Biography: Anne Ramsden

Anne Ramsden is a visual artist who lives and works on Gabriola Island, British Columbia, traditional and unceded territory of Snuneymuxw First Nation.

Working with installation, sculpture, video, photography and drawing, for over forty years she has exhibited in public spaces and in galleries and museums nationally and internationally.

Exhibition venues include:

  • Museum of Modern Art, NYC
  • Glucksman Gallery, Cork
  • Third Eye Centre, Glasgow
  • Vestlandske Kunstindustrimuseum, Bergen
  • Wignall Museum/Gallery, Rancho Cucamonga, California
  • Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan
  • Vancouver Art Gallery
  • Nanaimo Art Gallery
  • Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon
  • Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec
  • Oakville Galleries
  • Occurrence, Montréal
  • Musée regional de Rimouski

In 1994, Anne Ramsden's work was recognized by her peers when she was awarded the Canada Council for the Arts Joseph S. Stauffer Prize.

Anne's work is in numerous public collections including:

  • National Gallery of Canada
  • Vancouver Art Gallery
  • Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal
  • Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery
  • Musée régional de Rimouski
  • Oakville Galleries
  • Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

Ramsden was actively involved in the Montréal art community in the 1980s, working as editorial assistant at Parachute magazine and co-founding and co-directing Artexte, a library, research centre and exhibition space for contemporary art. At Artexte she was instrumental in developing the documentation centre on contemporary art and a publishing program beginning with the Catalogue of Catalogues, a repertory of contemporary Canadian art exhibition catalogues. 

In 1987 Ramsden moved to Vancouver to take up a position teaching studio art at Simon Fraser University's School for Contemporary Arts. She was active in the Vancouver art community, organizing the 1989 SFU Summer Intensive "The Critical Practice of Art" led by Mary Kelly and served on the board of directors of the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Returning to Montréal at the end of the 1990's she continued her art practice, renewed her involvement with Artexte and taught in the sculpture area as Professor at the École des arts visuels et médiatiques at the Université du Québec à Montréal.

Anne Ramsden is now active in the Nanaimo art community on Vancouver Island.