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Chapan Snares Rabbits

Thursday, Feb 28, 2019 – Saturday, Apr 20, 2019

Amelia Douglas Gallery | 4th Floor, 700 Royal Avenue, New Westminster

Michelle Sound, Program Assistant for the Aboriginal Gathering Place at Emily Carr, is presenting a solo show at the Amelia Douglas Gallery at Douglas College.

Chapan Snares Rabbits is a collection of nine pieces inspired the artist’s heritage and includes dyed deer hide drums painted with gouache and metallic paint, as well as other mixed media works created with canvas, wood and acrylic paint.

Chapan is a Cree word that means your great-grandparents and also means your descendants. My chapan was a midwife and healer who further supported her family with a trapline of rabbit snares. I am inspired by the many Indigenous women who continue to adapt, create and remain the backbone of our families and communities,” said Sound.

Sound has exhibited her artwork in Pushing Boundaries; Contemporary Indigenous Art and the Talking Stick Festival: Kwèykw`áystway: Speaking With One Another and nākatēyimisowin/ Taking care of oneself

“Michelle Sound’s beautiful, thoughtful pieces function on a few levels: as expressions of family history and identity, as contemporary examples of traditional craft, and as explorations of the cultural and historical roles of both Indigenous women, and the craft materials themselves,” said Krista Eide, arts events officer at Douglas College.

An opening reception for Chapan Snares Rabbit will be held in the Amelia Douglas Gallery on February 28, and an artist’s talk will be held on March 5 at 6:30pm.


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IM4 Indigenous VR Speakers Series

IM4 Indigenous VR Speakers Series will showcase and share how Indigenous media creators are using and embracing VR/360 videos
Thursday, February 21, 2019
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

The IM4 Indigenous VR Speakers Series is an open event. It will be held in the Reliance Theatre at Emily Carr University’s new campus. There will be a light reception at the end provided by Salmon n’ Bannock with DJ Young Dene.
It will be an evening of talks given by amazing Indigenous media creators who are utilizing and embracing these new VR/360 technologies for storytelling, artistic and cultural expression.
The Series Speakers will include talks from the Indigenous 4 Matriarchs: Loretta Todd, Tracey Kim Bonneau, Doreen Manuel, and Cease Wyss.
Our other guest speakers will include Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, Zoe Hopkins, Casey Koyczan, and Moni Garr.

Indigenous Matriarch 4 Media Lab was brought together by Creative Director Loretta Todd alongside media matriarchs: Cease Wyss, Doreen Manuel, Amethyst First Rider, and Tracey Kim Bonneau. IM4 Media Lab is in partnership with Emily Carr University.
IM4 offers workshops for Indigenous artists, storytellers, producers, media creators, and community members to learn about XR, gain technical training, and develop skills to create their own VR/AR and 360 video productions.


Adrian Stimson

TALK I Visual Art Forum
Adrian Stimson
Wednesday, March 6 , 7 -8:30pm
Reliance Theatre

Adrian Stimson is a member of the Siksika (Blackfoot) Nation. He has a BFA with distinction from the Alberta College of Art and Design and MFA from the University of Saskatchewan. He considers himself as an interdisciplinary artist; he exhibits nationally and internationally.

His paintings are primarily monochromatic, they primarily depict bison in imagined landscapes, they are melancholic, memorializing, and sometimes whimsical, they evoke ideas cultural fragility, resilience and nostalgia. The British Museum recently acquired two paintings for their North American Indigenous collection.

His performance art looks at identity construction, specifically the hybridization of the Indian, the cowboy, the shaman and Two Spirit being. Buffalo Boy, The Shaman Exterminator are two reoccurring personas. He is also known for putting his body under stress, in White Shame Re-worked, he pierced his chest 7 times, recreating a performance originally done by Ahasiw-Muskegon Iskew, crawled across the desert in 110 degree heat for What about the Red Man? For Burning Man’s The Green Man and recently dug a TRENCH in a five-day durational performance sunrise to sunset.

