A Portrait With Your Pet

Saturday, May 25, 9am – 5pm

Grafitti Gallery, 109 Higgins Ave. (please enter through side door)

Join us for aceartinc.’s fundraiser “A Portrait With Your Pet” happening on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at Grafitti Gallery! Chronicle you and your fur babies with an exciting lineup of photographers in fun sets designed by local artists.

Set #1: by Kelly Campbell & Megumi Kinata
Photography 9am – 1pm by Mahlet Cuff
Photography 1pm – 5pm by Christine St. Martin
About the set: Cruise down Portage Avenue in a cardboard mint-coloured Jeep with pink flames.

Set #2: by Peatr Thomas
Photography 9am –1pm by Kelechi Asagwara
Photography 1pm – 5pm by Laura Darnbrough
About the set: Float on pillowy, illuminated clouds in a bright blue sky. 

Set #2: by Rachael Thorleifson
Photography 9am – 1pm by Mike Peters
Photography 1pm – 5pm by Shaneela Boodoo
About the set: Envelop yourself in luxurious satin as an ’80’s horror-inspired font dedication to TRUE LOVE floats above you and your loved one.

Please note the change of the original date and location from April 13 at aceartinc. 

Unable to attend? You can support the event by making a DONATION

Sponsored by Assiniboine Credit Union & Parlour Coffee

Tickets are now on sale via Eventbrite.

A Portrait With Your Pet 2018

Join us for “A Portrait with your Pet” taking place above Parlour Coffee on Saturday, May 26, 2018! Local artists have constructed one of a kind sets for you and your furry friend to have your photograph taken in.

Book online now

Set details:

Set #1: by Janelle Tougas
Photography 10am-2pm by Mike Peters
Photography 2pm-6pm by Caitlin Spencer
About the set: Janelle is building a human-sized cat tower. Think carpeted platforms and holes to peek out from!

Set #2: by Colby Richardson
Photography 10am-2pm by Evan Taylor
Photography 2pm-6pm by Jacqueline Young
About the set: Fractured Luxury. Plexiglas and broken marble. Reclaimed materials and symbols from an era of discount elegance.

Special thanks to Parlour Coffee and Leif Norman for making this event possible!

Past Portraits…

Set: Diana Thorneycroft and Michael Boss. Photo: Karen Asher. 2015.

Set: Guy Maddin. Photographer: Leif Norman. 2015.

A Portrait With Your Pet- last ever!

Saturday 13 May 2017
For one last photoshoot, A Portrait With Your Pet fundraiser for ace is back, this time in a new location, above Parlour Coffee, 468 Main Street
You don’t have to have a pet to get your photo taken- bring your family, your friends, your favourite rock, etc. and have your photo taken in a specially designed set by some of Winnipeg’s finest artists:
designed by TOBY GILLIES
Photography 10am-2pm by MIKE PETERS
Photography 2pm-6pm by MICHELLE PANTING
Special thanks to Parlour Coffee for making this event possible!

BOOK HERE: www.eventbrite.com

Ticket Details:
1) Select your time slot
2) Select your ticket (determines which set you’ll be photographed in). If both tickets say sold out, choose a different time slot.
3) Bring yourself and your pet to 468 Main St. at your ticket time. A volunteer will greet you and walk you to your appointed set. Please note that if you’d like photographs at both sets, you’ll need 2 tickets at 2 separate times. Your photos will be emailed to you after the event.
We are doing the event on the same day as Videopool’s plant sale fundraiser; they’re just down the road: two happy-making things in one day!
Promo design: Shawn Jordan

A Portrait With Your Pet: fundraiser

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From the fine folks that brought you the Soap Box Derby, aceartinc. is back with their annual winter event, A Portrait with Your Pet.   Winnipeggers can support their favourite artist-run centre by bringing their beloved pets to ace’s beautiful gallery which is nestled in the heart of the historic Exchange District, on the 2nd floor of 290 McDermot. Here, art lovers and pet lovers alike can have a portrait taken with their handsome pet, by one of Winnipeg’s finest photographers within  hand-crafted sets built by some of Winnipeg’s most-celebrated visual artists. A Portrait with Your Pet will be taking place on February 20 & 21st, 2016.

Furry, feathered, scaly, hairless, and taxidermied critters are welcome.  Costumes, matching uniforms, and props are encouraged!

Book early to avoid disappointment.  Call (204) 944-9763 or email pets@aceart.org, today!

Portrait Pricing

                                                       Non-Member**           Member

Regular pricing                           $50                                $40

Deal of the Year                          2 for $70                        2 for $60

**All non-member bookings include a gallery membership.

To pay online please click on the PayPal link below:

A Portrait with your Pet

More sample portraits from previous years can be found on our Facebook event page:

Pet Portraits

half pet poster final web

You and your pet, in a beautiful set(ting), forever immortalized by one of our city’s finest contemporary photographers- yes, finally, you too can have a Portrait With Your Pet.

Larry Glawson, Dominique Rey, Karen Asher, Talia Potash, and Natalie Ferguson will be taking photographs in sets provided by Ken Gregory, Wanda Koop, Natalie Ferguson, Josh Ruth & Mike Von Tiesenhausen.

Choose a time and your preferred set by emailing pets@aceart.org
or calling 204 944 9763

Turn up with your well behaved, continent, non-dangerous  pet and be immortalized!

The image will be emailed to you.

$30 for members, $40 for non-members.
$10 membership available on the day with your portrait purchase.

Portraits can be payed for at the gallery or via PayPal:

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send + receive: a festival of sound | October 17-18, 20

Once again, aceartinc. will be hosting send + receive for Days 1, 2, and 4 of the festival. For more details, see send + receive.

$15 admission, 7:30 pm doors, 8 pm concert

October 17 / Day 1

VOR, Toshimaru Nakamura, Cecilia Lopez

October 18 / Day 2

Sound of the Mountain with Tetuzi Akiyama and Toshimaru Nakamura, Mira Martin-Gray, Zachary James Watkins

October 20 / Day 4

Erik Tisu, Chloe Alexandra Thompson, Rusalka

Résistance Ball Fundraiser

7-11 pm, 31 August 2019

The Strawberry Heart Protectors, QPOC, & Rainbow Warriors are hosting the Rèsistance Ball Fundraiser *THIS SATURDAY* from 7-11pm at aceartinc. Come check out this amazing event to learn more about Indigenous twospirit and QPOC Resistance! Harm reduction space, all ages, safe space policy.

$20 entry, twospirit & QPOC: FREE!

To make donations to Indigenous youth please e-transfer:

Peaches in a Can | Student Performance Night

7-9pm, 20 June 2019

Join us for an evening of performances by students from Professor Sharon Alward’s Advanced Performance Art class from the University of Manitoba. 

Featuring live performance, video works, documentation, live sound art, and some things in between. 

Performance by Satan’s Chewtoys – CANCELLED

8pm, 15 June 2019

Satan’s Chewtoys music is the celebration of the chemistry between some very unique individuals with some very unique musical talents. Their performances occur only once in a particular space for a specific audience and that piece of music is never performed again. Come see them create magic as Dr Jeanne Randolph takes you on a journey through the folds of time and space riding on the music performed by Cliff Eyland on Bass, Armaghan Afghan on percussions, Hassaan Ashraf on Guitar, Synth and backing vocals, Kevin Jourdan on Guitar and percussions.

Instagram: @satanschewtoys

All the proceeds from this show will be going to the Women’s Health Clinic.

