Sep
6
6:00 PM18:00

CONNECT WITH THE QUARTER! (3 of 3)

September 5th’s member pop-up is TBD!

There are a lot of great changes and new developments happening in our Downtown communities right now… and we want to make sure locals + visitors are familiar with navigating it all. Throughout the Summer on First Fridays in the Exchange, our POP UP BOX shipping container in Bijou Park (East side of Old Market Square) will become the public's go-to spot to learn about just that! Find valuable information about what we do + how to get around - DQW merchandise + maps, bike path information, parking maps, tour information and much more can be picked up at our POP UP BOX on First Fridays in Summer (excluding August). PLUS, find links with additional, helpful tips on how to get around The Quarter on our Homepage!

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Sep
8
9:00 AM09:00

Plug In ICA Presents: STAGES BIENNIAL 2019, closing

RUNS AUG 16 - SEPT 8, 2019. | OFF SITE LOCATIONS

As an exhibition, STAGES sets out to activate the city of Winnipeg with temporary public sculpture, installation and performances by artists based in Norway, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Paris, Toronto and Winnipeg. The biennial takes place in different abandoned industrial sites, apartment buildings, parks and other public sites. This year, seven new works will be commissioned across the city.

Featured Artists: RAYMOND BOISJOLY, DANIEL BUREN, FASTWURMS, KENNETH LAVALLEE, JOAR NANGO, SILKE OTTO-KNAPP, ANDREA ROBERTS. Curated by Jenifer Papararo

https://plugin.org/exhibitions/6670/

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Sep
27
7:00 PM19:00

“PROTECT WHAT YOU LOVE” RECEPTION, WORKS BY ANJA STUDER

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

Manitoba artist Anja Studer, debuts her new series "Protect What You Love" at Pulse Gallery. Anja has created a call to action through a series of encaustic paintings of animals native to the province of Manitoba. Each painting combines an abstract landscape, an animal illustration and a graphic pattern symbolizing one of the threats to the featured animal’s survival. Through her art, Anja hopes to inspire others to take action to protect the wildlife we share our home with and will be donating 10% of all sales to the Winnipeg based Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. 

Selected works Exhibited September 1 to October 31. 

Feathered ambassadors from PWRC in attendance at the reception!

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Aug
22
11:00 AM11:00

FREE LUNCH-HOUR GUIDED BIKE RIDES TO THE FORKS

Enjoy your lunch hour outside, cruising through Downtown on one of Downtown Winnipeg BIZ’s Pedal in the Peg bikes! Ride times: 11am-noon, noon-1pm.

DQW will take you on a guided route from Manitoba Hydro Place to The Forks + back (with 20 mins to spend at The Forks for lunch!), showing you just how easy it is to get around Downtown by bike. All you have to do is show up :) Look for the Pedal in the Peg bikes at the Design Quarter Winnipeg booth at the Downtown Winnipeg Farmers’ Market!

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Aug
16
9:00 AM09:00

Plug In ICA Presents: STAGES BIENNIAL 2019, launch

RUNS AUG 16 - SEPT 8, 2019. | OFF SITE LOCATIONS

As an exhibition, STAGES sets out to activate the city of Winnipeg with temporary public sculpture, installation and performances by artists based in Norway, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Paris, Toronto and Winnipeg. The biennial takes place in different abandoned industrial sites, apartment buildings, parks and other public sites. This year, seven new works will be commissioned across the city.

Featured Artists: RAYMOND BOISJOLY, DANIEL BUREN, FASTWURMS, KENNETH LAVALLEE, JOAR NANGO, SILKE OTTO-KNAPP, ANDREA ROBERTS. Curated by Jenifer Papararo

https://plugin.org/exhibitions/6670/

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Aug
8
11:00 AM11:00

FREE LUNCH-HOUR GUIDED BIKE RIDES TO THE FORKS

Enjoy your lunch hour outside, cruising through Downtown on one of Downtown Winnipeg BIZ’s Pedal in the Peg bikes! Ride times: 11am-noon, noon-1pm.

DQW will take you on a guided route from Manitoba Hydro Place to The Forks + back (with 20 mins to spend at The Forks for lunch!), showing you just how easy it is to get around Downtown by bike. All you have to do is show up :) Look for the Pedal in the Peg bikes at the Design Quarter Winnipeg booth at the Downtown Winnipeg Farmers’ Market!

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Jul
21
11:00 AM11:00

Generation Green Presents: Wildflower Project Pop-Up at Cloakroom Wellness

Join us at the beautiful, new Cloakroom Wellness space on Sunday, July 21st from 11am-6pm for a variety of workshops:

  • 11am-12pm: Block Therapy: Create, Inflate, Maintain Space.. Join us for this special intro price Block Therapy Class.

