The SilverFish Photography Collective was established in the summer and fall of 2000 by emerging photographers who had all attended the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. They were driven to keep conversation and passion for photography going after graduation. By exhibiting their work they sought to acquire an audience who would share their love and appreciation for photography. Their first exhibition, Still Life, opened in June 2001,
to critical acclaim and good attendance.
In the 17 years since that encouraging start, the group has held over 35 exhibitions, in venues ranging from Government House, Gallery 78, and the UNB Art Centre in Fredericton, to the Saint John Arts Centre, and the Andrew & Laura McCain Art Gallery in Florenceville, NB.
The collective’s membership has almost completely changed since it started, with people moving away, having children, moving into different careers. Membership has grown from eight to twelve over the years. SilverFish stays small to enable individual members to exhibit bodies, or small series of works, while still fitting all the members’ works inside a gallery space.
The collective meets monthly to discuss themes and ideas and share their work amongst themselves. Building on past experiences and incorporating new ideas helps to advance their future projects.
In 2017 SilverFish was honoured to receive the first annual City of Fredericton Arts Achievement Award. The group was also featured in the Fall 2017 edition of PhotoEd magazine, in collaboration with another collective, f8, of Toronto. This marked their second collaboration with another group, following the Canada 150 exhibition with ViewPoint Gallery of Halifax, which was shown in Halifax and Fredericton.
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