Native North America | Contemporary Innovations

Friday 18 October 2019 to Sunday 19 January 2020

Indigenous First Nations Canadian artists combine traditional art practice with contemporary minimalism, Pop art, and performance art photography, in this new group exhibition presented in partnership with The Baldwin Gallery.

Robert Davidson is one of Canada's most respected and important contemporary visual artists.  A Northwest Coast native of Haida and Tlingit descent, he is a master sculptor of totem poles and masks and works in a variety of other media as a printmaker, painter and jeweller.  He is best known as an impeccable craftsman whose creative and personal interpretation of traditional Haida form is unparalleled. Many of his works are considered post-modern masterpieces and are sought by collectors internationally.

Like Davidson, Kwakwaka'wakw artists, Sonny Assu and Steve Smith and Coast Salish artist, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, are inheritors of the Formline art tradition.  Formline art is the primary design element on which Northwest Coast art depends and is distinguished by the use of characteristic shapes.  Formlines are continuous, flowing, curvilinear lines, historically employed in totem poles, house fronts and masks.

Meryl McMaster is of half British and Dutch descent and uses photographic practice to explore history and identity.  Her work is predominantly photography-based, incorporating the production of props, sculptural garments and performance that transports the viewer out of the ordinary into a space of contemplation and introspection.

Free Entry  

Image: Canoe Breaker by Robert Davidson


Associated Events

    Exhibition Talk

    Join curator and author Dennison Smith as she shares insight and context of a selection of artworks on display.  Drawing on her experiences living in the Pacific North West of Canada and representing American indigenous artists in London, Smith will discuss both traditional and contemporary First Nations artistic practices and how they link to both personal and cultural landscapes and stories.

    • Tuesday 22 October
    • 6.30-7.30pm. Age 14+
    • Tickets £5 per person, includes tea/coffee and biscuits. Booking essential, minimum number of participants required. 

    Art and Mindfulness

    In this new series, we will be using the gallery to practice a range of relaxation-based activities. For more information please see - 

    • Monday 11 November
    • 6.00-6.45pm. Age 14+
    • Free, spaces limited, booking essential. 


    For more information and booking T 01506 282720