Digital Anti-Matter Anti-Manifesto, a programming intervention by gijiit

We are pleased to announce that beginning in early March, aceartinc. will be hosting a programming intervention from the curatorial collective, gijiit. This intervention, Digital Anti-Matter Anti-Manifesto, consists of a series of online events that features digital artwork, performances, workshops, and talks by Indigenous artists from across Turtle Island. This intervention runs until Summer 2021.

Digital Anti-Matter Anti-Manifesto

We strive to consider the varying forms of matter, energy, and particles that exist around us. While Western notions of science-based knowledge hold the sole perspective of Truth, Indigenous cosmologies acknowledge the existence of multiple truths and realities that create diverse tapestries of life. Anti-matter works through the ways in which decolonial thinkers and makers deny colonial conceptions of Truths, ordering of space and temporality.

Through the lens of anti-matter, we aim to carve out a space for anti-colonial matter: as sound, particles, energy, and anti-colonial knowledge transmission.

Anti-manifesto derives from queer theory and the idea that there is no future for the queer and all those who aren’t afforded a potentiality of life on Man’s Earth. All that which is queer should resist, at all costs, a neoliberal fascination with the future and the manifesto, and prefer instead to lurk in the margins, the in-between spaces, of intelligibility and definition.

This programming will honour the types of matter and knowledge transference that takes place through digital spaces.

gijiit is a curatorial collective consisting of members Jas M. Morgan and Adrienne Huard, based in Tkaronto and Miiskwaagamiwiziibiing. The collective concentrates on community-engaged Indigenous art dealing with themes of gender, sex, and sexuality.

Annual General Meeting | February 23, 6 pm CST

Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 23 at 6 pm CST via Zoom. Please RSVP to to receive the meeting link. The agenda will be made available closer to the meeting date.

A Tribute to Sigrid Dahle

Many of you may have probably heard of the enormous loss in our community of Sigrid Dahle, a brilliant artist, writer, curator, teacher, mentor and friend. 

During her long, prolific career, she wrote several essays and curated multiple exhibitions at aceart, including after the gleaners; me, me, me, and me; and Play, Precarity, and Survival

As a way to honour her contributions to the community and offer our thanks, we invited Sigrid’s close friend and fellow artist, Jeanne Randolph, to write a short tribute. Jeanne then reached out to Sigrid’s daughter, Emma Kusch Dahle. Thank you Jeanne and Emma for sharing your reminiscences of your dear friend and mother. We’re with you in your time of grief.



My childhood moments with my mom meant more to me than most kids. Then again, I have no clue what other kids think. All I know is that my childhood was special thanks to my beautiful and loving mom. We never travelled far, she didn’t buy me a pony. I didn’t wear designer baby clothes. Why didn’t you buy me baby Ugg boots, mom? But she gave me everything I could have wanted and more— her love. I can’t find the words to describe the love I felt from my mom. 

For me, love was taking me out in the rain and stomping through puddles together. Love was the story books she read over and over, until we both memorized the words. Love was the late night window shopping in Osborne Village, my eyes widened as the jewelry store windows seemed to dance and twinkle. Sometimes we would go to Baked Expectations and share a slice of strawberry pie that I only ate because it looked pretty. Love was the time and effort she put in to braiding my hair EXACTLY how I wanted, even when she was busy and had more important things to do like, I don’t know, organize an art show?? Love was letting me make messes and installations in the living room. Watching from afar as she gave me space to be creative. Love was protecting me from seeing the daily chaos of the world on TV, immediately switching channels at the first sight of traumatic news. Love was the Friday night movie nights we had when dad worked late. Vegetarian hot dogs wrapped in pillsbury crescent rolls were usually on the menu. Love was dragging me to Dim Sum Garden, even when I didn’t want to go. As a kid I resented my Asian heritage and culture and wanted nothing to do with it. Now that I’m older I’m glad I have memories of going to Chinatown and celebrating Chinese New Years each year. Love was the many shopping trips to the Gap Kids, when I was growing out of my clothes alongside the changing seasons. Picking out my outfit to see the Nutcracker ballet at Christmas gave me goosebumps. If the dress had sparkles on it, I was buying it.