Artist Talk by Alyssa Bornn

7 pm, Thursday, 16 May 2019

Alyssa Bornn is an interdisciplinary artist, experimental filmmaker, and organizer based in Winnipeg, MB. Her practice regularly utilizes traditional photographic methods alongside alternative and outdated digital modes of image capturing, writing, and constructed spaces to explore the act of image building as well as our relationships to images.

She holds a BFA (Hons.) from the University of Maniotba and is a member of Open City Cinema, a co-programmer for the Winnipeg Underground Film Festival, and is an active member of Light Terrors- a loose collective showcasing moving image and audio works as live performance. She has run workshops for Platform Centre for Photographic + Digital Arts, PAVED Arts, and independently as Professional Development.

In 2018, Bornn was curated into the aceartinc. student exhibition and subsequently awarded the Scott Wachal Memorial Bursary. As part of this, recipients are invited to give a public talk about their work. We hope you can join us to hear Alyssa Bornn talk about her practice and recent bodies of work.

Image: in either words or images (resampled). Alyssa Bornn. inkjet print on Tyvek, 24″ x 16″. 2019.

The Scott Wachal Memorial Bursary
This bursary is available to art students who have been curated into the Annual Student Exhibition. The bursary is intended to support a  project or an opportunity (such as a workshop or residency) that will positively impact the artist’s practice. In 2013 the youngest artist  curated into our Annual Student Exhibition passed away. In his memory aceartinc. created the Scott Wachal Memorial Student Bursary.

Sparks: An Artist Talk by Sharon Alward

May 3, 2019 

Join us on the First Friday of May for an evening with Sharon Alward.

Alward is a Canadian video and performance artist. Cited as one of the 100 most influential and innovative Canadians in MacLean’s magazine for her work as a Canadian artist, her creative works reference performance, installation and ritual as potential sites for creativity and transformation. Actively involved in both art and social justice issues in the Winnipeg Community since 1986, Alward is also a Full Professor at the University of Manitoba, School of Art. 

After a teaching and artistic career that spans over 35 years Alward is retiring from the School of Art. Her artist talk Sparks will look back over the past three and a half decades of her teaching and creative works and she will share her reflections.

“I have always been interested in art as a healing agent and believe through performance, ritual and witnessing we have the opportunity to tell our stories and initiate healing. Performing ritual allows us the opportunity to transcend suffering and dehumanizing experiences, open ourselves up for healing and journey towards wholeness.”  – Sharon Alward

A Portrait with Your Pet

Saturday, May 25, 9am – 5pm

Graffiti Gallery, 109 Higgins Ave. (please enter through side door)

Join us for aceartinc.’s fundraiser “A Portrait With Your Pet” happening on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at Grafitti Gallery! Chronicle you and your fur babies with an exciting lineup of photographers in fun sets designed by local artists.

Set #1: by Kelly Campbell & Megumi Kinata
Photography 9am – 1pm by Mahlet Cuff
Photography 1pm – 5pm by Christine St. Martin
About the set: Cruise down Portage Avenue in a cardboard mint-coloured convertible with pink flames. 

Set #2: by Peatr Thomas
Photography 9am –1pm by Kelechi Asagwara
Photography 1pm – 5pm by Laura Darnbrough
About the set: Float on pillowy, illuminated clouds in a bright blue sky. 

Set #2: by Rachael Thorleifson
Photography 9am – 1pm by Mike Peters
Photography 1pm – 5pm by TBA
About the set: Envelop yourself in luxurious satin as a gore-font dedication to TRUE LOVE floats above you and your loved one.

Please note the change of the original date and location from April 13 at aceartinc. 

Unable to attend? You can support the event by making a DONATION

Sponsored by Assiniboine Credit Union & Parlour Coffee

Tickets are now on sale via Eventbrite.



In the spring time, spirits from the underworld will begin to reappear. They can be good and bad. 

On April 18, let’s harness this energy and have a magical ball.

There will be a runway show competition with the following categories:

Ladies who Brunch…on Patios (high femme realness)
Sow the Seeds (Butch realness) 
Fantastic and Fanciful Face (Open to all)
Metamorphose (Walk celebrating your body and it’s changes)
Queer on a beach (Swimwear) 
Spring time in Paris (Fashion Walk)
Mystical Creatures (Couture)
Team/House Walk (short team routine)
Twister Vogue (Dips/spins/twists/drops)

Party with your favourite QPOC DJs.
Suggested donation $10. 
Program begins at 11:30pm

Unfortunately this venue is not super accessible. 🙁


Cluster 2019

February 28 – March 3, 2019

aceartinc. / Rachel Browne / Cinematheque / Video Pool

Andrea Roberts / Beast Nest / Davis Plett / Erin Gee / Eliot Britton / Grace Hrabi / Hong Kong Exile / Kristen Wachniak / Luke Nickel / Maksym Chupov-Ryabtsev / Matt Poon / Mirror Frame / Natalie Tin Yin Gan / Remy Siu / Sharmi Basu / Susan Britton / TAK / Vicky Chow / William Kuo / XIE




(204) 223-9939


PWYC / $10 Student / $20 Adult

$30 Student Pass / $65 Adult Pass

Online: clusterfestival.com/tickets

Call: (204) 223-9939

Visit: McNally Robinson Booksellers

Up Down Strange

Friday, Mar. 1, 2019

Doors/Show: 7:30/8:00pm


290 McDermot Ave.

An evening celebrating the work of one of Canada’s most important media artists: Winnipeg’s own Susan Britton. Britton’s films, created between 1976 and 1984, feature provocative takes on an emerging information age and the beginning of the MTV generation.

Cluster will feature the first new installation work by Britton in over 30 years, created in collaboration with her nephew (and Cluster-co-director) Eliot Britton! This evening will also feature the eXperimental Improv Ensemble playing live film soundtracks to highlights of Britton’s work.

In the Flux Gallery, Winnipeg’s Grace Hrabi presents a new sound installation that asks us to reconsider the apparent relationship between relaxation and nature (with collaborators Callen Froese and Jolene Kaminski). Erin Gee uses bio-sensors to create intimate music for just two audience members at a time. Finally, Kristen Wachniak presents a new dance performance that re-interprets the concepts of gesture and looping to explore identity in a dreamscape of sound—composed and performed by the artist herself.

10:00pm: after-show by CASATI


Saturday, Mar. 2, 2019

Doors/Show: 7:00/7:30pm


290 McDermot Ave.

Co-presented by GroundSwell

In true Cluster style, this is chamber music as you’ve never heard it before.

New York’s TAK “impresses with the organicity of their sound, their dynamism and virtuosity — and, well, just a dash of IDGAF as they slay the thorniest material like it’s nothing” (Q2 Music).

In this super charged concert you’ll hear works by Erin E. Gee, Kate Soper, Ashkan Behzadi, David Bird, and William Kuo. You’ll also hear premieres by Cluster co-directors Luke Nickel and Eliot Britton. Instruments will combine with the elastic voice of Charlotte Mundy—as well as electronics, projections, and even roller coasters!—in a free-spirited and joyous exploration of contemporary chamber music.

TAK is: Laura Cocks (flute), Carlos Cordeiro (clarinet), Charlotte Mundy (voice), Marina Kifferstein (violin), and Ellery Trafford (percussion)

Public Lectures

Friday, Mar. 1, 2019, 5-6pm


290 McDermot Ave.

Composers Erin Gee and William Kuo discuss their work in a free artist talk (part of First Fridays).


