Apr
23
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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Apr
25
6:30 PM18:30

MAWA Presents: The Queerness of Passing - Theory and Beer w/ Hailey Primrose

Free, everyone welcome to attend!

This Theory and Beer will explore the relationships we have with our multiple selves—those which are immediately recognized by others as socially encrypted and those we must reveal in order to be seen. What role does one’s public image play in validating one’s identities and how do we engage with visible and invisible traits when creating artwork?

Readings:

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Apr
25
7:00 PM19:00

UnCommon Pours at The Common: Wine 101

Once again, sommelier Veronique Rivest will be at The Common treating our senses to another freshly curated wine and beer list this spring! We are offering two different events:

Wine 101: Thursday April 25, 7PM, $40 | Three whites + three reds.
Experience an intro to wine tasting with The Common’s sommelier, Veronique Rivest. Brush up on your wine vocabulary, and notice some of the defining characteristics that make a gamay different from a pinot.

Spring Beer + Wine List Launch: Friday, April 26, 5PM + 6PM, $20 | Flight + guided tasting.
A more casual and quick introduction to a few samplings from the new wine list.

Tickets: theforks.com/wine

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Apr
26
5:00 PM17:00

UnCommon Pours at The Common: Spring Beer + Wine List Launch

Once again, sommelier Veronique Rivest will be at The Common treating our senses to another freshly curated wine and beer list this spring! We are offering two different events:

Wine 101: Thursday April 25, 7PM, $40 | Three whites + three reds.
Experience an intro to wine tasting with The Common’s sommelier, Veronique Rivest. Brush up on your wine vocabulary, and notice some of the defining characteristics that make a gamay different from a pinot.

Spring Beer + Wine List Launch: Friday, April 26, 5PM + 6PM, $20 | Flight + guided tasting.
A more casual and quick introduction to a few samplings from the new wine list.

Tickets: theforks.com/wine

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Apr
26
7:00 PM19:00

'Class' + 'Comma Boat' Opening Receptions at Plug In ICA

Class by Karen Asher will see Asher for the first time extending her established photographic practice into the broader realm of installation. The exhibition will feature a ninety-minute video of music, dance and visual effects. The central video reflects her photographic practice for which she slowly engages her subjects, mostly friends and family, in a set of scenarios that border on highly composed to happenstance.
Comma Boat by Ryan Trecartin is a three-channel video installation is characteristic of Trecartin’s work in its critique of mass media and celebrity culture, which he achieves through a controlled chaos.

Exhibitions run from April 27 to June 30, 2019

More information here.

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Apr
26
7:00 PM19:00

Connie Chappel: Embodiment, Opening Reception at aceartinc.

This multi-faceted exhibition uses sculptural installation to combine curious material into experimental archaeological scenarios. Unusual juxtapositions of artificial and natural objects investigate the idiosyncrasies of organic growth, decay and exhumation processes. Cryptic memorials merge kinetic twigs and branches with static rocks and body parts. Quivering air currents enliven suspended tree roots. An ambient glow beneath stain of sap drops on paper pays hommage to a meaningful birch wound. This living artifact display aims to conceive a highly delicate, eerie + fantastical forest that finds itself suspended in time.
Artist talk: May 4, 2pm
Exhibition runs: April 26 – May 24, 2019

http://aceart.org

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Apr
27
12:00 PM12:00

Story Skirts Workshop with Leanna Marshall at MAWA (1 of 2)

$50, all materials provided.  Register here or by calling 201-949-9490. This is a 2 afternoon workshop, please plan on attending both sessions.

This is a sewing and poetry workshop with the theme, “stories we tell our sisters.” A series of writing exercises will help generate ideas for creating stories, then participants will learn how to sew. Everyone will have the opportunity to make their own skirt, using appliqué, colour and a variety of materials (including ribbon) to express their unique story. If there are fabrics that are significant to you, even scraps, please bring them.

More info here.

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Apr
27
1:00 PM13:00

The Winnipeg Architecture Foundation Presents: HIDDEN WINNIPEG

Join us for an architectural scavenger hunt! By bike, on foot or by wheelchair, solve clues to discover the stories behind Winnipeg buildings and landmarks. There will be two versions of the hunt - by bicycle or on foot. Teams of all ages are welcome. Meet in Old Market Square!

For more information, visit www.winnipegarchitecture.ca under “Events”. Registration costs $6 per person. Under 5 is free. Proceeds will fund Winnipeg Architecture Foundation public programmes. Presented by the Winnipeg Architecture Foundation, Exchange District BIZ and the FLASH Festival.

