Feb
21
to Feb 24

Afro Prairie Film Festival at Cinematheque

Black Space Winnipeg in partnership with the Winnipeg Film Group’s Cinematheque is proud to present the 2019 Afro Prairie Film Festival in celebration of Black History Month, from February 21-24, 2019. The Afro Prairie Film Festival is the first Black film festival in the prairie region of Canada. This three-day festival celebrates Black cinema across North America and promotes the work of established and emerging Black filmmakers from right here in Manitoba. Participants can look forward a weekend filled with programming that explores Black narratives in filmmaking.

More info here.

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Feb
25
6:30 PM18:30

Cross-Cultural Beading Group w/ guest beader Zipporah Machuri at MAWA

Free, all are welcome! No need to register just come. 

This meeting features guest beader Zipporah Machuri demonstrating Maasai beading. 

MAWA’s cross-cultural beading group meets to informally work on their own projects together. Everyone—of all backgrounds, ages and genders—is invited to share their skills, to learn and to work independently in a convivial atmosphere. No experience necessary. Novices and experienced beaders alike are welcome. Some free materials are provided (beads, thread, cloth and leather) or you can bring your own. 

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Feb
28
6:30 PM18:30

MAWA Presents: Theory + Beer - Artificiality of the American Dream w/ Albyn Carias

Free, everyone welcome to attend!

Probing what is widely termed the “American Dream,” Dovey Martinez draws upon her personal and familial experiences as a Honduran American to examine the expectations individuals have when they immigrate and when those expectations do not deliver. A correlation between the bakery and the “American Dream” is made, exposing its sweetness and allure as artificial. This Theory and Beer will be a discussion of the pressure of immigration on individuals, their children and families; the irony of being a cultural producer in Canada from another culture; and how we are impacted by the narrative of the “American Dream.”

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Mar
15
to Mar 17

Over the Top Art Auction at MAWA

Over the Top is a fantastic mix of art and mayhem, sugary goodness and fun! Every March, MAWA hosts our largest annual fundraiser in the form of a cupcake-fueled art auction. What’s not to like about over 1,000 cupcakes, amazing artworks from over 100 artists, stellar raffle baskets and more?

Fri. March 15, 6 - 10pm
Free Admission - Opening party and bidding begins (no cupcakes)
Sat. March 16, 12 - 5pm
Free Admission - Art preview, bidding continues (no cupcakes)
Sun. March 17, 1 - 5pm
Tickets $10 in advance; $12 at door
More bidding + All-you-can-eat cupcakes! First art lot closes at 3pm

More info here.

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Feb
23
1:00 PM13:00

Piñatas w/ Fabiola Gordillo: free workshops at MAWA

This workshop takes place over two Saturday afternoons, February 16 & February 23, 1 - 4pm

The piñata originally came from China, brought by Marco Polo to Europe and then, with colonization, to the Americas. However in Mexico, pre-hispanics had a similar tradition that provided offerings to the gods. The piñata is a symbolic figure traditionally made from a clay pot covered with papier-mâché and painted or decorated with brightly coloured tissue paper. It is then filled with candies, fruit or other goodies. Note: this is a two-day workshop to allow time for the piñatas to dry.

The Cross-Cultural Craft Program is supported by the Winnipeg Foundation and the Ethnocultural Community Support Program and Indigenous Initiatives at the Province of Manitoba.

More info + registration here.

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Feb
22
5:00 PM17:00

"A Constellation of Sorts" Opening Reception at Martha Street Studio

A Constellation of Sorts is an assemblage of found and family photographs within Testa's personal collection, to be shared and hidden, discontinuous yet whole. Testa is both artist and archivist in his explorations, collecting these now-muted objects where he does not attempt to bring clarity and sharpness to the photographs he encounters, but rather embraces the softening the image may have experienced due to the heaviness of elapsed time. He revisits an image over and over, again and again: scanned, cropped, printed, cut, moved, folded, unfolded—a process that distances his printed image from the connecting photograph. // Exhibition runs: Friday, February 22nd - Friday, March 29th. Testa will present an artist talk on Saturday February 23rd at 3pm.

More info here.

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Feb
21
7:00 PM19:00

Figure Drawing at MAWA

All woman-identified and non-binary artists welcome. $10 pay at the door. 

