Quilt of Belonging:
Feb 29, 2020 – May 9, 2020
Opening Reception and Artist Talk, Saturday February 29th at 2PM.
A richly hued portrait of the human family, Quilt of Belonging is a 120 ft long collaborative textile art project. The 263 blocks portray the rich cultural legacies of all the First Peoples in Canada and every nation of the world.
Over 3 million visitors have seen the Quilt and the artwork is also used in a variety of projects and education programs creating an impact nationally and around the world.
Quilt of Belonging was begun in the fall of 1998 by artist Esther Bryan. In 1995 she went on a life-changing journey to Slovakia with her parents to find the family and home her father had left behind 43 years earlier. The dream of making this artwork was born as she recognized that everyone has a story to tell, each culture has a unique beauty and that the experiences and values of our past inform who we are today. In this textile mosaic, each person can experience a sense of belonging and find a place in the overall design – there is “A Place for All”. Together they record human history in textile, illustrating the beauty, complexity and sheer size of the human story.
This monumental artwork, Canada’s most comprehensive textile art project, is the work of volunteers from Victoria to Newfoundland to the Arctic Circle. From across Canada, participants were invited to contribute their talents and ideas, reflected through the prism of their cultural backgrounds. The range of materials is astonishing, from sealskin to African mud-cloth, from embroidered silk to gossamer wings of butterflies.
Units on the project are in school textbooks across Canada in both official languages. This work of art is creating an impact as it is used in a variety of projects and educational programs nationally and around the world. Free educational resources are available online for Teachers.
Indigenous Art 2020
May 23, 2020 – August 14th 2020
As a leader in the field of Indigenous artist endeavors and cultural programming, the Woodland Cultural Centre has been presenting this Annual Indigenous Art exhibit since 1975. It is one of the longest running annual exhibits that provide established and emerging Indigenous artists an excellent opportunity to exhibit and sell their work in a fine art gallery.
The dynamic contemporary pieces communicate a unique and powerful Indigenous voice. Year after year the incredible work creates emotion and conversation, and we are excited for this upcoming 2020 collection.
Submissions opening soon. Keep an eye on our Social Media and Email Newsletter for the Call for Artists.