  • 1:30-4:30pm: Intuitive Vision Board Workshop: Second workshop of the day, you will learn how to create an intuitive led vision board that will allow your hearts desire to be seen & heard.

  • 5-6pm: Holding Space Yoga With Intention Class: In this final workshop we will create a stillness in both our body and mind.

More info on all of the above here.

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Jul
19
6:00 PM18:00

Summer Institute I: Trackings and Trappings, Open Studio + Rooftop Party at Plug In ICA

SOUND • PERFORMANCES • ART


Join us as we celebrate the participants of Session I of our 2019 Summer Institute: Trackings and Trappings with an open studio and roof top party. Plug In ICA will host a night of art, sound, and performances by Toby Gillies, Serena Lee, benni macdonald, Marijana Mandusic, Megan Moore, Tracy Peters, Davis Plett, Lucas Regazzi, Sabrina Sethi, Nicole Shimonek, Suzie Smith, and Mahri White.

Trackings and Trappings is lead by faculty members: Natalie Purschwitz, Anju Singh, and Justine A. Chambers. The program was marked by two intensive weeks that included presentations, public lectures and conversations, performances, outings, movement and somatic exercises, workshops, and studio visits by the respective faculty and by guest speaker Bopha Chhay.

More info here.

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Jul
18
7:00 PM19:00

Melodie Reay (Baton Rouge) Artist in Residence Artist Talk at MAWA

Free, everyone is welcome!

Melodie Reay’s work stems from the word “record.” When broken down into its two constituents—"re,” a prefix indicating repetition or backward motion, and “cord” from Latin cordis, meaning “heart”—the word “record” simply means “return to the heart.” She is interested in ideas of documentation, preservation and control of the less tangible aspects of our experience—namely, our emotions. She makes and unmakes documents as a way to process and give testament to negligible inner turmoil. While much of her past work has explored these ideas in clay, her time at MAWA will be an opportunity to focus on writing.  She will be researching and writing for an ongoing project considering notions of self-esteem.

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Jul
10
7:00 PM19:00

Tamara Toledo (Toronto) Curator Talk at MAWA

Free, everyone welcome

Tamara Toledo has curated numerous group and solo exhibitions, designed the Latin American Speakers Series inviting internationally renowned contemporary artists and curators to Toronto and has presented various platforms to articulate and discuss issues of identity and intercultural dynamics in contemporary art. Her writing has appeared in ARM Journal, C Magazine, Fuse and Canadian Art. Her practice often follows an interdisciplinary approach and touches on notions of memory, identity, gender, Latin American diasporas, transnationalism, issues of power, equity, representation and international artistic-cultural interaction. Toledo is co-founder of the Allende Arts Festival and of Latin American Canadian Art Projects (LACAP) and is curator of Sur Gallery (Toronto), the only space in Canada dedicated to contemporary local, national and international Latin American artists.

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Jul
5
6:00 PM18:00

CONNECT WITH THE QUARTER (2 OF 3)

July 5th will feature pop-ups by The Community Gym and Natural Cycleworks! Live spin classes by donation, bike-tune ups, PLUS take one of Natural Cycleworks spiffy, new, custom-made rides out for a spin to test out the new Exchange District bike lanes!

There are a lot of great changes and new developments happening in our Downtown communities right now… and we want to make sure locals + visitors are familiar with navigating it all. Throughout the Summer on First Fridays in the Exchange, our POP UP BOX shipping container in Bijou Park (East side of Old Market Square) will become the public's go-to spot to learn about just that! Find valuable information about what we do + how to get around - DQW merchandise + maps, bike path information, parking maps, tour information and much more can be picked up at our POP UP BOX on First Fridays in Summer (excluding August). PLUS, find links with additional, helpful tips on how to get around The Quarter on our Homepage!

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Jul
4
7:00 PM19:00

Carte Blanche LAUNCH | Annual Members' Exhibition at acearinc.

Drop off: 4-14 June 2019
Exhibition run: 4-19 July 2019
Launch: 7pm, 4 July 2019

Another hullabaloo of contemporary art, artists, and performance- the aceartinc. members’ show! Become a member and take part!

There is no selection process- just be a member and submit your work!

Membership is $25 for the year. It entitles you to access a lot of useful resources and support.

The guidelines are in this PDF– you’ll need to read them, sign the agreement, and bring it with you when you drop off the work. There’ll also be copies at the office you can sign.

Work will be displayed salon-style, limit of one work per person, all work can be priced for sale! 

