Aidan Ware brings experience from Guelph

1297454133492_ORIGINAL

Aidan Ware



By Laura Cudworth, The  Stratford Beacon Herald

August 13, 2013

Gallery Stratford has a new executive director.

Aidan Ware hopes to bring new energy and vision to the gallery.

“I am honoured to be joining Gallery Stratford and I’m looking forward to working with the Board and the staff to support the gallery’s pursuit of excellence through its exhibitions and education programs. Stratford is impressive in its cultural scope and density; I am excited to be a part of that rich artistic vitality,” she said.

Ware has come to the position from Guelph, where she was named one of the Top 40 Under 40. She has nine years of experience in the non-profit art gallery sector there. Her focus has been on fundraising and development, marketing and education.

“The Board of Trustees of Gallery Stratford feels that Aidan’s experiences and skills match beautifully with our goals for continued growth as a public art gallery,” said Barbara Vallis, chair.

Ware’s devotion to public art intensified while she was part of an international studies program that took her to Herstmonceux Castle in East Sussex, England. From there she studied in other parts of England and travelled to European galleries in Scotland, Ireland, Denmark, Belgium, France and Hungary.

“The first year of my studies at Herstmonceux was deeply compelling. It laid the foundation for a lifelong personal and professional dedication to the visual arts. I am a profound advocate of the power of human creativity and imagination and I believe that art has the ability to change lives, to build communities, to open vital communication channels, and to be a catalyst for innovation,” she said.

Ware replaces Zhe Gu, who spent six years as the gallery’s executive director before moving on to become visual arts director with the Ontario Arts Council in July.

  • Page 1 of 0
  • >