Pushing Boundaries: The Blanket
Curator: James (Nexw’Kalus-Xwalacktun) Harry
North Van Arts is seeking professional and emerging First Nations/Métis/Inuit artists, makers and craftspeople of the land known as Canada for the bi-annual exhibition Pushing Boundaries 2019.
The theme of the 2019 exhibition is The Blanket and the role of the blanket in Indigenous cultures. This focus is intended to encourage conversations around the symbol of the blanket in any media. Applicants are encouraged to submit artwork representing contemporary Indigenous practice as well as those fusing contemporary and traditional creative techniques.
To apply, complete the online submission form at the bottom of this page which includes:
- Contact details
- A current CV, bio, an artist statement
- Images of your artwork uploaded to the form (up to ten images)
- List of images you’re submitting (detailing title, size, medium, price, and thumbnail of each image)
Deadline for Submissions: Sunday, September 15 at midnight.
*Please note, only online submissions will be accepted. Applicants will be notified about whether their submissions have been successful after the deadline and adjudication. If you require assistance in your application, or have any enquiries please contact George Harwood Smith, Exhibitions Manager at 604-988-6844 or firstname.lastname@example.org
About the curator: James (Nexw’Kalus-Xwalacktun) Harry is of Squamish Nation (Swxwú7meshḵ) and European descent (Scottish, and German). James spent much of his childhood and early adolescence immersed in art. He learned First Nations stories, form and design, and carving skills from his father, Xwalacktun (Rick Harry), a master carver of the Squamish Nation. Similarly, Jennifer Kleinsteuber, James’s mother and an accomplished painter, gave him hands-on experience with drawing and painting. He developed his own techniques and methodology, expanding on his father’s work and beginning to formulate a contemporary approach to Aboriginal art and practice. When he was in secondary school, James began his career as an artist by carving the doors of the BC Aboriginal Sports Hall of Fame. He attended Emily Carr University of Arts and Design, obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with a major in Visual Arts in 2014. His studies focused on integrating traditional Coast Salish art forms with contemporary concepts and materials.
For more information, visit his website.
George Harwood Smith, Exhibitions Manager | North Van Arts
335 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver, BC V7M 2G3
604.988.6844 | email@example.com