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Postcard from Winnipeg

Postcard from Winnipeg

Postcard from Winnipeg

June 16, 2017

Winnipeg

Last week was very busy and exciting as the WAG launched ART EXPRESS’D/ART EXPRIMÉ and celebrated the kickoff on June 9th at Parks Canada Place at The Forks National Historic Site with a press conference and an afternoon of free art activities for the public.

WAG Launches Epic ART EXPRESS’D Cross-Canada Adventure

Canada 150 mobile art studios kick off in St. John’s, Winnipeg, Inuvik, and Alert Bay

Winnipeg, Manitoba, June 9, 2017:

What do you get when you combine four shipping containers, three artists, and a coast-to-coast-to-coast journey? A historic Canada 150 celebration! The Winnipeg Art Gallery’s ambitious Canada 150 Signature Initiative ART EXPRESS’D/ART EXPRIMÉ launched this morning in four corners of the country: Newfoundland, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, and British Columbia.

ART EXPRESS’D/ART EXPRIMÉ consists of three six-metre metal shipping containers transformed into mobile art studios traversing every province and territory via train, truck, and cargo ship en route to Winnipeg. With the help of local galleries and grassroots partners at designated stops, artists Jessie Buchanan, Evin Collis, and Becky Thiessen are running collaborative installations designed to inspire the public to explore their visions of Canada. A fourth container is stationed at Parks Canada Place at The Forks National Historic Site, where it will feature free art-making activities for the public.

Quotes

“As we celebrate Canada 150, the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s project ART EXPRESS’D/ART EXPRIMÉ is offering an original, innovative and artistic image of Canada’s diversity. This summer, the transformation of shipping containers into mobile art studios will give Canadians the chance to be part of a one-of-a-kind activity.”
—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

“As ART EXPRESS’D/ART EXPRIMÉ travels from coast-to-coast-to-coast, people all across the country will be connected through art, highlighting our nation’s unique natural geography and cultural diversity. Thanks to the generous support of the Government of Canada, communities in every province and territory can be part of this historic expedition and work with artists to express their visions of Canada 150.”
—Dr. Stephen Borys, Director & CEO, Winnipeg Art Gallery

Postcard from St. John’s

Postcard from St. John’s

Postcard from St. John’s

June 16, 2017

St. John’s

In collaboration with Eastern Edge Gallery, facing the water in downtown St. John’s was a great experience. We had many keen and dedicated participants who brought the ART EXPRESS’D project to life. A colourful flipper footed life sized papier mâché person was realized along with other oceanic characters and a series of wacky stop-motion animation short films. A great big thank you to the wonderful people at Eastern Edge and the vibrant community of St. John’s for their interest and participation. All of these fantastic additions to the project will travel with us onwards as we arrive in Halifax next week for more open art workshops free for the public.

Postcard from Alert Bay

Postcard from Alert Bay

Postcard from Alert Bay

June 16, 2017

Alert Bay

Gilakas’la – This is welcome in Kwakwala, and this is how I have felt on Cormorant Island, Land of the ‘Namgis First Nation, The Village of Alert Bay and home of the Orca. Water and mountains surround me, and coming from Winnipeg, MB, every day I am astounded by my surroundings. Just yesterday I saw a pod of orcas!

The mobile art studio is parked along the boardwalk by the water in the Village of Alert Bay, and with the graciousness of the residents, I haul my art supplies from location to location. On the weekend I have been situated at the Art Loft, a community run art gallery and workshop space, right in the harbor. Here, tourists, locals, and the young and old have dropped in to make art with me. My other visits have included after school programs at the Rec Centre, Amlilas Daycare, Lifeskills, and Girls Group at ‘Namgis Community Services, and a visit to the hospital to make art with the extended care patients. My last stop will be on Aboriginal Day at the T’lisalagi’lakw School.

It has been an amazing visit on my first stop of the ART EXPRESS’D tour. I will cherish all the friends and art that has been made and will carry it with me as I head to my next location. I hope to share the uniqueness of Alert Bay with the rest of Canada!

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