Dec
10
6:30 PM18:30

Cross-Cultural Beading Group w special guest at MAWA

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

This meeting features guest beader Jessie Jannuska demonstrating how to use Peyote stitch to make a pen cover.

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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Dec
11
8:30 PM20:30

Desire Change Reading Group, Chapter 3 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 3, "Fashioning Race, Gender and Desire: Cheryl Sim's Fitting Room and Mary Sui Yee Wong's Yellow Apparel" by Alice Ming Wai Jim prior to the December Meeting.

More info + registration here.

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Dec
14
5:00 PM17:00

Parquet Floor Variations, Prypiat, Ukraine by David McMillan at Martha Street Studio

Parquet Floor Variations, Prypiat, Ukraine 
By David McMillan
Printed by Sean McLachlan
Virtual Edition* of 15 archival inkjet prints on Hahnemühle Photo Rag
Image size: 31 x 38.5" (78.7 x 97.8 cm)
Price: $2,000

Parquet Floor Variations, Prypiat, Ukraine will be on display in the Martha Street Studio gallery from December 14th to 21st. Also featured in the gallery will be past Studio Editions, including work by Lisa Stinner-Kun, Michael Dumontier & Neil Farber, and more. Studio Editions can be viewed on our webstore, or by appointment or drop-in during our open hours: Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 5pm, and Saturdays from noon to 5pm.* To make a viewing appointment, please email or call Mariana at gallery@printmakers.mb.ca / 204-779-6253.

More info here.

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Dec
14
7:00 PM19:00

STAGES Speaker Series ft. Artist Talk by Raymond Boisjoly at Plug In ICA

On Friday, December 14th, 2018, Plug In ICA will present an artist talk with Raymond Boisjoly as part of our STAGES Speaker Series in anticipation of STAGES 2019.* Location TBA

Boisjoly is in Winnipeg to begin his research for STAGES 2019 and present on his artwork and process, which tussles with the possibility of communicating a sense of indigeneity that is not necessarily crucial to identity. As such he extends his research and actions beyond his personal or ancestral history from a position that is fractured between the desire for representation and the instability of image-making. Boisjoly obscures meaning and a direct form of address. His works are to be deciphered, with meaning often intentionally scrambled, hidden and coded. Through fragmentation and distortion, he conceals his research and reasoning, most commonly using photography and printing as processes to redirect our assumed understandings surrounding Indigenous communities as a means to speak about identity itself. More info here.

*With its conception in 2017, STAGES sets out to activate the city of Winnipeg with temporary public sculpture and performances by international and local artists. The Speaker Series is a means of initiating and connecting the artists with local audiences and introducing visiting artists to Winnipeg.

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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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Dec
8
1:00 PM13:00

Crafternoon: Mini-Moccasins w/ Cynthia Boehm at MAWA

Free! The workshop is full. If you'd like to be added to a waiting list in case there is a cancellation please call 204-949-9490 or email programs@mawa.ca

This mini-moccasin session takes you through the moccasin-making process on a very small scale! As part of the workshop, you will learn the two-needle beading technique. More info here.

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Dec
7
12:00 PM12:00

First Friday Lecture + Holiday Party at MAWA

Lecture: Peru's Textile Tradition as Decolonial Practice by Francesca  Carella Arfinengo

Free, everyone welcome!

For thousands of years, weaving has played a central role in Peruvian society. Carella Arfinengo will present a brief survey of Peru’s textile tradition, from pre-Incan times to today. In this lecture, textiles will be discussed as cultural objects, framed by Andean Indigenous ways of knowing. Carella-Arfinengo will explore the impact of ongoing colonialism on Peruvian fibre traditions and present the work of contemporary designers and artists who use textiles as a means for decolonial practices. More info here.

Immediately following December’s First Friday lecture, MAWA will be hosting a holiday party. Come and enjoy the food and festivities. Everyone is welcome! Bring a friend and help the MAWA community grow.

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Dec
5
6:30 PM18:30

Artist Mothers at MAWA: Mixed-Media Card-Making at MAWA

Free! Open to all artist mothers. 

Space is limited to 20 for this meeting.  Please RSVP to Sandra at sfbrown@mymts.net to reserve your spot. 

Mixed-media artist Maryanne Sproule will lead the group in creating small, mixed-media works suitable for gift tags, cards and gifts. Supplies that will be provided include: papers, book pages, tissue paper, acrylic paints, stamps and fibres. Bring along any materials you would like to use and share.

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.

More info here.

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Dec
2
2:00 PM14:00

Mujer Artista Open House at MAWA

Free! We welcome all self-identified Latin women artists, working in any discipline, at any stage in your careers, Spanish-speaking or not.  

