Artist in Residence Program
The Mann Art Gallery 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 practices. 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 opportunites happen.
In 2019 the Mann Art Gallery launched an ongoing artist in residence-workshop series with local Metis 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 Metis 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. Over the course of this mentorship in the months of July and August 2020 Leah and Danielle will plan, prepare and install five temporary outdoor exhibitions.
Leah Marie Dorion is an interdisciplinary Métis artist raised in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. A teacher, painter, filmmaker and published writer, Leah views her Metis heritage as providing her with a unique bridge for knowledge between all people. Leah holds a Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Arts, and Master of Arts degree. She has numerous creative projects to her credit, including academic papers for the Royal Commission of Aboriginal Peoples, books for children, gallery showings of her art works, and numerous video documentaries that showcase Metis culture and history. Leah’s paintings honour the spiritual strength of Aboriginal women and the sacred feminine. Leah believes that women play a key role in passing on vital knowledge for all of humanity which is deeply reflected in her artistic practice. She believes women are the first teachers to the next generation.
Leah Marie Dorion reads her latest book, Metis Camp Circles: A Bison Culture Way of Life at the Indigenous Storytelling Workshop held at the Mann Art Gallery on February 15th, 2020. This event was completely sponsored by the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild.
Explore and Discover Indigenous Culture Through Coloring and Reading Leah Dorion's Activity Books and Educational Children's Books