Thames Art Gallery seeking community art for Black History Month display

·1 min read

The Thames Art Gallery and ARTspace are looking to celebrate Black History Month with artwork from Chatham-Kent residents.

Residents are asked to make a work of art with the theme “Celebrating Black Lives” for the gallery’s digitally based installation. The work of art can be completed in any medium.

“Feel free to paint, draw, design, or write. Once complete, please carefully photograph your work, and send it to,” reads the release.

Gallery staff will then print and assemble the works into a community art “quilt”, and the installation will be on public display in the ARTspace window at 165 1/2 King St. W. in Chatham for the month of February.

“Almost nine months after George Floyd’s death, the rise of Black Lives Matter, and CK’s own peaceful march down King Street, we want to keep carrying it forward,” said gallery curator Phil Vanderwall. “Creativity can help us to confront and overcome our challenges. Art can help us create the world we want to live in, and what better way to focus our energies than to join together as a community and participate in a positive vision for 2021?”

A donation will be made for each participating artist involved to support the distribution of the film “The North Star: Finding Black Mecca.

For more information, please visit or and follow us @TAGCK and @ARTspaceCK for updates.

Bird Bouchard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Ridgetown Independent News