Mann Art Gallery Presents: 
The Inter-generational Metis Artist Mentorship Project 

 

Funded by the Aboriginal Arts and Culture Leadership grant from SaskCulture

In 2019 the Mann Art Gallery launched a small artist in residence project with Leah Marie Dorion. Leah's work with the Mann Art Gallery is resulting in great success with community-based programming. In 2019-2020 Mann Art Gallery and Leah held workshops on Metis Moss Bags and Plains Style Metis Ribbon Skirts. With such influential and positive results of these community-based programs the Mann Art Gallery continues to strengthen Leah's artist residency by offering more opportunity to partner and utilize her arts leadership.

 

Leah is taking on a mentorship relationship with young local Metis artist and visual arts educator, Danielle Castle. This apprentice and mentor relationship will transfer cultural and artistic knowledge within the community. Through a mentorship model, Leah with Danielle, and the Mann Art Gallery, will create a 5 part series of temporary public art installations throughout the city of Prince Albert. 

 

The goal is to bridge Metis culture through the power of positive message to bring people into a good state of mind through these public art installations. In this mentorship Leah will work closely with Danielle Castle, teaching her how to plan, produce, install, and implement interactive public art installations. To finish the mentorship, the two will end the summer with a community-based workshop.

The project will consist of 5 temporary outdoor art installations. Over the course of July and August, the artists will be creating artworks in highly visible and accessible locations across Prince Albert. Each Friday (Thursday or weekend, depending on weather,) they will install their works.

 

The public is invited to come watch as the two create and are encouraged to offer their ideas and input which could be potentially added to the artwork.

 

All public must abide by COVID-19 regulations:

The artist's will tape off and create a work area that the public is not allowed to be in
Public is not allowed to touch art supplies and tools

Public must stay 2 meters away from artists, elders and other Mann Art Gallery staff members. 

Public is encouraged to wear a mask

Public must bring their own chairs 
Do not attend if you experiencing COVID-19 symptoms

Do not attend if you are experiecing any illness

Do not attend if you have traveled out of the country in the last two weeks

Mann Art Gallery will ensure no more than 30 people are gathered at any one time. You may be asked to leave and attend at another time

Once the installation is completed the public can come and go as they please to enjoy the art. When all 5 installations are completed the community can then enjoy an evening driving around Prince Albert to view and enjoy the temporary artwork. 


Métis Sidewalk Mural 

 

On July 10th from 1pm to 2pm Leah and Danielle were hard at work laying down a soft pastel mural on the sidewalk at the Mann Art Gallery. Together, they created a Giving Tree with the Metis Values Cartwheel. The mural can still be viewed and is found at the entrance of the gallery. 

 

"Day 1 of the Intergenerational Metis Artist Mentorship Project with Leah Dorion and apprentice Danielle Castle, the Acting Gallery Educator, was a success! Their pastel sidewalk mural depicts 12 Metis Values in a wagon-wheel circle, beside a tree with deep roots, at the gallery entrance. Over 3 hours, we had 55 visitors, who wore masks and stayed socially distant, talk with the artists and Elder and Knowledge Keeper Curtis Breaton. Long-time gallery volunteer Russ Mode worked crowd control, and we were joined by a surprise visit from Elder Liz Settee. Many visitors took a chair and enjoyed sitting in the sun and watching the artists work, and contemplated the values being depicted. A young girl arrived, wearing a ribbon skirt and moccasins, and watched for a while before leaving. When she returned, she had art supplies and, newly inspired, sat down beside the mural to make her own art! We are so grateful to the City of Prince Albert, SaskCulture, and the C.I.F GRANT for funding this project. We couldn’t do these wonderful things without core funding from SK Arts and Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des arts du Canada either!"
Acting Director, Lana Wilson

 

Willow Labyrinth

COMING SOON

Part 3 of the Intergenerational Metis Artist Mentorship with Leah Dorion and Danielle Castle.

For this installation Leah and Danielle will be harvesting willow to create a beautiful labyrinth at the Alfred Jenkins Field House. There will be fencing around the area at this event and the artists will be hard at work. The public is still allowed to attend to watch as they create but they must abide by the guidelines of COVID-19. It is recommended you attend from 2:00pm to 3:00pm

All public must abide by COVID-19 regulations:

The artist's will tape off, fence off and create a work area that the public is not allowed to be in

Public is not allowed to touch art supplies and tools

Public must stay 2 meters away from artists, elders and other Mann Art Gallery staff members.

Public is encouraged to wear a mask

Public must bring their own chairs

Do not attend if you experiencing COVID-19 symptoms

Do not attend if you are experiencing any illness

Do not attend if you have traveled out of the country in the last two weeks

Mann Art Gallery will ensure no more than 30 people are gathered at any one time. You may be asked to leave and attend at another time​

Once the installation is completed the public can come and go as they please to enjoy the art. When all 5 installations are completed the community can then enjoy an evening driving around Prince Albert to view and enjoy the temporary artwork.
 

© 2020 by the Mann Art Gallery Inc.

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142-12th Street West, Prince Albert SK, S6V 3B5

Treaty 6 Territory & homeland of the Metis Nation

Photography courtesy Peter Lozinski