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The Containers Have Been Painted!

The Containers Have Been Painted!

Last week, Jessie, Evin, and Becky were in Winnipeg to start painting the exteriors of the shipping containers they will be travelling with across Canada this summer.

Artists Announced for Epic ART EXPRESS’D Journey

Artists Announced for Epic ART EXPRESS’D Journey


Artists Announced for Epic ART EXPRESS’D Journey

March 21, 2017

Canada 150 project to launch in June from Inuvik, St. John’s, Alert Bay, and Winnipeg

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is pleased to announce Jessie Buchanan, Evin Collis, and Becky Thiessen as the artists selected to travel with the WAG’s Canada 150 Signature Initiative, ART EXPRESS’D/ART EXPRIMÉ. Each artist will lead a collaborative art-making project with communities in every province and territory on their journey towards the country’s heart, Winnipeg.

ART EXPRESS’D/ART EXPRIMÉ will see four 20-foot metal shipping containers transformed into mobile art studios traversing the nation via train, truck, and cargo ship over the summer months. Three of the four containers will set out from Canada’s three coasts – kicking off in Inuvik, St. John’s, and Alert Bay– and will stop in at least 16 different locations en route to Winnipeg. With the help of local galleries and grassroots partners at designated stops, artists will create a collaborative installation designed to maximize community engagement and participation. The fourth container will be located at The Forks National Historic Site in Winnipeg through a partnership with Parks Canada, where it will feature art-making activities for the public.

ART EXPRESS’D/ART EXPRIMÉ was selected by the Department of Canadian Heritage as a Canada 150 Signature Initiative, the only one organized by a major art gallery, and one of just three from Manitoba.

“The Winnipeg Art Gallery congratulates the ART EXPRESS’D artists and thanks everyone who submitted proposals,” comments Dr. Stephen Borys, WAG Director & CEO. “What better way to unite the country during Canada’s 150th year than by bringing art to communities as part of this historic journey! We can’t wait to see how artists connect with Canadians along the way as we highlight the country’s unique natural geography and cultural diversity.”

Selected from dozens of applications from across the nation, the three artists represent the spirit of the project, which aims to reflect the broad spectrum of Canadians – from Indigenous peoples to new Canadians to ethno-cultural communities, with a focus on engaging youth. In their own way, each artist will connect with participants across Canada as they create art together.

Jessie Buchanan, Guelph, ON
Inspired both by her Anishinabe (Ojibway) heritage and by her Euro-Canadian ancestry, Jessie Buchanan’s paintings are guided by the Woodland style and by the work of Emily Carr, Daphne Odjig, Nathalie Parenteau, Ted Harrison, and others. For her ART EXPRESS`D project, she will invite the public to illustrate through paint their connections to the land/environment, together rendering the spiritual geography of the northern Canadian landscape. Buchanan will be travelling on the North to South route: Inuvik, Whitehorse, Yellowknife, Churchill, and Rankin Inlet.

Evin Collis, Winnipeg, MB
Evin Collis creates paintings, drawings, sculptures, and stop-motion animations investigating the complexities of history, identity, survival, and the degraded landscape. As part of ART EXPRESS’D, he will lead the public to transform the container into a rail-car filled with a medley of characters and more using papier mâché that shall bring to life the cross-Canada railroad journey. Collis is bilingual in French and English and will be on the East to West route: St. John’s, Halifax, Charlottetown, Moncton, Montreal, and Ottawa.

Becky Thiessen, Winnipeg, MB
Becky Thiessen experiments through painting, drawing, textiles, assemblage, sculpture, and digital media. Her vision for ART EXPRESS`D is a collaborative project that will connect community to community using handmade stencils created by participants that feature themes of cultural and ethnic identity, Canadian landscape, local animals, and vegetation. Thiessen will lead the West to East route: Alert Bay, Vancouver, Calgary, Saskatoon, and Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes.

Before starting their voyages, the exteriors of the four mobile art studios will be designed and painted in partnership with two Winnipeg art institutions, Graffiti Art Programming Inc. and Art City Inc.

The WAG is grateful to its project partners: Government of Canada, The Winnipeg Foundation, Travel Manitoba, The Mauro Family Foundation Inc, Locher Evers International, M3 Transport Ltd., Parks Canada, The Forks North Portage Partnership, TakingITGlobal, Special Laser Tech Inc., and HTFC Planning & Design.

To read full artist bios and learn more, click here

Stasa Veroukis-Regina Announced as Project Manager

Stasa Veroukis-Regina Announced as Project Manager

Stasa hanging out with Rodin’s The Thinker at the WAG.

Stasa Veroukis-Regina Announced as Project Manager

December 23, 2016

As Canada gets ready for the launch of a year of celebrations for the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Winnipeg Art Gallery is pleased to announce that Stasa Veroukis-Regina has been selected as Project Manager for ART EXPRESS’D/ART EXPRIMÉ. Stasa was previously part of a busy marketing team at Stantec, managing a variety of projects for marketing, promotions, and business development. Stasa also spent four years living and working in London and Cardiff, in the United Kingdom. While overseas, she worked for the Wildfowl and Wetlands trust as Marketing Manager, and at the Environment Agency where she managed the campaign and events for World Environment Day for Wales. Perfect for spreading the word about ART EXPRESS’D, Stasa has represented numerous organizations on CTV, CBC, Odyssey Television Network, the Evening Standard, and National Geographic Online, and her writing has appeared in various publications, including The HUB, and Welsh Country Magazine.

