The Centre will be open again on Monday, January 6th and the first half of 2020 is going to be very exciting. Make sure to save the dates for these unique and thought provoking collections. Here is a quick glance at the first half of the year’s exhibition schedule.
From the Hands of our Ancestors: The Art of Cornhusk
January 6 2020 – Feb 15, 2020
This exhibition is an acknowledgement and honouring of cornhusk, one of the most important and ancient materials used by the Haudenosaunne. Read the Full Article Here
Exhibiting artwork made from corn husk as well as sharing the versatility of the corn plant.
“Cornhusk protects. It has protected the integrity of the corn seed on each cob, on every stalk in every field, every year, for too many years to count. Corn is still gathered, and the husk is still braided for storing the same way that it has been for several years over many generations. The husk that has and continues to protect the integrity of each kernel of corn is now used to protect the stories.” – Elizabeth Doxtater
Elizabeth Doxtater is one of the featured artists in this Exhibit alongside Frazer Sundown.
“Corn husk is something that is natural and comes from the earth. It becomes medicinal when working with corn husk and brings a sense of peace when working with it. Working with corn husk also brings people together where language, culture, and history is passed on orally. That being said, working with corn husk is not only a revitalization of weaving, however it brings our culture alive in its truest form.” – Frazer Sundown
This exhibition will be on display in the Tom Hill and Judy Harris galleries of the Woodland Cultural Centre from December 7.2019 – February 15 2020.
All support community members receive FREE admission to the museum including: Six Nations of the Grand River, Tyendinaga & Wahta
Dec 7 – Feb 15th
184 Mohawk St, Brantford ON
Quilt of Belonging:
Feb 29, 2020 – May 9, 2020
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.
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.