THE SPACE BETWEEN is an interdisciplinary collaboration between visual artist Dan Steeves and composer Kevin Morse. The project includes a series of twelve intaglio prints, a composition for string quartet, and a spatialized audio installation. The string quartet was premiered by the Tesla Quartet on March 24, 2017, and an exhibition of the images and audio installation was first presented at the Owens Art Gallery (Sackville, NB) from March 24 to May 21, 2017. The exhibition was mounted again at the Saint John Arts Centre from November 3 to December 20, 2017.
We welcome inquiries and expressions of interest from galleries who might like to host this exhibition and related events (concerts, talks) in 2018 or 2019. The exhibition comes framed, with all of the necessary audio and computer equipment, and is easy to transport and install. Please use the contact form below to get in touch.

The project includes:

12 intaglio prints

Images by award-winning artist Dan Steeves, inspired by the idea of "ascending and descending" and philosopher Gaston Bachelard's The Poetics of Space.

string quartet

Concert of a new composition by Kevin Morse in twelve short movements, each inspired by one of Dan Steeves' prints (projected behind the performers).

audio installation

Eight-channel spatialized audio featuring overlapping fragments of the recorded string quartet moving within the gallery space.

printed guidebook

A beautiful exhibition catalogue that includes reproductions of the prints, score excerpts, and essays about the work.

artist talks

Kevin Morse and Dan Steeves are happy to discuss their work and collaboration process with groups of any size.

Images. Music.

An overview of the Owens Art Gallery exhibition and premiere concert.


Essays about this collaboration from our printed guidebook/catalogue.

on the art

An essay by Dr. Anne Koval (Department of Fine Arts, Mount Allison University).

on the music

An essay by Dr. Gary Tucker (Department of Music, Mount Allison University).

about the artists


Kevin Morse is an Associate Professor in the Department of Music at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick. He is an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre and was a musician-in-residence at The Banff Centre in 2015. He holds a PhD in Composition from the University of Western Ontario.

Morse’s orchestral work, Moth to Flame, was premiered by the Prince Edward Island Symphony Orchestra in 2014. Other recent projects include New Brunswick Street Scene (2016) for soprano Sally Dibblee with chamber ensemble, and Alone/Together (2016) for piano duet. Morse’s theatrical output includes two short operas commissioned by Toronto’s leading contemporary opera company, Tapestry Opera. His most recent opera, A Modest Proposal: a flesh-eating fable (with a libretto by Governor-General’s Literary Award nominee Lisa Codrington) was presented in a public workshop performance in Toronto in 2015.


Dan Steeves is a Sackville, New Brunswick-based artist. He was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (2011). He has received various awards including the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award (1981), a New Brunswick Strathbutler Award for excellence in the arts (2008) and first place in Open Studio’s National Printmaking Award (2014).

Steeves has participated in numerous public exhibitions across Canada and in the United States and in Holland, China, England, Korea, Russia, Scotland, Italy, Japan, Poland, Taiwan and Ukraine. His work is represented in the Canada Council and New Brunswick Art Banks and numerous other public, institutional and private collections. Past collaborations include The Bone Fields, with text by Lynda MacGibbon, Goose Lane Editions (1993); The Light That Lives in Darkness, with text by Mark Harris, Gaspereau Press (2004); The Mutability of Knowing, with essay by Andrew Steeves, Gaspereau Press (2012); and Dan Steeves: What Lies Unseen, with essay by Tom Smart, Devil’s Artisan 73, Porcupine’s Quill Press (2013). His most recent solo exhibition, The Memory of Pain, was exhibited at the Confederation Centre of the Arts (2013) and the Beaverbrook Art Gallery (2015).

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This project is generously supported by the New Brunswick Arts Board / le Conseil des arts du Nouveau-Brunswick (ArtsNB), The Marjorie Young Bell Endowment Fund, The Marjorie Young Bell Fine Arts and Music Fund, Mount Allison University President’s Research and Creative Activities Fund, The J.E.A. Crake Foundation, Charles Street Financial Inc., The Owens Art Gallery, and Mount Allison University Department of Music.