For­mer Sana­to­rium Sculp­tures Ac­quired by the Art Gallery of Hamil­ton

Inuit Art Quarterly - - NEWS -

A col­lec­tion of 132 prints and sculp­tures cre­ated by Inuit re­cov­er­ing from tu­ber­cu­lo­sis at the for­mer Hamil­ton Moun­tain Sana­to­rium have found a new home at the Art Gallery of Hamil­ton (AGH). The sana­to­rium, now the Che­doke Hos­pi­tal of Hamil­ton Health Sciences, treated more than 1,200 Inuit for the dis­ease be­tween 1958 and 1962. As a form of oc­cu­pa­tional ther­apy dur­ing their ex­tended stay in the South, many pa­tients were pro­vided with soap­stone and ma­te­ri­als to cre­ate art. The col­lec­tion, which was housed at the hos­pi­tal un­til mid-June, will now be the ba­sis for a ma­jor pub­lic ex­hi­bi­tion at the AGH in 2017. For­mer IAQ ed­i­tor Nancy Camp­bell has been hired to over­see the col­lec­tion with fund­ing from Dr. Anna Hud­son’s Mo­bi­liz­ing Inuit Cul­tural Her­itage SSHRC Part­ner­ship Grant, based out of York Univer­sity. Shel­ley Fal­coner, Pres­i­dent and CEO of the Gallery, out­lined how Camp­bell will work to hon­our the eth­no­his­tory of the col­lec­tion, while cre­at­ing a space for crit­i­cal, cre­ative and thought­ful re­sponses to the work through the en­gage­ment of a broad net­work of schol­ars, art his­to­ri­ans, cu­ra­tors and artists. “This is an im­por­tant step for the Art Gallery of Hamil­ton,” noted Fal­coner. “And re­flects a shift to­wards the on­go­ing in­clu­sion of Indige­nous art.”

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