Gallery 1C03 presents SHARDS: Contemporary artists in conversation

mage: KC Adams at Shards workshop with Grant Goltz. Image still by Scott Knudson of Lakeland Television.

KC Adams at Shards workshop with Grant Goltz. Image still by Scott Knudson of Lakeland Television.

In partnership with the Manitoba Craft Council, UWinnipeg’s Gallery 1C03 is pleased to host the group exhibition SHARDS: Contemporary artists in conversation with the ceramics of our forebearers that runs from September 14 – December 2, 2017. Gallery 1C03 will host an opening reception this Thursday, September 14, 4:00 – 7:00 pm that includes a performance by Jaime Black.

Curated by Jenny Western, SHARDS features the work of four Indigenous female artists – KC Adams, Jaime Black, Lita Fontaine and Niki Little – in conversation with the 2000+ years old archaeological ceramic shards collections of the Manitoba Museum and the University of Winnipeg. SHARDS incorporates both new and old ceramics as well as artworks created in response to the shards and reflective of our past, present, and future as shared stewards of this territory.

Indigenous pottery shards uncovered by archaeologists suggest that ceramic craft and artistry have been practiced in the region currently known as Manitoba for well over 2,000 years. These ceramic pots are believed to have been made as cooking vessels, formed from the clay left here by the prehistoric Lake Agassiz and fired with wood from the area’s boreal forest. Scholars believe that the creators of these pots were women, most likely mothers feeding and caring for their families through their act of ceramic creation. Although their names are unknown, there is a kinship among the pots’ original makers and the four artists who make up the SHARDS exhibition; they are connected as creators, as women, and as inhabitants of this land.

There is a Panel discussion with SHARDS curator & artists:
Tuesday, November 7 at 2:30 p.m.
Convocation Hall, The University of Winnipeg

Admission is free and everyone is welcome. The Gallery is wheelchair accessible.
Gallery 1C03 hours: Monday – Friday: 12:00 – 4:00 p.m., Saturday: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Remembrance Day.

For more information, contact:
Jennifer Gibson, Director/Curator, Gallery 1C03
204.786.9253 | www.uwinnipeg.ca/art-gallery

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