Amanda Cachia is an independent curator from Sydney, Australia and is currently completing her PhD in Art History, Theory & Criticism at the University of California, San Diego. Her dissertation will focus on the intersection of disability and contemporary art. She held the position Director/Curator of the Dunlop Art Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada from 2007-2010, and has curated approximately 30 exhibitions over the last ten years in various cities across the USA, England, Australia and Canada. http://www.amandacachia.com/
Carmen Papalia is a Social Practice artist who makes participatory projects on the topic of access as it relates to public space, the Art institution and visual culture. His work has been featured as part of exhibitions and engagements at: The Solomon R. Guggenheim museum, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the L.A Craft and Folk Art Museum, the CUE Art Foundation, the Grand Central Art Center, the Portland Art Museum, the Columbus Museum of Art and the Vancouver Art Gallery.
Cheryl L’Hirondelle is an Alberta-born mixed blood (Cree/Metis/German/Polish) community-engaged multi / interdisciplinary artist and singer/songwriter, who has been presenting and exhibiting her work since the 1980’s. Her creative practice investigates a Cree worldview (nêhiyawin) in contemporary time-space. L’Hirondelle uses song, voice, audio and more to develop endurance-based performances, interventions, site-specific installations, participatory projects while she keeps singing and writing songs where ever and with whomever she can. Currently Toronto-based, Cheryl has performed and exhibited her work widely both in Canada and abroad, and her previous musical efforts and new media work have garnered her critical acclaim and numerous awards. http://www.cheryllhirondelle.com/
Esther McPhee is a queer and genderqueer writer, magic-maker and collective organizer, who lives in a cozy collective house and reads a lot of kids books. They grew up on Stó:lō land and now live on the lands of the Musqueam, Sḵwxwú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh people in Vancouver. Once upon a time, they ran The Sunday Shortstack, a pop-up pancake and folk music cafe. Esther’s writing is kicking around in places like Plenitude Magazine, Apeiron Review, Sad Mag, and their desk drawers.
Heidi Nagtegaal is an artist, writer and facilitator living in Vancouver, BC. After receiving her BFA from ECUAD in 2005, Nagtegaal has founded local arts initiatives such as the Hammock Residency and Headbands and Bracelets. Basing her work on emergent natures, she uses an aesthetic of emergency, DIY, utilizing available materials to make “something out of nothing”. http://www.heidi-nagtegaal.com/
Helen Reed & Hannah Jickling
Helen Reed and Hannah Jickling have worked together since 2007. Their projects take shape as videos, public installations, social situations, events, photographs, printed matter and multiples. They are currently exploring the ‘contact high’ intrinsic to collaborative work, especially in their recent collaborations with children. Helen holds a BFA from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design, while Hannah earned hers from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Both completed their graduate studies in Art & Social Practice at Portland State University and have exhibited internationally. Their forthcoming book, Multiple Elementary, will be co-published by YYZBOOKS (Toronto, CA) and Black Dog Publishing (London, UK) in early 2016. http://www.reheardregalement.com/ http://hannahjickling.com/
Director Jason DaSilva has been a prolific filmmaker for the past 10 years. He has directed four short films and two feature-length documentary films. Each one of these works advanced Jason’s objective to give voice to those on the periphery of society. In 2006 Jason took a short break from filmmaking to earn his MFA in Applied Media Arts from Emily Carr University. He recently produced and directed an Op-Doc (opinion documentary) for the New York Times called ‘The Long Wait,’ published in January 2013. DaSilva’s latest film, WHEN I WALK, was an Official Selection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and won Best Canadian Feature at HotDocs 2013. as well as an Emmy Award in 2015. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. http://axslab.org/ http://wheniwalk.com
Jessica graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Political Science with a double minor in Dialogue and Sociology. She also holds a certificate in Documentary Film Production from Langara College. She brings a multidisciplinary perspective and approach her community work for the past eight years in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside in the area of arts-based community development, community economic development through social enterprise, and supportive housing for persons who face multiple barriers . She is in the process of completing a Master’s in Development Practice: Indigenous Development from the University of Winnipeg.
Leah Horlick is a writer and poet from Treaty Six Cree territory in Saskatoon. A 2012 Lambda Literary Fellow in Poetry, her work has appeared in GRAIN, Plenitude, Poetry Is Dead, So To Speak, and online at Canadian Poetries, Lemon Hound, and The Collagist. Her first collection of poetry, Riot Lung (Thistledown Press, 2012) was shortlisted for a 2013 ReLit Award and a Saskatchewan Book Award. She is a mixed Jewish lesbian femme currently living in a hobbit hole on Unceded Coast Salish Territories in Vancouver. Her new book, For Your Own Good, focuses on surviving and raising awareness of sexual violence in the queer community.
Lisa is a bodyworker, cranio-sacral practitioner and artist who lives and works in Vancouver BC. In her art practice and therapeutic practice alike, her goal is to bring language, meaning and understanding to those parts of the body and psyche that may have been neglected or abandoned through no fault of our own. This understanding can be delivered through touch, language or imagery, and any combination thereof.
Margaret Dragu works in video, installation, new media & performance art. Dragu’s performancesspan relational, durational, interventionist & community-based works. Her 45+ year practice encompasses writing, dance, theatre anda body/movement teaching that includes dance, aerobics/yoga and personal training specializing in Clinical Exercise. Margaret is also a one-woman TV Station (VERBFRAUTV). a 2012 Laureate of the Canadian Governor-General’s Award for Visual Art and Media, the recipient of City of Richmond’s Most Innovative Artist Award, Ethel Tibbett’s Woman of the Year Award for The Arts, Richmond Women’s Centre’s Inspirational Woman Award & Mall Peepre Award for Outstanding Fitness Leader. She is an internationally famous cleaning lady.
Olivia Whetung is MississaugaAnishinaabe from Curve Lake First Nation, born and raised in Nogojiwanong. She completed her BFA with a minor in Anishinaabemowin at Algoma University in 2013 and is currently enrolled in the MFA program at UBC Vancouver. Her work continues to be informed by her experiences as an anishinaabemowin learner. Whetung works primarily in beadwork, as well as printmaking and digital media. In her current work, Whetung explores the technical aspects of loomwork, including loom construction, patterns, and openwork. Her current research concerns the doing of anishinaabe practices as acts of native presence, as well as the challenges of working with/in indigenous languages in an art world dominated by the English language.
sχɬemtəna:t / Audrey Siegl
I am sχɬemtəna:t / Audrey Siegl.
My mother’s family is from Musqueam. My father’s family has Bavarian, Austrian, German, British, French, Jewish & East Indian roots. My job is to speak for those who can not speak for themselves and to represent for my ancestors…to carry on their work. I am proud to use my language, songs and truth to open hearts and minds so we can all re-connect and create better days for all.
Zoe Kreye creates inter-disciplinary art projects that explore transformation, collective experience and negotiations of public space. Her work looks to engage the public in relations and aesthetics, with the goal of building inclusive, bottom-up associations that have the potential to be small catalysts for change within dominant social systems. Often looking outside the realm of art, her projects take the form of clubs, workshops, rituals, dialogues and journeys. Her focus is to encourage people towards self-reflection and a deeper engagement with themselves and society. She completed a Masters in Public Art at the Bauhaus University Weimar, and co-founded the Berlin artist collective Process Institute. She currently teaches Social Practice at Emily Carr University, Vancouver. http://www.zoekreye.com