Jun
27
6:30 PM18:30

Generation Green Community Clean-Up!

Come hang-out with the staff of Generation Green/Acorn Cafe and their friends and family help us pick-up litter!! We care a lot about the earth and the environment and don't like seeing so much litter all around us!

If you like to hangout and visit the Exchange, help us make it more beautiful! If you don't spend time here or can't make it downtown, pick-up trash where it matters to you! ♥

Brings friends, music, or whatever will make this worth it for you! We wanna socialize, hang out, dance, and make being environmentally-friendly fun!! More info here.

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Jun
27
7:00 PM19:00

Samina Islam Artist-in-Residence Artist Talk at MAWA

Free, everyon is welcome!

Join us for an artist talk by MAWA's Artist in Residence from June 2 - June 30, 2018, Samina Islam (Karachi, Pakistan). 

Samina Islam is a mixed-media artist of mixed heritage (she has a Pakistani father and Dutch mother). She incorporates needlework on top of her images, which are usually printed on canvas, experimenting with diverse visual media to achieve the effect she is looking for. She is intrigued by people’s traditions and surroundings, and her process is spontaneous and intuitive. Inspired by painting while on a residency in Japan, Islam will be painting what she encounters in Winnipeg, embellishing these works with embroidery, glass beads and sequins. She will document her time here through photography and video. More info here.

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Jun
27
7:00 PM19:00

Cartae Open School Artist Talk at aceartinc.

This year’s Cartae Open School participants’ practices orbit themes of space, place and memory. As a group they have engaged in critical dialogue surrounding identity, trauma and vulnerability. The juxtaposition of their work in the exhibition parallels the tensions within and between their personal narratives. Together the work forms a resonant chorus of associations that complicate social landscapes. More info here.

2017/18 participants:
Elise Dawson
Christina Hajjar
Julian K
Michelle Panting
Sarah Stewart

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Jun
28
6:00 PM18:00

30th Anniversary Exhibitions: Imprint and Markings at Martha Street Studio

30th Anniversary Exhibitions: Imprint and Markings

Please join us for the opening reception of Imprint: 30th Anniversary Members' Showand Markings: Manitoba Printmakers Association on Thursday June 28th, 2018from 6-9 pm. This event is free to attend and open to the public.

Imprint features print-based artwork available for purchase from current members of Martha Street Studio (MSS). The exhibition marks the 30 year anniversary of the incorporation of the Manitoba Printmakers Association (MPA) and is presented alongside Markings: Manitoba Printmakers Association.

Markings encompasses a selection of material illustrating 30 years of printmakin from MPA's history. The Board of Directors, with the assistance of Abigail Auld, researched MPA's roots, resurrection, growth and changes, to present a display of MPA archives.

Imprint and Markings will be on view from June 28th - July 28th, 2018.

Gallery hours: Tuesday - Friday, 10 am - 5 pm, Saturday 12 - 5 pm. We are closed on Saturdays of long weekends.

Lino-Hop Dance Party

On Thursday June 28th from 6-9 pm, come by for our free outdoor linocut workshop and dance party! Featuring live music by DJ MAE, DJ Night Plans, The Spinsters, and beatslut. This event will take place on Pacific Avenue between Martha Street and Lily Street and is kid-friendly, and open to the public. Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult to take part in the linocut workshop.

 

More info here.

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Jun
10
3:00 PM15:00

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

On Sunday, June 10 2018 discover our current exhibition Shit-Baby and the Crumpled Giraffeby Naufus Ramierz Figueroa and Białystok by Przemek Pyszczek through the interpretive lens of six youth.

Starting at 3pm, participants of the fifth edition of our Interpreting [Interrupting] Youth [IIY] program, Danielle Anderson, Cameron Armstrong, Jand Avila, Raven Furgeson, Danielle Sneesby and youth mentor, Crista Ordonez will present short interpretive videos produced by them in collaboration with Plug In ICA, Just TV and the Broadway Neighborhood Center. 

The screening offers a visual reflection of the youth’s collective and individual experiences of Shit-Baby and the Crumpled Giraffe and Białystok and marks the culmination of an intensive four weeks of meeting, working, and thinking together about the exhibitions; and about video as an interpretive mode.  

The event begins with a short reception in the gallery, from 3-3:30pm. The screening and panel discussion with IIY participants is moderated by Assistant Curator Sarah Nesbitt, and will begin at 3:30pm. Everyone welcome! Snacks and refreshments will be served. More info here.

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Jun
9
5:00 PM17:00

Canadian Art Spring Issue Launch Party at Plug In ICA

On Saturday, June 9th Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art will host a launch party for Canadian Art's Summer Issue. The issue takes on the act of translation as its primary focus and includes a special cover commission by Caroline Monnet. Join us and the Canadian Art team for a drink from 5-7pm in our galleries.  Special subscription rates will be available to attendees, as well as individual copies for sale. More info here.

