Charles Bronfman’s Claridge Collection Auction: Part V: Decorative Arts

April 21, 2015

LOT 137

  • ANN NEWDIGATE (1934 - )




tapestry (Gobelin style)
44.5" x 74.5" — 113 x 189.2 cm.
unsigned; sewn tag with typed title and dated 1983

Estimate $800-$1,000

Realised: $1,140
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

About artist/note:


“I am interested in paradox and I am intentionally ambiguous. I like to think my work forces people to take a second look. I want to communicate the paradoxes of stereotyping — the stereotyping of women and the decisions facing them — whether to be passive or active, for instance — and the stereotyping of art.”

- Ann Newdigate -

Ann Newdigate was born in Grahamstown, South Africa in 1934. She studied African Studies and English Literature at the University of Cape Town, receiving her Bachelor of Arts in 1964. She moved to Canada in 1966 and studied at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon with artists including Eli Bornstein, Stan Day, Otto Rogers, Mina Forsyth, and Warren Peterson. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1975 and her Master of Fine Arts in 1986. Newdigate also studied tapestry in Scotland at the Edinburgh College of Art in the early 1980s and, upon her return to Canada, taught design, drawing, and art education at the University of Saskatchewan from 1982 to 1987.

Newdigate has exhibited her tapestry work and drawings across Canada, as well as in the United States and Australia. She has also been involved in creating and sustaining arts communities over the course of her career, from making efforts to encourage recognition of the medium of tapestry, to co-founding Saskatoon's Shoestring Gallery, leading workshops and lectures in Saskatchewan, the United States, and Australia, helping to re-organize Blackflash magazine in 1997, and serving as a board member of the Saskatchewan Arts Board (1992-1995).

Newdigate's work is part of numerous collections, including Canada Council Art Bank, the City of Regina, Mendel Art Gallery, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Toronto Dominion Bank, Ottawa City Hall, and Saskatchewan Arts Board.

Ann Newdigate now lives and works on Hornby Island, British Columbia.

Selected Corporate, Private and Public Collections

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, BC
Canada Council Art Bank
City of Regina, SK
Claridge Collection, Montreal, QC
Dunlop Gallery, Regina, SK
Guarantee Trust
Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SK
Massey Foundation, Museum of Civilization, Ottawa, ON
Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
Mimi Livingstone, New York, NY
Saskatchewan Arts Board, Saskatoon, SK
Sasktel, Regina, SK
Toronto Dominion Bank
University of Saskatchewan

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2005 "Gullible's Travels: The Prints." Arbutus Arts, Hornby Island.
2003 The Lab 3.4: Ann Newdigate Familiars, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, BC
 LAB Space.
 Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. B.C.
1997 “Ciphers from the Muniments Room, curator: Anthony Kiendle, AKA Gallery,
Saskatoon, SK
 Dunlop Gallery, Regina, AB
1996 Ciphers from the Muniments Room: Letter, Mount St. Vincent Gallery, Halifax, NS
1995 "Ciphers from the Muniments Room,” Hart House Gallery, University of Toronto,
Toronto, ON
1992 "Tapping Imperatives,” Susan Whitney Gallery, Regina, AB
1991 “Sentences” New York Center for Tapestry Arts, Soho, New York
"Sentences: A Tapestry of Signs,"AKA Gallery, Saskatoon.
1990 "Look at it this way,” Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, AB
1989 Look at it This Way, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, AB
 Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, ON
 Swift Current National Exhibition Centre.
 Little Gallery, Prince Albert.
 Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, AB
 The Chapel Gallery, North Battleford, SK
1988 "Look at it this way”, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
1986 Susan Whitney Gallery. Regina, SK
 “Drawing Outside a Convention,” Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, University of
Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK

1984 "Tapestry, drawing and a Sense of Place,” Originated by MacKenzie Art Gallery
 Gallery III, School of Art
 University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB
 Medicine Hat Art Gallery, AB
 Art Gallery of the Whitehorse Public Gallery,Yukon
 Kamloops Public Art Gallery, British Columbia.
 National Exhibition Centre, Estevan, SK
 Leaf Rapids National Exhibition Centre. MB
 Moose Jaw Art Museum, SK.
1983 Prince Albert Art Centre, Saskatchewan
1982 Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SK
1979 Dunlop Gallery's Glen Elm Branch, Regina, SK
 Shoestring Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
 Prince Albert Art Centre, SK
 National Exhibition Centre, Estevan, SK
 Rosemont Gallery, Regina, SK
1977 Shoestring Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
1974 Mendel Art Gallery, Little Gallery, Saskatoon, SK 
 Art Department Gallery (Now Gordon Snelgrove Gallery), University of
Saskatchewan, SK 