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Jun
26
7:00 PM19:00

Natasha Jozi (Pakistan) Artist in Residence Artist Talk at MAWA

Free, everyone is welcome!

With support from the Prince Claus Mobility Travel Grant.

While in Winnipeg, Jozi will be exploring the relationship between the human body and nature, characterized by a shifting balance between belonging and alienation. As part of her research, she will conduct performance-based workshops in the city, inviting local communities of students and artists to participate (details TBA). She will then develop and perform public performances and build a body of performative mark-makings, paintings and objects that reflect on the relationship she develops with the city. This project seeks to re-examine our place in a constantly shifting, commodified, urban, increasingly compartmentalized lifestyle. While these aspects of our lives may seem to negate the body’s relationship with nature, they in fact create new ones that we often leave unexplored.  

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Jun
26
5:00 PM17:00

Video Screening + Discussion: Interpreting Asher and Trecartin at Plug In ICA

On Wednesday, June 26, 2019 discover our current exhibitions, Class by Karen Asher and Comma Boat by Ryan Trecartin through the interpretive lens of 4 youth participants. Starting at 5:00 pm, participants of the seventh edition of our Interpreting [Interrupting] Youth [IIY] program, Brett Lewis, Faron McDougall, Forest Monias, Sabba Rezai, Jacob Vergel, and session mentor Tuva Bergstrom, will present a short interpretive video produced by them. Following the screening will be a panel discussion where the participants will discuss the collaborative process.

The IIY program is, yet, another way Plug In ICA provides an entry into conversations and practices happening in contemporary art today. It is integral to the ICA’s educational programming as it gives voice to youth in the community while building new audiences.

The screening offers a visual reflection of the youth’s collective and individual experience of Class and Comma Boat, and marks the culmination of an intensive eight weeks of meeting, working, and thinking together about the exhibition; and about video as an interpretive mode. For this iteration of the program, participants had the opportunity to work closely with Winnipeg-based artist Luther Konadu who lead the program; the artist Karen Asher and film maker Rhayne Vermette, to discuss process, approach and multi-media content creation.

The youth screening and panel discussion will begin at 5:00 pm, followed by a short reception. The program facilitator, Luther Konadu, will moderate the screening and panel discussion with IIY participants.

Everyone is welcome! Snacks and refreshments will be served.

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Interpreting [Interrupting] Youth is designed for youth ages 16 to 24. The program reverses a pre-existing interpretive model used within arts institutions that often produce short videos as educational devices. These often include interviews with artists or curators, images of artworks and installation shots; they often reference artists’ biographies, previous artworks, and at times, glimpse into artists’ studios. These videos are usually presented online or within the gallery or museum in close proximity to the artworks, and tend to place an emphasis on the artist’s and institution’s intention over the experience of the viewer.

The “Interpreting [Interrupting] Youth” program inversely begins with the youth’s experience of the artwork, challenging conventional models of art interpretation by overturning basic roles of authority and authorship.

More info here.

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Jun
22
1:00 PM13:00

MAWA Presents: Bones and Brains w/ Dr. Sari Hannila

  • University of Manitoba Human Anatomy Lab (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A two-part anatomy-drawing workshop:

Bones: Saturday, June 15, 1 - 5pm
Brains: Saturday, June 22, 1 - 5pm


$50 for one session or $85 for both.
Register by following link below or by calling 204-949-9490
For MAWA members of all genders.

This workshop offers a rare opportunity to draw human specimens at the University of Manitoba Human Anatomy Lab. Dr. Sari Hannila will lead this investigation into the intricacies of the human body. Dr. Hannila will begin each session with a brief lecture outlining the human body donor program at the University of Manitoba, the history of anatomy and its relationship to art and the human materials being explored that day. She will then lead participants to the lab itself where she will illustrate with specimens and share her experience with anatomical study. The first session will focus on bones and the second on brains and neurological materials. There will be ample time for self-directed drawing.

More info + registration here.

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Jun
20
7:00 AM07:00

Canadian launch + reading tour of 'Second Thoughts' by Angie Keefer at Plug In ICA

Canadian launch dates:

Toronto: Wednesday, June 19, 7pm: Art Metropole, 158 Sterling Road, Toronto, ON, Canada. +1(416)703.4400, www.artmetropole.com

Winnipeg:
 Thursday, June 20, 7pm: Plug In ICA, 460 Portage Ave, Unit 1, Winnipeg, MB, Canada. +1(204)942-1043, www.plugin.org

Calgary: Friday, June 21, 6pm: Esker Foundation, 444, 1011 -9th Ave S.E. Calgary, AB, Canada. +1(403)930.2490, www.eskerfoundation.com

