to Nov 25

Amanda Strong | GIRAF 14


Exhibition // November 22 – November 25 2018

A behind-the-scenes look at the puppets and props created for Strong's imaginative stop motion animated films. This exhibition begins to show the intensive process behind stop motion animation through a look at the scale, intricate details, and method based decision making. Strong utilizes animation as a medium of storytelling to explore ideas of blood memory and indigenous ideology.

Presented in partnership with Quickdraw Animation’s GIRAF 14 Festival. For full line-up and tickets see their website here:

Amanda Strong is an Michif interdisciplinary artist with a focus on filmmaking, stop motion animations and media art. Currently based on unceded Coast Salish territories also known as Vancouver, BC, Canada. Strong received a BAA in Interpretative Illustration and a Diploma in Applied Photography from the Sheridan Institute. With a cross-discipline focus, common themes of her work are reclamation of Indigenous histories, lineage, language and culture. Strong is the Owner/Director/Producer of Spotted Fawn Productions Inc. (SFP). Under her direction SFP utilizes a multi-layered approach and unconventional methods that are centered in collaboration on all aspects of their work. 

Strong's work is fiercely process-driven and takes form in various mediums such as: virtual reality, stop motion, 2D/3D animation, gallery/museum installations, published books and community-activated projects. Strong and her team at Spotted Fawn Productions are currently working on the research and development of bringing these works into more interactive spaces. 

Most recently she was selected by renowned filmmaker Alanis Obamsawin to receive $50,000 in post-services through the Clyde Gilmour Technicolour Award. In 2016 she received the Vancouver Mayor's Arts Awards for Emerging Film and Media Artist. In 2013, Amanda was the recipient of K.M. Hunter Artist Award for Film and Video. Her films have screened across the globe, most notably at Cannes, TIFF, VIFF, and Ottawa International Animation Festival. She has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, BC Arts Council and the NFB. Spotted Fawn Productions is currently developing new short animations Wheetago War and Biidaaban (The Dawn Comes). SFP's latest short animations Four Faces of the Moon and Flood are available online through CBC Short Docs and CBC Arts. 

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to Nov 17

Show up for the Messiness of how you Feel so you can Better Create What you Need | FemmeWave


Reception // November 17 2018 at 3:30pm

Show up for the Messiness of how you Feel so you can Better Create What you Need is a two person exhibition that brings together artists Adrienne Crossman and Jane Trash. Showing new and collaborative works the pair explore the complicated ways in which contemporary queers traverse a myriad of categories and labels to create a personal understanding of identity. 

Please join us for the closing reception on Saturday afternoon, November 17, 2018, from 3:30-5:00.

This exhibition is presented by Femme Wave Feminist Arts Festival. Femme Wave is a feminist arts festival that takes place on Treaty 7 territory and the traditional territory of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot), Nakoda (Stoney), and Tsuut’ina, also known as Calgary, Alberta. Founded in 2015, it is a collective-run organization with board and committee members of diverse and varying backgrounds. The festival takes place annually across multiple inner-city venues and has enjoyed considerable growth since its inception.

Adrienne Crossman is an artist and curator working and living in Windsor, Ontario. Her practice involves the exploration of non-normative and non-binary objects, characters and spaces, with a specific interest in queer potentialities within the non-human. Crossman creates queer interventions through the manipulation of digital media and popular culture and by locating queer sensibilities in the everyday. She is a sessional professor at McMaster University and holds an MFA in Visual Art from the University of Windsor, and a BFA in Integrated Media with a Minor in Digital and Media Studies from OCAD University. 

Jane Trash graduated from the Alberta College of Art & Design in 2004 with a BFA in Printmaking. Since then she co-founded a silkscreen based merchandising company, Jiffy-T, was an operational co-owner at Tubby Dog, is heavily involved with all ages promotion in the Calgary punk rock scene and was voted Top-40-Under-40 in Avenue Magazine (2013) for her involvement in the community and various charity work. Trash’s interest and exploration of puppet fabrication lead to an introductory puppet seminar in LA at Michael Earl’s Puppet School in 2014. Trash is on the Board of The New Gallery and she is currently working at Alberta College of Art & Design as the Educational Art Technician of Print Media.

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WE ARE WALLED | Xiaoyu Sun
to Jul 14

WE ARE WALLED | Xiaoyu Sun


WE ARE WALLED is a video installation about “the Great Firewall”. In China, there is a surveillance apparatus that is called “the Great Firewall”, which blocks internet access and controls internet traffic. WE ARE WALLED explores the influence of this “wall” on Chinese people who have experienced living inside of it and outside of it.

Xiaoyu Sun is a Master of Fine Arts Candidate in the Department of Art at the University of Calgary. After graduating from University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, she had been working as a graphic designer for one year. In 2016, she decided to go back to school to pursue a Masters degree. She started her research from a phenomenon called “Quantified-Self” to the relationship between technology and human. Now, she is doing the research on the topic of “the Great Firewall”. She was shortlisted by Hague Video Award and her work has been shown in the Department of Art at the University of Calgary.

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