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 info@aceart.org

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).

NGTVSPC Artist Talk

16th July | 7pm



Negative Space was an underground centre that became an essential component of Winnipeg’s art, music and cultural life. Run collectively, it closed after 2 glorious years. Join us to listen to some of the collective members talk about their experiences of running this fly-by-night space.’ The talk will take place July 16th at 7pm.


King of Lies | Storytelling with Clare Murphy | Saturday 23rd March, 7pm | $5


Image courtesy of Clare Murphy | 2012

Can you learn all the lies in the world? The King of Syria dedicated his life to it. But everyone is born with seven lies and seven locusts, who could possibly count them all? Join contemporary storyteller Clare Muireann Murphy as she delves into the power of lies. Inspired by Rafik Schami’s book: Damascus Nights and by the recent events in Syria.

Chantel Mierau has generously agreed to the even taking place within her exhibition, Homemaking, which will be open for viewing until 7pm.

Clare is storyteller in residence at the Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Cultures at the University of Manitoba this Spring Semester. She returns to London (UK) in May 2013. Originally from Ireland Clare combines the influences of her childhood: theatre and literature with the rich art of storytelling. A physically dynamic storyteller who loves to play with words.

Tickets are $5 at the door. Seating is limited.



Film Screening & Artist Talk

Dir. Hagere Selam (shimby) Zegeye-Gebrehiwot | Saturday 3rd November 4:30pm


Diaspora Ethiopia – Dir. Hagere Selam (shimby) Zegeye-Gebrehiwot

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

screening at 12:30 pm @Cinematheque, 100 Aurthur*

artist talk at 4:30 pm @aceartinc.**


In Diaspora Ethiopia, the filmmaker envisions what life would have been like if her parents never left their country of origin. This experimental short was filmed in Addis Ababa, Harrar, and Combolcha over a seven-month period during her first visit to Ethiopia.

Hagere Selam (shimby) Zegeye-Gebrehiwot uses super 8 and 16mm film to explore narratives of diaspora, distance and longing. Themes of gender, queerness and family are ongoing in their work.

access info:

*wheelchair accessible venue and washrooms

**regretfully not fully accessible. there is a set of stairs into the building but there is an elevator inside the main entrance to take people to the second floor gallery space.

New Transit Ads | Beginning in November


Thanks to Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism and the generous support of Pattison Outdoor Advertising ace will have ads inside 135 City of Winnipeg buses for the next month and a half. Seven different quotes taken from critical responses to work exhibited over the past 30 years in the gallery have been printed and installed for your pleasure. Can you find them all? And more importantly, what do you think about the quotes, the gallery and contemporary art by emerging artists being presented in our city? We would like to invite you to respond to these ads and begin a dialogue in keeping with the second decade of the 21st century.

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