A Message from Staff | Call for Board Members | Special General Meeting

Text in image reads: aceartinc. Call for Board Members, application deadline: Tues., Nov. 9, 11:59 PM. Please completed the nomination form and send to brianna@aceart.org to apply. Nominee information will be released to the public on Thurs., Nov. 12. Special General Meeting, Thurs., Nov. 26, 7-9 PM. Meeting will be held via Zoom. Zoom meeting info will be sent out with nominee information on Nov. 12.

A message from aceartinc.’s current staff members

Dear aceartinc. community,

As many of you are aware, aceartinc. has been in an active work-in-progress state throughout most of 2020. The intersection of a building move, COVID-19 and–most importantly–feedback from the community that we needed to take time to listen to, process and learn from, required us to temporarily suspend public activities in June. 

Since that time, we have been working on our organizational processes and policies, seeking to develop ways to help build a new iteration that is more capable of truly listening, hearing and learning from community feedback; one that provides true equity of opportunity; and one that offers a safe meeting place for the discussion and analysis of ideas surrounding what a contemporary art space should be in 2020 and beyond. Most importantly, we have been considering how we can better support a community of artists and cultural workers for whom social justice is the framing backbone of their activities. 

We have found no quick and clear answers; and we do not wish to make a statement that suggests we’re confident in how the organization can move forward in this regard. The truth is, we’re not. And it is for this reason we’ve decided to release this message now: ace needs your help.

In light of the dispersal of aceartinc.’s board of directors, we are calling a Special General Meeting to obtain a completely new contingent of volunteer board members who are aware they are entering an organization at a crossroads: one in need of addressing complex values questions in a manner that incorporates as much community feedback and dialogue mechanisms as possible. And although we have worked hard with the previous board of directors to develop a Community Code of Conduct and related frameworks to support the safety of future important dialogues, the work to come will nonetheless likely be challenging. 

The upcoming SGM will serve as a line drawn between an old iteration of aceart and the future that might be possible, and will be focused mostly on the logistical processes needed to facilitate this transition. This, in combination with the meeting’s online nature, means we are aware it may not be the best venue for a truly robust community conversation about the future of aceart. As a result, we have put in place some general community feedback and consultation mechanisms prior to the SGM to help inform and guide the new incoming board, via an online survey and one-on-one confidential feedback appointments with an external consultant. More information on these upcoming processes will be released very shortly. We anticipate this will be just the first of many consultation and feedback mechanisms to come in the very near future. In particular, aceart is very aware of the need to engage in a robust consultation series dedicated to Indigenous and racialized members of our artistic community as soon as is logistically feasible, once we are certain of a mechanism to ensure the integrity of this process. 

The date of the upcoming SGM is set for Thurs Nov. 26, 2020, 7 PM to 9 PM. The meeting will be held online given the uncertainty posed by Winnipeg’s current COVID-19 situation. A formal agenda and other related reading materials will be circulated as they become available. 

Any interested potential new board members are requested to apply via the nomination form by Mon Nov. 9 at 11:59 PM. Per ace’s bylaws, the organization must publicly release board nominee names two weeks in advance, on Thurs Nov 12, and this timeline will ensure that all interested parties can be included. By law, board members must be 18 years of age or older and cannot be bankrupt. Nominees must also be current, paid members of ace. 

While all eligible nominee candidates will be included in the released slate, we believe the organization will be able move forward in the most efficient manner if candidates include those with legal, accounting, HR management or community non-profit executive directorship experience as well as artists and cultural workers with a prior history of volunteerism on community non-profit boards. To this end, we enlist the aceart community to assist us in ensuring we have the strongest and widest representative slate of nominees possible. 

More information will be released shortly as we work towards the SGM and upcoming initial consultation series. We appreciate your patience and understanding with us.

Sincerely,

Tani Miki, Director of Finance and Administration  

Brianna Wentz, Special Projects Coordinator

Click here to view Board of Directors nomination form.

2019 Annual General Meeting

Our Annual General Meeting will be taking place on January 20 at 7 PM at aceartinc.

ace is a community organization that is enriched by its community. To support that, we truly value the input of all those who choose to attend.

accessibility:

aceartinc. is not located in a fully accessible building. The public entrance, which is via 288 McDermot Avenue, (four steps up from the street) is at the top of a large flight of stairs. However, there is an alternative entrance at 290 McDermot Avenue. There is a step up from the street to the door and then 7 steps inside the lobby entrance. Here a passenger elevator (with a 2 foot, 8″ wide door) can take you to the second floor.

Once in ace, the galleries are spacious and simple to navigate.

The staff is very happy to assist in any way we can. Please call ahead (204 944 9763) to let us know of any special arrangements that would make your visit as comfortable as possible.

The following describes how to enter the space from the 290 McDermot Avenue entrance.

Entering the building via 290 McDermot Avenue

There are 2 steps up to the street entrance door

The door swings into the building and is on a strong spring.

There are an additional 5 steps up to reach the area in front of the passenger elevator. ace is located on the 2nd floor.

Upon leaving the elevator turn left and then left again.

This entrance to ace has a gently declining ramp (with a half-inch lip at the end)  which leads into a corridor. After a few steps, you will enter the resource area and be able to see the office on your left.

The Main Gallery and the Flux Gallery are spacious and simple to navigate. The Cartae Studio has a narrower than standard door frame and is generally not open to the public.

Washrooms are not accessible to those using wheelchairs. They are located in a narrow corridor and have narrow doorways.

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

Sparks | Artist Talk by Sharon Alward

May 3, 2019 
7pm

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

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.

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 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.

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.