UNDERWORLD: A QPOC Ball

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. 🙁

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 convertible with pink flames. 

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

Set #2: by Rachel Thorleifson
Photography 9am – 1pm by Mike Peters
Photography 1pm – 5pm by TBA
About the set:more info coming soon! 

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.

hannah_g, aceartinc.’s Director to pursue Canada Council funded writing project

 

We are delighted to share the wonderful news that hannah_g has been awarded a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to work on an experimental art writing project, Critical Fictions. To support her work, the Board Directors of aceartinc. have given hannah a twelve month sabbatical, commencing November 2018.

In addition to implementing the superb annual juried exhibition program of five exhibitions , among other related activities, hannah champions emerging art writers through the Critical Distance writing program. She has been instrumental in directing transformational initiatives at ace such as: The Cartae Open School (co-founded with Jamie Wright and Helga Jakobson), The Flux Gallery (co-founded with Hannah Doucet), the Indigenous Curatorial Residency (with support from Jaimie Isaac, Nikki Little, Jenny Western, ACC-CCA, and NIMAC), and the BIPOC art & culture writing workshop series (with Creative Manitoba Indigenous Programs and the University of Winnipeg’s Institute of Women & Gender Studies, Noor Bhangu.) The board and staff will miss working with her but enthusiastically await what she fills the next twelve months with…

Plug In ICA’s Prairie Art Book Fair

ace is participating with a table holding some merch and publications by as 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 •
FREE ENTRY

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.

A complete list of exhibitors and events are listed below.
For more information contact Erin Josephson-Laidlaw at erin@plugin.org

Exhibitors:

aceartinc. • ARP Books • Association of Manitoba Book Publishers • At Bay Press • Bison Books • BlackFlash Magazine (Saskatoon) • BLINKERS Art and Project Space • Border Crossings • Carnation • Michael Dumontier and Neil Farber • Esker Foundation (Calgary) • Cliff Eyland • Gallery 1C03, University of Winnipeg • Jeff Khonsary (Fillip and New Documents) (Vancouver/Los Angeles) • MacKenzie Art Gallery (Regina) • Martha Street Studio • Micah Lexier (Winnipeg/Toronto) • Parameter Press • Public Parking (Winnipeg/Regina/Calgary/Steinbach) • Red Rising Magazine • Remai Modern (Saskatoon) • The Third Rail (Minneapolis) • University of Calgary Press (Calgary) • Urban Shaman Gallery • Video Pool Media Arts Centre • Walter Phillips Gallery (Banff) • Warehouse Journal • Whiny Femmes

*exhibitor from Winnipeg unless otherwise stated.

Events:

FRIDAY:

4:00pm-8:00pm | Opening
6:00pm-8:00pm | Plug In ICA Book Launches: STAGES: Drawing the Curtain supplementary publications (with Fillip Publishing) & Exhibition Notes: Entering the Landscape

SATURDAY:

11:30pm-12:30pm | Launch and Reading: Whiny Femmes Volume 2
1:30pm-2:30pm | Talk: Jeff Khonsary “How to Buy and Sell Books at Art Book Fairs”
3pm-4pm | Talk: Maxine Proctor, “Body Talk: Reclaiming Community, Identity, and Language with Tattoos, Flash, and Artists’ Multiples”
4:30pm-5:30pm | Hannah Godfrey Reading: “Not For The World Would I Compare It To Anything” presented by Parameter Press
6pm-7pm | aceartinc. Event (details tbd)

SATURDAY & SUNDAY:

12:30pm-1:30pm | Micah Lexier: Collaborative hole punch drawing

We offer our sincere thanks to Paula Mitchell and Arnold Leventhal for their generous support of our book fair. Thank You!

Plug In ICA extends our gratitude to our artists, generous donors, valued members and dedicated volunteers. With special thanks to our Director’s Circle. You make a difference!

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council and Winnipeg Arts Council.

Plug In ICA relies on community support to remain free and accessible to all. Enable us to continue presenting excellent programs! Please consider becoming a member of Plug In ICA and a donor at https://plugin.org/supportor by contacting Angela Forget: angela@plugin.org

For more information or for media inquiries please contact: Erin Josephson-Laidlaw at erin@plugin.org; (204)942-1043.

A Portrait With Your Pet 2018

fundraiser Saturday, May 26

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.

Ekene Maduka | Scott Wachal Memorial Bursary Talk

7pm, Friday 6 April 2018

Ekene Maduka’s practice is grounded in materializing her thought processes and creating opportunities for encounters with her personal experiences through self-representation. Much of her work is informed by the passages of identity and what initiates changes within it.

Maduka’s work is centred on the female figure, creating tension between art historical tropes surrounding the depiction of black women, self representation, and popular culture. She frequently employs heavy detailing when rendering skin, fabrics, and interior spaces. This and her deployment of pattern and striking colors carry historical as well as cultural significance that heightens the social critique often present in her paintings.

In 2017, Maduka 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 Ekene Maduka talk about her practice and recent bodies of work.

Image: Look, it’s just blood. Ekene Maduka. 5’ x 6’; oil on canvas. 2018

 

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.