Visit the Facebook Event Page here.

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Apr
28
12:00 PM12:00

Story Skirts Workshop with Leanna Marshall at MAWA (2 of 2)

$50, all materials provided.  Register here or by calling 201-949-9490. This is a 2 afternoon workshop, please plan on attending both sessions.

This is a sewing and poetry workshop with the theme, “stories we tell our sisters.” A series of writing exercises will help generate ideas for creating stories, then participants will learn how to sew. Everyone will have the opportunity to make their own skirt, using appliqué, colour and a variety of materials (including ribbon) to express their unique story. If there are fabrics that are significant to you, even scraps, please bring them.

More info here.

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May
1
7:00 PM19:00

Dance Like Nobody's Watching, Opening Reception at Pulse Gallery

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

An exhibition that captures the freedom of living in the moment; of losing one's inhibitions imposed by an inner critic or the perceived opinions of others.  Inspired by the unabashed actions of children, the playful antics of animals and even the dancing of leaves in the wind, Leslie Franklin's pieces are filled with vitality and movement.  

She strives to draw the viewer into the action in the piece and in doing so, hopes they might just reflect on their own bucket list and maybe, just maybe, even be inspired to dance...like nobody's watching! 

Artist in attendance for the opening reception. Selected works exhibited May 1 -31.

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May
2
7:00 PM19:00

Red: Tayler Buss, Opening Reception at aceartinc.

Exhibition runs: May 2–11, 2019

Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 12–5pm


Red is an exploration of cultural identity and personal relationships through the use of household objects. The contrast between Western and Chinese objects serves as a metaphor for memories and relationships. The colour red is a connective element throughout the piece while upholding it's traditional meaning in Chinese culture: good fortune. 

The artist would like to give a special acknowledgement to Helen Lee.

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May
3
5:00 PM17:00

DQW TURNS 2!

  • POP UP BOX shipping container, Bijou Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us as we, once again, activate our POP UP BOX shipping container for our second birthday party! In honour of the Architecture + Design Film Festival (May 1 - 5), we’ll be screening the ArchiShorts from a+dff 2018 (two-minute films about architecture and/or the built environment, submitted through a free + open-to-all competition) from inside the container! Pop by during your First Friday wander to check out all or just a few of these fun + inventive short films while enjoying free Little Brown Jug samples and popcorn! Cheers to another year of celebrating local design culture in Winnipeg’s core!

This event is generously sponsored by Fillmore Riley LLP. Facebook Event Page here.

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May
3
7:00 PM19:00

Sharon Alward Artist Talk at aceartinc.

Join us on the First Friday in May for a presentation from Sharon Alward.

"Sharon Alward is a performance artist. Her works explore issues related to postmodern religious thought. Through her performances she invites her audiences to question dualistic thinking and to experience a bodily dimension of knowledge. Specifically, her research questions the metaphysical, moral and epistemological role of the contemporary artist through the use of ritual symbolism. Her interdisciplinary investigation into art and religious thought is focused on the performative body.”

Read more: http://sharonalward.com/

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May
10
5:00 PM17:00

Sequences of Territories, Opening Reception at Martha Street Studio

In Sequences of Territories, Ilana Pichon traces her movement, some stops, and landscapes she has encountered on three journeys driven alone by car between Québec City and Winnipeg (2015, 2017, 2019). With each separate journey she explores the memories associated with place and takes care to value the moment and the process. She studies the impact of loops and repetition through her artistic process.

Exhibition Dates: Friday May 10th - Friday June 14th, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday May 10th, 5-8 pm, artist will be in attendance
Free Workshop by Ilana Pichon: Patterns & Postcards - Saturday, May 11, 2-5 pm (drop-in)

More information here.

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May
11
2:00 PM14:00

Sequences of Territories, drop-in workshops at Martha Street Studio

In Sequences of Territories, Ilana Pichon traces her movement, some stops, and landscapes she has encountered on three journeys driven alone by car between Québec City and Winnipeg (2015, 2017, 2019). With each separate journey she explores the memories associated with place and takes care to value the moment and the process. She studies the impact of loops and repetition through her artistic process.

Exhibition Dates: Friday May 10th - Friday June 14th, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday May 10th, 5-8 pm, artist will be in attendance
Free Workshop by Ilana Pichon: Patterns & Postcards - Saturday, May 11, 2-5 pm (drop-in)

More information here.

