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Art Gallery of Guelph announces winner of 2023 Middlebrook Prize

The award winning exhibition will be presented at the Art Gallery of Guelph in September

Awarded the 2023 Middlebrook Prize for Young Canadian Curators, Toronto artist and curator Holly Chang will be presenting her winning exhibition at the Art Gallery of Guelph in September. 

The proposed exhibition, titled Outside In Inside Out, consists of work from artists Yan Wen Chang, Joy Wong and Lan “Florence” Lee, and gives insight to the diasporic Asian identity in Canada through a series of installations, while considering how art and identity can exist as unfixed entities and push the boundaries of power. 

Chang recently completed her MA in communication and culture at TMU/York University. As a second-generation Chinese Canadian, she draws on her ‘hybrid’ background for inspiration. 

She uses a variety of media, including textiles, photography, and natural dyeing, and her work was recently exhibited in Gallery 44. She also participated in the Banff Artist in Residence program last spring. 

The national award was founded in 2012 with the goal of fostering social innovation and curatorial excellence in Canada. It’s funded by the Centre Wellington Community Foundation Middlebrook Social Innovation Fund, the Guelph Community Foundation Musagetes Fund and private donations. 

Each year a jury of arts professionals selects a winner – a curator or curatorial team under 30 – who receives an honorarium and curatorial mentorship in the development of an exhibition. 

The exhibition at AGG will run from Sept. 14 to Dec. 29, 2023. 

You can learn more about Chang and the award here


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