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The Seriousness of Play at Bill Reid Gallery

The Seriousness of Play at Bill Reid Gallery

The Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art in Vancouver is currently exhibiting, until October 2, 2016, The Seriousness of Play, work by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas. The works include Haida Manga style paintings and drawings, and sculptures relating to the artist’s copper car parts creations. “Haida Manga is an empowering and playful way of viewing [Read more]

Scholarships awarded to 2015 YVR Art Foundation Recipients

Scholarships awarded to 2015 YVR Art Foundation Recipients

Each year the Vancouver Airport’s YVR Art Foundation awards Youth Scholarships to chosen applicants who have proposed special art projects that require support and, often, mentoring assistance from a senior artist. They come back to the event the following year with their completed works, which are then displayed at the airport for a year. The [Read more]

Northern Exposure honours staff and students at Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art

Northern Exposure honours staff and students at Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art

At the Spirit Wrestler Gallery in Vancouver, an annual exhibition called Northern Exposure honours the staff and students at the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art. The school is in Terrace BC, and is part of the Northwest Community College. The school, with many alumni who have successful careers in the arts, is expanding: [Read more]

Culture Shift--Montreal’s third Contemporary Native Art Biennale

Culture Shift–Montreal’s third Contemporary Native Art Biennale

Montreal’s third Contemporary Native Art Biennale, Culture Shift, can be seen at Art Mur, Stewart Hall, the McCord Museum and the Canadian Guild of Crafts. “The works in this exhibition embody movements within Aboriginal culture and reflect contemporary indigenous reality, an experience that is becoming increasingly diverse.” The Stewart Hall Art Gallery in Pointe Claire, [Read more]

The Year of Alaskan Art in France

The Year of Alaskan Art in France

2016 is the year of Alaskan Art in France. The Museum of Boulogne-sur-Mer, partnering with the Sugpiaq community on Kodiak Island, is featuring Exposition Alaska Passe/ Present. This includes its own important collection of traditional masks of Kodiak, brought back by a young French explorer in the 19th century. As well, new works by 20 [Read more]

UBC Unveils Two New Works of Indigenous Art

UBC Unveils Two New Works of Indigenous Art

In 2016 the University of British Columbia in Vancouver has unveiled two new works of Indigenous art. The Mechanical Engineering pole was commissioned to honour the department’s IT Manager, European/Kwagiutl Alan Steeves. The design was made by Steeves, an artist himself, before his death in 2014, and executed by James Harry of the Squamish nation. [Read more]

Pole Raised: Acknowledges Developing Musqueam/UBC Partnership

Pole Raised: Acknowledges Developing Musqueam/UBC Partnership

In April a fine 34-foot cedar post by Musqueam artist Brent Sparrow Jr. was raised in a prominent position on the University Commons at UBC, to acknowledge the developing partnership between the Musqueam Nation and the University. The central figure holds the serpent tail, symbolizing the Musqueam people holding fast to their traditions and history. [Read more]

Tla’amin (Sliammon) Nation Becomes Self-governing Nation

Tla’amin (Sliammon) Nation Becomes Self-governing Nation

The Tla’amin (Sliammon) Nation became a self-governing nation on April 5, 2016. The event was celebrated the following week in the area of Powell River with the unveiling of three Welcome Figures, carved from 200 year old red cedar logs. A team of mostly local carvers worked on the project: Alvin Wilson, Ivan Rosypskye, and [Read more]