Lightning Talks

Saturday, Mar. 2, 2019, 7pm


290 McDermot Ave.

Guest artists from the 2019 Cluster Festival discuss what inspires them to create in a playful quickfire format.

Imaginative Spaces: a public discussion with Francesca Carella Arfinengo and Luther Konadu

Thursday, February 21, 7-8pm

On behalf of the Collecting, Citing, Curating (CCC) cluster, Mariana Muñoz Gomez and Gurpreet Sehra will engage in conversation with local artists Francesca Carella Arfinengo and Luther Konadu around themes of citation, archive, and imaginative practices. The public will be invited to participate in the conversation. This event is presented in conjunction with Carella Arfinengo’s and Konadu’s exhibitions at window from January to March of 2019. CCC gratefully acknowledges aceartinc., The University of Manitoba Institute for the Humanities, and window for their support.

Increasingly, scholars and artists are challenging what material and archives can be mined for their work. In scholarly, aesthetic, and everyday encounters, citation functions to situate ideas, bodies, and cultural materials in relation to references that provide a scaffolding of legitimacy. CCC is interested in discussing these and related ideas as they pertain to Carella Arfinengo’s and Konadu’s research and recent works, Banner for a party and A CLEARANCE FOR VISUALIZING AN UNKILLABLE JOY. Both of these installations relate to space, place and labour while broadly engaging with practices of citation. They consider how the act of imagining can be productive while living under capitalism.

Carella Arfinengo and Konadu are part of an exhibition program at window, a 24-hour exhibition space located on the east-side street-level exterior of Artspace at Bannatyne & Arthur. Curated by Muñoz Gomez on behalf of CCC, their individual artist statements and exhibition details follow.


Banner for a party by Francesca Carella Arfinengo
Exhibition: January 1 – February 13, 2019
The artist would like to acknowledge the support of Sean McLachlan in photographing the work.

(With a split heart

Dry cake

Dedos de chizito

Loud talking

Dancing in front of abuelita)

At the party

we laugh at the frustrating


Exhibition: February 18 – March 31, 2019

An area of clearance is a safety zone typically allocated on roadsides. It can be the designated space of entry allowed in drive-thrus or parkades. A similar idea runs central to A CLEARANCE FOR VISUALIZING AN UNKILLABLE JOY.—the idea of clearing for a designated space. The work stems from a series of figural painting works which included a built sculptural architecture called Retirement Pavilion. It is a space especially allocated for the figures to populate and inhabit. The Retirement Pavilion is thought of as a space of ease, rest, and free of all imaginable unwanted labour. This sculptural architecture is predicated on wishful thinking and make-belief. But not without foresight or contingency planning. Each iteration of Retirement Pavilion serves as an alternate to this ideal space for retiring. In expanding the vision for this work-free environment, language became another way to think through a physical reality. Rather than an object-oriented vision, A CLEARANCE looks at the possibility of language to be a container for sculpture. Instead of physically building Retirement Pavilion, what if it is spoken (or written) into existence. What if this ideal comfort lodging can be spatially activated not by sight or surface but something rather visceral. Or perhaps embodied through the realm of imagination via linguistic form. Material sculpture can always deteriorate and disappear, but like words in a book, language has the ability to be transported forward into the future like a capsule.



Francesca Carella Arfinengo is a settler person of colour based in Winnipeg. She is an arts administrator and artist. Using mostly textiles, her art practice explores transculturalism, displacement and immigration. She is interested in the effects of colonialism in humanity’s relationship to the land.

Luther Konadu is an emerging visual artist and writer currently residing on Treaty 1.

Collecting, Citing, Curating (CCC) is a research cluster interested in the creative acts of collecting, citing, and curating, and in considering these active iterative processes that give objects meaning. CCC is based at the University of Manitoba, with funding from the University of Manitoba Institute for the Humanities. Mariana Muñoz Gomez and Gurpreet Sehra are artists and members of this research cluster.

Lucky 7 Vol. 1: Gabriela Ocejo & Matt Foster // Savant Flaneur

Lucky 7 is a pilot performance series in Winnipeg, MB, intersecting musicians from far reaching genres and disciplines.

The idea behind Lucky 7 is simple: bring together two ensembles from different backgrounds, with complimentary skill sets to play a show: two individual sets and one collaborative set.

Tiny Desk meets the Bate Building.

Organized by Ashley Au.

Friday, February 8, 2019

doors @ 7:00pm // show @ 7:30pm

$10 admission // limited space // advance tix available by emailing lucky7wpg@gmail.com

Thursday, January 31, 2019

7-8:30 pm

All are welcome!

Become a member or renew your membership!

Reg price: $25.00 (online or in person) AGM special, up to and night of: Pay what you can (in person or contact chantel@aceart.org)

Members receive voting privileges at AGMs and other benefits, as outlined on our website. aceart.org/membership

We’ll be approving our new anti-oppression policy. Read it online at aceart.org/mandate

805-4821 is a trans coming out story.
it’s also about the 80,000 words of facebook messages
my best friend and i wrote each other one fall.
it’s also about hamlet and trauma and having a feeling.
it’s also about my mom.
it’s mostly performed using an overhead projector
and it’s mostly performed in silence.
welcome to the movies.

created and performed by davis plett
edited by gislina patterson


The Ugly at aceartinc. (290 mcdermot ave, 2nd floor)

nov 15 / 8pm
nov 16 / 8pm
nov 17 / 8pm
nov 17 / 10pm
nov 18 / 8pm

doors 30 minutes to showtime   |   performances are approx 60 minutes

tix are pay what you can afford, CASH ONLY, and can be reserved at davisplett@gmail.com
or 204-805-4821 (do you want to txt me some time?)


this movie contains strong language
and textual representations
of physical, imagined, and systemic violence.
there’s a lot of shit about bodies, trauma,
and a kind of weird take on gender stuff.
there’s also, like, a LOT of stuff about ME.
if you have any particular questions, pls contact me.

aceartinc. is not a fully physically accessible space.
there’s a set of 2 stairs
then another set of 7 stairs before the elevator.
gallery staff are happy to assist however possible.
pls call ahead (204-944-9763)
to make any special arrangements.
full physical accessibility information can be found at

also note that 99% of this performance
is projected text without sound

ace is participating with a table holding some merch and publications by us and associated artists…

Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art’s PRAIRIE ART BOOK FAIR
September 7-9, 2018
• book fair • book launches • artist multiples • periodicals • workshops • readings •

image caption: Michael Dumontier and Neil Farber, Acrylic on panel, 2018.

Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art is extremely excited to present our inaugural Prairie Art Book Fair September 7-9, 2018. As a means to acknowledge the critical relationship between contemporary art and publishing with a regional focus on the Prairies, the weekend will showcase over twenty-nine exhibitors and present numerous events with highlights including collaborative hole punch drawing with Winnipeg born artist Micah Lexier; a talk connecting DIY tattooing and artist multiples by Maxine Proctor (Director and Co-founder of the Toronto Art Book Fair and Managing Editor of BlackFlash Magazine), and a workshop with key presenter Jeff Khonsary (Co-Founding and Artistic Director of Fillip and Director of New Documents) on alternative book fair models, looking at the economics and social space of the book fair model itself.

Explore diverse and accomplished publications from over twenty-five publishers, artists, and galleries ranging from zines, catalogues, artist editions, fiction, poetry, criticism, and periodicals.

DF  /  Alder & Ash  /  D-Ann Kuby  

11 July 2018, 6pm

Looped saxophone with audio-reactive light installations and visuals. Spacious, pulsing, emotive, and bright.

