Ociciwan Contemporary Art Centre to open in late Summer 2019

Ociciwan Contemporary Art Collective will open the Ociciwan Contemporary Art Centre in Edmonton, AB in the late summer of 2019. This building will be a non-profit, collective run centre, dedicated solely to the presentation of Indigenous contemporary art. For the public, there will be no admission fees for any of the exhibitions or artist talks available, no membership offered or required. When it’s open, it is truly open to all.

Since 2015, Ociciwan has been operating without a physical space, partnering with local arts organizations, such as Latitude 53 Contemporary Visual Culture, dc3 Art Projects, the Art Gallery of Alberta, and the Francis Winspear Centre for Music. This way of exhibiting projects allowed us to build and engage with a broader audience. However, it has always been Ociciwan’s goal to open a centre and to operate in a permanent location within Edmonton as a way to fulfill the mandate that was set forth at Ociciwan’s conception. Core members originally formed the collective under the awareness that Edmonton is in need of more support for Indigenous contemporary artists, curators, designers, educators, and culture workers, as well as, the dialogue, criticality, and vision associated with this practice.

In addition to a main floor gallery, the Centre will also provide community space, a resource library, meeting rooms along with offices for rent, and an ancillary kitchen to support gallery and community events. In addition to those spaces, this funding provides wheelchair accessibility to all three levels. We have kept family centred activity with a mindfulness towards inclusiveness and accessibility in mind when designing the building in concert with the City of Edmonton and Rockliff Pierzchajlo Kroman Architects. The Centre will be located in downtown Edmonton at 9604 101a Street.

The goal is to create a venue to present and have Indigenous contemporary art continually available in our city and  to serve as a developing model for supporting and developing Indigenous contemporary artist-centred cultural spaces. This art space will allow the city to fully engage in its relationship to Indigenous contemporary art.

The Centre will not be a traditional artist-run, rather, it will remain collective-run with an advisory group of Core Members to the Executive Director. There will be a minimum of four exhibitions or projects presented annually accompanied by community outreach activities centered around the exhibitions.

We would like to thank the City of Edmonton, the Edmonton Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts and our many exhibition partners for their continued support throughout the years. Ociciwan would like to acknowledge the financial support we have received from the City of Edmonton and the Canadian Heritage Canada Cultural Spaces Fund (CCSF) without whom the capital funding for the Ociciwan Contemporary Art Centre would not be possible.

Media Inquiries:  
Missy LeBlanc | Project Coordinator
info@ociciwan.ca

Ociciwan announces the launch of  the in memoriam... vinyl box set

Building off of last summer’s production of American composer Robert Ashley’s original in memoriam… operatic scores, Ociciwan is excited to announce the launch of a three volume vinyl set that features recordings of the original in memoriams…  as well as newly created score honouring the lives of three Indigenous women from the land now called Alberta composed by Postcommodity and Alex Waterman.

On September 11, 2018, Ociciwan will be holding a launch party for the vinyl box set where we will celebrate all the hard work of many artists and cultural workers that went into completing our biggest project to date. The launch party will take place at the Black Dog Freehouse (10425 82 Avenue, Edmonton, AB) and will feature performances by Raven Chacon (Postcommodity), Alex Waterman, and special guests to be announced. The launch party is 18+ , free to attend, and open to all. 

The in memoriam… vinyl box set, along with the in memoriam… publication, will be available for purchase at the launch party. Information where you can purchase the box set will be released after the launch date.

For more information about the project and the artists involved, please visit the in memoriam… project page. For more information on the launch party, please visit the event page

For any questions about the box set, please email info@ociciwan.ca

in memoriam... Catalogues on Sale

The catalogues for in memoriam... were designed by Will Holder of uh books and are now on sale. Catalogues can be purchased at the following distributors: 

More retailers will be added in the following weeks. For any questions about the catalogues, please email info@ociciwan.ca

CALL FOR INDIGENOUS MODELS (VOLUNTEER)

Ociciwan Contemporary Art Collective is proud to bring three contemporary Indigenous artists and designers from across Canada to Edmonton to present their collections during the Fall 2017 Western Canada Fashion Week in September. Jeneen Frei Njootli, Meghann O’Brien, and Sage Paul will each present a collection during the WCFW Fall 2017 Global Collections night and are in looking for volunteer models of Indigenous decent to walk in the runway shows.

Project Details
The designers are looking for volunteer models for the Fall WCFW for the night of September 16th, 2017. The designers are seeking Indigenous models only. Experience in walking runway shows is preferred, but not needed. Models must be of legal age (18+) as there will be photographers present. There is no financial compensation for participating and all models will be working on a volunteer basis. Models should be from the Edmonton area as transportation will not be provided. 