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May
25
9:00 AM09:00

aceartinc. Presents: A Portrait with your Pet at Grafitti Gallery

Join us for aceartinc.'s fundraiser "A Portrait with your Pet" happening on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at Grafitti Gallery! Chronicle you and your fur babies with an exciting lineup of photographers in fun sets designed by local artists. 

**Please note the change of the original date and location from April 13 at aceartinc. 

Set #1: by Kelly Campbell & Megumi Kinata
Photography 9am – 1pm by Mahlet Cuff
Photography 1pm – 5pm by Christine St. Martin
About the set: Cruise down Portage Avenue in a cardboard mint-coloured convertible with pink flames. 

Set #2: by Peatr Thomas
Photography 9am –1pm by Kelechi Asagwara
Photography 1pm – 5pm by TBA
About the set: Float on pillowy, illuminated clouds in a bright blue sky. 

Set #2: by Rachel Thorleifson
Photography 9am – 1pm by Mike Peters
Photography 1pm – 5pm by TBA
About the set: more info coming soon! 

Tickets are now on sale for $60 +fee via Eventbrite.

Unable to attend? You can support the event by making a DONATION

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Apr
17
6:30 PM18:30

Tough Love with Seema Goel at MAWA

Free! Artists of all genders welcome. To register for a crit, email Adriana at programs@mawa.ca with “Tough Love April 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. Seema Goel will be the April guest critic.

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Apr
12
7:00 PM19:00

Margaret Switala: A Spontaneous Journey, Reception at Pulse Gallery

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

Producing abstract work is a big departure from Margaret Switala's paintings in finely detailed realism and surrealism. For her, the challenges of creating something provocative and meaningful through the use of colour, form and texture have initiated a journey of self exploration and reinvention.

On a rudimentary level, her work is about beauty, truth and connectivity. She is evolving from one artwork to the next.  This is her abstract language. It is as much about the process itself as it is the product of her own personal voyage and exploration.  

Selected Works Exhibited April 1 - 30.

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Apr
9
7:00 PM19:00

Plug In ICA Presents: Artist Talk w/ Daniel Buren at the WAG

As part of Plug in ICA’s STAGES Speaker Series, it is a true honour to bring the uncompromising and influential French conceptual artist, Daniel Buren to Winnipeg. The legendary Buren will give a public talk detailing his bold and categorical work.

Buren is known in the art-world for his signature stripes, which he began using in the late 1960s as part of a counter-culture in the visual arts that rejected the authenticity of the artist -- questioning the art market, its valorization of individual genius and the progression of ideas into a resolution.

More info here.

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Apr
8
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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Apr
7
1:00 PM13:00

Pysanka Workshop w/ Natasha Halayda at MAWA

This workshop takes place over two afternoons: Saturday April 6 & Sunday April 7, 1-4pm

Pysanky, or Ukrainian Easter Eggs, is a traditional art dating to pre-Christian, early Slavic cultures. The root of Pysanka is “pysaty,” which literally means “to write.” The colourful, traditional designs developed from an evolving language of symbols. Pysanky were written as gifts of goodwill, expressing wishes of good fortune, fertility and health for family and community.

This workshop will teach the traditional, wax-resist method of dying eggs, with a focus on exploring the intention of writing with symbols and designing each egg with personal content. It will discuss cultural evolution and how to keep an authentic connection with heritage arts, remembering creative intent as well as technique and aesthetics.

$15, all materials provided.  Register here or by calling 204-949-9490

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Apr
6
1:00 PM13:00

Pysanka Workshop w/ Natasha Halayda at MAWA

This workshop takes place over two afternoons: Saturday April 6 & Sunday April 7, 1-4pm

Pysanky, or Ukrainian Easter Eggs, is a traditional art dating to pre-Christian, early Slavic cultures. The root of Pysanka is “pysaty,” which literally means “to write.” The colourful, traditional designs developed from an evolving language of symbols. Pysanky were written as gifts of goodwill, expressing wishes of good fortune, fertility and health for family and community.

This workshop will teach the traditional, wax-resist method of dying eggs, with a focus on exploring the intention of writing with symbols and designing each egg with personal content. It will discuss cultural evolution and how to keep an authentic connection with heritage arts, remembering creative intent as well as technique and aesthetics.

$15, all materials provided.  Register here or by calling 204-949-9490

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Apr
4
7:00 PM19:00

"Nest... as a hiding place in the sky" - Artist presentation by Kelsey Braun at aceartinc.