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Jun
8
9:00 PM21:00

Kusama Infinity Opening Night Screening at Cinematheque, co-presented w/ MAWA

Kusama - Infinity
Directed by Heather Lenz
2018, USA, 80 min
(Japanese with English subtitles)

Screenings:

  • Friday, June 8, 2018, 9pm
  • Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10, 3pm 
  • Wednesday - Friday, June 13 – 15, 7pm
  • Saturday, June 16, 3pm and 7pm 
  • Sunday, June 17, 7 pm 

Admission $10; $8 students and seniors
at Cinematheque, 100 Arthur Street
presented in partnership with the WFG Cinematheque

Kusama - Infinity explores trailblazing Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s journey from a conservative upbringing in Japan to international fame. When she was younger, she wrote a letter to Georgia O’Keeffe, who invited her to visit in New Mexico and encouraged her to go to New York. There, as a woman and woman of colour, she fought for respect in the male-dominated art world. Many believe that Lucas Samaras, Claes Oldenburg and Andy Warhol copied her work. Now at the age of 88, Yayoi Kusama is one of the most successful artists in the world. Her exhibitions (featuring her signature Infinity Mirror Rooms) draw thousands of visitors, with lines stretching around the block and hours-long waits to enter the galleries. Among her many accomplishments, Kusama’s work commands the highest price of any living woman artist at auctions. More info here.

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Jun
8
6:30 PM18:30

The Pink Couch Series at The Kinship Studio

Featuring Ashley Wood from Manifest This! Podcast

The Kinship Studio has just launched their new event, 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.

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Jun
6
7:00 PM19:00

Ninon Wakeland: Horizon Lines, Opening Reception at Pulse Gallery

Pulse Gallery is pleased to present an organic series of watercolour and mixed media paintings by Manitoba artist, Ninon Wakeland: Horizon Lines. Exhibition runs June 1-30.

"Since childhood, I've searched for my own language and expression.  I grew up in the wilds of northern Manitoba, on a lake.  I now find myself living on Lake Winnipeg and experiencing this amazing lake in all her glory and intimacy.  I cannot help but try to capture her moods, because they mirror mine. Colour, it's fluidity and depth, are the focus of my watercolour and mixed media paintings."

More info here.

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Jun
6
6:30 PM18:30

Artist Mothers at MAWA, Chrysanthemums: en plein air session

Free! Open to all artist mothers.

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. 

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, knowing 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

More info here.

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Jun
5
6:30 PM18:30

Artist Teachers Group at MAWA

Free for MAWA and MAEE members.  All women & non-binary artist educators welcome.

Facilitated by Dawn Knight

Are you an artist and educator who spends all of your energy facilitating other peoples’ work? Have you started to lose your own practice? Are you willing to commit to professional and creative growth? Meet with other women and non-binary visual artists who work in education to develop your skills as an artist. Monthly meetings focus on critique of each other’s work, professional practice workshops led by working artists, exhibition preparation, and meaningful peer support regarding what it means to be a teacher AND an artist. More info here.

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Jun
2
1:00 PM13:00

Indigenous Women's Gathering at MAWA

Free! For Indigenous women only.

A discussion about Indigenous women’s art by and for Indigenous women. Bring an artwork to share or come to see the work of others. All First Nations, Métis and Inuit women-identified people welcome!

Ottawa-based Indigenous curator Lee-Ann Martin will be present to share her experiences and offer feedback. The gathering will be opened with a prayer by Knowledge Keeper Ko’ona Saber. Light lunch will be served. More info here.

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Jun
1
7:00 PM19:00

Cartae Open School Exhibition, Opening Reception at aceartinc.

Poetry Readings at 8:30 & 9pm

This year’s Cartae Open School participants’ practices orbit themes of space, place and memory. As a group they have engaged in critical dialogue surrounding identity, trauma and vulnerability. The juxtaposition of their work in the exhibition parallels the tensions within and between their personal narratives. Together the work forms a resonant chorus of associations that complicate social landscapes. More info here.

2017/18 participants:
Elise Dawson
Christina Hajjar
Julian K
Michelle Panting
Sarah Stewart

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Jun
1
6:00 PM18:00

DESIGN QUARTER WINNIPEG'S ANNIVERSARY: POP-UP BOX REVEAL!

Design Quarter Winnipeg turns one on June 1st! To celebrate, we will be unveiling our "POP-UP BOX", the middle shipping container permanently located in Bijou Park, to showcase what kind of pop-up opportunities can transpire within this unique, re-purposed vessel.

