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News in Brief: RBC and Aimia Finalists, Fredericton’s New Art Critic, Galleries on the Move

Our editors’ weekly roundup of Canadian art news.

Dave Jordano (USA), Annette Kelm (Germany), Owen Kydd (Canada) and Hito Steyerl (Germany) are finalists for this year’s $50,000 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize. The winner will be determined by public vote, which begins at the AGO on September 15.

Fifteen artists from across Canada have been selected as finalists in the RBC Canadian Painting Competition. Chosen from a pool of 615 competitors, the finalists were selected from three sections of Canada—Western, Central and Eastern Canada—and will now contend for the winning cash prize of $25,000.

After a decade of operation, Jessica Bradley Gallery announced it would be closing on Monday. Bradley opened her gallery in 2005, after building a career as an institutional curator at the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario. As of July 7, the gallery will be accessible by appointment only Tuesday through Fridays as they begin to pack up.

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton has announced the launch of their Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation Art Critic Residency Program, a program that brings a critic to New Brunswick for a series of studio visits, lectures and workshops. The inaugural recipient is Edgar Allen Beem, formerly art critic for Maine Times and Portland Independent, whose residency will begin this October.

This week, both Angell Gallery and p|m Gallery announced that they would be moving to Dupont Street in Toronto and opening the doors to their new locations this fall. The announcements mark a continued migration to the region from Dundas Street West: Cooper Cole and Erin Stump Projects are also in new locations on the street.

On Thursday, Susan Kordalewski was announced as general manager of InterAccess in Toronto, hopefully ending the substantive staffing changes that have plagued the artist-run centre this year. Before joining InterAccess, Kordalewski worked at the Art Gallery of Hamilton for five years.

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