Indigenous Emerging Artists Program: Open House
On Thursday, September 14th at 5:30 pm at Open Space, 510 Fort St., members of the Indigenous Artists Collective will host the Indigenous Emerging Artists Program (IEAP) Open House to introduce the next session of IEAP and invite Indigenous emerging artists to join the free program while visiting and sharing food.
IEAP, led by Open Space's Aboriginal Curator, France Trépanier (Kanien’kéha:ka, French), is an arts mentorship program that brings together emerging Indigenous artists, elders and established professional artists.
Running from September 2017 until May 2018, IEAP will be hosted at Open Space Arts Society on Lekwungen Territories (Victoria, BC) and is supported by a collaboration between members of the Indigenous Artists Collective, Open Space Arts Society and MediaNet, as well as a team of local and guest mentors. IEAP delivers professional development opportunities including studio arts sessions, technical media skills, ongoing mentorships, cross-nation cultural exchange and intergenerational, embodied learning.
IEAP provides a crucial space for Indigenous (status and non-status First Nations, Inuit and Métis) emerging artists to strengthen and develop their voices, tell their stories, and widen their relationships to contemporary Indigenous art, culture and discourse. It also provides opportunities to make, speak and present work in a professional context.
In its third iteration, the Indigenous Emerging Artists Program is the evolution of the two Indigenous youth-centred programs that preceded it: the Indigenous Youth Arts Showcase led by Peter Morin and Sarah Hunt (2013/2014), and the Indigenous Youth Arts Program led by France Trépanier, Elder Gerry Ambers and Doug Jarvis (2014/2015). The Indigenous Emerging Artist Program would not exist without the labour, care and dedication of artist-curators Peter Morin and Sarah Hunt, who lay the groundwork for this program and we are so grateful to them for initiating this work and creating a framework for it to continue to evolve.
The 2017/2018 IEAP provides participants with a thematic focus: land-based art and installation practices. This focus will support the exploration of media art, performance, sculpture, interdisciplinarity, and activism. The program schedule will consist of 12 studio sessions including mentor-led workshops, technical skill-building workshops and land-based learning activities. The sessions will be held on specific Sundays (dates to be confirmed) from October to May with a break in late December and early January for holidays.
Because an essential component of the IEAP is respect for and engagement with Indigenous methodologies and cultural protocols, the program will foreground the practice of understanding and responding to the IEAP host nation’s cultural protocols, specifically Coast Salish, Nuu-chah Nulth and Kwakwaka'wakw traditions.
We look forward to visiting, sharing food with you and answering any questions you may have on the 14th! If you have any questions, comments or feedback, you can also contact us at indigenousartistscollective at gmail dot com. Please feel welcome to share this information and the linked application widely with your communities.