On June 1st, we will transform the “POP-UP BOX” into a mini cocktail bar + lounge area for the public as they are out exploring the Exchange District for First Fridays. We will also take this opportunity to distribute our new Design Quarter maps to visitors! Featuring:

  • Cocktail by Cibo Waterfront Cafe
  • Lounge by HUT K
  • Food by Kyu Grill
  • + Live jazz by Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra musicians!

Our objective for this event is to not only celebrate Design Quarter’s anniversary, but also provide the public with a fun space to temporarily set up shop, have a drink, enjoy some music, pick up a new map, and be on their way to their next First Friday stop. As there will be a few other major events + outdoor activity happening simultaneously on this date in the Exchange, our hope is to create a circuit of activity, connecting the East and West Exchange areas. In doing this, we will promote local design culture by engaging the public in an inventive and interactive way.

[ The overall intention of the “POP-UP BOX” is to provide our Design Quarter members with the opportunity to promote their businesses by temporarily activating Bijou Park. Anticipated activities to take place in/around the “POP-UP BOX” on a semi-regular basis include, but are not limited to, small markets, art production, performance, information dissemination, etc. ]

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Jun
1
6:00 PM18:00

Resilience Launch Celebration + Billboard Bus at MAWA

Resilience is an exhibition of 50 artworks by 50 contemporary Indigenous women artists on billboards coast to coast. Curated by Lee-Ann Martin. Produced by MAWA. 

Join us at MAWA to celebrate contemporary Indigenous women’s art! This reception will feature speakers, including curator Lee-Ann Martin, images of all 50 artworks played on rotation, and a free, wheelchair accessible bus to visit some of the billboards. Remarks will take place at 6:30pm. We will be joined for the evening by special guests the Red Robe Women Drum Society Singers.

Learn about all the Resilience artists and see the map of all the billboard locations at resilienceproject.ca

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Jun
1
4:00 PM16:00

Alleyways in the Exchange!

  • Various locations in the Exchange District (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Alleyways Market is expanding with some fabulous programming in other Exchange alleyways! 

ALLEYWAYS MARKET: Maker/Farmers market in Elgin Ave. alleyway, curated by Lucky Girl Pop-up.

ALLEYWAYS ART LOUNGE: Live art + lounge in the ArtSpace drayway, organized by ArtSpace.

ALLEWAYS SWING DANCE: Join in swing dancing in the John Hirsch Pl. alleyway, led by Hepcat Studio.

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Jun
1
1:00 PM13:00

Indigenous Women's Gathering at MAWA

Free! For Indigenous women only.

A discussion about Indigenous women’s art by and for Indigenous women. Bring an artwork to share or come to see the work of others. All First Nations, Métis and Inuit women-identified people welcome!

Ottawa-based Indigenous curator Lee-Ann Martin will be present to share her experiences and offer feedback. The gathering will be opened with a prayer by Knowledge Keeper Ko’ona Saber. Light lunch will be served. More info here.

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May
28
6:30 PM18:30

Cross-Cultural Beading Group at MAWA

Free! 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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May
26
7:00 PM19:00

Storefront MB Presents: Table For 1200 More

  • Location of the event will be announced the day of! (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

TableFor1200More highlights Winnipeg’s emerging design scene by bringing together architecture, design, and the culinary arts to create an evening of entertainment and stimulating conversation in an absolutely unique setting. At approximately 1200 feet long, TableFor1200More is a truly spectacular ‘pop-up’ outdoor dining experience that attracts both local and international media attention. The event is a fun and exciting opportunity to engage in a public conversation about the value of architecture, design culture and the city. It takes place in an amazing urban space in Winnipeg, announced to guests one-hour prior to the occasion. TableFor1200More is organized as part of StorefrontMB’s mandate to raise awareness about the value of architecture, design, and urbanism to the broader community. http://www.tablefor1200more.ca/#tablefor1200more

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May
25
6:00 PM18:00

Simply Winnipeg by Winnipeg Artist Elena El, Opening Reception at cre8ery

Additional hours: May 24 to June 5, 6pm: Tuesday to Friday, 12-6pm; Saturday, 12-5pm

“It’s morning. You sip coffee while scrolling through social media posts. You see exotic places, far away people… And then suddenly, something looks familiar. Yes, it is an image of your neighbourhood; sunshine, tall trees, that interesting building at the corner of the street, the man that looks just like your neighbour walking his dog…This picture makes you feel good.

It makes you feel proud of the beautiful place you live in – Winnipeg.”

