In 2019, Open Space presents Blanketing by Jesse Campbell, the second annual installation in the stairwell to the gallery. Jesse is a Métis/Cree mural artist based in Victoria who has been involved in Open Space for many years in various capacities, starting as an emerging artist with the Indigenous Youth Artist Program (IYAP). He also, with assistance from technician Miles Giesbrecht, carried out the painting of Garry Neill Kennedy's Corrections last year. We are thrilled to get to continue to work with Jesse and to share his work with everyone who comes through the gallery in 2019.
The public is invited to an opening reception for the work, Blanketing, on Thursday, January 17 at 7pm. The event will begin with a dialogue around working as Indigenous artists on territory other than your own, facilitated alongside Aboriginal Curator Eli Hirtle.
The Star Blanket ceremony is an honoring ceremony. This piece truly began in 2008 when I was first welcomed into Open Space to engage in a drum making ceremony as a teenager. This was the first ceremony I had attended which was a part of the teachings from my ancestral territory. My home territory my family left a long time ago. This ceremony had a dramatic influence on the trajectory of my life. Culture is ceremony. Ceremony is culture. In this blanketing I wish to honor the work which has been done in this space and will continue.
Open Space respectfully acknowledges that we are on unceded First Nations territory. The City of Victoria and the surrounding areas lie on the territories of the Lekwungen and Coast Salish peoples, including Esquimalt, Songhees, and W̱SÁNEĆ First Nations.
Open Space is not wheelchair accessible and is accessed by a flight of 23 stairs. There are two gender inclusive washrooms, one multi-stall and one single stall with a urinal. If you have any other questions or concerns about accessibility, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-383-8833.