Alder & Ash
A counterpoint of two extremes. The music lies in stillness, introversion, and penitence. It lies in violence, cacophony, and angst. Alder & Ash plays cello with loop pedal to create improvised minimal classical music, with influence of doom metal, ambient, post-rock and noise.

D-Anne Kuby
Dance artist D-Anne Kuby will play with the sounds of Adrian (Alder and Ash) and Dustin (DF) for her second ever rendition of “let’s be honest – an improvisation regarding all that we can be absolutely certain of”. She also plans to present “Sarah minus Russell and without the poem”.

On Saturday May 12th, at aceartic. in the spirit of Paris is Burning, QPOC & Like That threw the second La Macha ball! A full evening of celebration of queerness you will never forget. This year had seven categories for your nerves, all judged by their Majesty, MANGHOE LASSI and QPOC royalty. aceartinc. is the spot, doors at 10pm, $10 sliding scale donation to get in to the event. DJ Slow Grind and Wanda G are your DJs and La Macha is going to be FIRE.

ace is proudly hosting this year’s send+receive. BUT not all the gigs are at ace- for a full listing go here.

Local legend, Joel Mierau will be giving a rare performance at ace on the occassion of alto saxophnoist, Brodie West’s, first Winnipeg concert. The gig starts promptly… it’s really a special, unique event.


Joel Mierau is an artist and sound engineer working in Winnipeg. whose work is informed by his intimate perception of subtle changes in sounds. This is a theme that influences + reoccurs throughout his work, often in the use of long tones and discrete movement.

Alto saxophonist Brodie West’s fascination in sound has taken him from Alexandra Park to Addis Ababa.

Originally hailing from Nanaimo, British Columbia, jazz studies at Humber College brought Brodie to Toronto. Emerging as a member of Zebradonk, Deep Dark United and Drumheller, he was soon in demand as a featured guest, adding his spirit to recordings ranging from Broken Social Scene’s seminal You Forgot It in People to more recent appearances with Jennifer Castle, Snowblink and Tasseomancy. Studies at the Amsterdam Music Conservatory with Misha Mengelberg lead to musical encounters with percussionist Han Bennink as well as The Ex, culminating in two tours to Ethiopia and the group’s collaborative recordings with Getatchew Mekuria.

Image: Chris Boni

Another hullabaloo of contemporary art, artists, and performance- the aceartinc. members’ show! Become a member and take part!

Come to the launch party at 8pm – midnight on 29 September. There’ll be performances, the opportunity to buy work on show, and DJs. 100% of the sale goes to the artist.

This year, ace is partnering with Blackspace Winnipeg. Black visual artists and those of colour are encouraged to take part in the members’ show and become a part of a larger artist community and use the resources that are available. ace and Blackspace’s goal is to highlight Black visual artists with the hope to foster diversity and inclusion for Winnipeg’s art scene. Nuit Noire will be taking place at ace the day after Carte Blanche.

Benefit for Justice for Errol

A night of good sounds in support of the Justice for Errol group. Performers:

Burden: deconstructed piano legends https://bbrrddnn.bandcamp.com/

Rosa Reaper: vocal loop blair witch project https://rosareaper.bandcamp.com/

Hypat1a: dreamy fearie experiments for laying around https://soundcloud.com/queenhypat1a

Funds raised at this show will go towards the costs associated with the inquest into the murder of Errol Greene at the winnipeg remand centre in May last year. Though Errol’s widow Rochelle was granted standing at the inquest, the state does not provide any funding for legal representation, or other costs such as childcare, etc. Please consider making a generous donation, as costs will be very high, and no amount of benefit shows will make any significant dent in that bill. More information about the case will be available at the event, and a link to a pamphlet put together by the J4E group is posted in the comments on this event page.

Show starts early! please arrive on time! doors at 7pm, show is 8pm-10:30pm SHARP.
Suggested donation of $8, no one turned away for lack of funds.
Ace art is not an physically accessible venue, for this we apologize.
See you all there! For any questions please contact us through the J4E page, thank you.
Big thanks to Ace Art for their generous donation of the space to host the event ♥♥♥

please also share this gofundme with your networks, and donate generously: https://www.gofundme.com/rochelles-legal-fees-for-inquest

Image: Kelly Campbell

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7pm, Friday 5 May 2017, free

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Proudly presented by the Winnipeg Underground Film Fest and Ace Art Inc.

Thursday, March 9th 7pm
$10 / Free for Immigrants

All proceeds to the ACLU

‘There, The Gun’ by Jamal Penjweny, 9min
‘Fan and Coffee’ by Rebeen Hamarafiq, 1min
‘The Flowering’ by Usama Alshaibi, 5min
‘Dream City’ by Emma Piper-Burket, 50min

Friday 17 February 2017   turnAround event

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7pm, Wednesday 8 February 2017

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Mujer Artista: Speaking In Tongues   |   partnership, host, main gallery

January 13 –  February 3, 2017

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See here for photos of Taking It To The Grave by Andrew ‘Glamdrew’ Henderson, with Eroca Nicols.



aceartinc.’s members’ exhibition and performances.
Proudly sponsored by Assiniboine Credit Union

 8 – 11 pm, Friday 30 September 2016

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bindi sound poster




I AM HERE project

The Scott Wachal Memorial Bursary was awarded to Carolyn Kroeker last summer.
7 pm, Wednesday, 30 March 2016

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nine -stinner kun students

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Limpe Fuchs

2 October, 5:15 pm, MAWA, 611 Main St.

Find out more: https://www.aceart.org/limpe-fuchs-artist-talk

send+receive   |   www.limpefuchs.de/en

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Indigenous Curatorial Residency with Niki Little

Enendaman | Anminigook

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It Doesnt Grow There 7 promo

ArtShare 1 h-g promo

student insta 2015 2

cluster logo


Annual Student Show call 2015

jen vp poster

Curated by Jennifer Smith

Thursday, March 12 at 7:00pm

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

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Dr. David Churchill & Frank Livingston Artist Talk | 13 February, 2014 – 7pm

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

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hollywood-hens-webimage courtesy of Larry Glawson

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

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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, 2013 at 7pm.


Image courtesy of Clare Murphy | 2012

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

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

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

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image courtesy of Michelle Elrick | 2012

Michelle Elrick | Friday 9th November 8pm

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The gallery will be open until midnight during Nuit Blanche, come and check out Doug Smith’s “Catharsis”

Nuit Blanche 2012 | gallery open til midnight | Doug Smith

That’s right folks! You can check out some fantastic drawings by Winnipeg’s own Doug Smith, and then wander directly into a pop-up version of Into the Music to peruse their immense collection of ultra-affordable LPs and CDs. This partnership between ace and Into the Music will kick off until late during Nuit Blanche and continue throughout October. Gallery hours will be extended from 10-5 Tuesday to Friday and 12-5 Saturday.

images courtesy crys cole | 2012


A concert of three solo performances by Catherine Lamb (US), Bryan Eubanks (US) and crys cole (CA)

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image courtesy Tamara Weller | 2012

Tamara Weller | Artist Talk | Thursday 12th July | noon | free

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Duet for a Schizophrenic | 27, 28, 29 September | 8pm

Little Theatre of the Grey Goose & Adhere and Deny present: Duet for a Schizophrenic by Chris Johnson.
Performance starts at 8pm. tickets are $12/ $8 low income.

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Flux Gallery | 2016–2018 Archive

Niamh Dooley | Nintawin

7-14 December 2018

A solo exhibition of work by Niamh Dooley. Join us for the opening reception of “Nintawin” December 7th from 7-10pm.

