Art and Joyful Queer Futures - Visual Artist Opening Reception, Pride/Swell+ Interactive Exhibit and Guided Descriptive Art Tour @The Beaverbrook Art Gallery

5:00 - 8:00 PM Thursday 15 June FREE

  • All Ages


  • Doors open: 4:30pm
  • Pride/Swell+ Exhibit 5pm-8pm
  • Guided Descriptive Art Tour hosted by Emily Blair 5pm-5:30pm and 6pm-6:30pm

This is a free and all-ages event. Masks are mandatory in this venue.

No pre-registration is required.

Join FLOURISH Festival and participating artists at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery (RBC Room) for an opening reception of featured festival pieces, including pieces created in our collaboration series that matched artists from Scotland and Atlantic Canada.

Join Pride/Swell+ for their exhibit of artworks produced in their project, which provides 2SLGBTQ+ youth and elders from Atlantic Canada with art supplies and themed prompts in the mail. We encourage festival-goers to view and annotate their participatory exhibit with post-it notes. There will also be an interactive exhibit component with embroidery and patch materials to create a larger participatory textile piece that responds to the prompt, "joyful queer futures." Their team will be on-site to guide audiences through the artworks and DIY patch-making to share stories and envision joyful queer futures.

Emily Blair is a fibre artist currently based in Tiohtià:ke/Montréal where she is completing her BFA at Concordia University. Originally from the unceded lands of the Wolastoqiyik and Mi’kmaq peoples, Emily’s work focuses on ecological and archival data collecting from locations of personal significance, mainly the coasts, lakes and rivers of her home province and reinterpreting them into weavings. While living in Fredericton, NB, Emily attended the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, where she received a diploma in Textile Design. Her practice has extended to include community involvement, working for non-profit arts centres in Montreal and working collaboratively to create paper, weaving, and other fibre-based installations.

Emily will take groups on a Guided Descriptive Art Tour of the work displayed at this venue in two half-hour sessions. These sessions are open to anyone and have been designed for community members who are blind and visually impaired. Visitors can ask questions throughout the tour and use the descriptions created by Emily in collaboration with individual artists to craft their audio descriptions. Visitors are welcome to bring personal magnifying equipment.

Please review the accessibility information at the bottom of this page. Masks are mandatory in this venue.


The Beaverbrook Art Gallery

703 Queen Street, E3B 1C4

This is an accessible venue

Masks are required in our festival spaces in this venue (annex and workshop rooms, encouraged throughout the building). Masks and hand sanitizer will be available at no cost.
This space is wheelchair accessible with powered doors on the ground floor level.
Parking: there are metered spaces and municipal parking garages nearby. Out-of-town visitors may be eligible for a complimentary parking pass from Fredericton Tourism. There is not accessible parking at the front of the building.
Venue is also accessible by Fredericton’s extensive trail system and public transit.
Gender-neutral and wheelchair-accessible washrooms are available.