Nest… as a hiding place in the sky considers space as an illusion, as that which shifts between the perceivable and the peripheral—we can often hear the birds but cannot see the nest. Constructed from a foundation of sound extracted out of field recordings, foley, found-audio and gestures of sonic improvisation, this work is a multi-channel composition for a room. Nest…. intends on establishing an ocean of vibration where time and space are nudged towards an obtuse and poetically shifting experience. Speakers dispersed throughout the gallery underline one’s sense of proximity and complement the room’s physical material—in some cases transmitting sound from within the building itself. Nest…. encourages a heightened sense of hearing, relating the aural to architecture, social space and memory.

More info here.

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Apr
4
5:30 PM17:30

Women in 3D Printing Demonstration w/ Marney Stapley at MAWA

Free! Women and non-binary folks welcome

Presented in partnership with Women in 3D Printing

Are you interested in the potential of 3D printing? Have a bunch of questions but don’t know who to ask? Marney Stapley will be demonstrating and describing some of the applications of 3D printing and sharing information regarding 3D printing resources available in Winnipeg. Learn about the art-related capabilities of this technology and how to make what you dream.

Women in 3D Printing is an organization dedicated to promoting, supporting and inspiring women who are using or curious about using additive manufacturing technologies. It has chapters all over the world. Stapley is the Canadian Ambassador for Women in 3D Printing and the Vice President of the North Forge Technology Exchange in Winnipeg.

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Apr
3
6:30 PM18:30

Artist Mothers Social Media Workshop at MAWA

Free! Open to all artist mothers. 

Guest speakers Chloe Chafe and Joy K. Balmana of Synonym Art Consultation will share their knowledge and expertise in art communication and event promotion. Chafe and Balmana will explore how to use social media as part of an art practice: as a tool for storytelling, to build community and to document and disseminate artwork. They will present a survey of today’s most popular and business-driven platforms and illustrate how to best use these apps for growing an art business. This workshop will feature a presentation followed by smaller group discussions and is designed to help you to determine what your goals are and how to best accomplish them!

Joy K. Balmana is the Opportunities Coordinator with Synonym Art Consultation and the Account Manager with Starling Social. At Synonym, Balmana works in media relations, marketing coordination, event planning and sponsorships. At Starling Social, she develops, strategizes and schedules content based on clients’ needs on a variety of social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.  More info here.

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Apr
1
6:30 PM18:30

RavelUtion at MAWA

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

Facilitated by Baden Gaeke 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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Mar
29
7:00 PM19:00

Marcela Salazar: "Footprints" Reception at Pulse Gallery

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

“My compositions are based on geometrical forms: lines, squares, or elements that are an intrinsic and essential part of our lives. The vertical or horizontal lines, whether they are visible or invisible, help to determine and define the composition of the paintings. As well as marks or impressions left behind by living creatures in nature, such as patterns and textures created by fossils and animal footprints that, to me, represent the first stage or beginning of art.”

Exhibition will run March 1-31, 2019.

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Mar
28
7:00 PM19:00

A Lecture by Minnawaanigogiizhigok (Dawnis Kennedy) at Plug In ICA

Plug in ICA’s Respondent Series Presents: A Lecture by Minnawaanigogiizhigok (Dawnis Kennedy) 
Existing in Conflict with the Law: Canada’s Indian Act, and the Legislation and Criminalization of Indigenous Identity

Plug In ICA invites Minnawaanigogiizhigok (Dawnis Kennedy) to present on her research, exploring the impact of Canada’s Indian Act on identities of Indigenous peoples and the communities and governance structures they maintain. In her talk, Existing in Conflict with the Law: Canada’s Indian Act, and the Legislation and Criminalization of Indigenous Identity, Kennedy unpacks how treaty and governance are understood within Anishnaabe law. This presentation by Kennedy on Thursday, March 28, at 7pm is part of our Respondent Series and in conjunction with Jean-Paul Kelly’s current exhibition, That ends that matter.* 

More info here.

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Mar
27
7:00 PM19:00

FACE | TIME: a new film by Anita Lebeau, Screening + Q&A at Cinematheque

Free, everyone is welcome!

Presented in partnership with the Winnipeg Film Group Cinematheque.

MAWA and Cinematheque present the Winnipeg premiere of Anita Lebeau’s new independent, animated film. In this short, Lebeau explores the interplay of time, aging, art and self-perception, employing her signature blend of photo-realistic and hand-drawn images.