Nintawin, meaning home in Oji-Cree, is a show that explores the revitalization and resurgence of traditions within a home space that may have been lost through colonialism. Using paintings with images of these traditional practices or items and placing them with sculptural items associated with a house, builds the relation between tradition and home and the importance of passing down this knowledge. Materials range from oil paint, deer hide, beadwork, moose hair, branches, sinew and wooden found sculpture pieces. The mixture of contemporary and traditional materials work together in connecting the central themes of the show.

Niamh Dooley is an Oji-Cree and Irish contemporary artist based in Winnipeg. Dooley is a band member of St. Theresa Point First Nation in Treaty 5 territory of Manitoba, but grew up in Treaty 3 territory in Sioux Lookout, Ontario. Dooley predominantly focuses on the exploration of identity, cultural issues, and her interest in the relationships between Indigenous people, past and present, and connecting them with both traditional and contemporary materials in her art practice.

Simon Fuh |The Greatest Of All Time

9-17 November 2018

A solo exhibition of work by Simon Fuh. Join us for the opening reception of “The Greatest of All Time” November 9th from 7-10pm.

The Greatest of All Time is a reflection on sport and play. It uses found sculpture, video and digital images to explore the relationship between fun and organized competition. Simon is interested in how societies (under patriarchy) tend to construct a spectrum of acceptable levels of enjoyment in competitive structures. Games are designed to incentivize winning, and are often thought of as micro representations of our world. Fun, at the competitive level, is not necessarily an emotional response that is highly sought after. Simon’s work is both a representation and subversion of this constructed seriousness.

Simon Fuh (b. 1993) is an artist based out of Regina, SK. He completed his BFA at the University of Regina in 2016, and has lived and worked in Toronto, ON, and Taipei, Taiwan. Recent exhibitions include Under One Roof, Mississauga, ON (2018), Very Good Painters, Regina, SK (2018), and Futures, a traveling exhibition throughout Saskatchewan (2017). Simon’s writing was published in the fall 2018 issue of C Magazine. He is currently the Administrative Coordinator at Neutral Ground Artist-Run-Centre in Regina.

This project is presented in part with the support of the Saskatchewan Arts Board.

Coming up

Gather | Group exhibition curated by Flux with Hassaan Ashraf, Niamh Dooley, Ekene Maduka, and Emma Mayer

 26 July – 16 August 2018 

Flux Gallery’s first curated exhibition, Gather, opens on Thursday, July 26, 7-10pm.

Exhibition Statement:
For Flux Gallery’s first curated exhibition, Hassaan Ashraf, Niamh Dooley, Ekene Maduka, and Emma Mayer have been grouped together under the theme of portraiture and textiles. Gather is an exhibition that includes painting, performance, textiles, multi-media work, photography, and collage. Gather speaks to identity formations in relation to garments, fashion, and cultural transience. From humourous, sentimental, or nostalgic; to confrontational, empowering, or inviting; the subjects in these works gesture towards an engagement between artist and subject, artist and viewer, and viewer and subject. Through acts of cultural jamming and resistance Ashraf, Dooley, Maduka, and Mayer recontextualize the textiles and garments they utilize—at times evidenced by the maker’s hand, and at other times evidenced by the subjects’ gaze and mood.

Gather is curated by Noor Bhangu, Christina Hajjar, Pablo Javier Castillo Huerta, and Mariana Muñoz Gomez on behalf of Flux Gallery

Hassaan Ashraf is a multi-disciplinary artist who moved to Winnipeg in 2012 to pursue a Master’s degree in Fine Arts. His practice reflects on his journey as a displaced artist, dealing with themes of cross-cultural experience, diaspora, homesickness, culture shock, global culture, post-colonialism, politics and the west’s discomfort with alien cultures.

Niamh Dooley: I am an Oji-Cree and Irish contemporary artist based in Winnipeg. I predominantly focus on the exploration of identity and the relationships between Indigenous people, past and present, and connecting them with both traditional and contemporary materials.

Ekene Maduka: As a black female artist, it is important for me to make my identity apparent. Living in Nigeria and being surrounded by a majority of people who looked like me made me inattentive to the fact that in parts of the world, I was a minority. Leaving home changed my perspective on that matter: For me, it is important to share my story and culture with people unaware of it and add to an art community that has for so long been dominated by a western male presence.

Emma Mayer is an emerging interdisciplinary artist from Winnipeg, Manitoba. She has studied at the School of Art at the University of Manitoba and at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) from the University of Manitoba in 2018. Presently, she works across various media including video, drawing, sculpture, zine-making and photography. Her work explores interpersonal relationships, personal narratives and melodrama.

Eric Plamondon | now with words

A solo exhibition of work by Eric Plamondon. Join us for the opening reception of “now with words” on Tuesday, July 10 from 7-10pm.

The exhibition runs July 10-21, 2018
Gallery hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 12-5pm

Artist Statement:
In an era of high resolution, excess and lingering social vestiges of masculinity, what visual cues allow us to understand the other? now with words is an analogue presentation of Winnipeg men where the expressed words are juxtaposed with bare instant photographs, offering the viewer a focused and incomplete context on who they are; and maybe along side each other, who we are collectively.

Eric Plamondon is a Winnipeg based multi-disciplinary artist who is just as comfortable creating in french than in english. He has often used a queer lens to highten universal human experiences. This has resulted in projects in the realm of writing, theatre, film, improvisation, art installations and curation. He is most interested in projects that permit cross-contamination, that is to say when techniques from one medium crosses over into another medium.

now with words is Eric’s first solo art show.

Lauren Lavery & Stephanie Ng | ( ) to ( ) / place to place

A solo exhibition of collaborative work by Lauren Lavery and Stephanie Ng. Join us for the opening reception of “( ) to ( ) / place to place” Friday, May 11 from 7 to 10pm. The exhibition runs May 11- 18, 2018.

The exhibition is a collaborative material experiment between the artists Lauren Lavery and Stephanie Ng, who are based in Guelph, Canada and Hong Kong, China. The process involved in the making of the works is based upon the act of mailing materials, objects and notes back and forth with an intention to alter them each time, consequently resulting in the formation of a finished artwork.

Gallery hours:
Tuesday – Saturday, 12 – 5 pm

Please see aceartinc.’s website for detailed accessibility information:

Artist Statement:

A box can be described in many ways. Simply put, a box is generally characterized by its square or rectangular shape and straight edges. Sometimes a box will even be equipped with a lid, to cover or enclose the box’s contents. The size of the box is also directly related to the type and amount of objects one can put inside, not to mention the weight and strength of the box’s material structure also having to align with that of its contents. A box is a container, a vessel; a box is an object that can hold something else secretly. Ultimately, a box is more complex than it seems.

Our boxes have travelled. They have been beaten, battered, touched by countless hands, both human and machine, and weathered the natural elements of wind, rain and sun. We can only speculate what may have happened between here and there, or identify which trace and mark was made by what, or by who. Our boxes have not only held objects within them, taken them from point A to point B, but they have also become objects themselves. Their journeys have made them into something new, like how material can be manipulated and assembled into an artwork. The same elements have affected our boxes, but unlike most art, their transformation has happened somewhat unintentionally.

The act of mailing a box is political. It involves taxes, declaration of contents, express shipping charges and is subjugated to being opened and searched before its arrival. Before the box is even able to begin its overseas journey, there is conflict. Entrusting the contents of the box to such unforeseen circumstances is taking a risk. Risking the safe and unbroken arrival of the contents; risking the chance the box might be lost in the process; risking that the work will not be able to be shipped at all due to weight, height, length or other physical components. This exhibition is about the boxes and what they contained along the way.


