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News in Brief: Gallery 295 Closing, Fogo Island Arts Residency Launches, Canadian Artist Sues Damien Hirst

Our editors’ weekly roundup of Canadian art news.

Vancouver’s Gallery 295 announced via press release on Tuesday that the gallery will close at the end of July. Dedicated to emerging photography, Gallery 295 was a volunteer artist-run space founded by Michael Love, Patryk Stasieczek and Jason Gowans. The gallery opened in 2013 at the Lab, a photo finishing company owned by Hieu Nguyen and Malcolm Duff. The gallery’s upcoming programming, planned into 2017, will be cancelled.

Fogo Island Arts has announced the establishment of the CIBC Artist-in-Residence Program, which will bring one established Canadian contemporary artist per year over the next three years to participate in a residency on Fogo Island. The residency was created with a $150,000 contribution from CIBC. The 2016 recipient of the residency is Paul P., who is based in Paris, New York and Toronto.

Toronto-based artist Syrus Marcus Ware will be the inaugural artist-in-residence at Daniels Spectrum, a community cultural hub in Toronto’s Regent Park neighbourhood. Picking up on his past work, Ware will focus on activists and organizers in Regent’s Park to frame a collaborative new project that will go on display at Daniels Spectrum in 2017. Currently the coordinator of the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Youth Program, Ware was awarded the Steinert and Ferreiro Award for leadership in the LGBTQ community in 2012.

Nova Scotia–based artist Colleen Wolstenholme is suing art star Damien Hirst over his pill-shaped charm bracelet, which bears a resemblance to her own charm bracelet featuring pill-shaped charms. Wolstenholme has been making her charm bracelets since 1996 using lost-wax castings of pills; she believes Hirst has been aware of her work since March 1998. She is seeking “seeking damages, attorneys’ fees, and costs as well as permanent injunctions preventing Hirst from further use and sale” of the designs.

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