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Artists In Residence

May 28 - June 3, 2018

Presenting Indigenous artists is one of the greatest honors we have. We are so excited to welcome France Trépanier & Chris Creighton-Kelly as our artists in residence this month! Join us as we welcome them for a discussion highlighting their three year initiative in Canada, Primary Colours/Couleurs primaires, and a special presentation of their work Land : Landed.

France Trépanier

France Trépanier is a visual artist, curator and researcher of Kanien’kéha:ka and French ancestry. Her work has been presented in Canada and Europe. Her artworks are included in many private and public collections, including the Indigenous Art Centre in Gatineau and the Museum of Civilization in Quebec. Her essays and articles have been published in numerous journals and magazines. France was selected, by the Canada Council for the Arts, to be part of the International Indigenous Curators Exchange in New Zealand and the 2017 Venice Biennale. France held a diplomatic post as First Secretary, Cultural Affairs at the Canadian Embassy in Paris and directed the Centre for New Media at the Canadian Cultural Centre. France was the co-recipient, with Chris Creighton-Kelly, of the 2012 Audain Aboriginal Curatorial Fellowship awarded by the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. France is co-chair of the Indigenous Program Council at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and is a member of the Aboriginal Educational Council at Ontario College of Art and Design University.

Chris Creighton-Kelly

Chris Creighton-Kelly is an interdisciplinary artist, writer and cultural critic. He was born in the UK of South Asian/British heritage. His artworks have been presented across Canada and in India, Europe and the U.S.A. This work has been internationally recognized with various grants and awards from five countries. Chris has been creating performances since 1978. He has been
consistently concerned with the convergence of racialized identities within their cultural contexts - both host and diasporic as well as technologies which simulate these relationships - both new and old, both popular and esoteric. He has been persistently interested by questions of absence in the discourses of the Western art world - whose epistemology is unquestioned?...who is not represented?...who has power?...who not?- and how these questions are (re)presented using
constantly developing media systems. Chris also works as an arts policy consultant. He has worked for community arts organizations, many of Canada’s cultural institutions and various governments. His work regarding racial equity at the Canada Council for the Arts has been internationally recognized. Chris appreciates his audiences a lot.


France and Chris co-authored the document Understanding Aboriginal Arts in Canada Today: A Knowledge and Literature Review, commissioned by the Canada Council for the Arts. They are co-directing Primary Colours/Couleurs
primaires, a national 3-year initiative (2016 to 2019) which seeks to place Indigenous art practices at the centre of the Canadian art system.

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Upcoming Events

Discussion: “Primary Colours Initiative“

Featuring Primary Colours/Couleurs primaires artists France Trépanier & Chris Creighton-Kelly

​WHEN: Wednesday, May 30, 6:30-8:30pm

WHERE: Pangea World Theater 

Join us for a special conversation with Canadian artists France Trépanier & Chris Creighton-Kelly who will share about their three-year initiative with Primary Colours/Couleurs primaires and will facilitate a discussion exploring how we can honor 'difference + isms', while simultaneously building solidarity.

Land : Landed

Featuring Primary Colours/Couleurs primaires artists France Trépanie & Chris Creighton-Kelly

​WHEN: Saturday, June 2, 5:00-7:00pm

WHERE: Pangea World Theater 

Land : Landed is a performative presentation that is concerned with two grand, historical narratives that impact contemporary art discourses. One is the importance of Indigenous ways of knowing, specifically the centrality of land and its connection to art making. The other is the unprecedented migration of humans around the globe, specifically people of colour who arrive in the territory now known as North America, who bring their art practices with them. What do these two narratives have to do with one other?

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