aceartinc.’s 5th Annual Soap Box Derby


Sunday 13 September, 2-3 pm, Broadway & Memorial

Watch a plethora of soap box teams race for ace’s annual social sculpture fundraiser! A proud partner of Ciclovia, the Soap Box Derby will take place on Broadway and Memorial from 2 pm – 3pm this Sunday. There’s a raffle with prizes you couldn’t even dream of (but include things from Beet Happening, King and Bannatyne, Pop Cart, EQ3, & QPOC Winnipeg) and also a 50/50 draw.

Teams include ace’s low, Punch Buggies, Ferrymen of Hades, Fast or Fiction, Spin Cycle, and Zephers.

This year’s race is brought to you by:

Parlour Coffee, Natural Cycle, Segovia, Bronuts, Waterfront Massage Therapy, Manitoba Crafts Council, Manitoba Artist Run Centres Coalition, Art City, Synonym Art Consultation, Beet Happening, Peg City Car Co-Op, QPOC Winnipeg, Edge Gallery, King + Bannatyne, Pop Cart, The Planit Restaurant & Lounge, Half Pints, and EQ3.

Chase Scenes #1-58

Ming Hon | 19 June - 18 July

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Performances: 8pm, 19, 20, 21 June 2015

Installation: 30 June -18 July

Artist Talk: 5.30pm, 3 July

It’s evening. A tree lined park absorbs the rhythmic sound of her heels against concrete.  The sharp snap of a twig interjects. She pauses looking back. Silence. Her steps continue, only to be interrupted by heavy breathing and a shuffling through the trees.  Fear. Picking up her pace, she propels herself forward, walking quickly now.  Her thighs and calves are taut, the bones of her feet locked within the forced architecture of her stilettos.  Her heart and arms pump, the beginning of an accelerating crescendo of her own breath sharply entering and exiting her lungs. Her eyes search wildly for an escape route. Her neck twists back frantically to see what distance lies between her and …what? What happens when one gets caught?

Chase Scenes #1-58 is a live performance and installation on the subject of pursuit. Informed by our collective nightmare of being followed or chased and the manifestation of this in film and visual culture, Chase Scenes #1-58 intersects live performers enacting variations of being chased, with video cameras and screens that display live feed projections. Real, living bodies in motion blur with the spectacle of filmic bodies on screen. Classic film techniques (P.O.V., close-ups, slow motion, stalker vision) frame those bodies in conventions that place meaning upon them.

An exploration into how the emotional makes way for the physical. How the psychology, adrenaline, and intense fear of the pursued manifests in the inherent impulse of forward motion. The audience viewing this performance participates in a number of complex ways: as voyeurs of the spectacle; as practiced watchers of film, familiar with the visual language of the chase scene; and as individuals with bodies whose flight/fight or pursuer modes are activated.

‘Cutting to the chase’ is a common turn of phrase originating from early silent films. Screenwriters would bore the audience with unnecessary filler for a length of time leading up to the chase scene, which was the most anticipated part of the movie. Chase Scenes #1-58 are delivered straight, no chaser.

Concept and Choreography by Ming Hon
Featuring Ming Hon
Supporting cast features Hilary Bergen, Carol-Ann Bohrn, and Trevor Pick

Photo: Alexandra Elliot


Born in Hong Kong, raised in Winnipeg, she found a loophole which afforded her a slim chance of winning the crown for Miss Hong Kong 2003. Thinking she could secretly undermine the pageantry and it’s fanfare of endorsements, the judges proved her wrong and were not interested.

