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Announcing Julia McMillan as Artistic Director of Eyelevel

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce Julia Fleur McMillan as the next Artistic Director of Eyelevel. Currently based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Julia will start at Eyelevel full-time the first week of September.

Julia is a writer, curator, and cultural worker based in K’jiputuk (Halifax). Of settler ancestry, she grew up on unceded Mi’kmaq territory in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. She holds an MA in English from Dalhousie University, with a focus on contemporary Canadian poetry and visual art, and a BA in English and Art History from Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick. She has worked at Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery as the Project Coordinator and the CMA-RBC Curatorial Intern, and at Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre as the organizer of the site-specific Ok.Quoi?! Festival. Julia has curated exhibitions in Halifax, NS, Sackville, NB, and Strasbourg, France.

Julia’s practice of writing and curating is grounded in intersectional feminist frameworks and informed by processes of collaboration, conversation, and considerations of place. She is thrilled to be joining the Eyelevel team and looks forward to working with the community to build responsive, inclusive, and experimental programming. Eyelevel holds a strong commitment to its experimental origins, and aligned with its history is reorienting its focus towards supporting underrepresented positions in contemporary visual art practice. Julia’s careful considerations of positionality complement the artist-run centre’s goal of articulating an intersectional feminist politic in our program and structure.

Earlier this year, Eyelevel underwent a visioning process following a period of transition, stabilization, and risk-taking in the spaceless programming model. This trailblazing approach increased Eyelevel’s programming capacity and contributed to its local and national reputation. Under outgoing Artistic Director Katie Belcher’s reflexive stewardship, Eyelevel has tested unconventional presentation approaches, and experimented with discursive projects as a means of fostering connections and conversations. The Board is grateful for Katie’s leadership, resourcefulness, and professionalism. She leaves most recently a legacy of cultivating gathering spaces through projects such as Food for Thoughts—next presented at Flotilla, the national gathering of artist-run centres in Charlottetown, PE from 21 to 24 September 2017. The Board congratulates Katie on her new role as Director/Curator of Access Gallery in Vancouver, and we look forward to her future success!

The Board welcomes the new Artistic Director’s contributions to the artist-run centre’s vision and programming. We look forward to building on the foundation of Eyelevel’s 40+ year history as we continue to explore and expand ideas of space and spacelessness, work towards institutional decolonization, and foster community ties and audience growth. Please join us in welcoming Julia to Eyelevel!