Indigenous Curatorial Residency

Oneself, and one another

Lita Fontaine, Whess Harman, Meagan Musseau, Rhayne Vermette

Curated by Jennifer Smith

The blanket use of the word ‘Indigenous’ can eclipse the incredible diversity within Indigenous cultures across Turtle Island. Oneself, and one another is an exploration of this and the inter-identities of Indigenous artists in Canada. Each of the four artists creates work about their own distinct culture, interests and lives. What we discover is how non-homogenity is itself a defining feature of Indigenous culture, a means of working together, and a source of great power.

The great power brings together four artists, who independent of each other explore ideas of gender, skin colour, multiple cultural identities, tradition, age, territory, the Dakota Nation, the Metis Nation, the Mi’kmaq Nation, Carrier Witat Nation, environmental issues, history, punk culture, decolonization, and the lives of artists. Together the artists form an exhibition that places their Indigeneity at the centre of the intersections which complicate, unsettle, and ultimately galvanise people in their community

Image: Megan Musseau When they poison the bogs we will still braid sweetgrass; video still. 2017.

Associated events

July 20th, 6pm      
Discussions between Lite Fontaine and Meagan Musseau
July 20th, 7-10pm
Opening, song and drum carrier Dawn Lavand to open the event at 7:30pm
July 25, 7pm                     
Tour with Curator Jennifer Smith
July 31, 6pm
Artist talk with Whess Harman artist talk 6pm, with group outing after the talk
TBA screening of films by Rhayne Vermette


Indigenous Curatorial Residency & Exhibition

A partnership between aceartinc. & the National Indigenous Media Artists Coalition funded by the Winnipeg Foundation


Indigenous Artists and curators are underrepresented in contemporary art galleries, Artist-Run Centres, and art publications in Canada. The purpose of this Indigenous Curatorial Residency is to provide space and support for Indigenous curators and artists to develop and disseminate their practices.

Thanks to the Winnipeg Foundation’s 2015 Community Grant, the Indigenous Curatorial Residency was an incredibly effective project that recentred the work of Indigenous artists and curators and engaged Indigenous and non-indigenous audiences. aceartinc. created its first Indigenous Curatorial Residency (ICR) in partnership with the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective (ACC-CCA) in 2015 and Niki Little was selected to be the curator.

ICR forms connections to, and between, the city’s Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, thinkers, and public. The first ICR had a profound impact on ace, not only through the exhibition Niki Little mounted but it also led to a significant increase in applications from (and subsequent selections of) self-identified Indigenous artists to the 2016 Regular Exhibition call.


Indigenous Curatorial Residency 2018

In partnership with the National Indigenous Media Artists Coalition (NIMAC) and with the continued generous support of the Winnipeg Foundation, we are delighted to implement the second Indigenous Curatorial Residency.

We are inviting applications from Indigenous curators in Canada wishing to exhibit contemporary artists working in any medium. The curator will be selected by a jury consisting of 2 NIMAC staff/board members and 2 ace staff/board members. We invite applications from Indigenous curators including emerging curators or Indigenous artists seeking an opportunity to curate.

The curator will undertake a 6 month residency within aceartinc. from February – July 2018 to work on a specific exhibition. The end of the residency will culminate in the exhibition being mounted in the Main Gallery in July 2018.



The Residency

The curator will be based in Winnipeg and given a workspace in the aceartinc. office where you will receive support from the Director, the Finance & Administration Manager, ace’s board, and the National Director of NIMAC, who is based in Winnipeg. There will also be formal monthly meetings with NIMAC and aceartinc.

During the residency, the curator will organize and mount their exhibition, complete the curatorial essay, undertake studio visits with local artists, and deliver a public talk.

ace will provide administrative support in terms of office space, access to equipment, internet, and telephone, installation guidance, technical assistance, and introductions into local networks and community. ace will also manage the publication of the essay. The desk and other resources are for the curator’s convenience and will be accessible 24 hours, 7 days a week. He/she/they are not expected to keep strict office hours.

The curator (if not currently living in Winnipeg) is expected to spend the majority of the 6 months in Winnipeg in order to work on the exhibition in situ and form strong connections with local artists, curators, and writers and strengthen networks here: a very important part of this residency. However, the accommodation can be flexible in response to the curator’s needs- for example, an apartment may be rented, or a room in a hotel, or equivalent accommodation within the given budget.



Residency begins       1 February 2018

Exhibition                    July/ August- exact dates TBC

Residency ends          31 July 2018



The curator

– $6000 fee; paid in monthly installments over 6 months

– Up to $1100/ month towards 6 months of accommodation and living expenses in Winnipeg.


