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Gathering | Tethering Virtual Conversation Series: Liz Toohey-Weise
December 2, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Gathering | Tethering Virtual Conversation Series
In tandem with the exhibition Gathering | Tethering, Ursula Handleigh and Anna Heywood-Jones will facilitate a series of dialogues with invited guests on the intersection of art and grief. In the space of shared experience, this collection of conversations seek to explore varied perspectives on the process of creating during periods of loss.
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Liz Toohey-Wiese is a settler artist residing on the homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sə̓lílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. She is a graduate from the MFA program at NSCAD University. She completed her undergraduate degree in painting at Emily Carr University, also undertaking coursework at the University of Victoria and the École Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Lyon. She has taken part in solo and group shows across Canada, and recently was the artist in residence at the Sointula Art Shed (2019), the Caetani Cultural Center (2020/21) and Island Mountain Arts (2021). Deeply interested in the history of landscape painting, her paintings explore contemporary relationships between identity and place. Her most recent work explores the complicated topic of wildfires and their connections to tourism, economy, grief, and renewal. For more information see
Ursula Handleigh is an artist and educator of Filipino mixed-ancestry working within expanded photography and alternative modes of image making. While challenging traditional methods of documentation, Handleigh’s practice explores questions of identity and how the role of memory, ancestral knowledge and storytelling can be used to reconstruct archives and preserve histories. Handleigh’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at galleries including the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Habourfront Centre and Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. Handleigh holds a MFA from NSCAD University and a BFA from OCAD University. Handleigh is a Tkaronto Scarborough-born artist, currently living and working in K’jipuktuk / Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Anna Heywood-Jones is an artist and educator based in Vancouver, BC on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and səlilwətaɬ Nations. Through her work, Heywood-Jones explores the complex relationship between human and botanical spheres, articulated through textile materials and processes. Her practice is also dedicated to witnessing the slow loss of her father and the growth of her infant son. Heywood-Jones holds an MFA from NSCAD University, a BFA from Emily Carr University and a diploma in Fibre Arts from Kootenay School of the Arts.
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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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The Confluence Series at the SOVA Gallery is a community exhibition series which offers a space for KIAC members working in any medium to exhibit their artwork throughout the summer months. The SOVA Gallery is located in the Yukon School of Visual Arts at 3rd and Queen in Dawson City.
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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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