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Peterborough in Portrait: County-wide Inclusive Art Exhibition Welcomes Contributors


February 4, 2013 --- PRESS RELEASE: Community Living Peterborough, in partnership with the Canadian Canoe Museum, is calling for portrait submissions from artists - professional, emerging and student - living in the City or County of Peterborough in order to create an exhibition mosaic of portraits representing our dynamic and diverse citizenship. Entitled Peterborough in Portrait: Our Inclusive Community, the exhibition will celebrate Community Living Peterborough’s 60th Anniversary and its mandate to open doors to equal opportunities for people living with an intellectual disability.

Curated by acclaimed-artists Michael Dumas and Peer Christensen and Jeremy Ward, Curator of the Canadian Canoe Museum, the exhibition will be showcased at the Canadian Canoe Museum from Saturday, June 15 to Saturday, June 22, 2013 with a public opening on Sunday, June 16, 2013.

Artists of all ages and abilities, who live in the City and County of Peterborough, are invited to participate in this project with the opportunity to sell their work and support Community Living Peterborough (there is no fee for submission). The portrait submissions must portray a “living” person who is also a resident of the City or County of Peterborough in order to create a living mosaic of our citizens. The portraits must also express the inclusive nature of our community through themes, for instance, of diversity, culture, ethnicity, gender, ability/disability, age, and socio-economic standing. The works must be created by hand – including oil, acrylic, watercolour, fabric, ceramics, pottery, mixed media (no digital art or photography) – and must be submitted suitable for wall hanging.

“Collectively, the exhibition will take on the appearance of a tapestry of faces,” explains curator Michael Dumas. “When visitors enter Peterborough in Portrait, they will become an extension of the exhibit, one of the many faces that build our inclusive community.”

Artists are asked to submit their work by Friday, May 31, 2013 to Community Living Peterborough located at 223 Aylmer Street, Peterborough, ON. For more information, please contact Lisa Clarke, Community Living Peterborough at (705) 743-2412 ext. 539 or

Building Inclusive Communities since 1953… Community Living Peterborough is a not-for-profit organization that brings people living with intellectual disabilities and the Peterborough community together. The agency supports people to live, work, play and participate in all aspects of their community. Community Living Peterborough supports 466 children, youth and adults living with intellectual disabilities and their families in the city and county of Peterborough, employing 200 staff.

Download an Artist Submission Form          View an Album of Artist Examples


For more information regarding this press release, please contact:
Heather Grosney, Community Living Peterborough, (705) 743-2412 ext. 549,

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