The exhibition (in accordance with CARCC/CARFAC rates)

Artist fees for up to 3 curated artists

Artist talk fees for up to 3 curated artists

Travel assistance for up to 3 curated artists

Installer fees


To Apply

We will be accepting submissions by email only. Please send your application to, titled “ICR submission”. Call if you have questions- 204 944 9763.

Please provide the following:

A Curatorial Statement (one page)

An exhibition proposal that includes a detailed description of the project, artists you wish to exhibit (including letters of confirmation from those artists), timelines. (two pages)

Schedule of activities (one page, if applicable)

An equipment list or itemization of special technical needs (one page, if applicable)

A CV, including contact information (up to four pages)

An image list (one page)


Support Material

You may include up to 20 images presented as one PDF document.

Individual images must be jpegs 72dpi, 1024 x 768 pixel, 500k (.5 MB) RGB or SRGB only. Images that are larger than this will not be viewed.

No PowerPoint, DVDs, or CD-Rs please.

Video may be submitted through a link to Vimeo, YouTube or other accessible websites.

Audio is accepted in MP3, WAV or AIFF format only.

At this time we can only accept submissions in English.



Create two separate PDF files: one consisting of your cover letter, artist statement, project proposal, CV, image list and schedule of activities/equipment list. The other file will consist of your support materials. Label the files with your full name.



Indigenous Curatorial Residency 1: 2015-16

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In partnership with the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective and with the generous support of the Winnipeg Foundation, aceartinc. has created an Indigenous Curatorial Residency.

The purpose of this project is to better support indigenous curators’ and artists’ work and disseminate their practices to our city’s artists, thinkers, and public via aceartinc.’s gallery and digital platforms.

We want to make our Artist-Run Centre more visible in the indigenous contemporary art community and be known as a welcoming and supportive place for emerging artists and curators. By doing so we anticipate that aceartinc. will be used more by indigenous people and increase the applications to our annual call for submissions and thereby the chances of showing more work by this group.

Niki Little was selected by a committee of ACC and aceart staff and boardn (Mylene Guay, hannah_g, Peter Morin, Jamie Wright, Dayna Danger, Helga Jakobson) on June 15, 2015, to be the Indigenous Curator in Residence. She began the residency in August 2015 and it ends in February 2016.

Image: Length of Grief; video still; 2016. Amy Malbeuf. Image credit: Jordan Bennett.

The first Indigenous Curatorial Residency Exhibition

enendaman | anminigook

Wendy Red Star , Amy Malbeuf, Kenneth Lavallee, Jeneen Frei Njootli

Curated by Niki Little

Opening Friday 8 January 2016, 7pm with a performance by Jeneen Frei Njootli.

Group artist talk:            Saturday 9 January, noon.

Curatorial talk:               Saturday 6 February, 1 pm

Curatorial essay


enendaman | anminigook (intention | worth) brings together four contemporary artists whose works reference the Indigenous traditions/teachings, matriarchy, and genetic memory that reverberate between the past and present.

enendaman | anminigook investigates the complexities of authorship within contemporary Indigenous art. The exhibition features new works from: Wendy Red Star (PO), Amy Malbeuf (AB), Kenneth Lavallee (MB), and Jeneen Frei Njootli (BC). It spans cultural practices such as regalia, caribou hair tufting, mark making, and Ceremony utilizing the mediums of sculpture, painting, video, and performance. Together the works act upon and expose a unique authorship/voice inspired by Indigenous matriarchy that is grounded in the artists’ personal experience. The exhibition highlights elements of Indigenous social, political, Ceremonial, and physical territories that were passed on by Indigenous females. These territories are acknowledged by each artist as Indigenous knowledge bases that are composed of history, blood memory, stories, and matriarchy that transcend time. The authorship becomes shared: the artist remains central in the work but there is a sense of the continuum of Indigenous knowledges that celebrates recentering Indigenous women through actions of generative processes and resistance.

“Our hands live and work in the present, while pulling on the past. It is impossible for us to not do both. / Our hands make a future.” – A Gathering of Spirit, Beth Brant, 1984

This exhibition is the result of a unique partnership between aceartinc. and the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective that is funded by the Winnipeg Foundation. The Indigenous Curatorial Residency is an initiative that provides support for an emerging Indigenous curator to mount an exhibition. enendaman | anminigook is Niki Little’s first curatorial project. The title of the exhibition is in Oji-Cree from Kistiganwacheeng, Treaty 5 territory.

Chi-miigs also to the Canada Council, Manitoba Arts Council, and the Winnipeg Arts Council for their ongoing support.



Niki Little is an artist/observer and arts administrator whose works extends from curating, arts coordination and a studio-based practice. She is interested in artistic and curatorial strategies that investigate cultural consumerism, gender, and cultural Diaspora with a hint of youth-inspired ambivalence along the way. She is a member of The Ephemerals, a female Indigenous art collective based out of Winnipeg, MB.

