A bronze cast of Winged Mercury arising from the breath of his father Zeus; a plain wooden desk that supported the writings of a young Hodinohsho:ni woman; an ear modifier formed from the internal structure of a conch shell; four paintings of recent Mohawk converts to the Anglican faith deemed “kings” by the English court; and a glimpse of the skyline through the eyes of those Hodinohsho:ni working on the endless skyscrapers that compose New York City – these are some of the displays and artifacts visitors to the Woodland Cultural Centre’s permanent museum are invited to enjoy. Visitors will experience a firsthand encounter with the Onondaga runner Tom Longboat’s 1907 Boston Marathon trophy; Mohawk poetess E. Pauline Johnson’s desk; a shell ear plug from the early seventeenth-century Neutral site; the reproduced portraits of the “Four Kings” as commissioned by Queen Anne of the United Kingdom in 1710; and a showcase commemorating the many Hodinohsho:ni who practice the ironworking trade in New York City and across North America.

Woodland Cultural Centre Museum

The permanent museum is an integral element of the Woodland Cultural Centre. Presented as a journey through linear time, the museum presents a storyline featuring artifacts from prehistoric through historic and into contemporary times. The museum offers visitors the chance to experience pre/post-contact Southern Ontario as seen through the eyes of the different Indigenous Nations that have occupied this land. Proto-Iroquoian culture, Neutral Iroquoians, the Confederacy of the Haudenosaunee, and the modern communities of Wahta Mohawks, Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, and Six Nations of the Grand River are represented in this unique timeline journey.

All Support Community members receive FREE ADMISSION to the museum and art galleries (Wahta, Tyendinaga, and Six Nations of the Grand River).

Exhibition Submission Guidelines

If you would like to submit your works for consideration for exhibition at Woodland, please submit a written proposal to:

ATTN: Patricia Deadman, Curator
Woodland Cultural Centre,
184 Mohawk Street, Brantford, ON N3S 2X2.
Phone: 519-759-2650 x255

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, responses to proposals may take up to 3 months due to the volume of submissions. Ordinarily, the Woodland Cultural Centre plans its exhibitions well in advance and aims 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.

Contact Information

Phone: 519-759-2650 ext. 255
Curator: Patricia Deadman

Phone: 519-759-2650 ext. 223
Collections Registrar: Tara Froman