The Winnipeg Art Gallery is celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary with ART EXPRESS’D, a coast-to-coast-to-coast adventure that is uniting the country this summer 2017. The Canada 150 Signature Project involves three six-metre shipping containers transformed into mobile art studios. ART EXPRESS’D will traverse every province and territory via train, truck, and cargo ship, stopping in at least 15 communities, ultimately converging in Winnipeg, the heart of the country.

Selected from dozens of applications from across the nation, Jessie Buchanan, Evin Collis, and Becky Thiessen are the artists travelling with ART EXPRESS’D. Jessie, Evin, and Becky will connect people all over the country by creating art with communities along the way. A fourth container stationed at Parks Canada Place at The Forks National Historic Site in Winnipeg is hosting free art-making workshops throughout the summer. Watch our events page for dates and schedules near you!

ART EXPRESS’D highlights this country’s unique natural geography and its linguistic and cultural diversity, while speaking to Canada’s deeply-rooted history of travel, transport, exploration, and communication. The movement of people, goods, and information over great distances and challenging terrain continues to define Canada today. How do you picture Canada in the next 150 years? Explore this site to learn how you can get involved!


ART EXPRESS’D Had a Special Guest Visitor!

ART EXPRESS’D Had a Special Guest Visitor!

ART EXPRESS’D Had a Special Guest Visitor

July 5

On Wednesday, July 5, the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Canada 150 Signature Project, ART EXPRESS’D / ART EXPRIMÉ was host to a very special event.

Minister of Canadian Heritage, Melanie Joly visited the project and created her own artwork. Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South, Terry Duguid, and Canada Council for the Arts Board Member, Cheryl Sharfe were also in attendance. Joining our esteemed guests were children from the Orioles Community Centre.

Along with a tour of the sea-container-turned-mobile-art-studio stationed at the Forks National Historic Site, the group created some artwork of their own. Together they took part in a stenciling workshop lead by one of the artists travelling with ART EXPRESS’D / ART EXPRIME on the West route, Becky Thiessen.

It was a very fun day for all involved and resulted in some beautiful artwork!

If you want to participate in any of the upcoming workshops in Winnipeg, stop by on these dates as we celebrate Canada 150 and the Canada Summer Games:
July 29 & 30 – 4 – 8pm
August 2 to 7 – 4 – 8pm
August 10 to 12 – 4 – 8pm

See you there!


Postcard from Moncton

Postcard from Moncton

Postcard from Moncton

July 21

We were hosted by the Galerie d’art Louise et Reuben Cohen in Moncton, NB at the Université de Moncton. Throughout our stay we facilitated papier mâché, painting and stop-motion animation workshops out of the gallery. A massive sculpture was realized and we painted a section of the interior panels for the container as well as realized more stop-motion animations. We had many dedicated and passionate young participants who created many outstanding works and gave a huge contribution!

A great big thank you to Moncton and Dieppe and all who came out and participated.


Postcard from Charlottetown

Postcard from Charlottetown

Postcard from Charlottetown

July 14, 2017

It was a fun week in Charlottetown. We were giving workshops from inside the Guild Theatre in downtown Charlottetown and the city was quite busy with the Canada Day festivities. We created a giant papier mâché PEI Fox eating a hamburger and other smaller sculptures. A great series of stop-motion animations were created and we had a stream of participants from all around. The incredible folks from the C3 crew came through and made a fantastic animation about their adventure traversing across the Canadian waterways in an icebreaker. We were creating inside the theatre on Canada Day and here is a film that reflects that.

A big thanks to the Guild Theatre and all the great participants who contributed in Charlottetown!



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