Lobstick installation view outside the E.A. Rawlinson Centre for the Arts
Lobstick installation view outside the E.A. Rawlinson Centre for the Arts

All My Relations Photography 2021

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Lobstick Decorating at the Mann Art Gallery
Lobstick Decorating at the Mann Art Gallery

All My Relations Photography 2021

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Bison Hunt installation view, 2021
Bison Hunt installation view, 2021

All My Relations Photography, 2021

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Lobstick installation view outside the E.A. Rawlinson Centre for the Arts
Lobstick installation view outside the E.A. Rawlinson Centre for the Arts

All My Relations Photography 2021

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The 2021 Inter-generational Métis Artist Mentorship Project, Métis Lobstick, All My Relations Photography 2021
Left to right: Lana Wilson (Gallery Educator), Elder Curtis Breaton, Ashley Smith, Elder Liz Settee, and Leah Marie Dorion

About

In spring of 2021, Leah decided to start a mentorship with local Métis artist and visual arts educator, Ashley Smith. This apprentice and mentor relationship gave Leah the opportunity to transfer cultural and artistic knowledge within the community. Leah and Danielle created a 3-part series of temporary public art installations in the city of Prince Albert. The intent was to create highly visible, accessible, and educational contemporary Indigenous (Métis) art in public spaces in the city, celebrating the Métis culture and teaching youth and emerging artists values and techniques. Leah worked closely with Ashley, and taught her how to plan, produce, install, and implement interactive public art installations. 

Thank you to the generous funding provided by the Aboriginal Arts and Culture Leadership grant from SaskCulture and Saskatchewan Lotteries

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Dorion (left) and Smith (right) at the Willow Meditation Walkway installation, All My Relations Photography, 2021

 
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Bison Hunt 
July 2 - September 30, 2021

 

Leah and Ashley installed bison and horses in the front of the Mann Art Gallery with help from community members, elder Liz Sette and elder Curtis Breaton. A small gathering came out to watch as they hammered them into the ground while discussing the Métis values written by Leah Dorion. The cardboard bison and horses were painted by community members.
 
View full details and gallery here.

Bison Hunt installation view, All My Relations Photography, 2021

Willow Meditation Walkway 
August 10 - September 30, 2021

 

Leah and Ashley installed the Willow Meditation Walkway with help from Elder Liz Sette and Elder Curtis Breaton. The public was invited to watch as the artists and elders installed the willow and tied ribbons on the branches. The installation took place in Scarrow Plaza, beside the Provincial Courthouse.
 
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Willow Meditation Walkway installation, All My Relations Photography, 2021

 
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Métis Lobstick
August 17 - September 30, 2021

 

Leah and Ashley facilitated a lobstick decorating workshop before the installation which allowed community members to help carve, wood burn, and paint the contemporary lobstick. The artists installed the Métis Lobstick in the flowerbed in front of the E.A. Rawlinson Centre for the Arts and Mann Art Gallery.
 
View full details and gallery here.

Métis Lobstick installation, All My Relations Photography, 2021