The Winnipeg-based Mujer Artista is a group of Latin women artists working together to support shared professional development, mentorship and networking. 

Mujer Artista is embarking on a new professional development series for 2019/2020. To support this, we invite local Latin women artists who may be interested in joining the group to attend an open house. Learn more about the group and upcoming activities!

We welcome all self-identified Latin women artists, working in any discipline, at any stage in your careers, Spanish-speaking or not.  More information on Mujer Artista is available at mujerartista.ca. 

Mujer Artista acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, MAWA and aceartinc. 

More info here.

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Nov
30
7:00 PM19:00

ART21 Screening at MAWA

Free! All welcome!

Presented in partnership with the Manitoba Association for Art Education

Join us for a public screening of an episode of the award-winning art education series ART21, featuring 3 women artists, Katy Grannan, Lynn Hershman, Stephanie Syjuco, and Creative Growth Art Center from the San Francisco Bay Area. ART21 is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring a more creative world through the works and words of contemporary artists.

Discussion will follow, facilitated by Dawn Knight. More info here.

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Nov
29
6:30 PM18:30

MAWA Presents: Theory + Beer w/ Kae Sasaki - Traditional Japanese Aesthetics

Free, everyone welcome!

Japanese literary titan Jun’ichiro Tanizaki’s short essay “In Praise of Shadows” offers sublime and at times peculiar insights into all things delicate and nuanced, heightened by shadows and the patina of age. This informal conversation will explore and critique Tanizaki’s random selection of themes encompassing architecture, theatre, lacquerware, food and skin colour. 

Reading: Jun’ichiro Tanizaki, “In Praise of Shadows” (1933, translated into English in 1977)
http://wwwedu.artcenter.edu/mertzel/spatial_scenography_1/Class%20Files/resources/In%20Praise%20of%20Shadows.pdf

More info here.

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Nov
26
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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Nov
22
7:00 PM19:00

Contextualizing Your Artwork w/ Hanna_G, Artist Boot Camp at MAWA

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

Presented in partnership with Creative Manitoba.

Didactics, brochures, self-published catalogues, artist talks, documentation, etc. How can providing context enhance the experience of the artwork? How much should an artist tell her audience? This workshop will give an overview of different ways to provide your audience with “a way in” to your work and deepen the experience of it, including everything from institutional standards for labelling, to experimental tours, to the blurb that appears on the back of an exhibition flyer. More info here.

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Nov
21
5:00 PM17:00

Interpreting [Interrupting] Youth: Video Screening + Discussion at Plug In ICA

On Wednesday, November 21, 2018, discover our current exhibition, Days of Reading: beyond this state of affairs through the interpretive lens of 5 youth participants.

Starting at 5:00 pm, participants of the fifth edition of our Interpreting [Interrupting] Youth [IIY] program, Mark Ginther, Tuva Bergstrom, Dylan VanDamme, Jordan Santiago and Victor Ilunga will offer the presentation of a short interpretive video produced by them in collaboration with Plug In ICA.

The Interpreting Youth 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 to audiences in the community. More info here.

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Nov
20
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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Nov
17
7:00 PM19:00

Woven Gardens Film Screening + Open House at Rubia Darya

Please join us for a special screening of David Attenborough’s 1975 documentary film about tribal weaving. In this 45 minute film he explains the origin and significance of weaving in nomadic cultures as he interacts with the Qashqa’i tribe of southwest Persia. The evening will also include a rug “show and tell” along with teas and refreshments. 

RSVP: Amy (rubiadarya@mymts.net), 204-223-5177 

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Nov
16
7:00 PM19:00

"Discovering Stillness" Opening Reception at Pulse Gallery

"When the world seems to stop and take a breath..."

A celebration of diversity with new works in both glass and acrylic paintings by Manitoba artist Kathleen Noelle Black. Kathleen has created a body of artwork that encourages viewers to pause, contemplate and take a breath. 

Kathleen was fortunate to be allowed to draw and paint on the walls as a child. Why stop playing now? She is comfortable in many mediums - acrylic, oil, encaustic, fabric, jewelry, glass sculpture, and pâte de verre. 

It is the strength and beauty of people and the prairies that inspires her. Her work expresses an overwhelming interest in time and mortality. Time of day, time of life, how little or great the time. She continuously works on developing new and creative techniques -- such as merging her love of painting and glass. 

We will be showcasing selected works from November 1-30 with much more on display the evening of the reception.

Artist will be in attendance. More info here

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Nov
15
8:00 PM20:00

The Ugly, Opening Night at aceartinc.

The Ugly at aceartinc. is a venue for artists working in live art and disciplines such as dance and theater that crossover into a contemporary art context. It is a platform for experimentation and research.