Wendy Red Star is of Crow and Irish descent from Billings MT, just outside of the Crow Indian reservation where she was raised. She holds an MFA in sculpture from UCLA. Red Star’s work explores the intersection between life on the Crow Indian reservation and the world outside of that environment. She currently lives in Portland (OR) where she is an adjunct professor of art at Portland State University.

Amy Malbeuf is a Métis visual artist from Rich Lake, Alberta, Canada. Malbeuf utilizes the practices of caribou hair tufting, beadwork, installation, and performance to explores notions of identity, place, language, and ecology. Malbeuf lives and works in Kelowna where she is working towards an MFA from the University of British Columbia Okanagan.

Kenneth Lavallee is a Winnipeg born artist, an alumnus of the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Primarily through the use of painting, drawing, and silkscreen, Kenneth produces personal work embracing traditional ideas of balance, interdependence, and order in nature — the cosmos, both aesthetically and thematically.

Jeneen Frei Njootli is a Gwich’in artist and a founding member of the ReMatriate collective. Her practice concerns itself with Indigeneity-in-politics, community engagement, and productive disruptions. Frei Njootli graduated with a BFA from Emily Carr University and is currently pursuing her Master of Fine Arts degree as an uninvited guest on unceded Musqueam territory at the University of British Columbia.



enendaman | anminigook

Wendy Redstar, Amy Malbeuf, Kenneth Lavallee, Jeneen Frei Njootli

Commissaire: Niki Little

Vernissage le vendredi 8 janvier 2016 à 19 h avec une performance par Jeneen Frei Njootli.

Causerie du groupe d’artistes : le samedi 9 janvier à midi

Causerie sur le contenu : le samedi 6 février à 13 h

Un panel de discussion : Jaimie Isaac – commissaire en résidence autochtone/contemporaine, le Musée des beaux-arts de Winnipeg; Becca Taylor – commissaire autochtone en résidence, la galerie Urban Shaman : février, temps et lieu à déterminer

Présenté par aceartinc. et la Aboriginal Curatorial Collective.
Salle 2, 290 avenue McDermot, Winnipeg (Man.) R3B 0T2   |   204 944 9763   |

Subventionné par la Winnipeg Foundation.


enendaman | anminigook (l’intention/la valeur) rassemble les œuvres de quatre artistes contemporains qui font référence aux enseignements et aux traditions autochtones, la matriarchie, et la mémoire génétique qui réverbère entre le présent et le passé.

enendaman | anminigook explore les complexités des droits d’auteur de l’art indigène contemporain. L’exposition met en montre de nouvelles œuvres de : Wendy Red Star (PO), Amy Malbeuf (Alta.), Kenneth Lavallee (Man.), et Jeneen Frei Njootli (C.-B.). L’exposition présente des pratiques culturelles telles que les habits, le touffetage de fil de poils de caribou, la création de marques, et la Cérémonie, en se servant des médiums de la sculpture, de la peinture, de la vidéo et de la performance. Les œuvres agissent ensemble et exposent les droits d’auteur de l’œuvre unique, surtout de la voix inspirée de la matriarchie indigène qui est ancrée dans l’expérience personnelle des artistes. L’exposition souligne les éléments indigènes sociaux, politiques, cérémoniaux et les territoires physiques qui leur ont été légués par les femmes indigènes. Ces territoires sont reconnus par chaque artiste comme étant des connaissances indigènes constituées de l’histoire, de la mémoire du sang, des histoires et de la matriarchie qui transcendent le temps. Cela devient une œuvre de collaboration : l’artiste est toujours central à l’œuvre mais il y a un sens d’un continuum de connaissances indigènes qui célèbrent un recentrage des femmes indigènes par la mise en action de processus génératifs et de la résistance.

« Nos mains vivent et œuvrent dans le présent, tout en tirant sur le passé. Il est impossible pour nous de ne pas faire les deux. / Nos mains façonnent le futur. » – A Gathering of Spirit, Beth Brant, 1984

Cette exposition est le résultat d’un partenariat unique entre aceartinc. et le Aboriginal Curatorial Collective, subventionnée par la Winnipeg Foundation. La Indigenous Curatorial Residency est une initiative qui prête appui à un commissaire indigène émergent pour lui permettre de monter une exposition. enendaman | anminigook est le premier projet de Niki Little en tant que commissaire. Le titre de l’exposition est en oji-cri de Kistiganwacheeng, territoire Treaty 5.
Nous remercions également le Conseil des arts du Canada, le Conseil des arts du Manitoba et le Conseil des arts de Winnipeg de leur appui continu.

Traduction : Simone Hébert Allard


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