The Vision: Ga:hǫh ne’ hni’ ga:howe:kso/Covered and Uncovered – An Online Auction of Face Masks
“Artists respond to the world around them in a way that only they can. To showcase these masks truly represent the impacts a global pandemic has had on individuals and communities. The impacts the pandemic had on artists and arts organizations like Woodland Cultural Centre has been detrimental. However, I saw artists and arts organizations shift their activities in new ways to ensure that we continued to create and present art. With this auction, I hope that it brings to light the importance art is to our world and more specifically to our communities.” Janis Monture, Executive Director
WCC’s National Call for Submission is requesting Indigenous artists to create new original works of art in the form of a face mask in response to the new realities created by the global coronavirus pandemic impacting so many Indigenous communities across the country. The artful masks created may include any mixed media inclusive of but not limited to glass bead, quill, leather, found objects etc. The mask can be either functional or sculptural. WCC will host our first online fundraising auction in mid-April with 50% of proceeds shared with artists and 50% to support WCC programs, specifically School Visits & Educational Programming and Exhibitions.
Photo Courtesy of Santee Smith.
The masks represent resilience and perseverance in this difficult and uncertain time.
Indigenous artists continue to find creative methods that share cultural knowledge and provide a guiding light and offer hope and resilience. Artists are asked to create a face mask that now has become universal, omnipresent and mandated. They are a blessing and a curse; they keep you safe yet obstruct our interactions and expressions. Masks have become personalized yet they are uncomfortable and make it difficult to breathe. What do masks represent to you and how do you view it?
WCC recognizes the contribution of artistic creativity and offers an online opportunity to support initiatives. WCC continues to develop its operating and programming initiatives to find creative and innovative new ways to serve our communities.
Woodland Cultural Centre was established in October 1972 upon the closure of the Mohawk Institute Residential School. The purpose of the Centre is visionary and includes, the preservation and interpretation of the original Residential School site which historically functioned to strip children and communities of their language, history and culture with a view towards assimilation; and a counterpoint Museum and Art Gallery building which serves to showcase the rich Haudenosaunee civilizations of the Great Lakes area and the contemporary artistic practices. The WCC offers unique programming including school visits, special events, workshops, performances, historic and contemporary exhibitions, an active language program, a library and archive.
Pre-registration/expressions of interest required by March 12, 2021
Masks must be received at the WCC by April 26, 2021
Submissions will be juried and accepted from invited artists only
Artists will be notified of confirmation of participation by March 29, 2021
Marketing and media to be managed by the WCC and artists must agree to have images used for promotional purposes
Artists will be advised of exact online auction dates and items will have a minimum bid attached
50% of sales amount will be remitted back to the artists and 50% retained by WCC
A short artist statement should accompany the submission (100 word limit) and short bio (100 word limit)
Masks will be mounted and photographed for the online auction and artists will receive a high-resolution copy for their own use, giving recognition to the photographer
Complete and sign entry form.
Upon delivery, works must have identification labels attached.
Delivery of their artworks is the responsibility of the artist and should be made in-person when possible. Any works that are shipped must be prepaid. WCC will not accept collect shipments. Please pack with care.
The artist, by submission of entry, retains copyright and grants the Woodland Cultural Centre the right to photograph art works for publicity, educational, and reference purposes.
All selected work will be insured by the Woodland Cultural Centre while on the premises.
The Woodland Cultural Centre wants to say nya:węh/niá:wen to our giving community for your generosity on #GivingTuesdayCA. We are overwhelmed with gratitude for your continued support of the Centre and the work we do! Executive Director Heather George writes “Our supporters and donors have once again displayed their generosity and that they, like all of us at Woodland, are passionate about cultural reclamation, preservation, and celebration. Your support of our language department is an act of true kindness and love. Our languages are so much more than words on paper – language frames deep philosophical and relational understandings that help all of us engage in kinder, more compassionate ways and is an important part of our healing from the trauma of residential school. Like many not-for-profit organizations that participate in #GivingTuesday, charitable donations form an important part of our financial wellbeing and they are also an important indication that you believe in us and the work we do. Wa’tkwanonhwerá:ton’ (I to you all, sending forth embracing, celebratory, good energy)”Thanks to your generous contributions we were able to raise $25,352 in support of the preservation of Hodinohsho:ni languages and the important revitalization work being done at Woodland. Nya:węh/Niá:wen to the Dufresne-Ray Family Fund at Hamilton Community Foundation, which for the fourth consecutive year in a row has matched the first $5,000 of your donations. We are so grateful to have your continued support and generous contribution. To find out how you can support Woodland, visit our website: woodlandculturalcentre.ca/support-us/ #OnHeritage #OntarioHistory #Indigenous #IndigenousVoices #IndigenousArt #IndigenousEvents #FirstNations #FN#IndigenousKnowledge #IndigenousCulture #BrantOnt #TruthandReconciliation ... See MoreSee Less