Beaverbrook Art Gallery launches second issue of BILLIE: Undercurrents in Atlantic Canadian Visual C

Beaverbrook Art GalleryJune 1, 20160 Comments

Beaverbrook Art Gallery launches second issue of BILLIE: Undercurrents in Atlantic Canadian Visual Culture

Fredericton, NB, June 1, 2016 -- The Beaverbrook Art Gallery is pleased to announce the second issue of BILLIE: Undercurrents in Atlantic Canadian Visual Culture. This issue will be available at the Gallery shop, and at outlets around the region and across Canada through Magazines Canada.

In its second issue, BILLIE explores Inside/outside as its theme. A cross-section of writers cover a wide range of artists’ work in relation to Atlantic Canada’s place in the rest of the world, and the world’s place in the development of the visual arts of the region. It is a meditation on comparisons, influences, exchanges and relationships between the local and the global in Atlantic visual arts. The potential of art to provide a sense of local specificity, of community and belonging, is contrasted with the phenomenon of globalization, which blurs the lines between ‘regional’ and ‘global’, ‘central’ and ‘peripheral’. The feature article, Off the Radar: Impressions of the Contemporary New Brunswick Art Scene through Maine Eyes, presents the observations and insights of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery’s first critic-in-residence, Edgar Allen Beem, an award-winning freelance journalist from Brunswick, Maine, who was the former art critic for Maine Times and the Portland Independent.

Inside/Outside is a fitting theme for the second issue of this publication—though produced through the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, the goal and scope of BILLIE reaches far outside the institutional walls of the Gallery. BILLIE is a journal about the visual arts and culture of Atlantic Canada, encompassing the communities and cultures of all four of its constituent provinces. Critics, artists, and writers from across the region and beyond are invited to contribute to calls for ideas for future issues of the journal.

In the fall of 2016, BILLIE will present Subvertical: The Outsider Art Issue, turning a magnifying glass to work, concepts and approaches outside the norm. Submissions in a variety of forms are encouraged, such as interviews, written essays and photographic essays. Those interested in contributing should submit short summaries (250 words) of their content ideas to the editorial committee via email at


BILLIE: Undercurrents in Atlantic Canadian Visual Culture was launched in Fall 2015, in conjunction with the re-launch of the Marion McCain Exhibition of Contemporary Atlantic Art. Taking its name from the late Marion McCain, whose lifelong nickname was “Billie,” the journal explores what is below the surface of contemporary art in Atlantic Canada and the diverse and complex narratives flowing from the region’s particular histories, peoples and landscape.

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For more information on how to purchase a copy or subscription, please contact the Beaverbrook Art Gallery by phone at (506) 458-0974 or by emailing


About the Beaverbrook Art Gallery

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery was founded by Lord Beaverbrook on September 16, 1959. The Gallery is internationally known for its collection of Atlantic Canadian, Canadian, British, and International works of art. The Beaverbrook Art Gallery “enriches life through art”. As the official art gallery of New Brunswick, and one of Canada’s leading art galleries and most important cultural treasures, its mission is to “bring art and community together in a dynamic cultural environment dedicated to the highest standards in acquisitions, exhibitions, programming, education and stewardship.”

Media Contact
Jeremy Elder-Jubelin
Manager of Communications and Visitor Services
Beaverbrook Art Gallery
703 Queen Street, P.O. Box 605
Fredericton, NB
E3E 5A6
Phone: (506) 458-2039
Fax: (506) 458-2028

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