An art bank of Indigenous art and new grants for Indigenous artists living on Prince Edward Island were announced by the provincial government Friday.
The two new programs are designed to celebrate and support the accomplishments of P.E.I. Mi’kmaw and other Indigenous artists, the province said in a written release.
“It’s nice to finally have something for us, by us,” said Patricia Bourque, an accomplished Mi’kmaw photographer and a consultant for the Indigenous arts programs.
“The past support I received from provincial art grants has helped me access resources, and build my confidence and passion for creating.”
The P.E.I. Indigenous Art Bank will buy, loan and display art in public places like the lobbies of provincial government buildings.
This is an exciting opportunity for Indigenous artists of Epekwitk.— Melissa Peter-Paul
Indigenous arts grants will help and encourage the work of the Indigenous arts community on P.E.I., the release said.
Melissa Peter-Paul is a Mi’kmaw artist who was recently part of an art show at the Confederation Centre of the Arts, featuring her quill work on birchbark.
“I’m excited to see more Indigenous art and projects on the Island. I’m so grateful for the projects that I had that were supported by the P.E.I. arts grant. It allowed me to take it further into the art world,” Peter-Paul said.
“I encourage all Indigenous artists to apply or be involved in the jury process! Don’t be afraid to ask questions or to ask for help. This is an exciting opportunity for Indigenous artists of Epekwitk.”
Deadline to apply Feb. 26
“Indigenous art is a powerful form of visual storytelling. From the materials they use to the traditional techniques, every element has meaning and intent,” said Premier Dennis King, P.E.I.’s minister responsible for Indigenous relations.
“Creating a dedicated Indigenous Art Bank and arts grants gives all Islanders a chance to see beautiful pieces of art and at the same time, learn about Indigenous culture through the artists’ work. Whether the art is about their personal journey or the history of the P.E.I. Mi’kmaw, they tell stories that will encourage us all to reflect on how Islanders can promote a fair and inclusive province.”
Art will undergo a peer review, and members of the Mi’kmaw arts community are invited to apply to take part in the selection process for both grants and the art bank.
Artists must be considered professional and have finished the pieces they’re submitting in the last two years. The deadline for applications for both the grants and to submit a piece for donation or purchase by the art bank is Feb. 26.
The programs were developed in partnership with P.E.I. Mi’kmaw artists and artisans and with guidance from best practices across federal and provincial jurisdictions, the release noted, adding that the P.E.I. Culture Action Plan calls for all Islanders to have opportunities to engage with art forms that derive from Indigenous language, world views and practices.
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Blyth Festival Art Gallery reopens
May 16, 2022 5:18am
After a two year hiatus, art will once again hang on the walls of the Bainton Gallery at Blyth Memorial Hall.
The art at the Blyth Festival Art Gallery is to complement the four plays presented by the Theatre Festival on its outdoor Harvest Stage.
The summer’s Community Art Show will run from June 1 to September 24.
President of the Gallery Committee, Carl Stevenson, says art needs to be felt to be experienced, to be emotionally connected to the viewer.
Area artists interested in participating in the non-juried exhibition can get more information by accessing the Gallery’s Facebook page, or email email@example.com.
All of the art showcased will be available for purchase.
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Anna Binta Diallo
Binta Diallo is a Canadian multidisciplinary artist who investigates memory and nostalgia to create unexpected narratives around identity. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally.
Hawkins works primarily in moving image and installation. Her work centres around the ways that images, gestures and language are circulated and transformed online as well as the impact of technology on the intimate spheres of daily life.
Kang has exhibited at numerous galleries around the world. These include the New Museum, SculptureCenter, Helena Anrather Gallery, Interstate Projects and CUE Art Foundation, all in New York City; The Power Plant, Franz Kaka, Cooper Cole and Gallery TPW, all in Toronto; and Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran and Projet Pangée in Montreal.
Schwebel has become known for practicing a particularly direct form of situation-based institutional critique, undertaken through performances, withdrawals, delegated transactions and impostors.
Sergile works primarily with archives, including texts and books reflecting the post-colonial period from 1950 to the present day. Her artistic practice aims at understanding and rewriting the history of Black communities — more specifically, the history of women and marginalized peoples, through weaving.
Williams, ᐅᑌᒥᐣ, is Anishinaabe and a member of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation community. He is currently working in Tiohtià:ke/Mooniyang/Montreal. He has a multidisciplinary and often collaborative practice that is centred around sculptural beadwork. Williams is also the 2021 recipient of the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Fellowship in Canadian Art.
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Asian Heritage Society of New Brunswick holds henna art demonstration – CBC.ca
Much has changed since Madhu Verma, the founder of the Asian Heritage Society of New Brunswick, first came to the province in 1963 as a young Indian bride.
Verma said she faced racism regularly when she first came to Canada.
Back then, when she wore cultural clothing — such as Kurtis — her looks would elicit unwelcoming glares.
Verma said: “They would stop me and say, ‘Oh. When did you come here? Why are you here?'”
But times are changing.
“I sometimes tell people that I am the first imported bride in North America … now things are very different. We are really enjoying with so many new immigrants, the new friends.”
Now Verma is proud to look out at a room filled with people from different backgrounds and watch them eagerly learn about her culture.
The Asian Heritage Society is putting on several events in honour of Asian Heritage month, including one in Fredericton on Saturday that allowed people to discover the intricacies of henna art.
Henna — also known as mehndi in Hindi and Urdu — is a maroon dye created from the leaves of the henna tree. The dye is used to create intricate floral designs that can last up to 20 days.
The origin of the designs dates back as far as 6,000 years and is traditionally done during special events in South Asian, Middle Eastern and North African cultures.
Priyanka Panwar came to New Brunswick seven years ago.
She is part of the society and has been helping put on events like this demonstration.
For her, the passion for henna came when she won a contest in university for her henna art.
Later, she spent six hours perfecting the henna tattoos on her hands and feet for her wedding. Marriage ceremonies aren’t the only special occasions where it’s used.
“I normally do it every year during Karva Chauth, it is a day when we ladies keep fast in our Hindu religion for our husbands to have a long life.”
For both Panwar, and especially for Verma, educating people about why they might see henna patterns adorning some people’s skin, goes hand in hand with trying to create more understanding and tolerance between cultures.
“The message we want to give is to make new friends, have communication, go visit, see other programs and also talk to us,” Verma said.
“If you want to ask any question about Asian culture we want to have a conversation with you.”
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