Selected Group Exhibitions

1999 Time and All Things Possible, Drawing exhibition with Otto Rogers,Kenderdine Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
1997 Truth or Consequences, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, SK
 Or Gallery, Vancouver. B.C.
1992 Notions of Home, Edmonton Art Gallery
1990 Sentences and Emergency Declarations, Dunlop Art Gallery, SK
1982 Andrew Grant Gallery, Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland
2003 Handmade / Readymade, Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SK
 Art Irritates Life, Comox Valley Art Gallery, BC
2002 If Images Speak a Thousand Words …?, Round House Centre, Vancouver, BC
 Dust on the Road: Canadian Artists in dialogue with Sahmat, Round House Centre, Vancouver, BC
2001 Rielisms, Winnipeg Art Gallery, MB; Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, SK
Decade, Monash University Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
The Future of the Page, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
 To Remain at a Distance (II), Open Space, Victoria, BC
 Cultural Cross Currents: Contexts, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SK
1999 To Remain at a Distance, Open Space, Victoria, BC
1998 Webs://, Textiles, and new Technology, University of California Davis
 Idea Art, Norman MacKenzie Art Gallery. Regina, SK
1995 Prayer Rugs from the Antipodes, with Kate Derum, Australia and Gordon Crook,
New Zealand
Sismographes International symposium and exhibitions, Galerie Lionel Groulx, St.Therese, QC
 Faculty Exhibition, Gordon Snelgove Gallery, University of Saskatchewan
 Destinations, Maison Hamel-Bruneau, Centre de la Diffusion Culturelle, Quebec City, QC
1994 Making and Meaning, Swift Current National Exhibition Centre, SK
 Staging Identities II, Snelgrove Gallery, University of Saskatchewan
1993 Chicago New Art Forms Exposition.
 Auto Body Parts, Susan Whitney Gallery
 Anima <--> Materia, Kenderdine Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
1992 Expo ’92, Valencia, Spain, From the Collection of the Canada Council Art Bank
 Laughing Matters, Mendel Gallery
Remembering and Telling: Stories of Identity and Location, Norman MacKenzie Gallery, Regina, SK

1991 Chicago New Art Forms Exposition
1990 Tapestry: The Narrative Voice, Center for Tapestry Arts, New York, NY
 Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Portland, Oregon
 Musee des Arts Decoratifs Du Montreal, QC
 Glenbow Museum, Calgary, AB
 Soft Ground, Muttart Gallery, Calgary, AB
Chicago New Art Forms Expositions
1989 Chicago New Art Forms Exposition
 Selections from the Permanent Collection of the Regina Public Library, Dunlop Gallery, Regina, SK
 Tapestry: the Narrative Voice, Aubusson, France. 
Metropolitan Museum, New York. Toured to: Morley Gallery, London, England, Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, U.K.,The Center for Tapestry Arts, New York
1988 World Tapestry Today, Melbourne, Australia; toured in France and USA
 Tapestry Movements, Textile Arts International, Inc. Minneapolis
 Quiet Protest: Ideas, Art of this Province, AKA Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
 Chicago New Art Forms Exposition
1987 Chicago New Art Forms Exposition
 Tapestry: Contemporary Imagery/Ancient Tradition - United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Paris Gibson Square, Center for Contemporary Visual Art; Great Falls, Montana
1986 Cheney Cowles Memorial Museum, Spokane, WA
Whatcom Museum of History and Art, Bellingham. U.S.A. 
1986 Out of Saskatchewan: An exhibition of Contemporary Visual Art, Robson Square Gallery, Vancouver, BC; Rosemont Gallery, Regina, SK; Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
 Fabrications, The John Black Aird Gallery, Toronto, ON
(Canada Council Art Bank Collection); Chateau de Tours, France; Lillihammer Museum, Norway
1985 Centre Culturel Canadien, Paris, France; Palais des Arts, Brest, France; Musee du Chateau des ducs de Bretagne, Nantes, France
New Works, AKA Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
 New Acquisitions, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
1984 Third Montreal Tapestry Bienniale, Museum of Contemporary Art, Montreal, QC
 Saskatchewan Open, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
 Graduate Students Show, Snelgrove Gallery, University of Saskatchewan
 Neutral Ground, Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre, Regina, SK
1983 Visual Art and Language in Dialogue, AKA Gallery and Grain Magazine,
 Contemporary Canadian Drawings, Norman MacKenzie Gallery. Regina, SK
1982 Two-Way Risk, AKA Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
1981 Recent Acquisitions from the Saskatchewan Arts Board, Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, SK
1980 Saskatchewan Open, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
 100% Rag, Shoestring Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
1979 Prairie Suite, Shoestring Gallery. Saskatoon, SK
 A Foot in any Direction, Shoestring Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
1978 Saskatchewan Arts Board Collection Exhibited, Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SK; Mendel Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
1977 Saskatoon Jury Show, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
 Fibre, Dandelion Gallery, Calgary, AB
 Works on paper, Dandelion Gallery, Calgary, AB
1976 To a Fine Art, Saskatchewan Fabric, Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SK
1975 Saskatoon Women Artists, Mendel Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
1974 Threads and Fibres, Mendel Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
1972 Drawings by Eight Painters, Mendel Gallery, Little Gallery, Saskatoon, SK

Selected Awards

Included in Canadian Who’s Who
Life Time Achievement award from Saskatchewan Arts Board
“B” Grants from the Canada Council
“A” Grants from the Saskatchewan Arts Board
Department of External Affairs Travel grant: to be a keynote speaker at the International Tapestry Symposium, Melbourne, Australia
Saskatchewan Arts Board grant: to have a tapestry fabricated at the Victoria Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne, Australia
Honours scholarship from the University of Saskatchewan

Selected Links


Mendel Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC


Susan Whitney Gallery, Regina, SK - Ann Newdigate Mills: “Look At This Way”