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Culture Days will return September 20 – October 13, 2024.

The Perennials: Works from the Permanent Collection

Digital & new media Painting Photography Printmaking Sculpture & installation
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Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

Kitchener, ON



Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible and has gender-neutral washrooms.


Each plant can be seen as a living register of change within its environment. Whether one’s aim is to provide sustenance for a community or to partake in the intimate pleasure of watching a flower from bud to bloom, gardeners know a thing or two about causal relationships. In their ability to thrive, gardens educate their caregivers on the virtues that can’t be rushed into realization. The attentive gardener trusts that if they are patient, all things will inevitably return.

The Perennials features works from the Permanent Collection that expand on notions of continuity and cultivation. Often relying on a visual language that incorporates botanical life and allusions to what it may mean to be “rooted”, the works in this exhibition also provide insight into an artist’s perpetual engagement with a singular subject – and the cycles of renewal that can animate an individual practice over time.

This exhibition marks the KWAG premiere of new acquisitions by artists such as Meryl McMaster, Reinhard Reitzenstein, Robert Bourdeau and Jane Buyers, in addition to an Augmented Reality response by Jenn E Norton, commissioned specifically for this occasion.



Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

The Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery is Waterloo Region's leading public art gallery, connecting people and ideas through art, with a focus on the best of contemporary culture.


Stephanie Vegh