Stephanie Ng is a visual artist and art educator who is currently based in Hong Kong. She obtained her BFA degree at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver in 2015. Ng’s practice consists mainly of painting, sculptures and collages. Her practice explores the expanding possibilities and boundaries between painting and sculpture. With immense interest in Architecture, she often draws shapes inspired by her surrounding spaces. Ng’s works have been exhibited in Vancouver and was awarded the Volunteers of the Burnaby Art Gallery Award in Visual Arts in 2014.

Lauren Lavery is a visual artist, writer and editor currently based in Guelph, ON. Her interdisciplinary practice consists mainly of sculpture, collage, painting and installation. Lavery’s practice is implicated in the embodied dynamics of spaces as activated by the human body and its associated material objects. Her visual art has been exhibited in Vancouver, BC, Toronto, Cambridge, ON and Winnipeg, MB. Lavery is also the founder and editor of Peripheral Review, a Vancouver and Toronto-based online platform of exhibition reviews. She holds a BFA with honours from Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts in Vancouver, BC.

Daniel Fernandes | Relaxing Paintings for Spiritual Growth

A solo exhibition of work by Daniel Fernandes. Join us for the opening reception of “Relaxing Paintings for Spiritual Growth” April 13 from 7-10pm.

Relaxing Paintings for Spiritual Growth is a collection of paintings and sculpture examining emotions, themes, and symbols that arose in the artist’s process of attempting to learn how to lucid dream.

Jaz Papadopoulos | I am here my love

(cancelled)   The multimedia exhibition I am here my love pays tribute to memory and the grief of rupture. Stepping into the room is stepping into a sacred space, a space for honouring memory in its wholeness and its brokenness.   The sculptures in the room are modern rambramb – ancient objects that were made to be broken during funerary rites, as a way of releasing grief. They represent both loss and one’s relationship with loss. These bowls symbolically and energetically hold the grief of disconnect from ancestors, as they wait to be broken in catharsis.   I am here my love creates a space to hold memories and acknowledge the gaps. Gaps become spaces for interpretation, spaces to imagine ways to bridge the rupture, spaces in which to grow more fully into wholeness.   Bio: Jaz Papadopoulos is an interdisciplinary artist who works in experimental poetry, installation, video and performance. They are interested in diaspora, gender, bodies, place, memory, grief and ritual. They are a current recipient of the New Artist in Media Art Production Fund at Video Pool, and recently completed the Young Lungs Research Series. Jaz lives in Treaty 1 territory.

Katrina Craig | It Washes Over

A solo exhibition of work by Katrina Craig. Join us for the opening reception of “It Washes Over” Friday, February 2 from 7 to 10pm.

It Washes Over explores experiences through the objects we hold onto, and how the experiences they represent change us. Using donated items of significance that carry memories, grief, and trauma, Katrina ventures into the inner workings of heartbreak and back again. This exploration of physical and emotional experiences as an unraveling and reworking of self weaves past into present, confronting us with familiar and forgotten.

Katrina Craig is a textile artist whose work focuses on hidden lives, vulnerability, and heartbreak. Craig received a BFA from NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and currently resides in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada.

Winter 2017 – Spring 2018

Call for Submissions V

Flux Gallery will be seeking exhibition proposals from emerging artists.

To apply please submit the following in a digital format to flux@aceart.org by 11.59pm, 17 November 2017.

To submit, enclose:

  1. An exhibition proposal (1 page)
  2. Support Material
  3. List the dates in your order of preference. We cannot guarantee you’ll get your preferred date.

Support material:

  • You may include up to 5 images
  • Individual images must be jpegs 72dpi, 1024 x 768 pixel, 500k (.5 MB) RGB or SRGB only
  • Video may be submitted through a link to Vimeo, YouTube or any other easily accessed website, a max of 5 minutes will be reviewed by selection committee

When applying, please consider:

  • Flux Gallery is  run by volunteers. Two members of the committee will facilitate your show and help things run smoothly for you. If you need assistance or access to resources they can help point you in the right direction
  • You must know how to install your own work. If desired, you can request time in the space to practice installing your work.
  • Works involving sound must be played through headphones.
  • You must return Flux Gallery to its pristine state during the strike of your exhibition.
  • Your work will be for sale; artist fees are therefore not applicable. We will provide a $100 honorarium per show.
  • A map of the space can be found here.

Be a juror for Flux Gallery

Be part of the selection process for exhibitions in Flux! If you are not submitting an exhibition proposal, email flux@aceart.org and tell us what interests you about being on the Flux jury. Email flux@aceart.org for the next date.

Katrina Mendoza | Softerscape

Softerscape is made of distractions from a view. Distractions are comfortable covers for one side only. Soft impressions of practical structures can stand-in for or be grafted onto unwanted surroundings.

Katrina Marie Mendoza is a Winnipeg artist who combines schematic digital drawings with found material in continual reassembly. Her interests lie in drawings as projections of space, the possibility of their becoming objects and the limits of their isolated vocabulary.

ktrnm.tumblr.com | @ktrnm

Opening December 8, 2017 / 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Exhibition will be open for viewing during aceartinc’s hours
12:00pm – 5:00pm everyday excluding Sunday and Monday
Free admission

Scott Kemp | Compositions with Coloured Light

Picture yourself as a car. It can be any car you like. I‘d suggest a practical thing like a mini-van, or some type of smallish sedan.

In my head a car’s favourite time to go driving is in the early morning before the sun comes up, when people are asleep and the roads are empty–some time mid-week, in early fall or early spring.

If cars could feel the wind that runs along their bodies when they move would they enjoy it?

In a movie an actor pretends to be a person they are not, and an audience will choose to believe them so they can enjoy the movie. Tricks of lighting, ambient noise and background scenery contribute to the atmosphere of the movie, which contribute to the audience’s experience of the actor’s performance. In the exhibition Compositions with Coloured Light, an image has been cast as an actor. Composition and lighting are employed as tools for engaging the affected persona of this image-actor; the audience is invited to observe the production.

The image selected for this exhibition was chosen from an archive of photographs documenting unmarked police vehicles in urban situations. This archive is an ongoing project of the artist.

A strong current in Scott Kemp’s artistic practice is their interest in the function of image as a vessel through which social and political values are distributed or reflected. Kemp was a co-organizer of Avenue, an independent gallery and project space that operated in downtown Vancouver from 2013 to 2015, and in 2015 co-founded Duplex, an exhibition space focused on supporting emerging artists, experimental projects, and community events, also in Vancouver. Recent solo exhibitions include Compositions with Toys and Tinted Glass, CSA Space, Vancouver, Canada, 2017; An Upper-Middle Class Fantasy, After Hours, Vancouver, Canada, 2017; Master and Apprentice, Lobster and Leaf, Duplex, Vancouver, Canada, 2016. Group exhibitions include Schererstraße 10 (Institut für Alles Mögliche), Berlin, Germany, 2017; Soil Gallery, Seattle, USA, 2017; Flux Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada, 2015; 221a, Vancouver, Canada, 2015.

Sophie Sabet | Since We Last Spoke

27 October – 4 November 2017

A response by Noor Bhangu

A response by Christina Hajjar

Since We Last Spoke is an autobiographical three-channel video installation exploring the intricacies and tribulations of a modern Iranian-Canadian home. This project is a personal exploration of the impact of displacement on my family due to migration, and the consequent interpersonal and cultural frictions. Each member of my family has been confronted with complex challenges, and my parents’ choice to relocate from East to West has fractured the harmony between our home and society. Over the years, our diverging struggles spawned from displacement have alienated us from one another, fragmenting the family.