This talk is presented by the Audain Faculty of Art and the Aboriginal Gathering Place.


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The Hands Talk: Aboriginal Student Exhibition

The Hands Talk: Aboriginal Student Exhibition
March 4th – 14th, 2019
Opening Celebration – March 4th 4:30 p.m.
Curators: Diane Blunt, Zoe Cire, Shawna Kiesman

Curatorial Brief:
The Hands Talk narrates a multifaceted memoir of the individualistic experience made
as Indigenous artists. One speaks through their hands in physically creating tangible
artworks that thereupon catalyze conversation, emotion and the sharing of knowledge.
The Hands Talk calls upon the diverse and numerous voices of different nations and
communities as Indigenous artists, each echoing a distinct acknowledgement of home.
Through diversity, there is a universal language shared between artists that enables
unity. In physically using our hands to produce art, we are granted expression that
consolidates a form of communication, linking us as Indigenous makers. Through the
work of hands the artist has the ability to shape vocabulary and synthesize voices
throughout the North American expanse. The Hands Talk allows Indigenous artists to
speak a language fusing our hand made stories.

Respectfully, Emily Carr University is located on unceded, traditional and ancestral
xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ
(Tsleil-Waututh) territories.

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Ann Beam and Carl Beam: Spaces for Reading

Ann Beam and Carl Beam: Spaces for Reading
Jan 15 – Apr 18, 2019
  SFU Gallery

Spaces for Reading brings together works by Ann Beam and Carl Beam, two artists that question the construction of history and knowledge through systems of classification and representation with post-colonial, feminist and ecological lenses. The works are from two series held in the SFU Art Collection and demonstrate the ways in which these artists informed one another: in their shared life together, through artistic methodologies and with subjects that critique structures of power and ideas of progress while underpinning notions of time and space.

Within the exhibition, the gallery will host a reading room with texts selected in response to Ann Beam and Carl Beam’s work by poet Mackenzie Ground and by artist Sandra Semchuk in collaboration with writer Richard Hill. Like the works that surround it, the space for reading is anachronistic, challenging a linear historical perspective and dominant research methods. Reading lists will be available to take away.

Richard Hill is Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Studies at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. His column Close Readings, featuring extended reviews of contemporary Indigenous art, ran in Fuse and C Magazine. He also has an irregular column at He is currently on the editorial board of the journal Third Text.

Cover image: Carl Beam, Untitled [Sperm Whales], 1998 (detail)


Joi Arcand

Aboriginal Gathering Place Speaker Series

We are very pleased to present artist Joi Arcand!
Wednesday, January 30 at 11:30am

Joi T. Arcand is an artist from Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, Saskatchewan, Treaty 6 Territory, currently residing in Ottawa, Ontario. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with Great Distinction from the University of Saskatchewan in 2005. Recent solo exhibitions include Walter Phillips Gallery (Banff, AB); ODD Gallery (Dawson City, Yukon); Mendel Art Gallery (Saskatoon); Wanuskewin Heritage Park (Saskatoon); Dunlop Art Gallery (Regina); Gallery 101 (Ottawa). Her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including at the Winnipeg Art Gallery; Karsh-Masson Art Gallery (Ottawa); McMaster Museum of Art (Hamilton, ON); The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design (Asheville, North Carolina); Woodland School at SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art (Montreal); Ottawa Art Gallery; PAVED Arts (Saskatoon); and grunt gallery (Vancouver). Arcand has been artist in residence at Wanuskewin Heritage Park (Saskatoon); OCAD University; Plug-In Institute of Contemporary Art; the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity; and Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (Dawson City, Yukon). She has served as chair of the board of directors for PAVED Arts in Saskatoon and was the co-founder of the Red Shift Gallery, a contemporary aboriginal art gallery in Saskatoon. She was founder and editor of the Indigenous art magazine, kimiwan (2012-2014), and most recently curated Language of Puncture at Gallery 101 (Ottawa).
Cover Photo by Scott Benesiinaabandan


