BIPOC Art Writing Workshops

Art & Culture Writing Workshop for BIPOC Writers

If we have been made painfully aware of the lack of representation of people of color in the industries that tell us stories, we should also be aware of the lack of representation of people of color in the places where we make meaning of those stories. … Art is our mirror — in which we can confront our beautiful, our bad and our ugly. Critics refuse to look away, and they insist that we join them.

Elizabeth Méndez Berry


Facilitated by BIPOC writers for BIPOC writers, the goal of this workshop series is to support and grow art and culture writing in the city by people who are part of BIPOC communities. The hope is that these workshops will strengthen networks and local writing communities so that there will be more art and culture writing by BIPOC folks published in Winnipeg and Canada.

Over a three month period, three acclaimed art and culture writers from Canada and the US will run workshops with exercises, discussion, and feedback that are designed to give writers of all levels, whether aspiring or published, the skills, information, and support to write about exhibitions and other cultural events. This call for applications is for writers who self-identify as black, Indigenous, and/or a person of colour.


Workshop dates

12-3pm Saturday 13 October 2018

12-3pm Saturday 17 November 2018

12-3pm Saturday 15 December 2018


How to apply

In one PDF please provide the following information:

  • Your name, address, email address, and phone number
  • How do you self-identify?
  • Confirm you can attend all three workshops.
  • Why would you like to do this workshop series?
  • How do you think it will effect your writing?
  • Provide two writing samples up to three pages in length. If you are a new writer and do not have samples of your work please provide a statement on what you would like to write about.


Email your application to

The deadline is 4pm, 25 September 2018.

People will be informed of the status of their application by 29 September 2018.

All workshops will take place at aceartinc. 2-290 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg.


The workshop leaders

Aruna D’Souza

12-3pm Saturday 13 October 2018

Aruna D’Souza writes about modern and contemporary art; intersectional feminisms and other forms of politics; and how museums shape our views of each other and the world. Her work appears regularly in, where she is a member of the editorial advisory board, and has been published as well in The Wall Street Journal, Art News, Garage, Bookforum, Momus, Art in America, and Art Practical, among other places. Her book, Whitewalling: Art, Race, and Protest in 3 Acts was published by Badlands Unlimited in May 2018. She is editor of the forthcoming volume Making It Modern: A Linda Nochlin Reader, which will be published by Thames & Hudson.

This workshop is funded by Creative Manitoba, University of Winnipeg Institute for Women & Gender Studies, and aceartinc.


Dr. Sharanpal Ruprai

12-3pm Saturday 17 November 2018

Dr. Sharanpal Ruprai is a writer and Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Winnipeg. Ruprai’s début poetry collection, Seva was shortlisted for the Stephen G. Stephansson Award for Poetry by the Alberta Literary Awards in 2015. As an interdisciplinary humanities scholar, her research and teaching interests include: indigenous and critical race feminism, religious and cultural studies and artistic practice. Currently, Ruprai is working on a collection of essays entitled Who You Calling a Kaur/Princess? By juxtaposing novels, plays, poetry collections, and films, the book explores issues such as religion, gender violence, and identity, within the specific context of the Canadian South Asian women’s experience.

This workshop is funded by Creative Manitoba, University of Winnipeg Institute for Women & Gender Studies, and aceartinc.


David Garneau

12-3pm Saturday 15 December 2018

David Garneau is a Métis artist, curator, writer and Professor of Visual Arts at the University of Regina. He recently co-curated Native Art in Light and Sound (with Kathleen Ash Milby), at the National Museum of the American Indian (Smithsonian). He co-curated (with Michelle LaVallee) Moving Forward, Never Forgetting at the Mackenzie Art Gallery in Regina and With Secrecy and Despatch (with Tess Allas) for the Campbelltown Art Centre in Sydney, Australia. Garneau has given keynote talks in Australia, New Zealand, the United States, as well as throughout Canada. He has written more than forty catalogue essays, and more than a hundred academic essays, art articles, and reviews for local, national, and international outlets. He is part of the SSHRC-funded research project Creative Conciliations, and is working on public art projects in Edmonton. His paintings are in numerous public and private collections.

This workshop is funded by Creative Manitoba, University of Winnipeg Institute for Women & Gender Studies, and aceartinc.


The opening quote was taken from an article by Elizabeth Méndez Berry that appeared in Hyperallergic earlier this year.

Why Cultural Critics of Color Matter