Only 10 more days to view the War Brides exhibition!

It's Almost Done!

The Gallery is entering the final stages of construction which means the gallery is required to close to the public one last time while the construction crews hammer the last nail, install the last door, set the last tile and paint the last wall. When completed, gallery staff will begin installing the new art exhibitions that will be opening May 11, 2012 at an opening reception at 7:00 pm.

Monday, March 26, 2012 - Closed to the public for the day due to construction.
April 2 - May 11, 2012 - Closed to the public for the final stages of construction.

10 Days Remain to See War Brides Exhibition
Bev Tosh: War Brides
December 17, 2011 - April 1, 2012

More than 44,000 British and European women came to Canada as the wives of Canadian service personnel at the end of the Second World War, accompanied by 22,000 children from these marriages. The story of her war bride mother inspired artist Bev Tosh to paint a striking portrait, which is one of the key works in the War Brides exhibition. That first portrait led Tosh on an odyssey to meet, interview or correspond with nearly one thousand war brides. The resulting exhibition, War Brides, contains six major groupings of paintings and multimedia installations based on the war brides’ stories of romance, adventure, and personal journeys.

Eighty-eight nearly life-sized portraits form two installations called “bride ships”— referring to the 60 vessels that transported the women from Britain, mainly, but also from Holland, Italy, Belgium and France. Incorporating photographs, projections, parachutes, hatpins, and other materials, the works portray these women as they took a leap of faith in beginning their journey to Canada. (

Employment Opportunity
The Prairie Art Gallery has two (2) part-time customer service positions available. These two positions will be a one year maternity replacement with possibility for extension. The position will assist the gallery to greet visitors, provide informal tours to visitors, assist at opening receptions, as well as assisting in art installations as the exhibitions change. For full details and contact information, please visit

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