Two people watch a projection of the photography of Thelma Pepper in a community centre

Virtual tour sparks conversation for Sherbrooke residents

“The pandemic has made excursions into the community challenging for our residents and staff. To have access to Thelma Pepper’s exhibition through a virtual tour is a wonderful gift! The virtual tour sparked lots of conversations between residents who reflected on their own small-town Saskatchewan experiences and what it was like growing up on the farm.”

– Eric Anderson, Sherbrooke Community Centre

Remai Modern worked with staff at Sherbrooke Community Centre to share a virtual tour of the exhibition Thelma Pepper: Ordinary Women. Sherbrooke’s residents and staff have a special connection to Pepper’s work. She was the centre’s artist-in-residence in 2009. Some of the works from the centre’s collection were generously loaned to Remai Modern for this exhibition.

An elderly man looks at a television monitor showing the photography of Thelma Pepper
A wine and cheese reception was help by the community centre prior to the online 360-degree tour of the exhibition.
A group of people looking at projections of the photography of Thelma Pepper
Remai Modern shared its Thelma Pepper exhibition with residents at Sherbrooke Community Centre using a 360-degree online tour

In addition to the virtual exhibition tour, several Sherbrooke residents also toured the exhibition in person. Thanks to the expertise of Remai Modern Program Guide Alana Moore, the centre’s current artist-in-residence, the visitors were able to make a deeper connection to the art.

A guided group tour in a museum of the exhibition Thelma Pepper Ordinary Women
Members of the Sherbrooke Community visit Thelma Pepper: Ordinary Women. A Retrospective for an in-person tour.

Our ongoing relationship with Sherbrooke Community Centre, and many other local organizations, gives people in our community meaningful experiences with art.