Starting as a pilot project, The Ugly has been created in response to a swell in demand for flexible performance space by artists for live art. It is a temporary, discrete space situated in the 400 sq ft space between the office and main gallery. It is designed to be a supportive venue for artists from Winnipeg and beyond providing free use of the space, free use of available equipment, and free cross promotion. The artist takes 100% of the door. A small staffing fee is the only cost.

The Ugly at aceartinc. (290 mcdermot ave, 2nd floor)

nov 15 / 8pm
nov 16 / 8pm
nov 17 / 8pm
nov 17 / 10pm
nov 18 / 8pm

doors 30 minutes to showtime   |   performances are approx 60 minutes

tix are pay what you can afford, CASH ONLY, and can be reserved at davisplett@gmail.com
or 204-805-4821 (do you want to txt me some time?)

More info here.

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Nov
13
7:00 PM19:00

Plug In ICA presents: STAGES Speaker Series - Artist Talk by Joar Nango

On Tuesday, November 13th 2018, Plug In ICA will kick off its second iteration of the STAGES Speaker Series in anticipation of STAGES 2019. With its conception in 2017, STAGES set out to activate the City of Winnipeg with temporary public sculpture and performances by nine international and local artists. The speaker series became a means of initiating and connecting the artists with local audiences, and introducing visiting artists to Winnipeg. 

Our first speaker in the 2019 STAGES Speakers Series is architect, builder, artist, and self-publisher Joar Nango. Nango’s work often parses out the division between design, architecture, and visual art and uses improvisation as method and process. Belonging to the indigenous peoples from Sápmi, the traditional territories of Sámi, improvisation is a cultural disposition for several communities like his, where the climate is merciless and resources are scarce. As such, Nango’s sculptural practice is stirred by chance, experimentation with localized raw materials, DIY aesthetics, and an in-tuned relationship to place. He creates actions and interventions; makeshift as well as permanent ones, that ultimately add up to our knowledge and connectedness to the environment we stand and thrive on.

Off-site. Location TBD. More info here.

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Nov
13
6:30 PM18:30

Desire Change Reading Group, Chapter 2 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 2, "They Aren't a Boy or a Girl, They are Mysterious": finding Possible Futures in Loving Animals and Aliens by Karin Cope prior to the November Meeting.

More info + registration here.

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Nov
12
6:30 PM18:30

Cross-Cultural Beading Group at MAWA

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

This meeting features guest beader Grace Ogunniyi demonstrating Nigerian 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. More info here.

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Nov
11
2:00 PM14:00

WJO Presents: "I Remember When" at the WAG

2 shows: 2:00pm + 7:30pm

“Since the advent of Benny Goodman, there have been too few clarinetists to fill the void that Goodman left. Ken Peplowski is most certainly one of those few. The man is magic”— Mel Torme

The WJO is thrilled to welcome back virtuoso clarinetist and entertaining host Ken Peplowski. Peplowski cut his teeth as a member of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and has since worked with the biggest stars in music; from Stitt to Sinatra, from the Queen of Pop to the King of Swing. He loves a good melody and will share some of his favourites with us for this show. More info here.

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Nov
10
2:00 PM14:00

Sympoietic Sound, Helga Jakobson Talk at aceartinc.

Sympoietic Sound takes its name from M. Beth Demster’s definition of collectively-producing systems. The installation highlights the webbed patterns and relations between plants, non human creatures, and humans. In this exhibition relays pass over and through non visible boundaries creating connections and dissonances, and are used to create a soundscape. A co-evolving sound generated from on-goingness.

Here, in this collectively producing system, there are the sounds of plants becoming with webs, humans becoming with both- we hear living, dying and all that lies between. As Donna Haraway says, Nothing makes itself; sympoiesis is a word for worlding-with, for company.

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Nov
8
7:00 PM19:00

Hanging Artwork Workshop w/ Johanna Pootenaar, Artist Boot Camp at MAWA

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

Presented in partnership with Creative Manitoba.

Hanging art is easier said than done. Learn the basics of installing framed and unframed artwork from a professional gallery technician, as well as how to creatively problem-solve challenging situations that may arise in the process. This workshop will cover fundamental techniques for hanging work safely and securely on different wall types, as well as the basics of layout for different spaces. It is essential for anyone who wants to understand how to best display their artwork. It will be mainly theoretical, so no need to bring your hammer! More info here.

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Nov
7
6:30 PM18:30

Artist Mothers Group: One-a-Day Bash Group Critique at MAWA

Free! Open to all artist mothers.

