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Artist Talk: Helena Wadsley

August 18, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Join current KIAC Artist-in-Residence Helena Wadsley in the KIAC Ballroom at Dënäkär Zho for an Artist Talk at 7pm on Thurs Aug 18th.

Helena Wadsley is a Vancouver-based artist working with performance and video, community-based collaboration, textiles, drawing and painting. Her work involves careful studies of the materials and processes by which we develop a sense of belonging. Come see what she’s been working on in Dawson!

My work considers knowledge systems such as science and literature to identify entrenched attitudes about gender that marginalize the ‘other’ while using craft techniques as a way of drawing traditional women’s labour into the vernacular of contemporary art. There are three avenues of research that interest me here in Dawson City. One is on the history of women and their roles during the gold rush.The other avenue is more related to the geography of the place and how human activity has affected it. I noticed immediately  that the activities of the gold rush are still evident in mounds of stones. The third avenue will be to examine how Dawson City lives on in literature. As I continue to explore the area and do research, I will collect materials from the environment as well as from the local thrift stores and begin to respond through textile processes such as sewing and knitting as well as drawing, altered book sculptures, and video. -Helena Wadsley


August 18, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Klondike Institute of Art & Culture (KIAC)


Klondike Institute of Art & Culture (KIAC)
902 2nd Avenue, Dawson City + Google Map
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Artist in Residence activities include artist talks, studio tours, interactive events, and more.

Founded in 2001, in a partnership with Parks Canada, the KIAC Artist in Residence Program has welcomed over 300 talented artists, musicians and filmmakers to Dawson City from all regions of Canada and around the world. Our alumni include Sobey Art Award nominees, Western Canada Music Award winners, and prize-winning filmmakers from film festivals across the globe.

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Youth Art Enrichment is an annual four-day art program for Yukon youth hosted by the Klondike Institute of Art & Culture in Dawson City. Artistically-inclined youth ages 14 – 18 travel from across the Yukon to take part in intensive workshops led by professional artists. Students choose one of three mediums to study for the duration of the program, learning new skills, techniques, and ways to creatively make artwork for the world to see. The mediums change every year: we have offered printmaking, animation, painting, carving, stained glass, illustration, improv, and much more over the last two decades.

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KIAC presents a year-round schedule of educational opportunities ranging from drop in programs (pottery, screenprinting, seniors painting, concert band), to registered workshops (dance, music, film, visual art, craft, textiles, etc), to professional development opportunities for artists (grant writing, artwork documentation, etc).

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