Featured Image: Black Creek Overpass, South to Left Turn, 2022 [detail], Andrew Cheddie Sookrah, Acrylic on Canvas, 24″ x 24″, $2100

Backstories: The Researching Artist as Traveller & Interviewer

Andrew Cheddie Sookrah

May 11 – July 9, 2022

Gallery Hours: Wednesday, Friday & Saturday | 10:00-3:00pm
Closed July 1st and 2nd for Canada Day
Walk-ins welcome or book your free visit below.

Artist Reception: Saturday June 4, 2022 | 1:00-3:00pm

Andrew Cheddie Sookrah’s vast and varied practice is rooted in geographic exploration and spiritual expression. He is inspired by the essence of a place, the spirit of its peoples, and the inseparable connections they have to each other and the natural world.

Backstories: The Researching Artist as Traveller & Interviewer exhibits paintings, drawings, and sculptures taken from Sookrah’s life as both traveller and artist. Recognized for his bright and expressive technique, Sookrah takes us on a journey through rivers, lands, and into the intimate solitaries of his studio during a time of limited movement; The COVID-19 pandemic. Harnessing media as a tool for visual communication, Sookrah presents an internal dialogue that reflects upon his subjects and their deeper societal connections. In observing his work, viewers are privy to an underlying social commentary that is carefully interlaced into the threads of his canvas.

Andrew Cheddie Sookrah is a painter, sculptor and fine art instructor. His work encompasses painting, illustration, design and advertising. He has twice won the McMichael Gallery Plein Air competition (2016 and 2017), and was Finalist for both Landscape Artist of the Year Competition and Art Battle Toronto @The Artist Project (both in 2020). An avid traveller, he has completed several voyages with Adventure Canada, including a Northwest Passage tour in 2019 as Artist in Residence aboard the Ocean Endeavour.

Walk-in visits during Gallery Hours are welcomed. Visit the gallery at our temporary location at the Aurora Town Hall, 100 John West Way, Aurora

Virtual Gallery

Available May 13 – July 27, 2022

Explore the exhibition in The Aurora Town Hall Gallery Space in this 360 Virtual Gallery. Feel like you’re there in person as you travel through the exhibition, seeing the scale of the artworks and how as they speak to each other.

To use the Virtual Gallery:

  • Click or tap to explore and/or drag to look around
  • Click on the blue circles for the label information for each artwork
  • For the best viewing experience, we recommend using a desktop computer and Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox web browser
  • Please visit the Photo Gallery to experience the full impact of the original artworks

Please be advised that the artwork in this exhibition depicts nudity.

Photo Gallery 

Available May 13 – July 27, 2022

  • Click the thumbnail image to enlarge the image and to see the label information
  • Use the arrows on either side of the enlarged image to scroll through the gallery
  • To view as a slideshow, click the play button in the top right hand corner
  • For the best viewing experience, we recommend using a desktop computer and Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox web browser

Please be advised that the artwork in this exhibition depicts nudity.

Art Bytes

Enhance your gallery experience with these activities and videos! We invite you to join us for an insider look into the creative process. Art Bytes is an online series that includes conversations with the exhibiting artists, behind-the-scene videos and family friendly art demos. Visit our Art Bytes page for current videos and activities.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can purchase a specific artwork by clicking on the thumbnail of the image, and clicking the “Purchase this original artwork” link in the caption box, or you can browse all of the artworks for sale here:  All available work.

These links will take you to our e-commerce page where you can pay for the artwork using Visa or Mastercard. Our gallery staff (info@auroraculturalcentre.ca) will provide you with shipping details via the email you have provided.

The Aurora Cultural Centre gallery team is the main contact for all gallery related questions and will get back to you via email within 2 business days. You can email the gallery at info@auroraculturalcentre.ca and you may include your phone number if you prefer.

Yes!  The exhibition is installed at the Aurora Town Hall at 100 John West Way, as well as existing as an online exhibition.  In person visits can be booked on Wednesday, Fridays or Saturdays between 10am-3pm at the link below:

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