Vancouver: Saturday, June 22, 1pm: Or Gallery, 555 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC, Canada. +1(604)683.739, www.orgallery.org

"I half hold that my life is a fine ride as long as I don’t attempt to navigate. The least critical way to describe this outlook is 'bemused fatalism,' and as coping mechanisms go, there’s much to be said for keeping that faith, but so far it hasn’t proved compatible with ambitious ideas like writing a book, though this may turn out to be the first page of a first chapter, in which case I’ve changed my life and overruled fate with you as my witness." -Angie Keefer

Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art is pleased to announce the launch of Second Thoughts, a selection of writing from 2008 to 2018 by artist Angie Keefer. This compilation traverses numerous disciplines from physics to philosophy, incorporating biographical elements and running parallel to Keefer’s visual practice. 

More info here.

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Jun
19
7:00 PM19:00

Select works by Rosella Farmer, Reception at Pulse Gallery

Rosella Farmer is a Manitoba artist who has been a member of her local art society, the Charleswood Art Group, since 2003 and was juried into the Manitoba Society of Artists in 2010, serving as the Membership Chairperson from 2011 to 2015.

Rosella enjoys experimenting in many different mediums with various techniques. She loves to paint subjects from nature inspired by her large flower garden. She also enjoys painting portraits, still life, collages and contemporary abstract works inspired by her travels throughout Canada and the United States. Much of her work focuses on light and colour.

Selected Works Exhibited June 1 - 30.

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Jun
16
10:00 AM10:00

Performance Workshop w/ Artist in Residence Natasha Jozi (Lahore, Pakistan) at MAWA

For people of all genders; free! No performance experience necessary.  Please bring a lunch.

This workshop will take a collective and collaborative approach in which participants will approach nature as a spiritual presence, location, medium and participant in performance. Through interactive, meditative and participatory activities, participants will explore the dual relationships between human bodies, and between human bodies and nature. Activities will be based around the sounds of the nature, the feel of the natural materials, the free movement of the body in an open space, etc. The goal is to engage both materially and spiritually with the elements which we are otherwise alienated from, despite their constant presence in our daily life.

Some of the exercises will entail moving, walking and running. Please feel free to adjust or skip any activity, according to your abilities. You are welcome to participate as much or as little as you are able.

This workshop will be followed by a performance in public space on Sunday June 23, time TBA. Documentation will take place in the form of videos and photographs.

More info + registration here.

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Jun
15
1:00 PM13:00

MAWA Presents: Bones and Brains w/ Dr. Sari Hannila

  • University of Manitoba Human Anatomy Lab (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A two-part anatomy-drawing workshop:

Bones: Saturday, June 15, 1 - 5pm
Brains: Saturday, June 22, 1 - 5pm


$50 for one session or $85 for both.
Register by following link below or by calling 204-949-9490
For MAWA members of all genders.

This workshop offers a rare opportunity to draw human specimens at the University of Manitoba Human Anatomy Lab. Dr. Sari Hannila will lead this investigation into the intricacies of the human body. Dr. Hannila will begin each session with a brief lecture outlining the human body donor program at the University of Manitoba, the history of anatomy and its relationship to art and the human materials being explored that day. She will then lead participants to the lab itself where she will illustrate with specimens and share her experience with anatomical study. The first session will focus on bones and the second on brains and neurological materials. There will be ample time for self-directed drawing.

More info + registration here.

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Jun
15
to Jun 16

The Community Gym - GRAND OPENING!

Mark your calendars, folks! FREE classes all weekend long including theme classes, team teaches, and more. To celebrate, we are also throwing a BIG OLD PARTY on the Saturday, June 15 starting at 8 pm. Drinks, snacks, dancing... so basically a sock hop!

Sign up online - spots are filling up quick!

https://thecommunitygym.ca

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Jun
14
7:00 PM19:00

Class - Artist Talk by Karen Asher at Plug In ICA

Plug In ICA is proud to present an artist talk by Karen Asher in conjunction with her solo exhibition Class. Asher’s body of work engages the figure in location, the body in movement, the mundane in tension with the surreal, captured in moments of joy, melancholy and resilience. Her images offer a set of circumstances that enliven the vulnerability felt in the every day. For Class, the poignancy of life is imaged and imagined through her subjects on screen and in portrait, highlighting the empowering effect of improv, performance and pleasure. In this new work, Asher uses the camera to condition spaces of agency, visibility and confidence, allowing an openness at the heart of what is seen and felt. Astute and playful, Asher’s approach to composition is instigated by the care, rigour and sensitivity inherent in her process. The camera lens in Asher’s hands has the possibility of offering respite from hardship and struggle. 