Do you miss drawing live models? Want to practice drawing the human body but need the time and space? MAWA offers figure drawing with live models in an feminist environment. No need to register, just show up. Doors open at 6:30pm to give you time to set up. The model begins at 7pm for quick gesture drawings followed by longer poses. Participants are asked to bring their own materials. Drawing boards are provided. 

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Feb
21
6:30 PM18:30

Indigenous Art Night: Acrylic Pouring at MAWA

For this session, we will be learning to create fluid art with the acrylic pouring technique. Learn how to utilize this technique to experiment with various colours to create fluid patterns on canvas.


About Indigenous Art Nights: This is a relaxed and welcoming group: try new things, learn about the Indigenous art community and get inspired! Join us for tours of Indigenous exhibitions around Winnipeg and art activities in the MAWA space. Hear behind-the-scenes stories from Indigenous creators and experience a variety of artistic techniques through hands-on art activities.

More info + registration here.

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Feb
18
6:30 PM18:30

RavelUtion at MAWA

Free! All young feminists and queers, 15-30 years of age welcome

Facilitated by Baden Goeke Franz

Looking to meet other young feminist and queer knitters? Whether you are a true beginner, a lapsed former crafter or an expert stitcher, MAWA’s young feminist and queer knitting group has a place for you! Bring your own project or pick up free supplies here. No previous experience necessary! All skill levels welcome. More info here.

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Feb
16
1:00 PM13:00

Piñatas w/ Fabiola Gordillo: free workshops at MAWA

This workshop takes place over two Saturday afternoons, February 16 & February 23, 1 - 4pm

The piñata originally came from China, brought by Marco Polo to Europe and then, with colonization, to the Americas. However in Mexico, pre-hispanics had a similar tradition that provided offerings to the gods. The piñata is a symbolic figure traditionally made from a clay pot covered with papier-mâché and painted or decorated with brightly coloured tissue paper. It is then filled with candies, fruit or other goodies. Note: this is a two-day workshop to allow time for the piñatas to dry.

The Cross-Cultural Craft Program is supported by the Winnipeg Foundation and the Ethnocultural Community Support Program and Indigenous Initiatives at the Province of Manitoba.

More info + registration here.

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Feb
13
7:00 PM19:00

"A Mid-Winter Pop of Summer" Reception at Pulse Gallery

  • Pulse Gallery (Johnston Terminal) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Featured works by Manitoba artist, Desmond Raymond.

To help break the cold of mid-winter on the prairie, Desmond will be featuring works in oil and acrylic created through the use of bold colours and the palette knife.

Inspired through Canadian travels and a love for the land, Desmond's impressionistic landscapes range from our local Assiniboine Forest and neighbouring Lake of the Woods to east, west and northern Canada.

www.pulsegallery.ca

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Feb
12
6:30 PM18:30

Desire Change Reading Group at MAWA

All participants are asked to read Chapter 5, The Appearance of Desire by Thérèse St-Gelais prior to the February meeting.

In the summer of 2017, MAWA co-published Desire Change: Contemporary Feminist Art in Canada, edited by Heather Davis. This groundbreaking book is the first to document our history and our present, as feminist visual art practioners. The text is meaty and engaging, and the book is richly illustrated throughout. Join Dr. Roewan Crowe at a monthly reading group to explore Desire Change, one chapter at a time. This is a book that is guaranteed to spur discussion!

Multidisciplinary artist and Professor Roewan Crowe is passionate about feminist art engagement with a particular focus on artistic practitioner knowledge, and has used Desire Change as a textbook at University of Winnipeg. MAWA can think of no one better to help us delve into the text! Copies of the book are available at MAWA for $45. There are also 3 copies available to borrow through the Winnipeg Public Library. The Desire Change reading group will run for as many weeks as chapters, so the group will be concluding in 2020!

More info + registration here.

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Feb
11
6:30 PM18:30

Cross-Cultural Beading Group at MAWA

Free, all are welcome! No need to register just come. 

MAWA’s cross-cultural beading group meets to informally work on their own projects together. Everyone—of all backgrounds, ages and genders—is invited to share their skills, to learn and to work independently in a convivial atmosphere. No experience necessary. Novices and experienced beaders alike are welcome. Some free materials are provided (beads, thread, cloth and leather) or you can bring your own. 



