The Stonecroft Symposium: To Be Continued

September 24 - December 6, 2020

Get connected to the region's queer past, present and future

Each year, CUAG hosts the Stonecroft Symposium, a free public event that cultivates discussions of ideas raised by the artists featured in our exhibitions.

This fall, the symposium is rooted in the exhibition To Be Continued: Troubling the Queer Archive. And, it’s going to look a little different!

Created by co-curators Anna Shah Hoque and Cara Tierney, the symposium takes the form of a multi-vocal, multi-site series of virtual events, including podcasts, conversations and gatherings. It will feature artists, activists and leaders in the Ottawa-Gatineau queer community.


An Evening with Howard Adler: Film Screening and Conversation  / Thursday, 8 October at 7 p.m. 

Join us for a live streamed screening of short films by artist and activist Howard Adler, followed by a conversation between Adler and musician and composer Melody McKiver. 

Adler’s films range in tone and subject, and from the documentary to the experimentalAnna Shah Hoque and Cara Tierney have selected films in which Adler turns his curious and critical eye on himself: queer, Ottawan, Jewish, Anishinaabe.   

You can watch the screening here.

Queer Family Building: An Artist Talk with RJ Jones / Wednesday 28 October at 4 p.m.

This conversation will explore artist and sex educator RJ Jones’ artistic and activist practiceswhich collectively explore and express alternatives to traditional family relations.  

We’ll convene on Zoom, here is the registration link.

A Henna Party with Pansee Atta  / Thursday 19 November at 4 p.m. 

Pansee Atta’s work in To Be Continued explores the unstated queerness inherent in henna practice. This workshop includes a talk by Atta on the history of and contexts for henna and mehndi body-art practices, a guided demonstration on preparing and applying henna, and an audience Q&A. 

We’ll convene on Zoom, here is the registration link. The first 20 registrants will receive free supply kits! Pansee especially encourages LGBTQ+ IBPOC folks to attend. 

Bingo Party with China Doll / Saturday 5 December at 7 p.m. 

Register here for the party, and we’ll email you a bingo card to participate!


We invite you to subscribe to To Be Continued: A Stonecroft Symposium Podcast, which features a groundbreaking series of conversations with the artists and Ottawa-Gatineau folks who have been integral to the building of this region’s queer community. 

You can listen to the podcast here, and it is available on Apple, Spotify and Amazon. You can find it on your chosen platform by searching “To Be Continued: A Stonecroft Symposium Podcast.”

Produced by FinXuan Tran, Anna Shah Hoque, Cara Tierney and Keegan Prempeh, the podcast episodes will be released throughout the fall.  


The Stonecroft Symposium: To Be Continued is the third in a series of free annual symposia hosted by CUAG, held over the 2018-22 period. The series is made possible with a generous gift from the Stonecroft Foundation for the Arts.  

CUAG acknowledges with sincere gratitude the Stonecroft Foundation for the Arts, which promotes education in the visual arts and fosters the public’s appreciation of the visual arts.  

Related exhibitions

To Be Continued: Troubling the Queer Archive

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