The artist-run centre SAW will reopen its newly renovated and expanded facility at Arts Court on Friday, July 19, with a lively triple bill of programming. The opening of SAW’s latest exhibition is followed by a free outdoor concert and the launch of Transformer, SAW’s new monthly queer dance party.
New SAW commissions and selected works from the City of Ottawa Art Collection will be on display. Admission to the grand re-opening celebrations is free of charge and open to all.
Established by a group of local artists in 1973 as the Sussex Annex Works (S.A.W.) the not-for-profit art organization evolved to support a great deal of local and international contemporary visual, performance and media arts. The gallery was originally a part of the legendary café Le Hibou on Sussex Drive. In 1989, they moved into the historic Arts Court building at 2 Daly Avenue.
Highlights of the new SAW include fully accessible exhibition spaces and the new Nordic Lab, an Indigenous-led international research and production hub for collaboration and exchange.
Once a staple in the music and performing arts communities, Club SAW has become a fully licensed, state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor venue.
7pm–9pm: Opening reception for the Sex Life exhibition with artists in attendance. Remarks in the SAW Courtyard with special guests at 7:30pm. Food by Chloé Berlanga and Jabberwocky. Cocktails by Top Shelf Distillers.
9pm–11pm: Music and performances by LAL, Syrus Marcus Ware, Matt Miwa, Perdu (Lost), and special guests Ziibiwan in the SAW Courtyard. Food by Friday Lunch Project.
11pm–2am: Premiere of Transformer, SAW’s new monthly queer dance party and performance series. Music and performances by Maylee Todd, Kim Dymond, Adrianna Exposée, Aimee Yonce Shennel, Fruit Star Candy Bar. Video by Adrian Göllner and Andrew Wright.