Wood carving tools on top of a piece of an artist's sketch

Park Board’s fall exhibition celebrates Indigenous Culture in Community

September 8 2022 –

We’re excited to highlight the work of local Indigenous artists and cultural practitioners in the arts and culture fall exhibition.

The exhibition, At the Centre of Community: An Exhibition of Indigenous Cultural Practices, is a nine-day celebration highlighting the work of xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, Coast Salish, and Urban Indigenous artists working in community.

The free exhibition and series of events kicks off with an opening reception on September 22, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm, and continues through to October 1.

At the Centre of Community: An Exhibition of Indigenous Cultural Practices takes place at both the Roundhouse and across several city parks and includes a visual arts exhibition, performances, screenings, artist talks, and maker workshops. All of the works invite connection with the land, examine local histories, and prompt personal reflection towards understanding Indigenous presence at the centre of community.

Don’t miss an introduction to Indigenous-led cultural work at the P’ip:m Lelum Centre Indigenous Garden, the ‘Plant a Seed Bead’ Residency, Trillium Park Weaving project, Marpole-Oakridge Community Carving and Painting Project, Stanley Park Fieldhouse Cultural Residency, and more.

Exhibition highlights

Featured artists and cultural practitioners include:

  • Luther Aday
  • Travis Angus
  • Adele ᒪᐢᑿᓱᐏᐢᑵᐤ Arseneau
  • Leona Brown
  • Giihlgiigaa-Todd Devries
  • Wil George
  • Kitty Guerin
  • Meagan Innes
  • Jimmy Joseph
  • Ray Natraoro
  • lisa g nielsen
  • Atheana Picha
  • Chrystal Sparrow
  • Candace Thomas
  • Kamala Todd
  • T'uy't'tanat-Cease Wyss

A highlight will be a conversation between artists Chrystal Sparrow (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) and T'uy't'tanat-Cease Wyss (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) with Cha’an Dtut Rena Soutar, Manager of Decolonization, Arts and Culture at the Park Board. As past and current artists-in-residence at the A-Frame Fieldhouse in what is now called Stanley Park, these artists reflect on thoughts and experiences undertaking their work on this land.

Another highlight is the Personalized Poetry workshop with Tsleil-Waututh poet, Wil George. On Saturday, October 1, we invite people to drop into the Roundhouse between 2:30pm and 4:30pm to sit and chat with Wil as he writes and reads spontaneous poems, just for you.

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