Following our immigration to Canada, my father would frequently travel back to Iran. During these lengthy periods apart, my parents would write letters to each other in Farsi describing their daily lives and hopes for the future. I have asked my parents to revisit these letters written between 1997-2004. In the the silent video portraits featured in the installation these letters come back to life as my father hears his reflections and thoughts spoken by my mother, and in turn my father speaks my mother’s words back to her. The videos capture my parents’ reactions as they listen to each other read these letters years later.

The stresses endured by immigrant families such as ours are frequently overlooked. We are stripped of a familiar community, and left to navigate this strenuous process in isolation. My position as an insider within this family has allowed me to capture the honest and fragile moments that point to fundamental problems surrounding acculturation and displacement. Since We Last Spoke reveals a portrait of a family coping with the realities and consequences of immigration.

Sophie Sabet is an emerging media artist working predominantly in video. As an Iranian-born woman raised in Canada, her work focuses on exploring identity and the influences of the diasporic experience within the domestic sphere. She holds a BA in Art History from Queens University, and a MFA in Documentary Media Studies at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada.

Alyssa Bornn | Mappings

Please join us for the opening reception of Mappings September 8 from 7-10 pm.

mappings is a series of recent works examining the mechanics of projection and the creation of (im)material space. Structural compositions are built then transposed into a flat image. Light is taken as construction material – bent and layered, building topographical zones that speak to both landscape and interior spatial relationships.

Alyssa Bornn is a multidisciplinary artist frequently working at the intersection of photography and sculpture. She is interested in materiality, the registration of time, architecture as vessel for memory, the performative aspects of photography and most everything else. She is a collective member of Open City Cinema and currently pursuing a BFA at the University of Manitoba.

Robyn Adams | Decolonist

A solo exhibition of work by Robyn Adams. Please join us for the opening reception of Decolonist. August 11 from 7-10 pm.

Artist Statement:
I make sculpture as a means of locating my identity within the Indigenous community. I am interested in animal remains and land as material, searching for the materials of my ancestors and exploring hybridization by trading, hunting and gathering for locally sourced fur, leather, antlers and wild plants on Treaty One Territory. Referencing Canada’s rich history my work becomes a hybrid with animal, soil and concrete, commenting on colonization and allowing a space to consider the de-colonist perspective.

In my series, I pair concrete sculptures, and their references to weight, construction, burial and monument with raw animal hide, antlers, sage and soil. This contrasts two cultures and their unification into a hybrid. Land and soil become material as well, as I reference controlled land access and ownership. As a Métis person, I am affected by cultural suppression and my work is to create an environment where conversation for the third space can arise, not only to acknowledge this but also to move forward. The third space is where values and tradition of two cultures can come together to form a hybrid.

I acknowledge that I am living on treaty one territory.

Coming up

Amanda Abrahams | At the same time

“At the same time” is a sculptural textile installation supplemented with fragments of the artists’ own naive and earnest ninth grade diary. Within the work Abrahams aims to sculpt and stitch a penetrable atmosphere to fabricate feeling where no thought is too heavy and no whim is too trite.

Amanda Abrahams is a multi-disciplinary artist concerned with complication and contradiction within emotional life. Human experience is to feel deeply connected, while, simultaneously, human experience is to feel profoundly alone.

Pablo Javier Castillo Huerta  | VIAJE(S)

May 12th – 19th  |   Opening May 12th, 7-10pm.

VIAJE(S) is a sculptural installation that takes inspiration from personal travels, familial struggle, shared stories, as well as current and historical sociopolitical themes. Embodying various elements of the journeys taken by migrants across the world, VIAJE(S) creates an immersive space that invites the viewers to place themselves within the context of an imagined migrant camp. Objects within the installation provide links to life before, during and after the process of migration. The theme of work (or lack thereof) is recurrent throughout this installation, as it is often the primary reason one might feel they need to uproot their lives and that of their families.

Call for Submissions IV

Flux Gallery will be seeking exhibition proposals from emerging artists.

To apply please submit the following in a digital format to flux@aceart.org by 24 April 2017.

To submit, enclose:

  1. An exhibition proposal (1 page)
  2. Support Material
  3. List the dates in your order of preference. We cannot guarantee you’ll get your preferred date.

Support material:

  • You may include up to 5 images
  • Individual images must be jpegs 72dpi, 1024 x 768 pixel, 500k (.5 MB) RGB or SRGB only
  • Video may be submitted through a link to Vimeo, YouTube or any other easily accessed website, a max of 5 minutes will be reviewed by selection committee

When applying, please consider:

  • Works involving sound must be played through headphones.
  • You must return Flux Gallery to its pristine state during the strike of your exhibition.
  • Your work will be for sale; artist fees are therefore not applicable.

A map of the space can be found here.

Janelle Tougas & Shaylyn Plett | Open Aire Langueur

Shaylyn Plett and Janelle Tougas are multidisciplinary artists who are interested in spatial qualities and their ability to specify the tone and significance of space, as well as the affective potential of object and colour. Their recent collaborative work has explored ideas of whelming comfort found in the dense familiarity of natural forms. In open air langueur colour and shape give order to intangibles and explore opportunities for physical encounters with pieces that can enclose, be circumvented and used for rest.

Christina Bosowec | bed of roses

3-10 March 2017

Bed of Roses is a performance and installation based exhibition that responds to the allure of material forms. Originating from her obsession with the household sponge, Christina Bosowec strives to evaluate everyday objects that embody characteristics of comfort and softness.When used alongside the body as a tool ‘comfort objects’ are consoling, providing strength and deeper understanding. In Bed of Roses Bosowec touches on ‘Radical Softness’ seeking to combat the societal idea that feelings are a sign of fragility. Her performance promotes emotion through meticulous interactions that push past presumed functions.

Colby Richardson | Channelers

7 – 18 February 2017

Reception: 7-10pm, 10 February

Channelers’ is a series of video-sculptures that act as a medium between the living observer and the dead radio waves left behind by the abandonment of analog television broadcasting.

Once popular portable television sets have been modified into curious, altar like, structures resembling both ancient temples and esoteric radio towers.

Each sculpture receives a local transmission of a standard test pattern once used by broadcasters. As the viewer walks amongst the sculptures, the presence of their body acts as an additional antenna, warping and transforming the test pattern on the screens.

By offering a direct line of communication between the observer and the invisible radio waves around them, Channelers seeks to reveal our affect on the electromagnetic spectrum as a eerily mystical, spiritual force.

Here’s a review by Beth Schellenberg.

 Patrick Klassen | My Best Friend

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January 17th- 28th 2017
Opening Reception: January 20th, 2017, 7-10 pm

Despite appearances, Pat’s medium is performance, not painting. “My Best Friend” describes an uneasy bond between artworks and author by presenting his practice as a dysfunctional relationship; one that involves the affection, contempt, and embarrassment that throbs between a person and things.

Playing with some of modernism’s foundational tropes, the paintings themselves waver between abstraction and a kind of expressionism that touches on the epistemic fetish for transparency of process, material, and recursive self-definition. Kurt Schwitters once announced to the Dadaists “I nail my pictures together” which succinctly described his commitment to beaux arts practices (easel, paint, brush) as well as the subversion of the codes defining those practices. Klassen’s canvases are all redaction, smears, and the bare minimum required to summon a drawing, but imbued with imaginary agency. Here, the usual signs of command are given up for the pervert’s compulsion to act out a relationship with the fantasy object.

