First Nations Art Exhibition: May 26 – July 28, 2017 The Woodland Cultural Centre is a longstanding Cultural Centre of Excellence that promotes and supports the Visual Arts of Canada. Established in 1975, First Nations Art is one of the longest running annual exhibits that provide established and emerging First Nations artists an excellent opportunity to exhibit and sell their work in a fine art gallery setting. The Centre is extending an invitation to all artists of First Nations ancestry to submit up to three works of art, for presentation in this year’s First Nations Art.
Requirements for submissions will consist of RECENT (1-2 year) works by artists (18+) of First Nations ancestry and will be juried by the Artistic Director and selected jurors.
CLASSES OF WORK & ACCEPTED MEDIUMS FOR SUBMISSION:
A) Painting in any media (oil, acrylic, watercolour) B) Drawings and prints in any media (including photographic) C) Sculpture in any media (including pottery) D) Installations (include plans and images for proposed work) E) Traditionally-based works (bead, quill and leather work)
Only up to THREE works may be submitted.
All paintings, drawings and prints must be framed and/or READY TO HANG – if works do not meet gallery display standard they will be subject to disqualification.
Submit your entry today! Please find the application form in the gallery at the bottom of this article.
THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT WORKS IS APRIL 15, 2017 BY 4:00PM.
On September 30, 1973, just 50 years ago, six-year-old Phyllis Webstad’s new orange shirt was taken away from her on her first day of the St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School in British Columbia. That act has come to symbolize how Indigenous culture has been stolen from generations of Indigenous Peoples, Communities and Nations across Canada, and the lasting damage this has caused. As Mohawk Institute Survivor Tony Bomberry reminds us, “residential school is the only school where you didn’t graduate – you survived.” Sadly, we know not all children who were brought to the Institute did survive. The National Day of Truth and Reconciliation provides the chance to reflect on this history and how the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples can be healed. It is not easy, and it will take time, but it is possible, provided there is a willingness to understand the hurt of the past and see the possibility of a new relationship. Truth requires the recognition of a dark history and its on-going impacts. Reconciliation (or as Metis Scholar David Garneau has pointed out the more appropriate term “conciliation”), requires an awareness and appreciation of “the other.” The word “Canada” comes from the Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) word kaná:ta meaning a village. Based in a Rotinonhsyón:ni (Hodinohsho:ni) worldview, it means that everyone has a role and responsibility, that everyone is cared for, that no one goes without, and that we keep each other safe and maintain peace in our community. While the relationship between Indigenous peoples and Canada has often been at odds with the spirit of the word kaná:ta, at Woodland Cultural Centre we are grateful to all who are helping build a kinder, more inclusive, and just future for this territory. My hope is that we will all find truth and conciliation in kaná:ta. Heather GeorgeExecutive DirectorWoodland Cultural Centre#TruthandConciliation ... See MoreSee Less