Photo by Sweetmoon Photography


Cedar Sage & Sweetgrass

IMG_9041Cedar Sage & Sweetgrass Art Show⠀
November 17 & 18⠀100 Braid St Studios⠀New Westminster⠀⠀
Over fifteen contemporary indigenous artists and performers. ⠀
Food and Drink⠀

Cedar, Sage and Sweetgrass is an eclectic community of contemporary indigenous artists who are inspired by each other and who want to share their work in new ways. The group features artists who produce drawings, paintings, beading, woodworking, carving, Silversmithing and even dress making.

Rebecca Belmore and installation views of her career retrospective at the AGO

Rebecca Belmore

The Jake Kerr Faculty of Graduate Studies and The Aboriginal Gathering Place Speaker Series

We are very pleased to present Rebecca Belmore
Tuesday November 20, 201
8 6pm

Rebecca Belmore is a member of Lac Seul First Nation (Anishinaabe), and is an internationally recognized multidisciplinary artist currently residing in Toronto. Rooted in the political and social realities of Indigenous communities, Belmore’s works make evocative connections among bodies, land and language. Her exhibitions: include Biinjiya’iing Onji (From Inside), documenta 14 (2017); KWE: The Work of Rebecca Belmore, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery (2011); Rebecca Belmore: Rising to the Occasion, Vancouver Art Gallery (2008); and Fountain, Venice Biennale (2005). Performances include: Facing the Monumental (2012); Victorious (2011); X (2010); Vigil (2002); Wild (2001), and Creation or Death We Will Win (1991). Belmore’s sculptures and installations include Wave Sound, Parks Canada, 2017; Trace, Canadian Museum for Human Rights (2014), and Ayum-ee-aawach Oomama-mowan: Speaking to Their Mother, (performances 1991, 1992, 1996 and 2008). Belmore received the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts in 2013, the Hnatyshyn Visual Arts Award in 2009, the Jack and Doris Shadbolt Foundation’s VIVA Award in 2004, and an OCAD University Honorary Doctorate in 2005. Also in 2005, she was Canada’s official representative at the Venice Biennale. In 2016, Rebecca was awarded the prestigious Gershon Iskowitz Prize by the Gershon Iskowitz Foundation in partnership with the Art Gallery of Ontario. Rebecca was also a 2018 recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from ECUAD.

Please join us at The Reliance Theatre, ECUAD at 6pm

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Indigenous Talking Circle

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 11:30 AM – 12:50 PM

The Emily Carr Students’ Union and Aboriginal Gathering Place are hosting the first Indigenous Talking Circle of the year. Come hear about Indigenous students’ experiences on campus, ask questions in a safe and respectful space, and learn from each other. All are welcome.

Free bannock and tea.



Dana Claxton

Aboriginal Gathering Place Speaker Series

We are very pleased to present artist Dana Claxton!
Wednesday, November 28 11:30am

Dana Claxton works in film, video, photography, single- and multi-channel video installation, and performance art. Her practice investigates beauty, the body, the socio-political, and the spiritual. Her work has been shown internationally at the Museum of Modern Art (NYC), Walker Art Centre, Sundance Film Festival, Eiteljorg Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney) and held in public collections including the Vancouver Art Gallery, National Gallery of Canada, Art Bank of Canada, and the Winnipeg Art Gallery. She has received numerous awards including the VIVA Award and the Eiteljorg Fellowship.

Claxton was born in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, and her family reserve is Lakota First Nations – Wood Mountain, located in beautiful southwest Saskatchewan. Her paternal Euro-Canadian grandmother taught her how to harvest and preserve food and her maternal Lakota grandmother taught her to seek justice. Dana is the youngest of four siblings, an auntie, niece, cousin, and daughter.


Baby Girlz Gotta Mustang, a lightjet C-print photograph by Dana Claxton. From Mustang Suite.