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Feb
10
2:30 PM14:30

The WJO presents: "Isn't She Lovely" - The Music of Stevie Wonder! at the WAG

2 SHOWS: 2PM | 7:30PM

He has sold 100 million records, has 10 number one hits, and won Album of the Year three times. His music is syncopated, soulful and sophisticated. He is masterful on piano, mesmorizing on harmonica, and magic when he sings. He is the one and only Stevie Wonder and the WJO explores his music re-imagined for big band. Vocalist and harmonica player Todd Martin joins the band as we pay tribute to a Motown legend.

www.winnipegjazzorchestra.com/tickets.html

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Feb
9
to Feb 10

RE-FORM

  • Théâtre Cercle Molière (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Break the glass ceiling along with five other local women in the architecture and design community. RE-FORM aims at pushing boundaries, setting new expectations and designing an inclusive future for all. 

Tickets here.

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Feb
8
to Feb 17

Big Bike Chill at The Forks

Chill out, and keep warm riding your bike on the Red River Mutual Trail this winter with Big Bike Chill February 8-17th, 2019, kicking off with Winter Bike to Work Day and offers two (or three!) wheeled experiences for the whole family, as well as Winnipeg’s first urban fat tire bike trail!

Pop-Up Dutch Bikes: Ride a two wheeler imported from Netherlands! Throughout the week Winnipeg Trails & Plain Bikes will host a research hub and bike share pop up kiosk. Visit the kiosk by the  Historic Port Bridge

More info here.

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Feb
6
6:30 PM18:30

Artist Mothers: Try, Try Again at MAWA

Free! Open to all artist mothers. 

Is there an art project you started, got stuck on and set aside for later? Or maybe one you’ve been slogging away at but it is not coming together? Don’t be shy; bring that piece you don’t know what to do with and get some feedback from the group.

The acts and demands of child-rearing are exhausting and challenging. While caregiving, it can feel like we are not taken seriously as artists. Some women give up artmaking completely. Others refuse to choose, believing that artmaking is an oxygen mask one must put on before assisting little ones. The Artist Mothers Group at MAWA extends an invitation to all artist-mothers to come and meet other women who embrace both mothering and artistic production. This peer-based group usually meets on the first Wednesday of each month. Meetings are relaxed and informal. The group experiments with art materials, critiques each other’s work and shares snacks, concerns, ideas, inspiration, strategies and support for those who juggle the tricky life of artmaking and mothering.  If you can’t make the meetings, please consider participating in the Artist Mothers at MAWA Facebook page, Artist Mothers at MAWA

Artist Mothers at MAWA is facilitated by Sandra Brown.

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Feb
4
6:30 PM18:30

RavelUtion at MAWA

Free! All young feminists and queers, 15-30 years of age welcome

Facilitated by Baden Goeke Franz

Looking to meet other young feminist and queer knitters? Whether you are a true beginner, a lapsed former crafter or an expert stitcher, MAWA’s young feminist and queer knitting group has a place for you! Bring your own project or pick up free supplies here. No previous experience necessary! All skill levels welcome.

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Feb
1
5:00 PM17:00

DQW + The Winnipeg Foundation Present: "LIGHTS: A Winter celebration in support of Artbeat Studio"

  • Old Market Square, Bijou Park, Artbeat Studio (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Skating. Pop-up Warm-up Station. Hot chocolate. Blankets. Music. Communal fire. Snow activites. First Fridays in the Exchange. Artbeat Studio 28th Biannual Exhibition: “Marley’s Angels” Closing Reception. Art Saves Lives 2019 launch. Design Quarter Winnipeg member prizes + specials!

On the evening of February 1st, 2019, Winnipeggers from all walks of life are encouraged to explore the Exchange District, and #ActivateWinter with diverse communities. “LIGHTS: A Winter celebration in support of Artbeat Studio” is a free, public event that uses Winter as a driving force to bring people together in the heart of our city, while also raising awareness and funds for our newest member, Artbeat Studio.

Three main components will make up the event with LIGHTS as the connective theme throughout. Colourful lights around Old Market Square, a communal barrel fire, a lit-up POP UP BOX shipping container housing a Warm-up Station, and ice lanterns lining Albert Street connecting Old Market Square and Artbeat Studio will activate the trifecta of activity.

This event is generously funded by The Winnipeg Foundation.

Visit our Facebook Event Page here.

