Diana Thorneycroft Black Forest Sanatorium


PLATFORM centre, in collaboration with WNDX, is pleased to announce Black Forest Sanatorium, an installation and stop-motion animation presentation by Diana Thorneycroft (MB). Black Forest Sanatorium runs from 17 September – 29 October 2021.

EXHIBITION | 17 September – 29 October 2021

ARTIST TALK | 25 September, 12PM – Womxn’s Film & Video Network at the Cube

SCREENING | 8 October, 7 PM – presented by WNDX,  Winnipeg Cinemateque 

An opening reception will be held at PLATFORM on 17 September at 7 PM. Please note, a limited number of people will be allowed in the gallery at one time. Should that number exceed the limit, some waiting may be required. We appreciate your patience.

Masks and proof of vaccination are mandatory, please ensure social distance is maintained and stay home if you are feeling sick. PLATFORM is an accessible venue. For the duration of the exhibition, PLATFORM centre will be open by appointment. Please visit our website for more information or email us at admin@platformgallery.org to schedule a viewing appointment.

Known for making art that employs black humour and hovers on the edge of public acceptance, Diana Thorneycroft has pursued subject matter that often challenges her viewing audience. Developing themes of her previous work, Thorneycroft produced a quirky, stop-motion animation entitled Black Forest Sanatorium. The film debuted at the 2020 Vancouver International Film Festival and has since been shown in 7 other venues in Canada, Australia and the United States. The film, along with the puppets and sets, will be shown at at PLATFORM centre from September 17th to October 29, 2021.


Thorneycroft is a Winnipeg artist who has exhibited various bodies of work across Canada, the United States and Europe, as well as in Moscow, Tokyo and Sydney. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2016 Manitoba Arts Award of Distinction, an Assistance to Visual Arts Long-term Grant from the Canada Council, several Senior Arts Grants from the Manitoba Arts Council and a Fleck Fellowship from the Banff Centre for the Arts.