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Forest City Gallery Welcomes New Executive Director

LONDON, ON, March 22, 2023 — Forest City Gallery (FCG) is excited to welcome Ruth Skinner to the position of Gallery Executive Director.

Originally from Newfoundland / Ktaqmkuk, Ruth Skinner is an arts organizer, educator,

and publisher who has lived in London for nearly ten years. Her work spans

experimental artists’ publishing and distribution practices, digital and media literacy,

artist-run culture in Canada, and intersections of art, esotericism and forensics. She has

operated as the art imprint Edna Press since 2017, and is a co-organizer of Support

project space alongside Liza Eurich and Tegan Moore. Ruth is a PhD candidate in the

Department of Visual Arts at Western University, where she also teaches in the School

for Advanced Studies in the Arts & Humanities. She is currently part of the Advisory

Circle for the Embassy Cultural House, an interdisciplinary and intergenerational

community that has deep-rooted connections with Forest City Gallery. Ruth previously

served on the Board of Forest City Gallery, was manager of DNA Gallery’s arts-focused

bookshop, and was a cofounder of Good Sport Gallery.

“Forest City Gallery is a formative part of my life in London, and its artist-run ethos has

come to inform all aspects of the work I do. As one of the oldest artist-run centres in the

country, FCG has an important history and a reputation for fostering regional and

emergent arts practices, while also pushing against the status quo. In 2023 FCG

celebrates its 50 th anniversary in a vibrant new home in Old East Village. This exciting

new locale could not have happened without the tireless efforts of its Board, volunteers

and supporters, and the passionate leadership of Teresa Carlesimo. The prospect of

collaborating with this incredibly motivated community is a truly marvelous one. This

momentous year is also an opportunity to renew FCG’s connections within the

community while continuing its legacy of advancing critical discussions. I have been

deeply impacted by the wealth of enthusiasm, support, and good will of London’s arts

communities. I’m so keen to get started in this new role.”

About the Organization: Forest City Gallery is London’s artist-run centre. Encompassing a diverse community of artists, FCG emphasizes creative interplay and the fostering of relationships between artists at all stages of their careers, with a particular emphasis on supporting emerging practices. Founded on the principles of artistic autonomy and a celebration of its regional context, FCG is committed to extending the discourse between established and experimental art forms. FCG advances relevant contemporary practices in visual/media arts, performance, literature, and music among local, regional, national, and international arts communities.

For more information:

Hailey Edge

Forest City Gallery, Board President

Ruth Skinner

Forest City Gallery, Executive Director


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