Solo Exhibition: Playing with Fire and Ice, Oct 21st – Dec 18th 2021, Museum of Dufferin

Solo Exhibition: Playing with Fire and Ice, Oct 21st – Dec 18th 2021, Museum of Dufferin

Show Dates: Oct 21st - December 18th
Live Mural Painting: October 21st - 23rd, 2021
Location: Silo Gallery, Museum of Dufferin, Mulmur, ON.
For gallery hours, admission details and directions, click here.

In lieu of an opening reception (and being mindful of the pandemic) visitors are encouraged to drop in to chat one-on-one with Shackleton as she creates an 8’ x 8’ mural.

Shackleton's traveling exhibition, Playing with Fire and Ice will be on view at the Museum of Dufferin (MoD) this fall. The exhibition debuted at the Art Gallery of Northumberland in spring/summer 2021 with a 50 foot mural, two canvas paintings and an augmented reality (AR) collaboration. The exhibition will now expand to include seven canvas paintings, an immersive AR project and an 8' x 8' mural on aluminum composite panels. 

After spending the past decade presenting optimistic scenes symbiotically uniting natural and urban environments, this body of work explores the devastating effects climate change is having on the Canadian landscape. Shackleton travelled to each province and territory across Canada in search of sustainable architecture for a past project. More often than not, she found herself standing in climate-ravaged landscapes already affected by global warming.

Extreme weather events are becoming more frequent and hitting closer to home. Forests are burning, lands are flooding and glaciers are melting. Inspired by this immediacy, her new paintings present local and national environments in the midst of ecological destruction. Shackleton reminds us that we are all playing with fire. Her work is a call for action and a stark prediction for environmental futures.


Amy Shackleton acknowledges the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council.

Installation Photos:


LINKS for interviews & press about this show:

Portrait of the artist: Amy Shackleton - an exploration of humanity and the environment.
Words by Brian Lockhart
Read via Toronto Star or Yahoo

Artist highlights climate crisis in Dufferin County
Words by Joshua Santos
Read via Toronto Star or Orangeville Banner 

MOD unveils mural calling for action on climate change
Words by Paula Brown
Read via Toronto StarShelburn Free PressWelland Tribune or Yahoo

Artist Amy Shackleton explores conflicting relationships between humanity and the environment through art
Audio Interview by Nick Eeuwes
Listen via FM 101 Orangeville Today


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