Separates the man from the horse Esther Simmonds MacAdam


French below

4 September – 12 October 2015   |   Artist talk: 7 pm, 4 September 2015

This exhibition is an exploration of public equestrian imagery combined with a fascination for the aesthetics of power and desire. Visitors are immersed in a large-scale charcoal drawing of a sleeping white horse. Viewed in its figurative entirety only from a distance, this work ultimately engulfs visitors in abstract monochromatic forms. With its overhead beams and intermittent posts, this exhibition envisions the main gallery at aceartinc. as a stable.

Cloaked in the fantasies and histories of colonialism, the horse is taken up in this exhibition to propose a framework of empathy. The installation is animated by movement through the space and the multiple readings the figure of the horse engenders.

With many thanks to the Ontario Arts Council


Du 4 septembre au 12 octobre 2015   |   Causerie d’artiste : le 4 septembre 2015

Cette exposition est une exploration de l’imagerie équestre publique combinée avec une fascination pour l’esthétique du pouvoir et du désir. Les visiteurs se trouvent plongés dans un dessin au fusain à grande échelle d’un cheval blanc qui dort. Vue de loin, cette entité figurative enveloppe les visiteurs de formes abstraites monochromatiques. La galerie principale de aceartinc est transformée en étable grâce à des poutres au-dessus de nos têtes et des poteaux intermittents.

Entouré de fantaisies et d’histoires de colonialisme, le cheval dans cette exposition propose un encadrement d’empathie. L’installation est animée par un mouvement à travers l’espace ainsi que les multiples interprétations que la figure du cheval engendre.

Un gros merci au Conseil des arts de l’Ontario.


aceartinc.’s 5th Annual Soap Box Derby

registration now open



Registration Deadline: 1 September 2015

Race: 13 September 2015

What is the Soap Box Derby, exactly?

It’s aceartinc.’s annual end of summer fundraiser and it’s an opportunity  for artists and speed enthusiasts to build crazy creations to race in an old-fashioned soap box derby (think Norman Rockwell meets Bjork). The race takes place on Broadway Avenue as part of the Ciclovia Festival and Manyfest. Awards are given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams as well as a special prize for Best Dressed Team. In addition, ace holds a Grand Raffle during the entire festival weekend.

Last year’s event had dozens of participants sweat it out on the raceway with their hand-crafted soap box cars, while over 500 spectators cheered them on.  The weekend’s festivities drew over 30,000 attendees in 2014.

We’ve made a few changes this year to make it even easier for you to become involved in the event.

1. We’ve eliminated the $100 registration fee.  Now it costs you nothing to have a taste of glory.

2. Introducing the Build-a-Whip Workshop with veteran racer, Toby Gilles.  Register for this workshop and we’ll provide you with the tools and materials to build your own starter chassis for the Derby.

Registering for the Soap Box Derby is easy!  All you need to do is download the registration package, fill out the forms and email them back to us by September 1, 2015.

Downloadable Registration Package: SOAPBOX 2015 TEAM REG

After that is filled out, send your completed package to [email protected]

For those who aren’t keen to race, have no fear!  You can support aceartinc. by participating in our Grand Raffle and 50/50 draw!

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.


aceartinc.’s Annual Student Show

call for submissions | deadline 20 March




Annual Student Show call 2015
If you are an undergraduate or postgraduate student in Manitoba taking an art class, you are eligible to apply.

Deadline: noon, 20 March 2015
To install and exhibit from 7 to 30 April 2015

Please submit up to 3 pieces on any theme in any medium to [email protected]
– a one-page artist statement
– an image list
– Each image should not exceed 1024×768 pixels, 72dpi and/or 50kb. No more than 9 images total (including detail images of each of the 3 pieces being submitted).

Selected artists are eligible to apply for the Scott Wachall Memorial Bursary, a $500 award and opportunity to give a public artist talk about your practice and work.

Open City Cinema + Video Pool present: Women of Canadian Video Distribution

Curated by Jennifer Smith | Thursday, March 12 at 7:00pm

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Curated by Jennifer Smith

Thursday, March 12 at 7:00pm

Open City Cinema and Video Pool are teaming up to present a program exploring Feminist Video Art, and the culture of Independent Distribution of Video Art in Canada.

