The Artist's Library: Podcast Series


The Artist's Library podcast series is produced in collaboration with Art Metropole, featuring conversations with artists on literary and/or language influences in their lives and work.

Episode One

Frances and Loeffler and Jonathan Middleton in conversation with Shannon Te Ao

Listen to Frances Loeffler, curator of Oakville Galleries, and Jonathan Middleton, director of Art Metropole talking with Aotearoa-based artist Shannon Te Ao (Ngāti Tūwharetoa). The episode was recorded in the library of Oakville Galleries on January 28, 2020, in conjunction with Shannon's exhibition Ka mua, ka muri at Oakville Galleries (26 January – 22 March 2020). To learn more about Ka mua, ka muri please visit our online exhibition archive.

Episode Two

Conversation with Charmaine A. Nelson, David Hartt, Frances Loeffler, and Jonathan Middleton

Part of the Printed Matter Virtual Art Book Fair's Classroom program series, this conversation takes up the subject of artist David Hartt's recent poster project for Art Metropole designed as an advertisement for Charmaine Nelson's book, Slavery, Geography and Empire in Nineteenth-Century Marine Landscapes of Montreal and Jamaica (Routledge, 2016). These wheat-pasted posters, soon to be on the streets of Toronto, incorporate a photograph Hartt made in Jamaica and uses the language of guerrilla street-art advertising campaigns to promote an academic text that confronts the history of systemic racism in pre- and post-colonial Canada. Hartt's project points to his own perspective as a Black Canadian now living in the United States, responding to recent events in the US, but also to how these histories are usually suppressed, and how systemic racism continues to be deeply embedded within Canada as well.



Episode One: 14 May 2020, 45 minutes.
Episode Two: 26 February 2021, 1 hour 21 minutes.