Pamela EdmondsDirector and Curator at Dalhousie University Art Gallery
With more than 20 years of curatorial, administrative and educational experience in arts institutions across the country, Edmonds’ research interests focus on contemporary Canadian art and the politics of representation.
“In my practice, I am interested not only in the notion of decolonization within white cube spaces, but also in cross-cultural approaches to curation,” says Edmonds. Edmonds’ work is informed by critical dialogues related to cross-cultural curating, and encouraging the integration of cultural diversity into the study of Western art history and cultural studies. Her practice also explores the impact of African diasporic cultures on the evolving geography of global contemporary art. She has maintained both an independent curatorial and institutional practice in addition to organizing arts festivals, programming video and film events, teaching, and serving on numerous juries, boards and committees.
Originally from Montreal, Edmonds holds a BFA in studio art/art history and an MA in art history from Concordia University. She began her curatorial career in Halifax beginning in the late 1990s, holding programming positions at the Anna Leonowens Gallery (Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University), the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Mount Saint Vincent University and the Centre for Arts Tapes to name a few.
She has also held curatorial positions at A Space Gallery, Toronto, the Art Gallery of Peterborough, and most recently at the Thames Art Gallery in Chatham, Ontario where she served as the Curator/Director.
Edmonds has been an advocate for inclusive curatorial practices and cultural equity throughout her career, which is evidenced by her work with numerous collectives and grassroots organizations including Third Space Art Projects, a curatorial collective focused on program development from a intercultural perspective, and most recently with the We Curate, We Critique Collective, a mentorship and networking initiative for Black Canadian writers and curators.
Besides authoring numerous exhibition publications, her writing has appeared in Canadian Art, Prefix Photo, Arts Atlantic, M,I,C,E, magazine, RACAR (revue d’art canadienne / Canadian Art Review), and she currently serves on the Editorial Advisory for C Magazine.