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Feb
1
to Feb 3

Forthwith Festival at Forth

  • Forth ( + Videopool + Studio 393) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Forth, Videopool and other locations will be transformed into an experimental music, art, technology and performance festival with over 20 visiting international artists and musicians. The first day of the event will be kicking off Feb 1 alongside First Friday’s in the Exchange and will be the destination of choice for experimental audiovisual art and electronic music lovers all weekend long. Artists will be travelling in from around the World and Canada, (as well as a host of Winnipeg locals) to perform over the 3 day event. With live performances, workshops, visual installations, teachings, and interactive happenings, Forthwith wanders through industrialized landscapes transformed with digital re-mapping and amongst post-digital artifacts and retro media.

www.forthwithfestival.ca

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Jan
31
7:00 PM19:00

Architecture + Film Series: "The Price of Everything" at Cinematheque

Basquiat paintings regularly fetch tens of millions of dollars, and the recent sale of a little-known Da Vinci topped $450 million—but what forces are driving the white-hot art market? Who assigns and who pays these astronomical sums? What currency adequately measures art’s value? The Price of Everything leads us into a rarefied labyrinth of galleries, studios, and auction houses to wrestle with these questions.

[ Architecture + Film, an ongoing series which focuses on architecture and design, is co-presented by Winnipeg Architecture Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to advancing the awareness and appreciation of Winnipeg’s built environment through public education. ]

More info + tickets here.

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Jan
30
6:30 PM18:30

Tough Love w/ Jennifer Smith at MAWA

Free! Artists of all genders welcome. To register for a crit, email Adriana at programs@mawa.ca with “Tough Love 2019” in the subject line.

This group is perfect for those who need feedback or want to discuss art and art issues with a group of peers. Feel like you are working in a vacuum or without community context? Want the feedback of a professional curator? Join other artists and a special guest for a 3-hour discussion during which artists receive a focussed and constructive group critique. If you have already received several Tough Love critiques at MAWA, perhaps consider giving someone else the opportunity. Everyone is welcome to attend and participate in the dialogue, whether you are sharing work or not. More info here.

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Jan
28
6:30 PM18:30

Cross-Cultural Beading Group w/ special guest Velma Michel at MAWA

Free, all are welcome! No need to register just come. 

This meeting features guest beader Velma Michel demonstrating how to make 3D "puffy triangles". 

MAWA’s cross-cultural beading group meets to informally work on their own projects together. Everyone—of all backgrounds, ages and genders—is invited to share their skills, to learn and to work independently in a convivial atmosphere. No experience necessary. Novices and experienced beaders alike are welcome. Some free materials are provided (beads, thread, cloth and leather) or you can bring your own. More info here.

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Jan
24
6:30 PM18:30

MAWA Presents: Nostalgia is Dead! Long Live Nostalgia! Theory and Beer w/ Elise Dawson

Free, everyone welcome to attend!

Elise Dawson will lead a discussion of strategies that artists have established to deal with memory, paying particular attention to the relevance and role of nostalgia in local, contemporary, feminist art practices. How do we choose to see, represent and interpret the past as artists moving toward an increasingly conscious understanding of history and the present? Nostalgia can trigger emotions to engage viewers’ attention and encourage participation in the artwork, but can nostalgia challenge us? 

Reading: Svetlana Boym,  “Nostalgia” http://monumenttotransformation.org/atlas-of-transformation/html/n/nostalgia/nostalgia-svetlana-boym.html

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Jan
23
7:00 PM19:00

Artist Bootcamp: Intro to Copyright for Artists at MAWA

No need to register, just show up!  $10 for members of MAWA or Creative Manitoba; $20 for non-members. 

What is copyright? What rights does an artist have in the work they create? Does an artist need to register work to protect copyright? If an artist uses someone else’s work in their art, are they infringing copyright? If an artist sells work, do they still retain copyright? If someone posts a photo of an artwork online and does not identify the artist, what can be done about it? Julia Ryckman will answer these and many more questions! More info here.

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Jan
22
7:00 PM19:00

Figure Drawing at MAWA

All woman-identified and non-binary artists welcome. $10 pay at the door. 

Do you miss drawing live models? Want to practice drawing the human body but need the time and space? MAWA offers figure drawing with live models in an feminist environment. No need to register, just show up. Doors open at 6:30pm to give you time to set up. The model begins at 7pm for quick gesture drawings followed by longer poses. Participants are asked to bring their own materials. Drawing boards are provided. More info here.