I can’t stop thinking of all the times mom would just hold me, stroke my hair, and kiss my forehead. For no apparent reasons other than giving me her love. Our bond is one I wish all mothers and daughters would have. Then again, maybe I don’t because I want ours to be the most special and only ours. 

Now we’re millions of miles apart, but connected by the moon. Each morning and evening I look for the moon, knowing somewhere my mom is too. I look up and smile at her, and sometimes it feels like I can hear her heartbeat along with mine. 


JEANNE RANDOLPH Tribute to Sigrid Dahle

Sigrid championed many artists, inspired curators and writers; she participated and orchestrated. I am agog at her accomplishments. What I will forever miss is when Sigrid and I would unleash and intermingle imaginations, lounging of an evening at her place martinis in hand and potato chips nearby.  Many sentences began with, “What if…..?”  Inquiries, proclamations, insights – all to be enacted or assembled as art projects; they rolled from her expansive intelligence like cocktail olives from an overturned jar. Bright, fully formed, complementary colours, glistening – salty with just enough sour to prevent a saccharine effect.  Honestly, we weren’t drinkin’ buddies.  We were thinkin’ buddies.

Image: Sigrid Dahle, Dairy Barn Ruminations, 2012.
Photo credit: Larry Glawson

School of Art mourns passing of SOA alumna, colleague, and friend Sigrid Dahle (U of M)
Sigrid Dahle’s Obituary (Winnipeg Free Press)

Kelsey Braun’s Artist Talk

Please note that some of the spoken text in this artist presentation is intentionally obscured in order to draw attention to the sonic materials that were used in both it, as well as the exhibition. For video documentation of the exhibit please visit HERE.

Nest… a hiding place in the sky considered space as an illusion, as that which shifts between the perceivable and the peripheral—we can often hear the birds but cannot see the nest. Constructed from a foundation of sound extracted out of field recordings, foley, found-audio and gestures of sonic improvisation, this work was a multi-channel composition for a room. Nest…. intends on establishing an ocean of vibration where time and space are nudged towards an obtuse and poetically shifting experience. Speakers dispersed throughout the gallery underline one’s sense of proximity and complement the room’s physical material—in some cases transmitting sound from within the building itself. Nest…. encouraged a heightened sense of hearing, relating the aural to architecture, social space and memory.

Kelsey presented materials related to the exhibition through a hybrid performance/artist talk, followed by a play-through of the immersive audio installation. The audience was welcome to come and go as they pleased. 

Kelsey gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Manitoba Arts Council, the Winnipeg Arts Council, and Video Pool Media Arts Centre.

Ran from March 8- April 5, 2019

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.


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.

We wish you well, Chantel!

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.

Folks of ace

Former and some current board, staff, interns, long term contractors of ace.

Please: let us know if you see someone missing:

Doug Melnyk

Donna Jones

Larry Glawson

Janice Dehod

Gail Noonan

Terri Pollard

Gordon Arthur

Lorraine Wright

Ron Gorsline

Sharon Raynard

Sheila Butler

Richard Brown

Ron Frohwerk

Kim Oulette

Barb Hunt

David Stymeist

Kevin DeForst

Arthur Harris

Susan Barton Tait

Jennifer Woodbury

Marja Linder

John Groves

Murray Toews

Mike Powell

Candace Propp

Susan Horodski

Sigrid Dahle

Doug Glenn

Kevin Mutch

Meg Gullen

Lucia Flynn

Roland Bouchard

Cindy Karol

Agnes Gebezyk

Marian Butler

Alison Norlen

Priscilla Reimer

Derek Brueckner

Katerina Stieffenhofer

Patrick Treacy

Fred Liang

Gilles Hebert

Helene Dyck

Shirley Brown

Tom Bobby

Marilyn Morton

Judy Coy

John Shneider

Angela Somerset

Robert Sauvey

Linda Fairfield

Anthony Kiendl

Karen Wilson Baptist

Lisa Mark

Louis Ogeman

Evan Tapper

Susan Chafe

Gail Brown

Grant Guy

Janet Riddell

Jake Moore

Keith Berens

Susan Turner

Aurora Landin

Janet McNabb

Jarod Charzweski

Michael Dumontier

Brenna George

Richard Dyck

Liv Valmstead

Catherine MacDonald

Alex Poruchnyck

Doug Lewis

Lynn Shultz

Erika Lincoln

Tom Elliot

Paul Robles

Dominique Rey

Jason Petroff

Mary Ferguson

Calvin Yarush

Sheila Spence

Sarah Crawley

Lori Fontaine

Micah Garlich-Miller

Kevin Matthews

KC Adams

Mike Browning

Launi Davis

Chris Clarke

Holly Moore

Sarah Gordon

Justin Ludwar

Sharon Alward

David Ruseel

Linda McGarva-Cohen

Liz Garlicki

Jean Klimack

Tim Philips

Marnie Butvin

Diane Lemieux

Risa Horowitz

Veronica Preweda

Karen Wardle

Chris MacDonald

Holly Proktor

Shawn Frost

Jennifer Barthel

Theo Simms

Garth Hardy

Jo Snyder

Scott Benesiinaabandan

Dan Saidman

Hope Peterson

William Eakin

Meera Singh

Kevin Matthews

Anna Kirbyson

Cyrus Smith

Kevin Kelly

Takashi Iwasaki

Karen Owens

Ian August

Nora Kobrinsky

Niki Trosky

Tamara Weller


Whitney Light

Joshua Ruth

Jen Moyes

Sally MacDonald

Laura Magnusson

Adrian Williams

Robert Epp

Doug Smith

Kendra Goertzen

David Krause

Simone Hébert Allard

Aston Coles

Glen Johnson

Suzanne Morrissette

Emily Doucet

Helga Jakobson

Darren Stebeleski

Stephanie Middaugh

Hannah Doucet

Karen Asher

Katrina Elise-Caudle

Dana Kletke

Tanya Tran

Tara Hutchinson

Aiko Ladesma

Judith Sackey

Emily & Ayda

Kevin Doole

Cindy Pelletier

Jamie Wright

Courtney R Thompson

Andrew Moreau

Carissa Gifford

Meg Gifford

Shaun Schroeder

Andrew Kear

Andrew Kaplan

Lancelot Coar

Holger Kalberg

Mark Neufeld

Mike Von Tiesenhausen

Clifford Goodwill

Alison L. Fulford

Haley Isaak

Alena Reiger

Kelsey Smith

Yan Cheng

Seth Woodyard

Alex King

Shawn Jordan

Nicole Flynn

Ashley Au

Brian Hunter

Seema Goel

Robin Ellis

Chantel Mierau

Niki Little

Madeline Rae

Kelly Campbell

Brian & Abi

Kat Nancy

Heather Komus

Liam Zarillo

Leigh Bridges

Alyssa Bornn

Jennifer Smith


Noor Bhangu

Kelechi Asagwara

Beth Schellenberg

Laura Darnbrough

Lou Gandier

Priscilla Pinga

Sabrina Sethi

Peter Duek

Shaun De Rooy

Julie Lafreniere

Carla Myketa

Seeking new board members! Volunteer opportunity!

aceartinc. is seeking board members to join our amazing team! In particular, we are seeking contemporary artists, cultural workers or professionals with an interest in the arts who would like to contribute their enthusiasm, community-oriented attitude and excellent communication skills. A background in fundraising, building renovation, and/or previous board experience would be an asset.

We are especially seeking applications from people identifying as Indigenous, Black, a Person Of Colour, LGBT2SQ+, and persons with disabilities. We invite you to self-identify in your letter of interest.


Our Mandate
aceartinc. is an Artist Run Centre dedicated to the support, exhibition, and dissemination of contemporary art.

We do this via an open call for submissions and special projects through which we work with contemporary artists, curators, and art writers, including emerging artists and those from queer, Indigenous, and underrepresented communities.

