Presentation Series

The Presentation Series hosts artists’ talks, book launches, author readings, performances, independent film showings, panel discussions and more.  The Series is dedicated to an exchange of ideas concerning the contemporary arts, as well as the communities from which the art appears and the communities the art is intended to reach.

Upcoming events are posted on the home page of the website (Click here).

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Current Programming:

 Angie Abdou Book Launch

Join Angie Abdou on Friday, September 28th at 7:00 pm at Oxygen Art Centre (#3-320 Vernon Street, Nelson, BC) for an evening of discussion on her latest book, Home Ice: Reflections of a Reluctant Hockey Mom. In what promises to be a lively discussion about parenting, hockey, the ethics of memoir and more, Abdou will be interviewed by Nelson authors (and parents) Deryn Collier and Roz Nay. Entry to the event is free, but a donation of $5 at the door is encouraged and will go to Oxygen Art Centre for the use of the space. Books will be available for purchase from Otter Books.

In her latest book, Abdou combines revealing personal stories with careful research on issues such as cost, gender bias, concussions, and family pressures to offer a thoughtful look at the struggles, joys, and strains of having a child in amateur hockey. Praised by Booklist in a starred review as “a first-rate memoir” and “a must-read for parents with youngsters who play organized sports,” Home Ice offers a compellingly honest insider’s view of what it is like to parent today’s young athlete in a competitive, high-pressure culture.

About Angie Abdou:

Angie Abdou is the author of five novels, including, most recently, In Case I Go, a finalist in the fiction category of the Banff Mountain Book Competition, also named a best book of 2017 by CBC Books and Rogers Writers’ Trust. The Bone Cage was a CBC Canada Reads finalist, defended by NHL star Georges Laraque, and was awarded the 2011/12 MacEwan Book of the Year shortly after. Angie is an associate professor of creative writing at Athabasca University.

About Deryn Collier and Roz Nay:

Deryn Collier is the author of the Bern Fortin novels. Originally from Montreal, she now lives in Nelson, British Columbia, with her husband, sons, and cats.

Roz Nay is the author of Our Little Secret. Having grown up in England, she now lives in British Columbia with her husband and two children.


For more information about Angie Abdou, her book, and interview opportunities, please contact Susannah Ames,, 647-991-5349 ext. 154.

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 Public Talk and Workshops on Critical Writing on Art

The first of two weekend-long workshops will be led by curator Melanie O’Brian at Oxygen Art Centre following a free public lecture. The Lecture will be at Oxygen Art Centre on Friday September 14, 2018 at 7.30pm. The master class will take place on September 15-16, 2-5 PM also at Oxygen Art Centre for a cost of $100. Please contact info@oxygenartcentre if you are interested in registering. The second master class in the series will take place in March 2019 and be led by professional art writer Tracy Valcourt.

The talk called The Space Between Art and Audiences: Institutions, Curating and Writing will consider the space of the publication, specifically through O’Brian’s two decades of work in public galleries as a curator and director. O’Brian states “Publishing is an act of making something known. In negotiating the space between art and audiences, it is the curator’s role to publish art and its ideas through exhibitions, books, screenings, and other institutional and non-institutional platforms”.

The master classes offer practising artists and curators an opportunity to participate in what promises to be eye-opening discussion while simultaneously honing critical writing skills in a workshop format. Participants will read each other’s writing and participate in discussions offering response and feedback to each other and receiving the perspective of the institution and curatorial approach from professional curator and writer Melanie O’Brian. The writing to be looked at could be critical writing about another artist’s work meant for publication or writing about one’s own work i.e. artist and project statements. Participants will be notified of the specific requirements upon registration for the workshop.

Melanie O’Brian is a seasoned curator and administrator, with a master’s degree in art history from the University of Chicago. Director of the Simon Fraser University Art Galleries since 2012 O’Brian

moved back to Vancouver from Toronto where she was curator of and head of programs at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery. Previous to being in Toronto O’Brian was director/curator at Vancouver’s Artspeak one of Canada’s leading artist-run centers and before that she worked at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

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