In celebration of Asher’s solo exhibition, a karaoke and dance party, featuring a performance by The Pinc Lincolns, follows the artist talk.

Karaoke Party | 9pm to Midnight

With a performance by The Pinc Lincolns | 10:30pm  

More info here.

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Jun
12
7:00 PM19:00

Plug In ICA Presents off-site STAGES Speaker Series Artist Talk w/ Andrea Roberts

It is Plug In ICA’s honour to present a talk by multidisciplinary artist and musician Andrea Roberts, who will be speaking as part of the STAGES Speaker Series in anticipation of their temporary public artwork for the STAGES biennial in August 2019. 

Roberts is a respected Winnipeg-based artist whose work is detailed in its execution and research. Their work blends abstraction with a narrative underlay linking material to subjects that amplify processes of labour. Roberts' situates their concerns within “everyday experiences of technology, labour, identity and trauma within capitalism.” Their work often inverses the function of common materials, using patterns, sounds or video to accentuate the position of the body, annunciating the way human’s conform our movement in relation to objects, place and technology.

More info here.

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Jun
10
6:00 PM18:00

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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Jun
7
6:00 PM18:00

CONNECT WITH THE QUARTER! (1 of 3)

June 7th will feature a pop-up styling station by Hair Co. Flagship salon, with proceeds going to Main Street Project.

There are a lot of great changes and new developments happening in our Downtown communities right now… and we want to make sure locals + visitors are familiar with navigating it all. Throughout the Summer on First Fridays in the Exchange, our POP UP BOX shipping container in Bijou Park (East side of Old Market Square) will become the public's go-to spot to learn about just that! Find valuable information about what we do + how to get around - DQW merchandise + maps, bike path information, parking maps, tour information and much more can be picked up at our POP UP BOX on First Fridays in Summer (excluding August). PLUS, find links with additional, helpful tips on how to get around The Quarter on our Homepage!

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Jun
7
12:00 PM12:00

In Her Own Voice: Surrealist Women Artists, First Friday Lecture by Celia Rabinovitch at MAWA

Free, everyone welcome!

This First Friday Lecture will discuss surrealist women artists, including Meret Oppenheim and Dorothea Tanning, and others such as Lucita Hurtado Mullican and Barbara Stauffacher Solomon who Rabinovitch interviewed in oral histories taken in 2009. All felt strongly about themselves as artists and contested the accepted role of women in surrealism. Their words create a new frame of reference for surrealism and uncover issues in the social history and the politics of the art world.  



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Jun
6
7:00 PM19:00

The Poetic Intention of Intuition | Curator Talk by Nasrin Himada at Plug In ICA

As a way to introduce Nasrin Himada, Plug In ICA’s new Assistant Curator, to the Winnipeg community, they will give a curatorial talk that will discuss their research process in developing select exhibitions, publications, and public programs. Himada’s curatorial vision is invested in the exploration of contemporary art practices that condition the transformation of place and how we come to be together. Curation is always a collaborative experience, and initiating spaces of collaboration is a political act, an act that challenges the intentions of contemporary arts and its place from within the milieu of social practice. Himada’s interests and motivations in curatorial work stems from their own background in transformative justice and decolonial methodologies that are inspired from Palestinian cultural history and knowledge. 

Nasrin Himada is a Palestinian writer, curator and editor from Tio'tia:ke (Montréal), in Kanien'kehá:ka territory but who now lives on Treaty One Territory. Nasrin’s writing on contemporary art has appeared in Canadian ArtC MagazineCritical SignalsMICE MagazineFUSE Magazine, and The Funambulist, among others. Most recently, Nasrin co-curated a time-based, video art exhibition entitled deep-time construction at The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts. Their current writing and curatorial project, For Many Returns, is a series designed and developed as a way to explore the possibilities of art writing as a kind of performative gesture. Since its debut at Dazibao in Montréal, it has toured across Canada, the US and Europe. Nasrin has been the co-editor of several contemporary arts magazines and journals, including the online platform Contemptorary.

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Jun
5
6:30 PM18:30

Artist Mothers at MAWA: Art in the Park, en plein air session in Assiniboine park

Free! Open to all artist-mothers

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. In June, the group will meet at the English Garden at Assiniboine Park for an annual en plein air session. Bring your own materials and anything else you need to get in the mood. This is an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, chat, eat snacks and make art. If it is raining, Artist Mothers will meet in the duck pond shelter beside the English Garden. Can’t make it? Please consider participating in the Artist Mothers at MAWA Facebook page, Artist Mothers at MAWA. 

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