, Kathleen Gormley McKay Art Centre, Unionville, Ontario
2001           Outstanding Emerging Artist Award, Power of Expression, Toronto, Ontario

 

Selected Commissions 

2017            87787867667675675675675, Toronto, ON, Canada

 

Selected Citations
2009          Small Axe, Cover, July 2009.
2007          The Walrus, We Want a Black Poem (article by Austin Clarke), March 2007, pg. 65.
                      Book Cover, Rebirth of the Warrior Poet by Osaze Dolabaille.
2006          Book Cover, BEATDOWN: Three Plays by Joseph Jomo Pierre, Playwrights Canada Press, July 2006.
Chimurenga 9: Conversations in Luanda and Other Graphic Stories, When You Kill Us, We Rule, Chimurenga 9, 2006.
2001           Mix Magazine, Sandra Brewster on Facing Cool, Fall 2003, Vol. 29.2, pg. 32-35.
                      Making Waves, On the Cover, Summer, 2002, Vol. 2:4, cover, pg. 2, back cover.

 

Selected Reviews/Press

2017/18      Julie Crooks. “Sandra Brewster: Practising Refusing,” Prefix Photo Magazine, Fall/Winter Issue, Issue 36, Vol 18, No. 2. pp.18-31, Print
2017            Keven, Ritchie.  “An exhibit devoted to Black Canadian contemporary art is opening at the ROM next year”, NOW Magazine, 20 November, Web
                      Aggarwal, Aaditya. “In “Yonder”, Migrant Flight Speaks to Land” Canadian Art, 9
2016           Seph Rodney. “Gathering the Work of Guyanese Artists Far from Home”. 14 Sept 2016. www.hyperallergic.com
2015           Ron Fanfair. “Visual artist’s latest exhibit chronicles Toronto influences”. share, 24 June 2015
2013           Nicholas Laughlin. “The Shape of a Name.” Caribbean Beat, May/June 2013, pg. 46
Ryan B. Patrick. “URBAN/Intersection: Multimedia artist SandraBrewster.” Canada Arts Connect Online Magazine, May 22, 2013
Marsha Pearce. “Complexity through simplicity.” Trinidad and Tobago Guardian, March 31, 2013
2012           Nalini Mohabir. Of Note Magazine. www.ofnotemagazine.org
2010           Nicholas Laughlin. www.cometotown.blogspot.com, Issue 2, January 2010
2009          Sally Frater. “Sally Frater on Sandra Brewster”, July 23, 2009, www.smallaxe.net
2007          “Ethnicity’s Fleeting Face: Emerging artists explore self-presentation in a globalized world.” NOW Magazine, Vol. 26 NO. 45, Fran Schechter
2005          Eloi Minka. “TAKING PLACE: Toronto artist Sandra Brewster tackles media images”, Afrotoronto.com, September 26, 2005
                      Nicky Davis. “Afro turned onto its head.” Toronto Sun, October 17, 2005, pg. 22
Peter Goddard. “Hot fantasies, heroes, a hotel and much more.” Toronto Star, February 12, 2005, pg. H8
Catherine Farquharson. “Heroic Heights: Group multimedia show looks at complex identity issues in smart ways.” NOW Magazine, Feb. 3-9, 2005, Vol. 23, No.23, pg. 69
R.M. Vaughan. “Black women artists redefine the heroic.” The National Post, January 29, 2005, pg. TO10
2003          Victoria Palmer. “Last Stop Residency.” NKA Journal of Contemporary African Art, Spring/Summer, 2003, No. 18, pg. 102
2002          Von Bark. 2002 Lola Magazine, Shotgun Review, Winter, 2002-03, No. 14, pg. 81
                      Barbara Isherwood. “Black Women Artists Inflitrate Spadina House.” The Annex Gleaner, March 2002, Vol. 7, No. 11, pg.10
Gay Abbate. “Exhibition of paintings helps honour black history.” The Globe and Mail, January 31, pg. A1

2001        Sue Williamson. “Brewster and Schneckloth Inaugurate new CAP Gallery.” Artthrob, March, 2001, Issue no. 43. www.artthrob.co.za

 

 

   

Sandra Brewster

 

SELECTED WORKS
EXHIBITIONS
CURRICULUM VITAE
SELECTED PRESS