Below is a list of creative initiates that I have  been fortunate enough to support. 

They each work to  champion the principles of equity and diversity by connecting artists with communities and social service partners as a form of connection and healing.

To allow equal access to the arts in ways that are relational and engaging. 

 The incredible talents of the associated artists, curators, staff and colleagues are acknowledged with respect and gratitude

ED PIEN

SHADOWED LAND

SEPTEMBER 22, 2016 - JANUARY 1, 2017 Art Gallery of Mississauga

SEPTEMBER 21 - NOVEMBER 28,2018 Thames River Art Gallery

An Art Gallery of Mississauga Project, Curated by Kendra Ainsworth and Mandy Salter

https://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/news/local-news/chatham-exhibit-casts-a-shadow-over-memory-human-trauma/wcm/975d0f90-4f3d-4ae5-ad1c-5b955a9440e5

Shadowed Land features new installation and video work in which Pien explores notions of sense memory and the irrepresentability of traumatic histories. Incorporating photography, video, sound, light and kinetic installations, this body of work has grown out of Pien’s interest in concepts of disappearance and haunting, and probes ideas of being implicated, bearing witness, loss, mourning, resilience, and empathy.

 

border crossings: Creating Parallel Histories

Guest-curated by Sharada Eswar,  Sonja Rainey and Mandy Salter. Developed in collaboration with and featuring the work of the Mississauga communities. 

https://www.artgalleryofmississauga.com/bordercrossingsproject

OUR FUNDERS

The border crossings community engaged project is generously funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) through the Seed and Grow Grants

OUR PARTNERS 

 

niigaanikwewag
MARCH 28 - JUNE 16, 2019

An Art Gallery of Mississauga Project

Guest-curated by Rheanne Chartrand, Programme Director Mandy Salter, Manager Sadaf Zuberi. Developed in collaboration with and featuring the work of the Mississauga communities. 

https://www.artgalleryofmississauga.com/niigaanikwewag

https://akimbo.ca/akimblog/niigaanikwewag-at-art-gallery-of-mississauga/

niigaanikwewag | Thirza Cuthand | Inuit Art Quarterly | Summer 2018 Issue| June 28, 2018

Featuring works by: Kenojuak Ashevak, Christi Belcourt, Rebecca Belmore, Joane Cardinal-Schubert, Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Rosalie Favell, Rita Letendre, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Meryl McMaster, Caroline Monnet, Marianne Nicolson, Shelley Niro, Daphne Odjig, Annie Pootoogook, Rolande Souliere, and Olivia Whetung.

niigaanikwewag brings together notable works by senior, mid-career, and emerging female Indigenous artists to celebrate past, present, and future generations of kwes as integral to sustaining the creative spirit of Indigenous communities. Foregrounding kinship, the artworks in niigaanikwewag embody and express the blood ties Indigenous women have to each other and to [our] Mother Earth.

niigaanikwewag is a one-year curatorial project bookended by two exhibitions that acknowledges and pays respect to the non-binary feminine creative spirit that continues to birth Indigenous futurities in provocative and meaningful ways.

Image Credit: Caroline Monnet, Creatura Dada, 2016, digital still, (detail). Courtesy of the artist

Photo credit: Toni Hafkenscheid

OUR FUNDER

The niigaanikwewag project is generously funded by the Ontario Arts Council Indigenous and Culturally Diverse Project Grant

OUR PARTNERS 

 

Bonnie Devine: Circles and Lines

SEPTEMBER 6 - DECEMBER 21, 2018

An Art Gallery of Mississauga Project, Guest Curated by Raven Davis, Programme Director Mandy Salter, Manager Sadaf Zuberi.

This project uses various media and mapping strategies to explore the complex colonial histories of the north shores of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, which include the cities of Mississauga and Toronto and the traditional territories of the Michi Saagiig (Mississauga) and the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations of the Grand River). 

This project uses various media and mapping strategies to explore the complex colonial histories of the north shores of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, which include the cities of Mississauga and Toronto and the traditional territories of the Michi Saagiig (Mississauga) and the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations of the Grand River). 

