Nocturne at the AGNS

Check out our newest exhibitions during Nocturne: Ta’n a’sikatikl sipu’l | Confluence, Tyranny, The Waterline: Islands and Connectivity.

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Opening to the public on Saturday October 16: Tukien (Awaken): Nelson White and Family Patterns

The following exhibitions will be open to visit during Nocturne.

Where rivers meet, Ta’n a’sikatikl sipu’l | Confluence, encourages an ongoing dialogue about connection and exchange and is built on themes inspired by the work of selected First Nations, Inuit, and Métis artists mainly from the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia’s Permanent Collection.

Tyranny brings together a group of contemporary artists who in unique ways confront dominant cultural narratives in the work they make.

Deanne Fitzpatrick: The Very Mention of Home features a series of 22 hooked rugs from the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia’s Permanent Collection, created by one of Nova Scotia’s most celebrated rug hookers, Deanne Fitzpatrick.

Jacques hurtubise: Prints from the Collection. Comprised of thirty prints, this exhibition provides a definitive overview of this key figure in abstract art’s history and a fresh look at the definition of abstraction through print.

Maud Lewis Gallery. View a selection of paintings by Nova Scotian Folk Artist Maud Lewis paintings and her fully restored painted house.

An Exhibition Highlight: Monkman, Johnson & Bennett - These works reflect continuing discussions on reconciliation and acknowledge stereotypes, cultural collision, and genocide through the artists’ perspectives of how history has been portrayed in a colonial context in contrast with their own experiences.

The Waterline: Islands and Connectivity. - This exhibition highlights just a few of the many interpretations of islands by artists both within and outside of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia’s permanent collection.

Tukien (Awaken): Nelson White (Opens October 16) - This work is a representation of indigenous peoples from an indigenous perspective. Sometimes that representation includes specific, identifiable symbols and sometimes it does not - because the figures within the paintings define their culture on their own terms and what it means to be native today in a contemporary setting.

Family Patterns (Opens October 16) - Darcie Bernhardt and Letitia Fraser’s paintings build on traditional portraiture. Designed as a conversation between artists — their cultural rituals, family, and memory — Family Patterns understands motifs of home as ancestral and contemporary memory-keeping.


Thursday 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm BMO Free Access Thursday
Friday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm


Free admission during Nocturne for the hours above.


Proof of Vaccination status will be required to view all exhibitions and special projects at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

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