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Edgar Heap of Birds

Aboriginal Gathering Place Speaker Series

We are very pleased to present artist Edgar Heap of Birds!
Join us at the AGP on September 23, 4-6pm.

His artworks include multi-disciplinary forms of public art messages, large scale drawings, Neuf Series acrylic paintings, prints and monumental porcelain enamel on steel outdoor sculpture.

Heap of Birds received his Master of Fine Arts from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1979), his Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas (1976) and has undertaken graduate studies at The Royal College of Art, London, England.

His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and he has served as a visiting lecturer and professor at several institutions. He currently teaches Native American Studies at the University of Oklahoma where he has been since 1988.

His artistic creations and efforts as an advocate for indigenous communities worldwide are focused first upon social justice and then the personal freedom to live within the tribal circle as an expressive individual.


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Lisa Jackson

Aboriginal Gathering Place Speaker Series

We are very pleased to present filmmaker Lisa Jackson!
Join us at the AGP on September 22, 2-4pm.

With a background in documentary, including acclaimed short SUCKERFISH and the CTV “W5 Presents” 1-hour RESERVATION SOLDIERS, award-winning filmmaker Lisa Jackson expanded into fiction with SAVAGE, which won a 2010 Genie award for Best Short Film. Playback Magazine named her one of 10 to Watch in 2012 and her work has played at festivals internationally, broadcast on CBC, CTV, Bravo!, Knowledge, SCN, and APTN, and is used extensively in educational and community settings. In 2011, she made the 35mm fiction short PARKDALE, as part of the Canadian Film Centre’s Directors’ Lab, and Pow.Wow.Wow, a steampunk outerspace fancy dance music video for Cree cellist Cris Derksen.

In 2013 Lisa completed four films, including HOW A PEOPLE LIVE, a 1-hour documentary on the 1964 forced relocation of BC’s Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw people and a short performance-based film SNARE, the short(er) version of which premiered at imagineNATIVE in 2012. Current projects span documentary and fiction, and include her first feature script MUSH HOLE.

Lisa’s films have garnered numerous awards and in 2004, she won the inaugural imagineNATIVE Alliance-Atlantis Mentorship Award, in 2005 the Vancouver Arts Award for Emerging Media Artist, and in 2012 the ReelWorld Festival named her a Trailblazer. She is Anishinaabe, has a BFA in Film Production from Simon Fraser University, and is a popular speaker and workshop leader.




Speaker Series

Over the years Emily Carr University has hosted many guest talks by Aboriginal Artists and we are now working on making them available to the public. Enjoy and stay tuned for more updates!

Adrian Stimson, Speaker Series, March 2, 2011 from Emily Carr University on Vimeo.

Adrian Stimson is a member of the Siksika (Blackfoot) Nation in southern Alberta. He is an interdisciplinary artist with a BFA with distinction from the Alberta College of Art & Design and MFA from the University of Saskatchewan.

As an interdisciplinary artist, Adrian’s work includes paintings called Tarred & Feathered Bison utilizing tar and feathers as a contemporary material, which speaks to ideas of punishment and identity and Bison Heart a black graphite and white oil paint series of Bison in the winter time. His installation work utilizes residential school fragments as a post-colonial investigation. He has created “Buffalo Boy,” a character parody of Buffalo Bill. “Buffalo Boy’s Wild West Peep Show”, “Buffalo Boy’s Getting it from 4 directions” and “Buffalo Boy’s Battle of Little Big Horny” are performances that re-signify colonial history. Recent exhibits and performances include Brave Seduction, Gallery 101, Ottawa, Beyond Redemption, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Photo Quai, Musee du quai branly, Paris, Unmasking at the Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris, “Belle Sauvage & Buffalo Boy: Putting the Wild back into the West”, Plug In Institute, Winnipeg. Adrian recently completed the Canadian Forces Artist Program in Afghanistan, an exhibition of this work is scheduled for June 2011 at Neutral Ground in Regina.