Please stay tuned as we update the list of confirmed participants for this year's A Handmade Assembly
Carrie Allison is an Indigenous mixed-race visual artist born and raised in unceded and unsurrendered Coast Salish Territory (Vancouver, BC). Situated in K’jipuktuk since 2010, Allison’s practice responds to her maternal Cree and Metis ancestry, thinking through intergenerational cultural loss and acts of resilience, resistance, and activism, while also thinking through notions of allyship, kinship and visiting. Allison’s practice is rooted in research and pedagogical discourses. Her work seeks to reclaim, remember, recreate and celebrate her ancestry through visual discourses. Allison looks to Indigenous, mixed-race, antiracist, feminist and environmental theorists to critically examine the world around her.
Allison holds a Masters in Fine Art, a Bachelor in Fine Art and a Bachelor in Art History from NSCAD University.
Paige Gratland is an artist whose work moves outside of the gallery system and is instead in sync with people's daily lives and in dialogue with social history and design. In 2013, she traveled to New Mexico to learn traditional boot making techniques from third generation master Deana McGuffin. This experience introduced her to a new art form with deep folk traditions and inspired Gratland and her collaborator, Sam McWilliams, to make a short documentary about their mentor titled BOOTWMN. Since then, Gratland has been developing a "line" of boots that grapple with the "cowboy boot" as symbol of colonialism and settler culture. The premise is to create a pair of boots for individuals who subvert what country culture is about, exposing some of The West's more complicated histories and investigating the possibilities and limitations of reclamation strategies.
Negar Tajgardan is a visual artist with a special interest in sculpture, installation art, and photography. Tajgarden's work is based on her memories of coming to Canada from Iran and broader concepts of immigration and displacement. she is currently completing an MFA degree at the University of Saskatchewan. She has participated in several shows in Iran and Canada.
She is interested in the memories of absent spaces, whether they are missed as a result of growing up, moving or even death, and how these reflect the changes in people's lives. Tajgarden has chosen paper and dissolvable fabric for their qualities of fragility to speak to the vulnerability in life. She began with her own experience as someone of Middle Eastern background studying in Canada, representing memories of her safe place and the connection she is making with a new safe place here in Canada.
Hassaan Ashraf is a multi-disciplinary artist who moved to Winnipeg in 2012 to pursue a Master’s degree in Fine Arts. His work reflects on his journey as a displaced artist, dealing with themes of cross-cultural experience, diaspora, homesickness, culture shock, global culture, post-colonialism, politics and the west’s discomfort with alien cultures. To express these ideas, Ashraf draws on his own experience as a Lahori who had never been a part of a diaspora, had never lived as a minority, and had never even been to a foreign country before coming to Winnipeg, Canada. His work re-examines everyday experiences he had during his life in Lahore, including customary modes of transportation, pastimes like kite flying, the Urdu language, and everyday life with the convenience of live-in servants. These practices, which were a part of a daily routine, ended when he came to Manitoba.
Robyn Love is an artist who lives and works in Newfoundland, Canada. She received a BFA from Cooper Union in New York City in 1988. Love has exhibited at galleries and museums internationally. She participated in the prestigious Artist in the Marketplace program at The Bronx Museum of the Arts and she has received numerous project grants to create new work from foundations and public agencies.
Her site-specific projects include a New York City Percent for Art commission for the High School for Law Enforcement and Public Safety in Jamaica, Queens, NY, a five kilometer-long handmade installation in Cheongju, South Korea, and a large-scale, multimedia installation titled The House Museum in Newfoundland. Love received a Canada Council Project Grant in 2009. She has presented her participatory performance piece, SpinCycle, at The Brooklyn Museum in New York City, Northern University in Abderdeen, South Dakota, and at the ICCA in Inverness, Nova Scotia. In 2017, she is launching a video series titled Small Things Brought Together and, in 2018, a CSA program for sharing art directly with people worldwide.
Chris Boyne (b. 1984. Halifax, Nova Scotia) is a photo-based artist who uses found ideas, memory and fiction to create work with manifold complexities. His work has been shown across Canada and in the United States. Recent exhibitions include stepside, Harbourfront Centre (Toronto) and one stack, three stacks, VU Photo (Québec City). In 2015, he participated in the 33rd Symposium International d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec and was one of the inaugural artists for the Twenty-Three Days at Sea Traveling Artist Residency through Access Gallery, Vancouver. In 2016, he was part of the Le Chant des pistes residency event through Admare (Îles de la Madeleine) and in 2017 he was Artist in Residence at the Domaine Forget in Sainte-Irène, Québec. He holds a BFA from Ryerson University and an MFA from Concordia University and lives and works in Montreal and Halifax.
Sarah Quinton is the Curatorial Director at the Textile Museum of Canada. She has worked in Toronto’s visual arts community for 25 years as a cultural administrator, curator, educator and artist. She has curated over 30 national and international exhibitions, with cultural inclusivity, social awareness and accessibility through education and community outreach at the forefront. Her curatorial practice includes benchmark projects that have come to define a discourse that focuses on complex intersections between art, craft and design. On the strength of this interdisciplinary arc, she is often called upon as a speaker, advisor, mentor and advocate in Canada and abroad.
Quinton has taught and lectured at museums, galleries, universities and colleges in Canada, and regularly participates as a juror and advisor at universities, colleges, galleries, museums and non-profit arts organizations throughout Canada, the United States and internationally. She is widely sought for her expertise as a juror for international and national art exhibitions, national, provincial, regional and local arts councils, and has sat on numerous volunteer boards and advisory committees.