Dorion helping a moss bag workshop student, April 2021
The Mann Art Gallery (Mann) launched an Artist in Residence Program in 2019. This gives the gallery a unique channel of creativity, original community engagement, and grants the opportunity for the artist to grow in their artistic practice. Artist in residence programs give artists the opportunity to live and work outside of their usual environments, providing them with time to reflect, research, or produce work. During a residency, artists can explore new locations, take on community leadership roles, and experiment with a variety of materials. On behalf on the Mann Art Gallery we would like to thank all of our sponsors for making these opportunities happen.
The Mann launched an ongoing artist in residence-workshop series with local Métis artist and Knowledge-Keeper Leah Marie Dorion. Leah's work continues in resulting in great success with community-based programming. In 2019-2020 The Mann Art Gallery and Leah held workshops on Métis Moss Bags, Plains Style Métis Ribbon Skirts and a writing workshop with the Saskatchewan's Writer Guild. In June 2020 the Intergenerational Métis Artist Program started between Leah Dorion, Danielle Castle and the Mann Art Gallery. Through the artist in residence program Leah is able to explore one-on-one mentorship and her public art-making practice; Danielle is able to learn practical skills in addition to being mentored in an artistic and cultural way; and the Mann Art Gallery is able to support Indigenous art-making and art engagement for the community in a safe way during the pandemic. Together, Leah and Danielle, installed 5 temporary outdoor installations in the city of Prince Albert over the summer months of 2020.