Abigail Auld | Artist talk

6pm, Friday 5 June 2015

Curator selected for the Indigenous Residency

Indigenous Curatorial Residency

In partnership with the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective and with the generous support of the Winnipeg Foundation, aceartinc. has created an Indigenous Curatorial Residency.

The Curator

aceartinc. and the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective are delighted to announce that the selection committee has considered the applications to the Indigenous Curatorial Residency program and made their selection. Niki Little will begin the residency on August 4th, 2015. She will mount the exhibition, Enendaman | Anminigook, in January 2016.

The Curatorial Project

Enendaman | Anminigook will investigate the concept of authorship in contemporary Indigenous art; more specifically, utilizing this notion as a model to investigate the intersecting points of lineage, Indigenous female territories, and the value associated with labour/cultural skill. Little hopes to create a space that is a form of generative process and resistance revealing the nuanced complexity of recentering women.

The Curator

Niki Little is an artist/observer and arts administrator whose works extends from writing, curating, arts coordination and engaging in transient artistic experiences. She is interested in artistic and curatorial strategies that investigates art consumerism, gender, culture and cultural Diaspora with a hint of youth-inspired ambivalence along the way. She is a member of The Ephemerals, a female Indigenous art collective. Little is on the Board of Directors at Urban Shaman (Vice-President), and recently stepped down from President for the Independent Media Arts Alliance, and Treasurer for the National Indigenous Media Arts Coalition. She studied at the University of Manitoba, the National Screen Institute, and the Camberwell College of Art, London, UK, and completed the Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (MAWA) mentorship program.


Drywall Taping for Fun | workshop hosted by Shelley Vanderbyl


Wednesday, March 18th
2nd floor, 290 McDermot Ave

Are you itching to learn a new hobby? Put the needle and thread away: drywall taping is a crafter’s delight! Come to aceart on March 18th to discover how with just a few materials, some fragrance, and a bit of creativity, you can easily transform your space!

Artist and former drywall taper, Shelley Vanderbyl will show you how to turn a few plain sheets of gypsum into “WOW!”

Feel free to wear an apron or work clothes… and a belt.  Please wear a belt.

This class is free to all ace members, and anyone can join! Memberships are $20/ year or 2 volunteer hours.

Please RSVP no later than March 16th, to shelleyvanderbyl@gmail.com

Nicole Flynn | Artist Talk


Artist Talk March 19th, 7pm
aceartinc. 2nd floor, 290 McDermot avenue
attendence is free

Nicole Flynn’s work explores and encourages people’s performative natures as prompted by both site and structure. Her robust, hand-crafted constructions shape a range of dialogues between work, the self, and surrounding architectures, embracing the unscripted performances that emerge from the tensions embodied in these situational interactions.

In this talk, Flynn will discuss fluctuations of her practice as a student artist and emerging artist and their effect on the trajectory that led to her current work.

The Scott Wachall Student Memorial Bursary:
In 2013, the youngest artist curated into our Annual Student Exhibition passed away. In his memory aceartinc. created this bursary. It is available to art students who have been curated into aceartinc.’s Annual Student Exhibition. The $500 award is intended to support a project or an opportunity (such as a workshop or residency) that will positively impact the artist’s practice. Nicole is the inaugural recipient.

Art & Astronomy: intersections and oppositions a panel discussion



Followed by

An open house at the Lockhart Planetarium and Ewen Telescope

3 – 4.30pm, Thursday 5th February 2015
Room 250, Allen Physics Laboratory Building

As part of the activities surrounding Fiona Annis’ exhibition, Outlines of Astronomy (the stars are dead but their light lives on) aceartinc. is partnering with the Physics and Astronomy Department of the University of Manitoba to present a panel discussion on the relationship between art and astronomy. Beguiling and sometimes, to the uninitiated, mysterious, the depiction of stars has been a part of one of the oldest sciences, as well as art, for centuries. But what are the sympathies and antagonisms between art and astronomy? Join our discussion with:

Fiona Annis, artist

Dr. Jayanne English, Associate Professor in the Dept. of Physics & Astronomy

Helga Jakobson, artist

Dr. Gilles Ferrand, Research Associate in the Dept. of Physics & Astronomy


Lockhart Planetarium and Ewen Telescope Open House

After the panel, you are invited to the Department of Physics & Astronomy and the Winnipeg Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada open house. Starting at approximately 5pm there will be a brief introduction in the planetarium to the night sky in season followed by viewings through the telescopes.

