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IWT: PUBLIC TOUR (limited)
IWT: PUBLIC TOUR (limited)

Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The route will starting at Central Art Garage at 1:00 PM then to Karsh-Masson, finishing at SAW Gallery for tea and bannock! Artist SPOT TALKERS all along the way. This is a really cool event! To book, email: Rain or shine! Long walk, be prepared for the weather GUIDE: Jaime Koebel Contact: Leah Iselmoe Register: Limited spots Wapikwanew: Blossom - It's Complicated - SAW Gallery #callresponse Indigenous Art Walking Tour: Central Art Garage, Galerie SAW Gallery, Karsh-Masson Gallery Where: Begins at Gallery 101 ends at SAW Gallery When: Sunday, July 23, 2017 (time to be confirmed) Cost: $15 (registration necessary) Tickets Limited (maximum 30 participants) Jaime Koebel, curator of Wapikwanew and founder of Indigenous Walks, will lead a guided walking tour through downtown Ottawa, sharing an Indigenous perspective of various social, political, cultural, and artistic spaces. During this tour, participants will visit three Indigenous art exhibitions where artists will be present to speak about their work. The tour will end at Arts Court, where tea and bannock will be served and participants will have the opportunity to chat with various artists from the shows, curatorial staff, and one other in a relaxed environment. This Art Walking Tour provides a dynamic and unique way to experience all three of these important exhibitions and enables participants to share in open, respectful dialogue on the topics these shows collectively speak to during this important time in Ottawa. About Exhibitions #callresponse - Arts Court June 18th - July 30th #callresponse features works by Indigenous female artists from across Canada, including Christi Belcourt, Maria Hupfield, Laakkuluk Williamson-Bathory, Tania Willard, and Ursula Johnston. This collaborative show seeks to incite dialogue and catalyze action between individuals, communities, territories and institutions. Centred on community engagement, this exhibition positions Indigenous women as leaders within their own communities and within current discussions of reconciliation, resurgence, resistance, and refusal. Curated by Tarah Hogue of Grunt Gallery in Vancouver, this collaborative exhibition has travelled to various spaces across Canada and will be apart of the National Arts Centre’s Canada Scene here in Ottawa. It’s Complicated - Central Art Garage June 17th - July 31st It’s Complicated is a response to Canada’s sesquicentennial celebrations in 2017 by the OO7 (Ottawa Ontario 7) Collective and invited Special Agent artists. As Indigenous peoples of this land, from coast to coast to coast, 150 years represents a very minuscule passage of time, especially in terms of the longstanding presence and occupation of homeland territories. Yet this seemingly fleeting moment in time is monumental in its impact on Indigenous communities, culture, language, identity, rights, water and land. This exhibition by 10 Indigenous artists working in diverse artistic practices offer an alternative perspective to the widely propagated Canada 150 celebrations by revealing timely and poignant aspects of this convoluted historical and contemporary relationship between Canada and Indigenous peoples. If there is any room for celebration in 2017 from an Indigenous perspective, it is a celebration of survivance, tenacity and perseverance. It’s a complicated celebration. Wapikwanew: Blossom - Karsh-Masson Gallery June 22nd - July 30th Wâpikwanew means blossom in Nehiyawewin (the Cree language), and blossoms are a form of natural beauty that emerge in the wake of a winter’s sleep. From floral beadwork to ink on eggs, from paint on canvas to birch bark bitings, floral images are a source of symbolism that support self-identification, cultural identity, memory, traditional knowledge and meditation. Two main ideas are expressed in this exhibition: First and foremost, it highlights how floral art serves as a source of inspiration and connection in so many cultures. Secondly, it shares how flowers provided a kind of balance that, “took my mind away from the less beautiful things around me. […]” (Jaime Koebel, curator). This exhibition is meant to be enjoyed, to bring happiness and encourage viewers to think about how flowers are represented in their own lives. FOR MORE INFORMATION please contact Leah Iselmoe: For your participation, we would love for you to be present in the Wapikwanew exhibition space to discuss your work and/or join us at Arts Court (2 Daly Ave.) for tea and bannock after the tour, where you will have the opportunity to chat with tour participants, other artists, and staff members from the three galleries. Jaime has informed me that the tour won't be longer than an 1.5 hours; the tea and bannock may go a tad bit longer than this if everyone eagerly participates but the time commitment will be minimal (but we believe fruitful for all involved!). All these shows are happening at the same time, in close proximity to one another and in spirit of collaborative, community-centred action, we would love to have artists from all the shows participate in this event. I am happy to answer any and all questions you may have, please let me know if you will be able to join us on Sunday, July 23rd!

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