Let’s Pretend Art Matters
Flagship exhibit and discussion part of Supercrawl 2013
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September 13, 2013

On the evening of Thursday September 12, Flagship Gallery hosted a panel discussion focused on the importance of the arts. Chris Cuthill, who chairs Redeemer’s Art Department, hosted the evening. He was joined by Redeemer professors Ray Louter and Ben Faber, and special guest Calvin Seerveld, who specialize in Theatre, Literature, and Aesthetics, respectively. The discussion, which dovetailed with the new Flagship exhibition “Let’s Pretend Art Matters,” explored the relevancy of art in today’s culture, the way art can act as an important form of communication, and why art is important in the life of faith. The audience was encouraged to join in the discussion, and they raised a number of questions throughout the night. Part of the vision for Flagship Gallery is to hold events such as this in order to engage both the Christian and larger community in discussions about art and faith. Strategically located on a street that was recently named as one of the 16 hot arts neighbourhoods in the world (alongside such cultural mainstays as Paris, Berlin, Madrid and London), Flagship hopes to extend the good work being done in Redeemer’s classrooms into the heart of this cultural centre. The event kick-started the popular Supercrawl Arts Festival. As part of this annual James St. N. celebration, thousands of visitors made their way through the Flagship doors.

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