Models are needed with the following specifications: 

  • 8 models that can fit an industry size 6

  • 2 models of any size

  • 1 plus size model

  • 2 male models of any size

All models will also need to supply the following items themselves:

  • black leggings, short shorts, or boxers

  • black heels

The WCFW Global Collections night will take place on September 16th, 2017 at the ATB Financial Arts Barns. Models must be available all day on Saturday, September 16th, 2017. If you are interested in modelling, please contact Ociciwan Project Coordinator, Missy LeBlanc, at info@ociciwan.ca with “Indigenous Model Call” in the subject line.

 

Interview with Faye HeavyShield: A Conversation on Indigenous Youth and the Power of Art 


Canadian Art recently featured an interview between Faye HeavyShield, and Ociciwan about the Shawls Project last year, involving Moving the Mountain youth artists.

Click here to read the online article and visit our project page: The Shawls Project to read about the exhibition. 

 

CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS


For Danger’s upcoming photographic exhibition, Big’ Uns, she is seeking participants who are trans, non-binary, or femme identified persons for the project. This project is suited for individuals who are comfortable with nudity as the models will wear an animal antler over the pubic area similar to a strap-on. Participants will be covered in baby oil and photographed in high fashion lighting. 

Danger is looking to present these photographs as an act of reclaiming power over our sexualities and representation. The antlers, and the tension that they cause, allude to the many factors that folks must contend with in order to have healthy relationships, positive self-image, and, of course, sexual relationships. 

At this time there is no financial compensation for being photographed, we are looking for volunteer participants. Participants maintain all rights over their presentation. The images produced will not be shown in galleries or published without the participant’s consent. If at any time the participant wishes to withdraw consent and no longer participate or have their images included in the exhibition, they can request this and Danger will pull them from the exhibition. An individual’s agency and trust is worth more than anything. The images produced for this photographic project will never be published online. 

The shoot will take place at Latitude 53 in Edmonton and participants will need to be available between April 6th – 9th, 2017. Once participation has been confirmed, a date and time will be arranged within the aforementioned dates.  If you are interested in modelling, please contact Dayna Danger at dayna@daynadanger.com

 

Sky Goodden

Arts Writing Workshop for Indigenous Artists/Art Writers with Sky Goodden:

Meet other Indigenous arts writers and ignite your art writing practice! 

Date: Thursday, September 15th, 2016
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Participants: 12-15 participants
Registration: Free! Email amanda@tixonthesquare.ca to register OR click here.
Location: Edmonton Arts Council, Prince of Wales Armoury 10440 108 Ave NW, Edmonton Room: Lestock Lounge, follow signage

This workshop is directed at Indigenous artists and cultural workers (including gallerists, curators, critics and students) at all writing levels who want to ignite or strengthen their writing skills in writing about their work, the work of others and/or arts writing in general. In a group setting, participants will work together to remove anxiety from the art-writing process through discussion and the presentation of hands-on tips and exercises. Participants are encouraged to provide examples of their writing at the workshop in order to gain practical experience in crafting well-written texts. Instructor Sky Goodden will highlight both ineffective and exemplary artist statements and art writing, and provide a wealth of information outlining the elements, goals, and methods used to achieve sincerity, clarity, and a unique voice. Please bring one sample of your writing and all participants will receive a sample text to read in advance of the workshop. 

About Sky Goodden:
Sky Goodden is the founding editor of Momus, an international online art publication that promotes art writing and journalism, and stresses a return to art criticism. Momus has been critically recognized, and widely read and shared, receiving citations from peer publications including Frieze, e-flux, The New Inquiry, artnet News, LA Times, and Art F City. In its first twenty months, it has produced an audience of over 500,000 readers, globally. Before this, Goodden was the founding editor of BLOUIN ARTINFO Canada from 2011-2014. She regularly writes for Modern Painters, Art + Auction, Canadian Art, The National Post, Art21, artnet News, and C Magazine. She was the 2010 Editorial Resident at Canadian Art, and holds an MFA in Criticism & Curatorial Practice from OCAD University. 

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Project 3 Catalogue
A Parallel Excavation:

This catalogue explores the exhibition A Parallel Excavation: Duane Linklater & Tanya Lukin Linklater at the Art Gallery of Alberta from April 30, 2016 until September 18, 2016. Featuring texts by artists Duane Linklater and Tanya Lukin Linklater, an introduction from the Art Gallery of Alberta, and a curatorial essay by Ociciwan. Plains Cree translation in the catalogue is provided by Dorothy Thunder and Roxanne Tootoosis. 

Copies are available at the Art Gallery of Alberta or contact us at info@ociciwan.ca


Project 1 Catalogue: Walter Scott

Featuring images from the exhibition and a curatorial essay by Ociciwan this digital catalogue investigates Walter Scott's exhibition, Scene Report, With Wendy, that was apart of Nuit Blanche Edmonton on September 26, 2015. 

Click here to view the catalogue.

For more information about the exhibition email us at info@ociciwan.ca or visit visit wendycore.tumblr.com to see more of Scott's work.