Directions to Room 250 Allen Physics Laboratory Building

By car: From Pembina Highway head onto University Crescent, turn left onto Dysart Road, and turn left on Parking Lot Q or take the street to the right to access the multi-storey Parkade. From your vehicle walk east past St John’s College to find the Allen Physics Building (entrances are located at the far end on each side, with lot of construction on the north side).

By Bus: Get off at the terminus station, walk toward the administration historical building and then toward the small green houses to find the Allen Physics Building.

When entering the Allen building, room 250 is the very first on your right, in the lobby.

 Click here for a map


Fiona Annis is a Montréal-based artist and researcher whose practice emphasizes the use of photography and other time-based media. Following her Master’s degree at the Glasgow School of Art, Fiona recently completed a practice-led PhD at Concordia University where she currently teaches part-time. Fiona has exhibited in various contexts including: The AC Institute (New York City), The Canadian Centre for Architecture (Montréal) Goldsmith’s University (London), LowSalt Gallery (Glasgow), and The Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton). Her work has been published in BlackFlash Magazine, Front: Contemporary Art & Ideas, and Imagining Science, winner of the New York Book Show Award. Fiona is currently exploring the alchemic potential of antiquated photographic processes, a trajectory initiated during a six-month artist residency at The Penumbra Foundation in New York City. Concurrent projects also include an ongoing collaboration with The Society of Affective Archives, and upcoming solo exhibitions at Gallery44 (Toronto), VU PHOTO (Québec), Caravansérail (Rimouski), and aceartinc. (Winnipeg).

Dr. Jayanne English investigates the motion of galaxies in order to trace elusive Dark Matter. With respect to popularizing science, her forte’ is producing striking astronomy outreach images from research data. At Space Telescope Science Institute, which runs NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, she co-ordinated the Hubble Heritage Project’s first 2 years of image production. Her images appear in prestigious magazines, popular and educational books, and numerous websites.  Her outreach work is well-served by her education at Ontario College of Art and Design University as well as her astrophysics degrees  from University of Toronto (B.Sc) and Australian National University (Ph.D).

Dr. Gilles Ferrand is investigating the acceleration of particles by shock waves in supernova remnants and superbubbles. His work is mostly based on numerical simulations, in link with observations of the Galaxy at the highest photon energies. He regularly partakes in outreach activities of various kinds on and off campus. He completed his academic training in his home country of France, with a master in engineering from the Ecole Centrale de Nantes, a master in astrophysics from the University Paris 7 and a doctorate in high-energy astrophysics from the University Toulouse III. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the French department of energy (CEA Saclay), before moving to Canada where he is now a Research Associate at the University of Manitoba.

Helga Jakobson is a recent graduate of the BFA honours program at the School of Art at the University of Manitoba. She is a practicing interdisciplinary visual artist currently interested in bio-art and prognostication.


Art & Astronomy: intersections and oppositions une table ronde

Suivi de

La journée portes ouvertes au Lockhart Planetarium et Ewen Telescope

15 h à 16 h 30, jeudi, le 5 février 2015

Salle 250, Allen Physics Laboratory Building

Pour complémenter les activités qui entourent l’exposition de Fiona Annis, Outlines of Astronomy (the stars are dead but their light lives on), aceartinc. s’est joint au Département de physique et d’astronomie de l’Université du Manitoba pour présenter une table ronde  sur la relation qui existe entre l’art et l’astronomie. Séduisante et, pour les non-initiés, parfois mystérieuse, la représentation des étoiles fait partie d’une des sciences les plus anciennes, et de l’art, depuis des siècles. Mais quelles sont les points communs et les dissonances entre l’art et l’astronomie? Joignez-vous à notre discussion avec :