The four independent Canadian distribution centres across Canada are Vtape (Toronto), VIVO Media Arts Centre (Vancouver), Groupe Intervention Vidéo (GIV) (Montreal) and Video Pool Media Arts Centre (Winnipeg), curated by Video Pool’s Jennifer Smith. Presented with support from The Manitoba Arts Council/ Le conseil des arts du Manitoba and aceartinc.

Il était encore des fois by Aurélie Pedron
HANGMAN by Lamathilde
Calamity by Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan
CVS (Computer Vision Syndrome) by Freya Björg Olafson
Hope by Dana Claxton
Colonization: the second coming by Thirza Cuthand
Babe in the Woods by Lisa Birke
Per Se by Deirdre Logue

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 [email protected]

Annual General Meeting – 11 December, 6:30pm


Come and get the newest volume of PaperWait – to be launched during the AGM

Since our last AGM, the Board has filled one vacancy and appointed Nicole Flynn as a new director. The membership will vote to ratify this decision.

6 of our current directors have terms that will expire. They are: Andrew Moreau, Andrew Kaplan, Lancelot Coar, Holger Kalberg, Mark Neufeld, Mike VonTiesenhausen. These 6 directors have put their names forward to serve a further two-year term. The membership will vote on whether to re-elect them. 

There are currently up to 3 vacancies on the board. Any interested member can put their name forward, no later than November 26th, if they wish to stand for election. We encourage any interested individuals, especially practicing artists, to apply.

At the AGM we will be presenting:
 Treasurer’s Report, including ace’s Financial Statements from prior year.
(ii) Election of Directors.
(iii) Appointment of our Accountant.
(iv) President’s Report.
(v) PaperWait vol.16 launch.

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



Open School


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The Cartae Open School


Cartae is an alternative learning space to explore contemporary art modes, ideas and criticality, and their applications to individual practices. Cartae is an initiative of aceartinc.

The Cartae Open School provides opportunities in the form of peer to peer learning, studio visits/workshops from ace’s exhibiting artists, screenings, artist talks, free access to all events that occur at ace during the Cartae year, and input from our sister Artist-Run Centres.

School starts 5th November 2015 and finishes on the 30th June 2016.

There are 5 places available.


Each Cartaer will design, organize, and facilitate one workshop.

Cartaers are strongly encouraged to participate in all events provided for/by them including workshops, talks, screenings and talks, and studio visits from visiting artists.

aceartinc. already has several activities in place. However, Cartaers can program as many or as few activities as they wish (in consultation with the committee) in addition to their individual workshops.

Much of what you do will be self-directed- whether it is working on your practice in the shared studio, arranging studio visits for yourself, or choosing people to give artist talks.

Each Cartaer will attend a monthly meeting with the group and members of the Cartae Committee.

Additional communication with fellow members and/or committee members is the responsibility of each participant.

You may mount a year end exhibition


Students will share a 500 sqft studio from November 2015 – June 2016.

The fee is $500 per student and contributes to the cost of the studio and artist fees.

To apply please submit the following:

  1. Why do you want to be part of Cartae? What will you bring to it? What do you hope to gain from it? 500 words.
  1. Describe a workshop you would run. Topics can be wide ranging and should encompass an element of skill-sharing. For example how best to make stop frame animation or the ways of applying post-modernist theory to your practice.
  1. Please provide a portfolio of up to 10 images and/or up to 2000 words.
  1. Artist statement up to 500 words.


  1. Please provide a visual or written description of the potential you see in the studio. We welcome imaginative interpretations of this.


Email digital submissions in PDF format only to: [email protected].

Create two separate PDF files: one consisting of parts 1, 2, 4, and 5. The other file will consist of your support materials (part 3). Label the files with your full name.

Support Material

aceartinc. is MAC compatible only.

You may include up to 10 images presented as one PDF document.

Individual images must be jpegs 72dpi, 1024 x 768 pixel, 500k (.5 MB) RGB or SRGB only. Images that are larger than this will not be viewed.

No PowerPoint please.

Video may be submitted through a link to Vimeo, YouTube or any other easily accessed website. See below for additional clarification regarding each part of the submission package.

Audio is accepted in MP3, WAV or AIFF format only.

At this time we can only accept submissions in English.


Important application dates

12 August 2015         Deadline

11 September            Successful applicants notified

5 November              Orientation 5-7pm, move into studios

1-25 June 2016         Cartae exhibition

25-30 June                  Clean, patch, and paint studio

30 June                         End of Cartae 2015/16




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.