Eastern Edge will be at Flotilla with SHEDtalks!
Eastern Edge Gallery Presents SHEDtalks at Flotilla Biennial 2017
Eastern Edge is excited to present SHED Talks, the meta-conference which features a series of conversations in shed-like structure. Focusing on new modes of creative expression by NL, NB and NS-based Indigenous multi-disciplinary artists, musicians, poets, and performance artists, this panel aims to create an inclusive entry point into the process of revisiting, telling and re-telling of personal and collective histories while navigating the art world.
This session explores the role of traditional knowledge in contemporary art and exhibition-making on an island. The panel will engage and encourage conversations around new forms of art production and knowledge based in the traditional practices of isolated regions of the North Atlantic, including the Shetland islands. Discussion will reveal experiences of contemporary artists, Megan Musseau, Vivian Ross-Smith, and Jane Walker, working on islands and in communities shaped by their surrounding coastlines.
Jane Walker ‘Untitled’ 2014, 35 mm film scan
I am a Rock
Friday September 22: 1 - 3:30 PM Location: the Carriage House at Beaconsfield
Explores the role of traditional knowledge in contemporary art and exhibition-making on an island. The panel will engage and encourage conversations around new forms of art production and knowledge based in the traditional practices of isolated regions of the North Atlantic, including the Shetland islands. Discussion will reveal experiences of contemporary artists, Meagan Musseau, Vivian Ross-Smith, and Jane Walker, working on islands and in communities shaped by their surrounding coastlines.
Panel moderator, Hannah Morgan (Prince Edward Island)
Panelists: Meagan Musseau (Western Newfoundland), Jane Walker (Newfoundland) Vivian Ross-Smith (Edinburgh, Scotland)
Find out about the Participating Artists below;
HANNAH MORGAN (b. Charlottetown, P.E.I.) is a Master’s student of Art History at Concordia. Originally from Prince Edward Island and having completed her BA at Mount Allison University, her research focuses on the curatorial practices within Atlantic collections and engaging local histories with contemporary artists. While studying in Montreal she interned at the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery and was an active member of Concordia’s Art History Graduate Association along with the Indigenous Art Research Group. Over the past year, Hannah was on the Board of Directors at Eastern Edge Gallery and became the HOLD FAST Contemporary Arts Festival Director throughout the summer. Previously in St. John’s she worked for the iNuit blanche Festival, and co-curated Reimagining Nanuq: The Polar Bear Postcard Project.
VIVIAN ROSS-SMITH (b. Edinburgh, Scotland) is a visual artist living and working in the Shetland Islands. As a child Ross-Smith and her family relocated to Britain’s most remote inhabited island, Fair Isle, a place that greatly influences her artistic practice. Ross-Smith holds a BA (Hons) in Painting from Gray’s School of Art (2013), with her degree being partly awarded by Turku Arts Academy, Finland. Ross-Smith’s process-based practice spans painting, textile and sculpture. With a focus on traditional skills such as preserving fish skins, net making, knitting and metal work, she embeds stories and traditions of island life into the materials and imagery of her works.
Ross-Smith has participated in exhibitions and residencies across Scotland and internationally, and has received grants and awards from Shetland Arts and Creative Scotland. She works closely with rural arts organisations such as Scottish Sculpture Workshop, and co-founded and runs Visual Artist Unit, an artist-led organisation based in Glasgow that supports emerging artists across Scotland. Ross-Smith currently lectures at University of the Highlands and Islands, Shetland College.
JANE WALKER(b. St. John’s, NL) is an artist and researcher based in Bonavista, NL. She holds a BFA in Visual Arts from Memorial University (2015) and a Masters of Research in Creative Practices from The Glasgow School of Art (2016). Within her practice, Walker investigates place-based knowledge(s) and languages. Her rug hooking work engages traditional skills, materiality, site-specificity, and emotional labour in relation to textile practices in northern island and rural regions. Her research focuses on contemporary art access and engagement in rural areas of Scotland and Newfoundland.
Walker has participated in exhibitions and lead workshops in the UK, Ireland, and Canada. Upcoming exhibitions of her work include islandness, a collaborative project that bridges Newfoundland and the Shetland Islands through dialogues about art, islandness, and contemporary rurality, September 16 – October 11 (Eastern Edge Gallery, St. John’s NL) and her first solo exhibition Main Lands and Long Winters, September 24 – January 7 (The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, St. John’s NL)
This is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter program. With this $35M investment, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada.
Ce projet est l’un des 200 projets exceptionnels soutenus par le programme Nouveau chapitre du Conseil des arts du Canada. Avec cet investissement 35 M$, le Conseil des arts appuie la création et le partage des arts
Eastern Edge would like to further acknowledge the generous support provided by, Flotilla and The Averbach Foundation.