Stasa is passionate about her community and actively supports organizations she believes in. She has served three years as a Member of the Board for the Greek Community of Winnipeg, and has volunteered her skills on numerous committees including the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s Gala Committee and the WAG’s Development Committee for the monumental Olympus exhibition.

We sat down with Stasa to learn more about what inspired her to get involved with ART EXPRESS’D…

What is the most exciting part of ART EXPRESS’D for you?
Reaching out to Canadians of all ages to create art in so many communities across the country is very exciting to me. I love the idea of the shipping containers becoming like travelling art studios or galleries. It’s almost like we can pick up the WAG and bring it across Canada.

What is the biggest challenge you anticipate for this project?
The logistical challenges trying to get three artists and three shipping containers to 15 locations might become complicated. The sheer distances between our stops means we have to be extra careful with our timing to make sure we are in each community for the exact dates we are meant to be there! We have a great partner, Locher Evers, a shipping and transport company, which will provide lots of help in this area.

What are you looking forward to most?
Seeing all the art that is produced on the journey – all the ideas, the hopes, and the visions that people wish to see for Canada in the next 150 years. I think it will be incredibly inspirational. I’m also hoping to take part in the art-making! After all the planning and organizing it will be a real treat to create a piece as part of the project.

How do you picture Canada in the next 150 years?
I see Canada continuing to be a place of hope. Canada is home to very diverse individuals, but I think one thing that connects many people is that Canada is a place of hope. As a first generation Canadian I grew up with the idea that Canada was a place that welcomed new cultures. All of my family members chose to come here and start a new life. Yet as Greeks we were still able to retain our own history and culture within life in Canada – this is very important to those seeking a new country. I see that happening still for people from all parts of the world. My vision is for Canada to continue that hope and create a country where there is a safe space for everyone.

Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @stasavee for updates on Canada 150 ART EXPRESS’D / ART EXPRIMÉ and her general musings on life.

Government of Canada Provides Major Support for WAG’s ART EXPRESS’D/ART EXPRIMÉ

Government of Canada Provides Major Support for WAG’s ART EXPRESS’D/ART EXPRIMÉ


Government of Canada Provides Major Support for WAG’s ART EXPRESS’D/ART EXPRIMÉ

September 16, 2016

Cross-Canada Art Adventure Celebrates Canada 150

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is marking Canada’s 150th anniversary with ART EXPRESS’D/ART EXPRIMÉ, a coast-to-coast-to-coast artistic journey in summer 2017. The Government of Canada is providing $300,000 in funding for the project, which has been selected as a Canada 150 Signature Initiative, the only one to date organized by a major art gallery, and one of just two from Manitoba.

ART EXPRESS’D/ART EXPRIMÉ will see three 20-foot metal shipping containers transformed into mobile art studios traversing every province and territory via train, truck, and cargo ship over three months next summer. A nationwide search is currently on to find three contemporary artists to travel each of the three routes—southward, eastward, and westward—stopping in 15 communities, ultimately converging in Winnipeg, the heart of the country. Each artist will lead a collaborative art-making project designed to inspire the public to explore their visions of Canada.

“The 150th anniversary of Confederation will create many opportunities to celebrate Canada’s identity; its linguistic and cultural diversity; and the wealth of its history and heritage,” said the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage. “In 2017, the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s project ART EXPRESS’D/ART EXPRIMÉ will call upon the arts to provide us with an original portrait of Canadian diversity. Thanks to these mobile art studios, 15 communities all across the country will be able to take part in unique activities as part of the 150th anniversary.”

The project highlights Canada’s unique natural geography and its linguistic and cultural diversity through artistic and digital experiences, while speaking to the country’s deeply-rooted history of travel, transport, exploration, and communication. The movement of people, goods, and information over vast distances and challenging terrain continues to define Canada today.

“ART EXPRESS’D/ART EXPRIMÉ will unite Canadians from across the country through the art of today,” states Dr. Stephen Borys, WAG Director & CEO. “Canada’s geography has been integral to its national narrative and the WAG is grateful to the Government of Canada for supporting this ambitious project celebrating our nation’s 150 birthday.”

The deadline to apply for the call for artists is September 30. 2016. Submissions can take shape in any medium, including painting, drawing, sculpture, film, textile, and multimedia, with a plan to create a collaborative, cumulative art piece. See for submission details.

Before starting their voyages, the exteriors of the three mobile art studios will be designed and painted in partnership with Graffiti Art Programming (GAP) and Art City. Today the public got a taste of what is to come with a pop-up work by Nereo II, a Winnipeg artist associated with Synonym Art Consultation Wall-to-Wall and GAP.

Building further excitement in the countdown to Canada’s 150th year, the Maplewish Mosaic project will be unveiled October 1 in time for the WAG’s Nuit Blanche celebration. A collaboration between the WAG and TakingITGlobal, the project identified 13 youth artists from each province and territory to create art representing their community. When combined, the pieces will form a large mosaic of the Canada 150 logo.

The WAG is grateful to its project partners to date: Government of Canada, Locher Evers International, and TakingITGlobal.