Ming Hon is an independent dancer, choreographer, and performance artist based in Winnipeg. Her practice looks into themes of work, labour, capitalism, and the economy and politics of the female body.  Her most recent works of note include a durational performance; ‘Patricia: Qu’est-ce que c’est, “dégueulasse”? / ‘what is a “scumbag”?’,  ‘Forever in Blue Jeans’ a comission from Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers/Prairie Dance Circuit, ‘The Exhibitionist’ a commission from The University of Manitoba, and a solo called ‘Cleaver Piece’. Hon has exhibited her works and performed both locally and internationally, including at The Taipei Artist’s Village in Taiwan, as part of the National Art Gallery’s Prairie Scene events in Ottawa, Surrey Art Gallery in B.C., Art Gallery of Mississauga, at The CAM Raleigh in North Carolina, and at Plug In Institute for Contemporary Art in Winnipeg and more. She has recieved numerous arts grants, scholarships, and prizes including Winnipeg Arts Council’s 2011 ‘On the Rise’ award. Her practice has developed to include dance/performance installation work and she regularly collaborates as a performer/collaborator on projects with visual artists such as Sarah Anne Johnson, Rebecca Belmore, and Noam Gonick. As a dancer she has studied with Tedd Robinson, Peter Boneham, Susie Burpee, and is a graduate of The School of Contemporary Dancers in Winnipeg.


Chase Scenes #1-58  | Ming Hon

Spectacles : 20 h les 19, 20, 21 juin 2015

Installation : le 30 juin au18 juillet

Causerie d’artiste 17 h 30 : le 3 juillet

C’est le soir. Un parc bordé d’arbres absorbe le son rythmique de ses talons sur le ciment. Le bruit sec d’une petite branche qui craque intervient. Elle s’arrête un moment et jète un coup d’œil derrière elle. Pas un son. Elle continue, le son de ses pas interrompu par des respirations fortes et des pas qui traînent à travers les arbres. La peur. Elle se dépêche, se propulse vers l’avant, marche rapidement maintenant. Ses cuisses et ses mollets sont tendus, les os dans ses pieds coincés dans l’architecture forcée de ses talons aiguilles. Son cœur et ses bras pompent, un crescendo accélérant de sa propre respiration qui pénètre et qui sort aussi vite de ses poumons. Ses yeux cherchent follement une issue de secours. Son cou se tort vers l’arrière pour mesurer frénétiquement la distance entre elle et … quoi? Qu’arrive-t-il quand on se fait prendre?

Chase Scenes #1-58 est à la fois une performance en direct et une installation sur le sujet de la poursuite. Inspirée de notre cauchemar collectif de se faire suivre ou poursuivre et l’expression de ceci dans la culture cinématographique et visuelle, Chase Scenes #1-58 présente divers scénarios de poursuite interprétés par des comédiens actuels qui sont captés à l’aide de caméras vidéo et des écrans qui affichent des projections d’alimentation en direct. Des corps réels et vivants en mouvement se confondent au spectacle de projections de corps filmiques sur l’écran. Des techniques cinématographiques classiques (points de vue, des gros plans, des prises au ralenti, le point de vue du harceleur) encadrent ces corps dans des conventions qui les mettent en contexte.

C’est une exploration sur la façon dont l’émotion fait place au physique. Comment la psychologie, l’adrénaline et la peur intense de la personne poursuivie se manifeste par une impulsion innée de l’élan vers l’avant. L’auditoire ressent cette performance en vivant la complexité de l’expérience de tous les angles : en tant que voyeurs du spectacle; ou des spectateurs habitués du cinéma, qui connaissent le langage visuel de la scène de poursuite; et en tant qu’individus avec des corps pour qui la réaction « de lutte ou de fuite » ou du poursuivant est activée.

« Aller au vif du sujet » est une expression commune issue des débuts du cinéma muet. Les scénaristes ennuyaient l’auditoire avec du matériel bouche-trou pour un certain montant de temps pour enfin en arriver à la scène de poursuite, la partie la plus anticipée du film. Chase Scenes #1-58 est effectuée d’une façon directe, sans pousse-alcool.

Concept et choréographie de Ming Hon

Mettant en scène Ming Hon

Seconds rôles Hilary Bergen, Carol-Ann Bohrn et Trevor Pick

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

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

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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: