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Current Workshops

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COVID-19 UPDATE: The health and safety of our community remains our top priority, therefore the gallery remains closed at this time. Field trip bookings have been suspended, and there is no need to contact us to cancel existing field trip bookings. For the most up to date information regarding the School Art Program, please contact the School Art Program Coordinator at

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Please book your visit at least two weeks in advance using our online form or by contacting our School Art Program Coordinator, Melanie Devoy at

Feb 15 – April 11, 2020

Karin Jones and Amy Malbeuf: Labour’s trace

These two artists explore identity, cultural histories, and materiality through sculpture and installation. Karin Jones examines how historical narratives of slavery have shaped the identities of people of African descent living in North America. Amy Malbeuf incorporates new materials with traditional materials and techniques to create works that explore notions of Métis identity, community, and relationship to the land. Jones and Malbeuf disempower painful histories of colonialism by, as Malbeuf explains, “making something beautiful.”

Gallery Tour & Art Workshop

Your visit will start with a gallery tour of our current exhibition Labour’s trace. Ideas explored include:
Artists express ideas about identity through making art
The ways events from the past can shape our identity today
The materials and techniques these artists are using create connections between the past and the artist’s identity today
We can learn about different cultures and human experiences through looking at art

For the pre-school and kindergarten tour, we will focus primarily on the materials and techniques used by the artists, with some introduction to the artist’s backgrounds. For the primary and intermediate tours, we will further explore the historical narratives that inform these artworks and how these narratives intersect with identity and culture.

After the tour, we will go into the gallery classroom and explore the history of beading and embroidery in Métis art and culture. Each student will then learn how to do basic embroidery stitching and beading, and will create an artwork using these techniques.

Preschool Adaptation: Students will look at how Métis artists create images by combining smaller elements such as beads. Students will then be guided through how to create a picture by combining coloured dots.

Curriculum Connections: Art, Applied Design, Skills and Technology, Social Studies

Above: Amy Malbeuf, heart, 2018, Ochre and bear grease on canvas tarp. Photo: Chelsea Yang-Smith.