CapU partners with Polygon Gallery on Response: Our Land Narrative

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The workshop series Response: Our Land Narrative invites Indigenous students at Capilano University who are aspiring photographers, filmmakers and visual storytellers to explore their art form while guided by the theme of “Land as Teacher and Knowledge Keeper”. (Image courtesy of Gregory Coyes)

Indigenous students at Capilano University have the opportunity to cultivate their visual storytelling skills and experience through a renewed partnership with North Vancouver’s Polygon Gallery. Response: Our Land Narrative is a series of online workshops taught by contemporary Indigenous artists that invites students to explore the theme “Land as Teacher and Knowledge Keeper.”

The seven workshops, which run on Saturday afternoons between September and November, will guide students in creating original artwork to be displayed at The Polygon Gallery in spring 2021.

“We are really excited to bring this program to CapU students,” says Joel Cardinal, community engagement facilitator with Indigenous Student Services at Capilano University. “This is a unique opportunity for students to learn from leading Indigenous artists and exhibit their work at an internationally recognized art gallery.”

The workshop series for emerging artists is free and open to all applicants with an interest or practice in visual/media arts; however, priority will be given to Indigenous students. Participants need to have internet access to attend the online workshops, and a camera that takes photographs and video. Phone cameras welcome. All participants will also receive a free smartphone tripod to be used during the program, and will receive a $250 artist fee for exhibiting their artwork.

Initiated in 2014-2015, the Response project was designed as a successful one-time outreach program for Indigenous youth, in collaboration with Capilano University’s Indigenous Student Services. Now launching as an annual program, Response aims to incite ways of responding artistically to historical and contemporary images of Indigenous cultures through the workshop series.

Application deadline extended

The Polygon Gallery is now accepting applications for Response: Our Land Narrative until September 9, 2020; selected participants will be notified by Polygon Gallery. For more information, contact Nicole Brabant n.brabant@thepolygon.ca

Response: Our Land Narrative is presented by the Taylor Taliesin Foundation and generously supported by Metro Vancouver’s Regional Cultural Project Grants Program


Submitted by: Linda Munro