Collection LA.SC156 - Anita Aarons collection

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Anita Aarons collection


  • 1970s-1980s (Creation)

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16 audio cassettes

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Biographical history

Anita Aarons (1912-2000) was an Australian-born artist, educator, curator and arts administrator who was active in Toronto from 1964 to 1984. During her time in the city she taught at Central Technical School, was the allied arts editor for Architecture Canada (1965-1971), worked at the Art Gallery of Ontario as a curator in the Extension Services department in the early 1970s, and became the founding Director of the Art Gallery at Harbourfront (precursor of The Power Plant), 1976-1984. In 1985 Aarons moved to Noosa, Queensland with her husband, the artist Merton Chambers, where they were both instrumental in the establishment of the Noosa Regional Gallery.

Archival history

Cassettes were maintained by Anita Aarons until she left Toronto, at which point she entrusted them to Ihor Holubizky, who had worked with her at Harbourfront.

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AGO Credit Line: Gift of Ihor Holubizky, 2018

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Collection consists of audio recordings of interviews carried out by Anita Aarons with a number of Canadian art world figures active in the 1970s and 1980s, including Ron Bloore, Graham Coughtry, Dorothy Cameron, Guido Molinari, Yves Gaucher, Ted Bieler, Gordon Rayner and Jack Pollock.

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No further accruals are expected.

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Audio cassettes will be reformatted for access on demand; please allow time for this work to take place. Open. Access to Special Collections is by appointment. Please contact the reference desk for more information.

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Copyright is held by the creator or her heirs. It is the researcher’s responsibility to obtain permission to publish any part of the collection.

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Archivist's note

Originally prepared by Amy Furness. Prepared, uploaded and adapted by Nirvana Chainani, 2019.

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