Elena El is a fine artist specializing in Winnipeg cityscapes. Her preferred medium is acrylic on canvas. She is a member of Assiniboia Group of Artists Cooperative, and you can see her artwork at the various Winnipeg art shows, exhibitions and festivals. Her paintings have been featured in WHERE Winnipeg, Ciao!, CBC Manitoba Scene, Breakfast Television and Winnipeg Free Press. More info here.

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May
25
5:00 PM17:00

On The Docks Award + Exhibition Night at Mere Hotel

The intent of this ideas competition is to involve citizens in urban potentials of the underused and/or abandoned spaces of Winnipeg. Through a community based ideas competition, people will be encouraged to come up with imaginative solutions for the site. There are no limitations to the ideas, and explorative ideas are encouraged. The Alexander Docks have become one of these derelict spaces in which the local community has the opportunity to voice their ideas of how it could be better used. Located along the Red River, there is even greater opportunity to link the downtown with access to the river. We’re posing this question to the community - what type of public space would most benefit the site? https://www.onthedocks.org

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May
24
7:30 PM19:30

Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra Presents: St. James Infirmary Blues with vocalist Hannah Fearn

The Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra presents St. James Infirmary Blues, an exciting concert of New Orleans‐inspired big band music and fundraiser in support of the WJO recording fund. This spectacular concert will begin with the musicians of the WJO marching through the audience performing St. James Infirmary, a traditional song played at New Orleans funeral dirges, followed by Second Line, another traditional song played at wakes in celebration of a person's life. This is all the more appropriate in the unique and beautiful setting of the Neil Bardal Funeral Centre, located across from Brookside Cemetery.

Joining the stage with the WJO will be special guests who will have audience members more than tapping toes by the end of the show. In addition to the music at this unique and spectacular concert, patrons will enjoy a complimentary glass of wine (cash wine bar also available) sponsored by Frontera Winery, light refreshments during intermission, the opportunity to win door prizes, a partial tax receipt and complimentary parking.

The number of tickets is limited. If you are unable to attend, the WJO will gratefully receive donations of any size.

Wines by Frontera. Dress is business casual. ALL TICKETS $65 (partial tax receipt)

More info here.

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May
24
6:30 PM18:30

MAWA presents Theory + Beer: Physical Texts w/ Jennifer Still

Free, everyone welcome!

When does a word become its materiality and a materiality become its word? This Theory and Beer will be a discussion of the animated, three-dimensional, physical possibilities and artificial distinctions between text and the material world. The conversation will begin with a group reading from Silk Poems by Jen Bervin, an artist and poet whose research-driven interdisciplinary works weave together art, writing, science and life in a complex, elegant way. Other matter-text fusions will include Laurie Anderson’s “Chalkroom,” Jen Bervin’s Tactile Language, and the PBS Electric Company’s “ING Song.” Readings/visuals will be provided in hard copy that evening. More info here.

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May
23
7:00 PM19:00

RESPONDENT SERIES TALK w/ Art City’s Directors Eddie Ayoub + Josh Ruth at Plug In ICA

As part of our ongoing Respondent Series, on Wednesday, May 23, 7pm Art City Directors, Eddie Ayoub and Josh Ruth will speak about the history and mandate of Art City, one of Canada’s most dynamic and exciting community art centres.  

We are hosting this presentation and discussion about Art City within the context of our current exhibitions Shit-Baby and the Crumpled Giraffe by Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, and Białystok by Przemek Pyszczek to respond to shared themes of youth and childhood. Within Ramírez-Figueroa’s installation, themes of child psychology and its embodiment are explored in his sculptural installation and video. And in Białystok by Pyszczek sculptural forms evoke unstructured play that reference early childhood playgrounds. For this talk, Ayoub and Ruth will give an overview of the history and programming of Art City addressing their approach to youth education and community art programming, thinking about how play can be a radical tool for education, community development, confidence and self-empowerment. More info here.

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May
22
7:00 PM19:00

Figure Drawing at MAWA

All woman-identified 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 all-woman 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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May
18
7:00 PM19:00

The Maritime Plaza Hotel by Cameron Forbes, Launch + Artist Talk at aceartinc.

Built in 1964, the mushroom-shape of Montreal’s Maritime Plaza Hotel was a local iteration of a larger movement towards circular constructions, reproducing a hopeful gesture towards a future utopia, one that never would come to be.

Inspired by the Plaza, Forbes’ painting and drawing based installation conjures and amplifies the transitoriness that such places inhabit in twenty first century life. Occupying both a past iteration of an expected bright future while crises that inform current architecture leave such buildings obsolete is deeply uncanny.

The work explores this via observation, repetition and staging. By looking outward through the Plaza’s framed and curtained windows as well as inward to its oxidizing décor, the movements between interior and exterior, public and private, the grid and the curve, the past and the future break from their binaries to form a hyperobject that is both beautiful and unsettling. More info here.

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