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Jan
21
6:30 PM18:30

RavelUtion at MAWA

Free! All young feminists and queers, 15-30 years of age welcome

Facilitated by Baden Goeke Franz

Looking to meet other young feminist and queer knitters? Whether you are a true beginner, a lapsed former crafter or an expert stitcher, MAWA’s young feminist and queer knitting group has a place for you! Bring your own project or pick up free supplies here. No previous experience necessary! All skill levels welcome. More info here.

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Jan
20
2:00 PM14:00

From Soil to Soul w Maggie Wysocki at Generation Green

Even in the middle of Manitoba's dark winter, you can brighten your kitchen by growing nature's superfood, wheatgrass. In this workshop, you'll learn about the simplicity of growing wheatgrass in household recyclables while also learning a few easy ways to incorporate it into your diet. Plant your own tray to bring home too!

Ticket includes refreshments provided by Generation Green and Acorn Cafe and an info sheet with all contents you learned at the workshop so you can make it again at home!

More info + registration here.

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Jan
19
1:00 PM13:00

Manitoba Museum + MAWA Present: Two-Needle Métis Beading Crafternoon w/ Jennine Krauchi

Free, no registration required. Space are limited so please arrive early.

Jennine Krauchi will teach Métis-style, two-needle beadwork. Each participant will work with a beautiful, original design by Krauchi and take away a finished, beaded needle pouch. 

If you are interested in attending the Beading Collection Tour with Maureen Matthews at 11am registration is required and is available by following this link.

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Jan
19
11:00 AM11:00

Manitoba Museum + MAWA Present: Beading Collection Tour w/ Maureen Matthews

The Métis were known as the Flower Beadwork People. Learn about the history of this Manitoba tradition from curator Maureen Matthews who will lead a behind-the-scenes tour of the Manitoba Museum's extensive beadwork collection. 

The tour is free but does not include admission to the entire museum. Spaces are limited. More info + registration here.

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Jan
15
6:30 PM18:30

Desire Change Reading Group at MAWA

In the summer of 2017, MAWA co-published Desire Change: Contemporary Feminist Art in Canada, edited by Heather Davis. This groundbreaking book is the first to document our history and our present, as feminist visual art practioners. The text is meaty and engaging, and the book is richly illustrated throughout. Join Dr. Roewan Crowe at a monthly reading group to explore Desire Change, one chapter at a time. This is a book that is guaranteed to spur discussion!

Multidisciplinary artist and Professor Roewan Crowe is passionate about feminist art engagement with a particular focus on artistic practitioner knowledge, and has used Desire Change as a textbook at University of Winnipeg. MAWA can think of no one better to help us delve into the text! Copies of the book are available at MAWA for $45. There are also 3 copies available to borrow through the Winnipeg Public Library. The Desire Change reading group will run for as many weeks as chapters, so the group will be concluding in 2020!

All participants are asked to read Chapter 4, Queering Abjection: A Lesbian, Feminist, and Canadian Perspective  by Jayne Wark prior to the January Meeting.

More info + free registration here.

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Jan
14
6:30 PM18:30

Cross-Cultural Beading Group at MAWA

Free, all are welcome! No need to register just come. 

MAWA’s cross-cultural beading group meets to informally work on their own projects together. Everyone—of all backgrounds, ages and genders—is invited to share their skills, to learn and to work independently in a convivial atmosphere. No experience necessary. Novices and experienced beaders alike are welcome. Some free materials are provided (beads, thread, cloth and leather) or you can bring your own. More info here.

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Jan
12
12:00 PM12:00

Madeline Mackay Artist Talk at Martha Street Studio

Exhibition Dates: Friday January 11th - Friday February 8th, 2019

Opening Reception*: Friday January 11th, 5-8 pm *artist will be in attendance

Artist talk: Saturday, January 12th, 2 pm

Not Yet Earth explores the materiality of the body and the lines between sense of self, body, and inanimate material. Flesh and materiality permeate the exhibition, which is based on the artist's experience of illness. By repeatedly reconfiguring strips of discarded butchers' meat into patterns and structures, and interpreting this process through drawing, print and video, Mackay interrogates flesh as a material and asks questions about where the self ends and at what point the body ceases to be of the self and becomes other. Every series addresses a different aspect of these questions; CMYK screenprints break down colours so that one substance leaks into the next; videos animate the meat, giving it agency as an entity in its own right; a bank of etchings evidence the artist's repeated attempts to instill coherence into chaotic flesh. The show explores the anxiety that comes with recognizing the otherness of the body and renegotiating a relationship with it on new terms. More info here.

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