True to perverse nature, Klassen must find others willing to be put through this exchange. Beyond the conquering gesture of ratchet strapping the paintings to the walls, dividing practices are revealed in a video where viewers can observe Jungian archetypes performed through everyday social engagements, and in the carpet paintings which signal both decorative space and submission. You are invited to walk all over it.

– Jessica Evans

Jessica Evans is an artist and writer based in Vancouver, Canada

Here is a review of the show by Beth Schellenberg.


flux upcoming 2017

Anyse Ducharme | Transfer


2-10 December 2016

Variances of transparency found in wide circulation, slowed down, in an instance of transference; glitched, bent and sliding onto transparent material.

The image file is an assemblage of processes that form a visual iteration. It is only readable because your platform functions in such a way as to allow it to be read, and manifests a visual on your screen (if you can think of a jpg image as a solidified version of a set of processes). Your computer is in communication with its components (algorithms, programs etc.) in order for you to view an image. It is also in communication with the image that has been transferred to you – which also functions in a state of assemblages of processes that solidify enough in order to create a visual iteration on your screen.

Bryn Vargas |  Animating Self


1-12 November 2016

Bryn Vargas is an inter-disciplinary artist concerned about the well-being of relationships in our society today. Seeking to discover, and share the truths she is learning about relationship and what makes them good and worthwhile.

Review of Animating Self by Scott Lercher

Elise Dawson | Daddy

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We’ve all got daddy issues, we all live under patriarchy. “Daddy issues” originates from Carl Jung’s theory of the Electra complex, a counteracting theory to the Oedipus complex that suggests women want to compete with their mothers in possession of their fathers. Pop culturally speaking, daddy issues have a lot to do with needing validation from others and seeking approval. Daddy is a minimalist investigation of the artist’s relationship with her father as larger metaphor for our relations within patriarchy and to our environment. The work seeks to question how we deal with our patriarchal relations and the conflict bred from our obsession with validation from authority figures. If this love is immaturely expressed through duty, we might find our value in caretaking and our worth in performance.


Flux Gallery welcomes writing about any of the exhibitions that are mounted in the program. Responses can be in any style and any length. They will be published as PDFs available on aceart.org/flux-gallery. Email your writing to flux@acaert.org.

An interview with Graham Wiebe by Joy Balmana

Cybersensuality- a response by Jaz Papadopoulos

Cybersensuality– an interview with the artist Nancy Nguyen by Joy Balmana

My Best Friend by Patrick Klassen- a review by Beth Schellenberg

Channelers by Colby Richardson- a review by Beth Schellenberg

Since We Last Spoke by Sophie Sabet –  a response by Noor Bhangu

James Malzahn | Privacy Forboden

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Opens Friday, July 22, 2016, 7 pm.
Runs until July 29, 2016

Privacy Forboden, an exhibition by James Malzahn, is an interdisciplinary body of work which critiques the increasing loss of privacy that humanity faces through the abuse of technology at the hands of government agencies. Malzahn illuminates the eeriness associated to mass surveillance programs which includes the bulk interception, collection and storage of the public’s digital communications. This series weaves technology – aesthetically and functionally – through traditional mediums to portray these omnipresent and corrupt entities.

Call for Submissions III

Flux Gallery will be seeking exhibition proposals from emerging artists.

This third call for submissions will be for three exhibition slots:

To apply please submit the following in a digital format to flux@aceart.org by 10 July 2016.

Successful applicants will hear by August 2016.

To submit, enclose:

  1. An exhibition proposal (1 page)
  2. Support Material
  3. List the dates in your order of preference. We cannot guarantee you’ll get your preferred date.

Support material:

  • You may include up to 5 images
  • Individual images must be jpegs 72dpi, 1024 x 768 pixel, 500k (.5 MB) RGB or SRGB only
  • Video may be submitted through a link to Vimeo, YouTube or any other easily accessed website, a max of 5 minutes will be reviewed by selection committee

When applying, please consider:

  • Works involving sound must be played through headphones.
  • You must return Flux Gallery to its pristine state during the strike of your exhibition.
  • Your work will be for sale; artist fees are therefore not applicable.

A map of the space can be found here.

Graham Wiebe | You Can’t Call People Without Wings Angels


14-20 May 2016, launch: 7-10pm, 14 May

You Can’t Call People Without Wings Angels, an exhibition by Graham Wiebe, is a series of photographs that uses the thematic of Halloween as a way of exploring the holidays uncanny aesthetic while questioning personal anxieties during a time of juvenile purgatory

Nancy Nguyen | Cyber Sensuality

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April 17-30, 2016

CYBER SENSUALITY, an exhibition by Nancy Nguyen is a body of work focused on image-crafted internet identity through a combination of graphic design, books, and wall installations to evoke visual information rather than textual information while dissecting the immediate aesthetics of the internet through permanent forms.

Michael Mogatas | Recent Works

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Recent Works, an exhibition by Michael Mogatas, is a new body of work that reflects his past and present processes of painting via photography.

Rachael Thorleifson | I dreamt [last night] my teeth were crumbling


This exhibition is comprised of paintings and installation that explore the dynamics of heartbreak. The work embodies the tension within conflicting romantic identities that are negotiated through melodrama, omitting specificity in favor of tropes found in the pop-culture canon.

Review in Uptown Magazine


Unexpected Encounters: Micheline Durocher, Christine Horeau, Marie-Christine Simard, Cydra MacDowall, Gail Bourgeois
September 14 – October 12, 2002

a response to the exhibition by Susan Turner

Gail Bourgeois began her ongoing curatorial research in 1999 while living and teaching in Montreal. The following year she produced found image with my history, a charcoal drawn diptych of an isolated house with no windows or doors, and paired it with a bulb and its root tendrils meandering below the surface. For her this drawing was profoundly disturbing and seemed emblematic both of an understanding she’d reached about her family relationships as well as about the gap between the binaries we ascribe to our understanding of our relation to the world. It was the catalyst to question what other artists might do with the same themes that interested her: “ruptures and the ordered flow of existence caused by a breakdown in expectations;” “the difficulty of human communication;” and the “urge to make a home or to nest.” After several studio visits, she selected the work of Montreal artists Micheline Durocher, Christina Horeau, and Marie-Christine Simard, and Cyndra MacDowell from Toronto. The exhibition was first seen at Women’s Art Resource Centre in Toronto. For the Winnipeg showing, the work of Helene Dyck was added. The exhibition will also travel to AKA in Saskatoon and will there add Monika Napier, from Saskatoon, and then to the Richmond Art Gallery, and will pick up a Vancouver artist as yet to be selected.

Next to nothing

Grocery Store: Live in the Exchange!: The Co-Op Collective (dempsey / millan / zab / moore)
August 9 – August 31, 2002

a response to the exhibition by Christopher Olson

When I was a child, I would accompany my father selling his prints and paintings in Old Market Square. Our table was set up next to folks selling everything from produce to used books, and to pass the time I made crayon and water-colour pictures that I would sell for a dollar. I guess you could say my art career began early.

As did my love affair with the Exchange. During my teen years I spent Saturdays Zen-navigating the streets, digging for treasure in used bookstores, taking pictures of graffiti in the alleys (“Wpg HELL” was a favourite) and spending my evenings at Emma G’s when I wasn’t going to punk shows at the Cauldron and the Albert.