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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aceartinc. has identified the desire in the province’s contemporary arts community for an alternative learning space to explore contemporary art modes, ideas, and criticality, and their applications to individual practices.

This idea has been reached via discussions with aceartinc. members, Fine Art undergraduates, graduates, art writers, arts administrators, and emerging artists who have and have not attended academic institutions,

The Cartae Open School will provide opportunities in the form of peer to peer learning, studio visits/workshops from ace’s exhibiting artists, screenings, workshops, artist talks, and input from our sister Artist-Run Centres. Some elements of a curriculum are already in place (such as our exhibiting artists workshops and  partnerships with other organisations) but others will be student-led such as workshops and the opportunity to program artist talks and screenings. The curriculum will be responsive to the students’ interests and enthusiasms.

School starts 13th November 2014 and finishes on the 30th June 2015.


How To Apply

There are 4 places available.

Each student will attend a monthly meeting with each other and the Cartae Committee.

Each student will run one workshop, attend workshops, attend talks, participate in the programming of screenings and talks, and receive studio visits from visiting artists.

Students will share a 500 sqft studio from December 2014 – June 2015.

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.

2. 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.

3. Please provide a portfolio of up to 10 images and/or up to 2000 words.

4. Artist statement up to 500 words.


5. 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                        Deadline

9-13 September            Notice and schedule given

13 November           

  • Orientation 5-7pm,
  • Listen documentary screening in partnership with GroundSwell 7-8.30pm
  • 8.30-9 led discussion


27-30 November         Build studios

1 December                    Move into studios

TBC December            Student programmed artist talk

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.

Filling the Hole – Art and the spaces of the City

Dr. David Churchill & Frank Livingston Artist Talk | 13 February, 7pm


For five months between August 2013 and January 2014 twenty-two artists participated in an urban art experiment by placing their work in a small hole in the back exterior wall of a grocery store in Winnipeg’s West End. Each Sunday afternoon a different artist would install their work in this modest opening facing out into a back alley. Though artist statements and short bio were posted on social media the actual gallery site was devoid of any indications or explanations of the art or artist. This impromptu micro gallery presented art at its most vulnerable, exposed not only to elements but also to the random attentions of passersby.

Join Gallery founders and co-coordinators Frank Livingston and David Churchill, as they discuss the concept behind the gallery, the artists who donated their work to the project, and the reactions to the ideal of the gallery and to the art itself.

Frank Livingston is a Winnipeg based artist and gardener.

Dr. David Churchill, teaches history at the University of Manitoba.

2013 Annual General Meeting

12 December, 2013 | 7pm


aceartinc. will hold its 2013 Annual General Meeting on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 7:00pm, 2nd floor, 290 McDermot Ave.

PaperWait Vol.15 will be available after the AGM. It covers all the 2012/13 program including essays by Darren Stebeleski, Willow Rector, Ben Clarkson, Emily G. Doucet, and Eric LeSage. The limited print edition also features art work by Maegan Broadhurst, cam bush, Matthew Gardiner, Alexander McQuat, and Phomohobes. Come by and pick up your free copy, members, or become a member and get your free copy!

All members are invited and encouraged to attend.

The 2013 Annual Report and our review engagement will be presented. There will be cake!

For more information or to RSVP please call (204) 944-9763 or email [email protected]

Hollywood hens, protesterns, and other stuff

An impromtu conversation with Doug Melnyk, Ian Mozdzen, & Coral Maloney | 18 September | 7pm

hollywood-hens-webimage courtesy of Larry Glawson

Ian & Coral & Doug have been working together within a number of performative occasions recently (Hollywood Hen Pit, WEproteSTern, LUCY). Please join us for some conversation about what these three having been up to (enemas, k.d. lang, chimps, and otherwise).

Doug Melnyk works in a variety of media. He is the author of books — NAKED CROQUET, DOCTOR MEIST, and FRUITS, a queer comic. His video work can be found in a number of public collections including the National Gallery of Canada and New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Melnyk’s performance works, GORILLA and SUMMERTIME, have been performed in venues including the Edinburgh Fringe, IVC Theatre in Covent Garden, and Hunter College in New York.

Ian Mozdzen grew up on a grain & poultry farm in rural Manitoba. He studied English Literature & Theatre at the University of Winnipeg & Simon Fraser University. In 2002, he co-founded a devised theatre company – out of line theatre (with Mia van Leeuwen). He also practices and creates solo & collaboratively. Now, he’s training as a dancer within the School of Contemporary Dancers. … caused a bit of lollapalooza recently, with HOLLYWOOD HEN PIT (with Doug Melnyk). Also staging some political protests with WEproteSTern (alongside Coral Maloney). Happy to be making lots of different performances with lots of different people. Long Live Young Lungs. Everyone should see the films THE NAKED CIVIL SERVANT and “The Other Side of the Ledger: An Indian View of the Hudson’s Bay Company.”

Coral Maloney has been “WEproteSTern”-ing since spring 2012.  Other recent work includes a series of workshop readings of LUCY by Doug Melnyk, creating/directing Red Socket Spine as part of Young Lungs Dance Exchanges’ Production Series 2012, and a variety of other solo and collaborative performances and installations.  Coral is looking forward to working with Adhere & Deny for Trumpets & Raspberries in November as well as ongoing work on WEproteSTern (with Ian Mozdzen).