A member of Serpent River First Nation, Genaabaajing, an Anishinaabe Ojibwa territory on the north shore of Lake Huron, Bonnie Devine’s work emerges from the storytelling and image-making traditions she witnessed as a child. Her art explores issues of land and environment, treaty and history. She is an artist, curator, writer, and educator. Though formally educated at the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD U) and York University, her most enduring learning came from her grandparents, who were trappers on the Canadian Shield. Devine’s installation, video, and curatorial projects have been shown in solo and group exhibitions and film festivals across Canada and in the USA, South America, Russia, Europe, and China, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Berlin Film Festival, the National Museum of the American Indian, and Today Art Museum in Beijing.

Bonnie Devine: Circles and Lines | Michi Saagiig | Canadian Art | December 21, 2018

Circles and lines: tracing our land’s past | The Medium | September 24, 2018

Bonnie Devine | Circles and Lines | Michi Saagiig | Discover Mississauga | Fall 2018

Bonnie Devine | Circles and Lines: Michi Saagiig Opening and Artist Talk on September 06, 2018 | The Record | Fall 2018

Photo credit: Toni Hafkenscheid

OUR FUNDERS

OUR PARTNERS 

Bonnie Devine, Titled/Untitled, 2018. Ink and crayon on paper. Courtesy of the artist. Map courtesy of Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL).

Bonnie Devine's journey through Indigenous art | CBC Radio: Fresh Air | Interview with Nana aba Duncan | September 2, 2018

 

FOUR LANDS
JANUARY 22 - APRIL 15, 2018

Guest-curated by Ruth Howard, Programme Director Mandy Salter, Manager Sadaf Zuberi.

https://www.organicdrift.space/fourlands

http://www.jumbliestheatre.org/jumblies/current-projects/four-lands

Four Lands is an interdisciplinary, collaborative project, organized in partnership with Jumblies Theatre, which explores and expresses people's differing relationships to a place. Four Lands takes the form of an evolving gallery, ongoing public drop-ins, offsite workshops and other activities as arranged (artist/historical talks, visits by specific community groups, professional development workshops), a project launch and final presentation and celebration. Artists and diverse community members will create and bring to life their own lands, through drawings, words, miniature models, music, conversation and performance. The Mississauga artistic team includes Ruth Howard, Adrienne Marcus Raja, Sharada Eswar, Laura Hale, Heather Long, Binaeshee-Quae Couchie-Nabigon, Marianne Alas, Mandy Salter and others.

Photo credit: Toni Hafkenscheid

OUR FUNDERS

This project is supported by the Hazel McCallion Fund at the Community Foundation of Mississauga, the Ontario Arts Council, the Government of Ontario, and the Canada Council for the Arts.

OUR PARTNERS 

OUR COLLABORATORS

Brampton Public Library, Making Room Community Arts, MABELLEarts, Lougheed Middle School, Corsair Public School, INK Movement, Mississauga Writers Group, Community Living Mississauga, QTBIPOC’sauga, Mississauga Pathfinders, Sojourn House with Mammalian Diving Reflex, Halton Community Youth Program, UTM/Sheridan College and over 600 creative participants from Mississauga, Peel and the GTA.

Four Lands, Resource Room. Art Gallery of Mississauga, Photo by Toni

 

SHShERIDAN’S PUBLIC CREATIVITY STUDIO
POPOLITICS OF SPACE

JANUARY 10 - MARCH 15, 2019

The Art Gallery of Mississauga partners with the project to present a gallery installation of Politics of Space. From moss walls to mobility, from the aesthetics and architectures of brand and liability, Politics of Space considers what it means to meet the needs of care for diverse bodies moving in and out of institutional place.

What is public creativity? How do spaces build community while respecting diverse abilities and identities? A group of 11 Sheridan arts students explored these concepts this past summer through a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) opportunity with Sheridan’s Public Creativity Studio, led by Sheridan’s Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design with assistance from Sheridan’s

Cooperative Education (Co-op) Department and the Creative Campus Galleries.

Over 14 weeks, students worked on designs and prototypes for the SCAET building at the Trafalgar Road Campus. With its proximity to transit stops, and the Sheridan “S” prominently displayed outside its doors, some consider the SCAET building to be the “unofficial” main entrance to the Trafalgar Campus, which made it the perfect location for a creative re-imagining.

The Art Gallery of Mississauga partners with the project to present a gallery installation of this inquiry: Politics of Space. From moss walls to mobility, from the aesthetics and architectures of brand and liability, Politics of Space considers what it means to meet the needs of care for bodies moving in and out of institutional place.

https://www.artgalleryofmississauga.com/sheridan

OUR FUNDERS

The Career Ready Fund, a grant provided by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU).

