About The Gallery & Arts Programming at the Centre
We exist to present, encourage, and promote contemporary Indigenous art to all
We are a presenter of our Indigenous artists, encouraging new works of contemporary art and presenting these works for the enjoyment of all audiences.
The Woodland Cultural Centre has presented contemporary Indigenous artistic practices in all creative fields to local, national, and global audiences for over forty years. The context in which works are presented at the Woodland Cultural Centre is unique, as we are an Indigenous-run Centre with close ties to our Ongwehongwe communities.The Woodland Cultural Centre strives to be a presenter and advocate for all Indigenous artists and their works.
OUR CORE VALUES
- Present exemplary artistic works by Indigenous artists to the world
- Support our Indigenous artists at every level in their career
- Be a welcoming resource for artists, organizations, and the general public
- Contextualize works for the general public from an Indigenous perspective
In the Beginning
In 1975, the Woodland Cultural Centre’s Executive Director Glen Crane found it necessary to include the arts into the Centre’s yearly programming thus developing Indian Art, an annual juried art exhibition the Centre still holds to this day albeit the title has been changed from Indian Art to First Nations Art, and in 2018 Indigenous Art. Indigenous artists working in painting, printmaking, drawing and sculpture did not have an opportunity to show their work in mainstream galleries and the Centre filled this important gap. As a result of this annual exhibit, a collection was established and has grown considerably since its installation. The Centre has been seen and is still considered as one of the foremost leaders and experts in Indigenous art. The staff continually strive to seek out emerging Indigenous artists, as well as continuing to support mid-career and established artists though the presentation and promotion of their work.
The Woodland Cultural Centre has three exhibition spaces: the Tom Hill Gallery totals 1,680 square feet, the E. Judy Harris Gallery totals 660 square feet, and the Stan Hill Gallery totals 100 square feet. These spaces rotate temporary contemporary art and historical exhibitions on a 3 month cycle.
The public programs and projects, provincial, national and international exhibitions are selected and developed in accordance to the year’s curatorial themes by the Artistic Director. A majority of the visual art exhibitions require a feasibility study and research phase which requires the development of the annual work plans. Some projects take three to five years before the planning phase can become writing into the annual work plans and approved by the Board of Directors. The Centre has a three year planning cycle which is essential to complete all phases of the planning for exhibitions. The Centre has included in our tasks to complete community evaluations and a needs assessment to assist us in our public programming to ensure the communities’ needs are met.
The Centre’s art collection must have material significance, historical and contemporary, with a particular interest in works of art from our support communities which reflects the community’s diversity and high standards of excellence. In a period when theory has dominated contemporary art, our collections often represent the First Nations community in Canada and the personal relationships that the artist has with history on his surroundings, be it a reserve or urban setting. A central goal in building a collection of contemporary art is for permanent display and for special temporary exhibitions that create new audiences to come to the Centre. We believe our presentations are more compelling than ever before and with the creation of multi-media surrounding the works, our objective of bringing art to a wider public is further enhanced. In developing our various programs we are constantly reminded of the great advantage there is to having a contemporary art collection exist within a context of a more broadly based collection of material culture and archaeology. The collection is made available to curators, researchers, educators and the general public. The collection is used as a resource to enhance their discourse and the foundation upon which all gallery programs are built.
Exhibition Submission Guidelines
If you would like to submit your works for consideration for exhibition at Woodland, please submit a written proposal to the attention of Naomi Johnson, Artistic Director, Woodland Cultural Centre, 184 Mohawk Street, Brantford, ON N3S 2X2. Your proposal should include a statement of intent, 10 current visual representations of the artwork (slides, photocopies, computer prints or CDs – NO original artwork please), a resume and any other relevant materials about the work such as critical reviews, catalogues, etc. Also include an appropriately-sized self-addressed stamped return envelope if you are mailing in your submission. We also accept email proposals, but please ensure that your application is in PDF format, and images are no larger than 1000 x 1000 pixels at 100 dpi.
Be aware that we receive numerous exhibition requests throughout the year and while they are considered on a quarterly basis and due to the volume of submissions responses to proposals may take up to 3 months. Ordinarily the Woodland Cultural Centre plans its exhibitions well in advance aiming to have an upcoming exhibition schedule in place for the next 3 years. This provides us with sufficient time to plan and organize major exhibitions as well as related educational, marketing and fundraising initiatives.