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Join us for an exciting slate of Spring/Summer exhibitions and programs at the Workers Arts & Heritage Centre

Marlene Yuen: After Gold Mountain

May 12th to August 19th, 2017
At the Workers Arts & Heritage Centre
Opening Reception: Friday, May 12th, 7-10 pm. Marlene Yuen will be in attendance.

The first Chinese labourers arrived in Canada in 1788. In 1858, gold was discovered in the Fraser Canyon, British Columbia and many Chinese from southern China arrived in hopes of striking it rich, finding gold and starting a new life on “Gold Mountain,” their name for Canada.

From 1881-1885, Chinese rail workers endured appalling, dangerous work conditions and nearly 1000 men perished during the construction of the CPR. Life for Chinese workers after the railroad was characterized by hard work, and frequent discrimination. In After Gold Mountain, stories are told through a series of comic panels and screen printed accordion books by Vancouver artist Marlene Yuen. These powerful, personal and informative stories recount working conditions on the railroad, and in fish canneries, laundromats, restaurants and fruit markets from British Columbia to Ontario. While early Chinese labourers in Canada were predominately male, this exhibit also shares how women and children played a role in the landscape of work and overcame the hardships of racism.

Marlene Yuen: After Gold Mountain will be accompanied by a Spring/Summer program that will include an exhibition walkthrough with the artist in English with interpretation in Mandarin co-sponsored by the Chinese Canadian National Council, Toronto Chapter; a Zine Making with Print workshop led by Marlene Yuen presented in partnership with Centre[3] for Print and Media Art and more. Keep an eye on our website, Facebook and Twitter pages for more information.

About Marlene Yuen: Marlene Yuen is a Vancouver-based artist who received her Bachelor’s in Studio Art in 1998 from the University of British Columbia. Yuen has exhibited at galleries, artist-run centres, and cultural events in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Belgium and Japan. Although she is a multidisciplinary artist, her current focus is on handmade books and all things letterpress. She is a member of the Canadian Bookbinders Book Artist Guild, the Alcuin Society and Ladies of Letterpress.


The artist wishes to acknowledge the support of the British Columbia Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts and CUPE Local 15 for their support of this exhibition. WAHC acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, its members, volunteers, operating funders and union supporters for their support of After Gold Mountain.


The Jewish Voice of Hamilton

May 12th to June 3rd, 2017
At the Workers Arts & Heritage Centre
Opening Reception: Friday, May 12th, 7-10 pm

The Jewish Voice of Hamilton features a snapshot into the dynamic life of the city through the lens of its one-time Yiddish language newspaper and its iconoclastic publisher, Henry Balinson.

This exhibit, circulated by the The Rose and Phil Rosenshein Museum at the Beth Jacob Synagogue, will display editions of The Jewish Voice of Hamilton newspaper, letterpress printing artifacts, photographs and other documents, all part of the Balinson Family Archive. The newspaper issues on display provide a fascinating snapshot of 1930s and 1940s Hamilton through its advertisements, features and the provocative editorials of its editor and publisher, Henry Balinson. This exhibition also highlights Balinson’s involvement in the local labour movement, and the important role of ethnic press in serving immigrant communities in urban centres. The Jewish Voice of Hamilton will also include examples of printed output from a number of local letterpress printers working today.

For more information, contact:
Tara Bursey, Program Coordinator at or (905) 522-3003 ex. 29

Workers Arts & Heritage Centre
51 Stuart Street | Hamilton, Ontario | (905) 522-3003
Open Wednesday to Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm
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