Contemporary art is at its most powerful when engaged with and thought about, and so we actively welcome the public, with all of its nuanced communities.


Anti Oppression Policy

aceartinc. is dedicated to working in service of the innovative and striking diversity that makes up the fabric of our community. aceartinc does not tolerate any form of discrimination, and recognizes that many people face oppression due to imbalances of power in terms of race, culture, ethnicity, language, country of origin, ability, class, age, religion or faith, mental health, gender (including gender expression) and/or sexuality and any intersection of these identities.

aceartinc commits to providing a safe space that fosters activism and empathy, and that supports and champions the underrepresented, and those our society systemically silences. This commitment is founded in our conviction that change is absolutely necessary, and can be achieved through a clearly intentioned process.

The ways in which aceartinc.’s active commitment to the dismantling of systemic oppression is manifested includes but is not limited to equitable representation within our artistic programming, prioritizing diversity among our staff/board, continuous engagement in anti-oppression training (staff/board/volunteers), backing the anti-oppression initiatives of other community members/organizations and ensuring that this policy is always under examination and evolves alongside the communities it aims to support.


Role of a Board Member
As an elected and informed agent of the membership of the organisation, the board ensures appropriate organizational performance, assures adherence to the organization’s mandate and policies, represents the interests of the membership, hires staff, acquires and maintains a suitable location for the organization, and raises funds. Your imagination, enthusiasm, and cheerfulness are welcomed. Specific duties include:

 Meetings: Attend a regular monthly meeting, usually 1-2 hours

  • Committees: Serving on subcommittees which may be dedicated to organizing events, fundraising, strategic planning, space allocation, our CARTAE program, etc.
  • Volunteering at events: Board Members contribute time by attending aceart events
    and working our two annual fundraising events
  • Communications: Broadcasting our events and calls to your various networks.
    Following and responding to email and social media messages.
  • Renovation/Building knowledge: Advising the board regarding the best use of and
    potential improvements to the exhibition space and offices.


How to apply

We are seeking candidates who ideally are interested in starting by the last week in October.

 Please send a letter of interest outlining why you would like to join the team as well as your skills, and hopes along with your CV to Seth Woodyard, ace’s president:, with a subject line “Call for Board Members”.

Deadline: 11:59pm on Friday October 19th

 For more information about ace, please visit our website:

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…

You Are Loved- Performance Art Workshop with Elise Dawson

Wednesday, May 23rd from 7-10 PM

If an artist performs alone in a forest, who validates them? Whatever your background, this three hour or however long it is workshop is an opportunity to practice performance in a supportive atmosphere.

In the first half-hour, we will engage in a generative, trust building exercise. The facilitator, Elise Dawson, will then lead us through a brief exercise designed to engage our bodies and minds. We will take a ten-minute break for water, washroom and/or cigarettes. We will then utilize fifteen minutes to conceive and practice a micro-performance which we will present in the hour remaining.


Please bring a writing tool and notebook.


Please bring:

1 object you love

1 object you hate

1 object you feel neutral towards


Further reading:

THIS is Performance Art by Marilyn Arsem


Space is limited. Please contact to register.


This is a Cartae Open School Workshop:


Unfortunately aceartinc. is not fully accessible. There are five stairs before reaching the elevator. Visit the website for more directions:


Elise Dawson is an artist from Winnipeg, Manitoba where she graduated from the School of Fine Art at the University of Manitoba in 2012. Dawson’s interdisciplinary practice is informed by research, writing and collaboration. Caught between grief and self-aware humour, her work seeks to investigate loss through collective processes of vulnerability. Dawson completed the Foundation Mentorship program with Val Klassen through MAWA as well as brief mentorships with Ming Hon and Diana Thorneycroft. She presented a solo exhibition at Flux Gallery in 2016. Dawson recently completed a six-week artist residency in Puebla, Mexico in Performativity of Mortuary Rituals through Arquetopia. She is a 2017-2018 participant of aceartinc.’s CARTAE open school program and will be launching her first collection of poetry in a group exhibition Friday, June 1, 2018 at aceartinc. in Winnipeg.