The evening also features Lebeau’s past work, including her two award-winning films with the National Film Board: Louise and Big Drive. Lebeau will offer a sneak peek at her current NFB project, as well as share a selection of experimental projects in which she explores a variety of animation styles and software programs. Lebeau uses a multimedia approach to storytelling: bits of reality share the screen with fully animated characters. Some projects allow hand-drawn animation to take centre stage, while others explore concepts using fully articulated cut-outs of photographs. Lebeau’s art reflects the notion that “real” life is filled with “the unreal” – absurdities – which should be embraced. The evening will include a talk by the artist and questions and answers with the audience, moderated by visual artist Diana Thorneycroft.

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Mar
26
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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Mar
25
6:00 PM18:00

Cross-Cultural Beading Group at MAWA

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

This meeting features guest beader, Bernice Seymour.

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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Mar
21
6:30 PM18:30

Indigenous Art Night: Talk n' Bead w/ Katherine Boyer at MAWA

Free! All Indigenous women and Two-Spirit people welcome!

Join us for a tour of Katherine Boyer’s exhibition Water Meets Body and a beading workshop led by the artist at Gallery 1C03 at the University of Winnipeg.

Water Meets Body is a solo exhibition by Winnipeg-based Métis artist Katherine Boyer, featuring new video, sculptural and textile works.

No need to register.  Free! All Indigenous women and Two-Spirit people welcome!

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.

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Mar
18
6:30 PM18:30

RavelUtion at MAWA

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

Facilitated by Baden Gaeke 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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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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Mar
12
6:30 PM18:30

Desire Change Reading Group (Chapter 6) 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 6, Resistance as Resilience in the Work of Rebecca Belmore by Ellyn Walker prior to the March meeting.

More info + free registration here.

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Mar
11
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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Mar
10
10:00 AM10:00

Pink Couch Series at the Kinship Studio

The Pink Couch Series is BACK and kicking things off with a Beauty Edition featuring not one, but THREE guest speakers who will share their stories and experiences about running design businesses here in Winnipeg. This event is free and open to anyone. Following the talk, from 11am-12pm, there will be an open house showcasing the Kinship Studio’s brand new space!

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Mar
9
12:00 PM12:00

Craftstravaganza! at MAWA

Free, everyone is welcome! No need to register, just come. All materials, snacks and child-minding provided.

PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH MANITOBA CRAFT COUNCIL WITH THE SUPPORT OF WINNIPEG COUNCILLOR VIVIAN SANTOS.

Our much-anticipated, 11th-annual Craftstravaganza is back, in celebration of International Women’s Day. Learn craft practices from around the world! Four free, simultaneous workshops will be offered. All materials are provided, child-minding is available and snacks will be served. Enjoy good food, good company and good crafting. People of all backgrounds, genders and ages are welcome. The event will feature:

Brick-Stitch Beading with Karen Smith

Brick stich is an easy way for beginners to start beadweaving. Also known as the Cheyenne Stitch or Comanche Stitch, it forms a tight, flat panel. Karen Smith will teach how to use this stitch to make beautiful dangling earrings. Smith is a 58-year-old, Ojibwe, 60s-Scoop survivor and beading enthusiast who has created regalia and jewelry and taught beading throughout the community. She is “self-taught” from blood memory and beads with her mother and grandmothers who are in the spirit world.

Henna with Gurpinder Nandha

Mehndi is a form of body art using a paste created from the powdered dry leaves of the henna plant. Ancient in origin, it is still practised in the Indian subcontinent, Africa and the Middle East. Every happy occasion or festivity is celebrated with the application of henna designs to hands and feet. Mehndi brings luck, especially to those getting married. This traditional Indian henna technique will be taught by Gurpinder Nandha, an early-childhood educator who immigrated from Punjab in 2007 and now teaches in Winnipeg.

Bottom-of-the-needle Embroidery with Kadidia Coulbaly Esp Sidibe

This ancient embroidery technique comes from Mali, a region renowned for the skill of its hand embroiderers. Floral and geometric designs in cotton and silk thread are used to decorate garments that can take weeks or months to embellish. Instructor Kadidia Coulbaly Esp Sidibe also hails from Mali, the region called Segou. She came to Canada in 2014 and now works at The Cutting Edge sewing training program and social enterprise. If you prefer to be taught in Bambara or French, she can accommodate!

Mini Medallions with Christine Brouzes

Learn to use leather and glass-seed beads to create a cute, little medallion picturing a heart, a feather or an image of your choosing. The method demonstrated can also be applied to full-sized medallions. No beading experience necessary. Christine Brouzes began beading as a child, when her grandmother gave her a little mixed bag of beads. In 2016, she began to dedicate time to daily beading and has since taught herself many techniques and patterns, her favourite being “tiny art”: meaningful scenes and images on medallions. Brouzes’s fine work has been sold across North America.

