Woodland Cultural Centre has appointed Patricia Deadman as Curator of the Museum and Art Gallery, effective August 12, 2019
Patricia Deadman brings extensive knowledge and experience to Woodland Cultural Centre as a celebrated Artist, Independent Curator, and a Writer. Born in Ohsweken, Ontario her passion for art has played an instrumental role in the preservation and the evolution of Indigenous Art. Deadman holds a Fine Art Diploma, Fanshawe College (London, ON) and BFA, University of Windsor (Windsor, ON). She has over twenty years of curatorial practice beginning as Curatorial Intern at the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery (Toronto, ON); Curator-in-Residence at Museum London (London, ON); Curator at MacKenzie Art Gallery (Regina, SK) and former Director/Curator at Woodstock Art Gallery (Woodstock, ON). She has curated numerous independent projects and was selected to the Aboriginal Curators Delegation to the Sydney Biennale and New Zealand and the Venice Biennale and Basel Art Fair awarded by the Canada Council for the Arts.
Woodland Cultural Centre has recently been in the National spotlight for the multi-million dollar restoration project of the former Mohawk Institute with the “Save the Evidence” campaign. Along with the team at Woodland Cultural Centre, Patricia will be representing both the history and culture of Indigenous people, and the innovations in their creative art forms for all to experience.
Patricia has been an Advisor for the Mush Hole Project Curatorial Committee, Planet IndigenUS, the Department of Canadian Heritage, CBC Artspots and has done amazing work with the Native Womans’ Healing Circle and Native Urban Youth. Her unique perspective as an Artist herself and her years of contribution in the Indigenous Arts community, make her an important asset to Woodland Cultural Centre.
“I am delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to the vision of Woodland Cultural Centre. I look forward to working with the passionate and dedicated staff who share the commitment of sharing our stories, histories and places that inspire, inform and enrich our communities.” – Patricia Deadman
With the project of restoring the former Mohawk Institute Residential School still pushing ahead this next chapter of Woodland Cultural Centre is going to be an exciting one.
Please help Woodland Cultural Centre welcome Patricia Deadman as the new Museum/Art Curator.
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