Fiona Annis, artiste

Dre Jayanne English, professeur adjoint du Département de physique et d’astronomie

Helga Jakobson/Mark Neufeld, artiste

Dr Gilles Ferrand, chercheur adjoint du Département de physique et d’astronomie

Après la discussion, vous êtes invités à vous rendre à la journée portes ouvertes du Royal Astronomical Society of Canada au Département de physique et d’astronomie et le Winnipeg Centre. Dès environ 17 h, il y aura une brève introduction au ciel la nuit dans le planétarium suivi d’observations avec des télescopes.

Vol. 1 pt.2 : Criticism, critique, criticality: Fieldwork

Slippery salons: discourse on muddied waters | Hosted by Courtney R. Thompson | 8th November 12-3pm



Visual culture impacts our lives in meaningful and dazzling ways.
Contemporary art appears more accessible than ever.
Conversely, general arts journalism has been marginalized in print media with limited real estate for long-form critical writing. However, online venues for criticism offer opportunities for different voices and new strategies of engagement outside of traditional models of art writing.

This workshop is about asking questions of how art is written about and for whom, how we approach exhibitions from commercial galleries to artist-runs, and why we should even write about art.

This workshop is for writers working in visual arts journalism and artists interested in audience reception.

We will begin with a brief overview of current art writing in Winnipeg (and beyond) followed by visits to several exhibitions in the Exchange District. The goal is to consider the artwork(s) within contexts of display, audience, and wider networks of art and artists. Following our fieldwork, we will reconvene at ace for a discussion of the exhibitions.

Participants will be contacted in advance with some preparatory readings for the workshop.

Workshop takes place 8th November 12-3pm @ the gallery

 Attendees must confirm before October 24th: program@aceart.org

LISTEN | d. Miroslav Sebestik

film screening 7pm, Thursday 13th November


LISTEN   |  d. Miroslav Sebestik

7pm, Thursday 13th November 2014

Some of the world’s most daring composers and musicologists probe the nature of sound and hearing in this unique documentary. The sounds of a rabbit sleeping, the rhythms of a tugboat on water, and the music inspired by industrial machines are among the sounds explored. Includes insights from John Cage, Luciano Berio and Knud Victor.

To reconnect with our natural penchant for aural discovery, to search out and throw light on the obstacles which deprive us of music, and to show up the implicit wealth of our listening capacity, to invite each one of us to heighten her or his awareness of our own listening potential these are the primary motivations behind this film.

Presented in partnership with GroundSwell

d. Miroslav Sebestik—France—1992—120 mins

Image: http://www.jbaproduction.com/en/fiche_listening_51.html

Vol. 1: Criticism, critique, criticality

Slippery salons: discourse on muddied waters | Hosted by Courtney R. Thompson | 19 March, 6-8pm | workshop is full


This workshop is about asking questions of where we see art, how we talk about it, and who’s reading about it. This is for:

  • writers working in visual arts journalism
  • curators
  • artists looking to navigate the impact of their practice from the artist statement to the exhibition review

In this workshop we will examine art writing and artworks to generate questions rather than answers. How important is taste? Historical context? Biography? Are exhibition catalog essays art criticism or press? What about theory? Who reads art criticism? What about judgment? Is it the artwork or the installation of the work? The goal is to reevaluate our own critical registers.

Visual culture impacts our lives in meaningful and dazzling ways. Contemporary art appears more accessible than ever from the increasing amount of biennials to image based social media. Hence, we should probably be able to respond to it beyond a constrained and tentative pause followed by, “…interesting.”

There are no longer any spots available for the workshop.

Courtney R. Thompson is a freelance arts writer/critic/worker in Winnipeg. She graduated with an MA in Art History, Theory & Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has been writing about the arts in both print and online publications for more than a decade.