Every year in October, Artist Mothers at MAWA challenge each other to make one artwork a day. This meeting will celebrate what has been accomplished. Bring the pieces you made in October—whether you managed to make one every day or not—for show-and-tell and helpful feedback.

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. More info here.

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Nov
6
7:00 PM19:00

ArtsScene Presents: BoardLink WPG 2018

Have you ever considered using your business leadership skills on an arts board? Whether you're a novice who has never served on a board before or you're simply looking to get involved with a new organization, boardlink gives young professionals an opportunity to connect with local arts organizations in need.

This year’s boardlink event will include a number of local arts organizations, both big and small, who are looking to add young professionals to their boards or committees.

Tickets are only $5! More info here.

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Nov
6
6:30 PM18:30

MAWA Presents: Circus! - Fundraising Dinner & Skills Auction

$50 Tickets purchased online will be held for you at the door. If you have any questions please email info@mawa.ca or call 204-949-9490

MAWA’s Fall Supper is back … the dress-up culinary event of the year. This year’s theme is circus, whatever that means to you. Want an excuse to wear that clown nose? This is it! A dinner of deliciousness awaits you, with vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and meaty options. Featuring comedy by rib-tickling Lara Rae, tunes by roving accordion player Annemarie, fortune telling, billiards coordinated by Canadian Women’s Pool Master Gwen Armstrong, fussball, table tennis, dancing, a 50/50 draw and more! It’ll be a fun-packed evening for everyone! Plus, you can bid on some of the many skills possessed by the MAWA community. Last year, cat whisperer Bev Pike offered some pet therapy. Who knows what will be on offer this year?

Circus! is being held in support of MAWA’s Legacy Fund at the Winnipeg Foundation. Our aim is to grow this pot of money so we will be able to use the annual interest to pay for the Foundation Mentorship Program, ensuring that it will continue in perpetuity. An exciting and ambitious goal! Already, thanks to your support, the fund has grown from less than $500 nine years ago to almost $90,000 today. By working together, we can achieve so much.

To make this fundraiser a success, we need your skills! Willing to loan your pool for a party or offer a playdate with your pet python? Want to teach someone how to make remoulade or rewire a lamp? We’d really appreciate your contribution. If you have a talent to share or an experience for us to auction please follow this link and fill out the form. If you have any questions about the process contact Alison at info@mawa.ca or call 204-949-9490.

More info here.

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Nov
2
7:00 PM19:00

The Pink Couch Series at The Kinship Studio

The Kinship Studio is back with The Pink Couch Series! Every month they will invite a guest speaker to join them and share a story about their experience in the design community. The event will take place from 7-9 at the studio with the speaker starting at 7:30. They encourage you to stick around after to meet other people in the design community, creating some amazing connections for you and your business. 

This month’s feature: Chandra + Charla, Co-owners of Third + Bird!

More info here.

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Nov
2
6:00 PM18:00

"On the Verge" Artist-Teacher Group Show Opening at MAWA

In this year's annual group exhibit, On the Verge, the MAWA Artist Teachers explore the tension between boundaries and freedom. In an increasingly complex world, how do we search for that elusive (and likely fleeting) balance between control and chaos?  Between order and pandemonium? Between harmony and anarchy? How do we navigate social, psychological and physical confines to discover a happy medium? Join the Artist Teachers on November 2nd to see works that will test limits, dance in the margins, push through barriers, tiptoe on the periphery and play with being on the edge. 

The Artist Teachers Group consists of woman-identified and non-binary artist-educators who come together for professional development as artists. For more information visit mawaartistteachers.weebly.com. More info here.

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Nov
2
5:00 PM17:00

Making Our Mark III: Interface, Opening Reception at Martha Street Studio

Martha Street Studio is pleased to present Making Our Mark III: Interface, a group show with work by Miranda KudajczykMichelle Pichette, and Andrea von Wichert. Making Our Mark is a printmaking and professional development mentorship program created in partnership with Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba and funded by the Winnipeg Foundation.

Making Our Mark III: Interface will be on display at Martha Street Studio from Friday, November 2nd – Saturday, December 1st, 2018. An opening reception will be held on Friday, November 2nd from 5-8 pm with the artists in attendance. This event is free and open to the public. 

Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday, 10 am – 5 pm, and Saturday*, 12 – 5 pm.
*closed Saturdays of long weekends

More info here.

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Nov
2
12:00 PM12:00

Women in Sound Art + Experimental Music: First Friday Lecture at MAWA

Free, all are welcome!

Cole will discuss the continually evolving history of female-identifying artists in the fields of sound art and experimental music. This history continues to be written as overlooked or ignored innovators and trailblazers from decades past are uncovered, recognized and championed. Their pioneering work leads to our contemporary context, with an abundance of female artists working within these fields. More info here.

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