Chantel Mierau has announced that she will be leaving aceartinc. at the end of this year to focus full-time on her artistic practice in 2020, supported by a Canada Council grant.
Congratulations, Chantel!! Her last day will be December 17th when we close for the holidays. Please join us in expressing gratitude for Chantel’s hard work over the last 4 years, and wishing her the very best for her future projects.
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.
We would like to congratulate Tayler Buss on being awarded the Scott Wachel Memorial Bursary.
Those students who are curated into the annual student exhibition are invited to apply to this bursary, founded in the memory of a student, Scott Wachal, who exhibited with ace in May 2013 and very sadly passed away later that year.
$500 is awarded to contribute to the costs associated with a contemporary art project such as materials, residencies, etc. The student is then invited to deliver a public artist talk about the project the bursary supported.
Tayler will give an artist talk within the 2019/2020 programming year.
Image: still from Red, recently exhibited in Tayler’s solo exhibition at Flux Gallery.
Congratulations to Luther Konadu on winning the national prize for the 2019 BMO 1st Art! Competition. The national prize includes $15,000 and inclusion in the BMO 1st Art! exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Toronto from November 21 to December 16.
Luther sat on the jury for our 2019-2020 Regular Exhibition Program and we wish him well as he continues with his practice.
Image: Figure as Index by Luther Konadu.2019; C-print triptych.
Helga Jakobson was presented with the Emerging Excellence Prize from the Manitoba Arts Council on June 18 in a ceremony held at the Forks Market. The Emerging Excellence Prize is a $10,000 cheque, awarded every other year. Helga was nominated by the folks at ace following her solo exhibition Sympoietic Sound. The staff and board members in attendance were honoured to be present to celebrate this achievement with Helga.
“Jakobson acts as a catalyst and role model for women who want to create tech-based work or to explore tech-based experimentation. She believes strongly that for an art ecology to function, new ideas must cross-pollinate to produce cultural expansiveness and intellectual health. Bestowing this honour on Jakobson will have a positive impact far beyond the artist herself.” – aceartinc.
According to Julia Kristeva the abject refers to what “disturbs identity, system, order. What does not respect borders, positions, rules. The in-between, the ambiguous, the composite”. This workshop will guide the participants in a series of exercises that examine the “in between and the ambiguous” within ourselves. We will focus on ideas of repulsion and desire that reside “outside” of our identities and what we consider to be the self. An alter ego will form through a series of guided exercises; such as automatic writing and mask making. This workshop is beneficial to those who desire new methods of self-reflection and new tools to build ideas and conceptual frameworks for art making.
FREE! This is a free workshop associated with AceArtInc’s Cartae Open School.
No experience required! This workshop is for people of all ages.
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
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.