WAG Presents Canada’s First Symposium on Women Sculptors

The Winnipeg Art Gallery and Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (MAWA) have partnered to present Canada’s first symposium focused on the sculptural work by women artists. Sculptural Vocabularies: A symposium exploring the sculptural practices of contemporary Canadian women artists will be held in the WAG’s Muriel Richardson Auditorium January 20 to 22, 2011.

“The WAG is leading the way in providing this exciting opportunity to bring together women sculptural practitioners from across Canada to network, to discuss issues pertaining to three dimensional work, and to share professional experiences and strategies,” says WAG Director Stephen Borys.

Keynote speaker on Thursday, January 20, is Canadian-American sculptor Catherine Widgery who creates environmental experiences that respond to the unique spirit and shape of a place. The use of wind, light, and water communicates energy and animates the space within her environmental works. Winnipeggers would be most familiar with Widgery’s work depicting the bison and wheat torches on the St. Nobert bridge. The Saturday, January 22 keynote speaker is Mexican artist Yolanda Paulsen. Paulsen’s work explores themes of unity and the interconnectedness of animate and inanimate objects.

Friday and Saturday include a series of panels featuring artists, curators and cultural workers: Mary Anne Barkhouse, Rebecca Belmore, Shary Boyle, Aganetha Dyck, Faye HeavyShield, Candice Hopkins, Lee-Ann Martin, Nadia Myre, Jennifer Stillwell, Elizabeth Roy, and Tricia Wasney; WAG Curators Mary Reid, Darlene Coward Wight, and Andrew Kear; and Winnipeg artist Eva Stubbs, whose exhibition Eva Stubbs: The Rough Ideal, will be on view at the WAG at that time.

The WAG has also partnered with the organizers of the exhibition Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years to present as part of the symposium, on Saturday, January 22, two special panels of Indigenous Canadian women artists working in three dimensions. These panels are free to the public. Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years is an exhibition of contemporary international Indigenous art organized by Plug-In ICA and presented by Winnipeg Cultural Capital of Canada 2010.

“This symposium provides a rare and valuable opportunity for people in the community, artists in particular, to broaden their knowledge and understanding of three-dimensional practices and engage in discussions with senior Canadian artists,” says Art Educator Anna Wiebe.

Cost for the full three-day symposium is $200. Tickets for only the keynote speakers can be purchased separately. The Thursday speaker tickets are $25 with the reception included, or $15 without the reception. Tickets are $30 for the Saturday keynote speaker.

A registration form and complete information on the symposium, including artist bios, can be found at wag.ca. Individual tickets for both keynote addresses are also available for purchase from the WAG’s front desk.



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