Visual Narratives

May 4, 2017 – May 28, 2017

Visual Narratives
May 4 to May 28, 2017
Rotary Education Centre

In partnership with the Barrie Native Friendship Centre and Beausoleil First Nation Springwater Park, the MacLaren is offering a series of six, full-day youth workshops this spring focusing on contemporary Indigenous art, made possible by a grant from the Barrie Community Foundation through the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th. This exhibition presents outcomes by participating youth, ages 14 to18, produced in a range media.

Led by professional Indigenous artists and curators from Ontario, these visual arts workshops introduced regional youth to Indigenous values, history, visual and popular culture, myths and legends and other narratives, visual signs and symbols, cultural appropriation and self-definition, and the shaping of contemporary Indigenous art histories.

The contributors are: William Kingfisher (Chippewas of Rama First Nation Reserve), Ph.D. candidate in Indigenous Studies at Trent University and curator of Arthur Shilling: The Final WorksGerald McMaster (Plains Cree and Blackfoot), curator, author, artist and educator, Toronto; Lisa Myers (Anishinaabe from Beausoleil First Nation and the Georgian Bay region), artist, curator and faculty at York University, Toronto/Port Severn; Barrie artist Clayton Samuel King (Potawatomi descent, Beausoleil First Nation) who works in painting, photography, sculpture and traditional Indigenous crafts; artist Luke Parnell (Haida and Nisga’a heritage) who, through the use of traditional techniques from the Northwest Coast, investigates contemporary social issues, Toronto; and artist Mary Anne Barkhouse (Nimpkish band, Kwakiutl First Nation), whose practice examines Indigenous culture through animal imagery, Minden.

The objectives of this special initiative are to foster the artistic development of youth in Simcoe County and to nurture their understanding of contemporary Indigenous visual culture through discussions, workshops and exhibition programming.


The MacLaren Art Centre gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th.
Le MacLaren Art Centre remercie le Fonds communautaire pour le 150e anniversaire du Canada pour son soutien auprojet.

Thanks also to TD Bank for its generous ongoing support of MacLaren Youth Programmes.