PARTICIPATING STUDENTS: Interior Design students Rima Sarhan and Erisen Xu; Interaction Design students Matthew Mirski, Katlin Walsh, Chaz Escoffery, Long Vu Ta, and Luigi Nicastro; Craft and Design; Furniture student Melissa Merante; Illustration students Erina Chida and Andrew Presutto; and Photography student Clair Fang.

For the first seven weeks, students worked under the mentorship of Sheridan faculty Susan Beniston, Sherry Lawr and Cheryl Vallender. For the final seven weeks of the project, students worked with guest artist Jes Sachse, whose work focuses on public/private space, and how multi-abled bodies move within those spaces.

STUDENT ARTISTS: Luigi Nicastro, Clair Fang, Andrew Presutto, Long Vu Ta, Matthew Mirski, Erisen Xu, Chaz Escoffery, Erina Chida, Rima Sarhan, Katlin Walsh, and Melissa Merante.

FACULTY FACILITATORS: Susan Beniston, Sherry Lawr  and Cheryl Vallender

GUEST ARTIST: Jes Sachse

PROGRAMME DIRECTOR: Mandy Salter

PROGRAMME MANAGER: Sadaf Zuberi

 

VIVEK SHRAYA
TRISHA

MAY 4 – JUNE 18, 2017

An Art Gallery of Mississauga Project, Curated by Kendra Ainsworth, Programme Director Mandy Salter, Manager Sadaf Zuberi.

Trisha is a photo essay from Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist, musician and writer Vivek Shraya.  Shraya recreates the scenes from vintage photographs of her mother as a way of both asserting connection and discovering difference between their experiences of femininity.

In Trisha, Shraya presents found photographs of her mother alongside her own, painstakingly re-staged ones, with herself standing in for her mother as subject. In the text that accompanies the photo series, Shrarya speaks of the experience, while growing up, of aspiring to be like her mother and the shock of encountering, through these photographs, that her mother was then, as now, not only her mother but a woman in her own right, with a history and identity that went beyond what Shraya had known. In the original photographs, Shraya's mother is alone in the frame, often staring directly into the camera - at times seductive, defiant, or contemplative. In replicating these scenes, these looks, Shraya positions the camera - and the viewer - as a conduit for connection across time, across generatoins; the artist's mother looking into her future, perhaps anticipating a yet conceived of family looking back, and Sraya, placing herself almost literally in her mother's shoes, looking out from her own vantage point back to her mother at the same age.

There is a power and vulnerability in Trisha. As  Shrarya remakes herself in her mother's image, her text poetically and poignantly speaks to how this action might have been perceived by her. In performing femininity in her mother's likeness, Shraya is both resolute - speaking back to the world that still sees women and the feminine as at best inferior and which caused her mother to pray for sons, and wistful - considering, perhaps, who Trisha might be and what her relationship with Shraya's mother might be like.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQZ_lYCt14s&t=15s

Photo credit: Toni Hafkenscheid

OUR FUNDERS

OUR PARTNERS 

CANADIAN BELONGING(S)

MAY 5 - JULY 13, 2016

Guest curated by Ellyn  Walker, Programme Director Mandy Salter, Manager Sadaf Zuberi.

Featuring artwork and performances  by: BASIL ALZERI, PANSEE ATTA, SONNY ASSU, CINDY BLAŽEVIC ́, VANESSA DION FLETCHER, CHERYL L’HIRONDELLE, KRISTIE MACDONALD, MERYL MCMASTER, ABDI OSMAN

FEATURED EXHIBITION IN THE SCOTIABANK CONTACT PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL

Winner of the 2017 Ontario Association of Art Galleries Thematic Exhibition of the Year Award - Budget under $20,000

Nine artists explore the image and document as critical sites for complicating dominant settler-colonial narratives of Canadian identity. In doing so, they demonstrate nuanced examples of what it means to "belong" on the land now known as Canada through their material (re)negotiations of the postcard, passport, scrapbook, landscape, portrait, treaty and wampum.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAOJxcmYBFE&t=4s

Photo credit: Toni Hafkenscheid

OUR FUNDERS

OUR PARTNERS