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Mar
7
7:00 PM19:00

"Bonjour aux amis de calamité" Screening at Plug In ICA

As part of our Respondent Series and in conjunction with Jean-Paul Kelly’s current exhibition, That ends that matter, Plug In ICA presents Bonjour aux amis de calamité, a screening of film and videos curated by Kelly. The screening offers insight into Kelly’s working method and continued conflation of the decisions made by journalists with those made under the aesthetic conventions of the visual artist, aligning the objective principles of documentary with the subjective process of selection by artists. Kelly will join us in a video chat to introduce the screening and his curatorial thinking.

More info here.

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Mar
7
2:30 PM14:30

"That ends that matter" Curatorial Tour at Plug In ICA

We hope you join us for a free guided tour of our current exhibition, That ends that matter by Jean-Paul Kelly on Saturday, March 9 at 3pm. The tour will be led by Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art’s Executive Director, Jenifer Papararo, who will take visitors through the exhibition with a discussion of this intensely researched and controversial exhibition. The exhibition is minimal in its appearance but dense in content and ambitious in its technical operation. Papararo will discuss a progression of Kelly’s thought in relation to the five main elements in the exhibition and through Kelly’s methodology to destabilize the conventions of truth-telling within documentary frameworks. 

We are also pleased to announce that Jean-Paul Kelly’s solo-exhibition, That ends that matter, will be extended until March 31st, 2019, in an effort to increase accessibility for visitors. 

INFORMATION ABOUT “THAT ENDS THAT MATTER”:

It is with great pleasure that we welcome Jean-Paul Kelly to Plug In ICA for his solo-exhibition, That ends that matter, a comprehensive video installation set in a courtroom. Part re-enactment combined with found-photo montage streams and graphical animation, That ends that matter attempts to parse through and recite Kelly’s experiences observing hearings at the City of London Magistrates’ Court in Central London, UK. Given the UK’s regulations restricting all forms of visual or audio recording in courtrooms, any recollection of events throughout a hearing becomes subjective. In an effort to recount what the artist, referencing documentarian Fredrick Wiseman, calls a “fair account” of what he witnessed, there’s an embrace of abstraction, tangents, error, and the aestheticization of Kelly’s felt experiences.

More info here.

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Mar
6
6:30 PM18:30

Artist Mothers: Embroidery + Conversation at MAWA

Free! Open to all artist mothers. 

There will be a variety of embroidery materials available to experiment with while we discuss what is near and dear to your heart and your art practice. Bring in any projects you may be working on or start something new.  Remember to bring any recent art projects to share and receive 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.

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Mar
5
7:00 PM19:00

MAWA + the U of W Institute for Women + Gender Studies Present: From A to B - Animation Screening Curated by Matea Radic

  • University of Winnipeg: Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, 3rd floor, Centennial Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join MAWA and the University of Winnipeg community for a curated screening of animated shorts:

  • Teeth and Worms by Alison Davis

  • Construction by Alison James

  • Winnipeg to Saskatoon by Brenna George

  • I Like Girls by Diane Obomsawin

  • Peak Experience by Leslie Supnet

  • Full of Fire by Rhayne Vermette

The screening will be followed by a discussion with the artists. This program is curated by animator Matea Radic.

Matea Radic is an artist from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, currently living and working in Winnipeg. Her work focuses on confronting the moment her childhood was split in two. Then four. Then eight, and so on. She confronts this displacement in hopes of allowing the trauma to release itself from the deepest part of her being. Longing for a feeling of home and belonging is a repetitive theme in her drawings. She aims to reintroduce herself to the person she suppressed for so long in an attempt to survive. There is a desperation to reclaim a time that is long gone. Her drawings, on the page and in animations, are a battlefield.

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Mar
4
6:30 PM18:30

RavelUtion at MAWA

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

Facilitated by Baden Gaeke 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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Mar
1
12:00 PM12:00

"Collaborations Beyond the Art World" First Friday Lecture by Alyssa Fearon at MAWA

Free, everyone welcome!

The Caroline Dukes Memorial Talk: Alyssa Fearon will discuss methods, possibilities and examples of collaborations between historically underrepresented racialized and Indigenous communities and Canadian art institutions. The presentation will also open a discussion on questioning the authority of the art world.

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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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