Gallery Invites Native Youth To Participate In New Art Project with Professional Artists

Gallery Invites Native Youth To Participate In New Art Project with Professional Artists


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 Monday April 16, 2007
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The Kamloops Art Gallery invites Native youth in the Thompson-Nicola Regional District to participate in a series of free art workshops with two professional artists, Jayce Salloum and Meeka Morgan. Participants will have the opportunity to work with painting and videotaping, but the workshops can also incorporate music, sculpture, photography, and other art forms, depending on participants’ interests. The workshops will start in spring 2007, and the finished artwork will be exhibited in fall 2009 at the Kamloops Art Gallery as part of a touring exhibition of collaborative and solo work by Salloum.
 Both Salloum and Morgan have worked with elders and young people on past projects and wish to share their skills and experience to help local youth tell the stories of their own experiences and to reflect upon them in relationship to elders’ stories and the greater community. The Kamloops Art Gallery would like to open its doors to these representations of histories and current stories.
Participants will take part in a total of six or more art workshops spread over 24 months. During this time, they will be able to develop their talents and learn new skills, depending on their interests, including interview and communication skills, storytelling and expressive skills, and technical skills with videotaping equipment. By the end of the workshop series, participants will have produced a large collaborative artwork that combines self-expression and self-representation with elements developed out of workshop experiences.
This new collaborative artwork will then have the opportunity to tour with the exhibition to other galleries nationally and internationally. All participants will be fully credited on exhibition wall labels and documentation. The workshops and all materials are offered free to participants by the Kamloops Art Gallery and project sponsors.
Up to 20 young people will be chosen. Interested youth are invited to submit a paragraph, poem, sketch, or song (on CD or tape cassette) about why they are interested, to:
Native Art Workshops
Kamloops Art Gallery
101-465 Victoria Street
Kamloops , BC, V2C 2A9
Or contact:
Jen Budney, Curator, at (250) 377-2410 
Kristen Lambertson, Assistant Curator, at (250) 377-2406
kamloopsartgallery@kag.bc.ca
Jayce Salloum , originally from Kelowna, currently based in Vancouver, has been a working artist since 1975 in video, photography, drawing and installation. He has lectured worldwide and has exhibited at a very wide range of local and international venues, from the smallest unnamed storefronts and community centres to institutions such as National Gallery of Canada; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Rotterdam International Film Festival; Havana Biennial; and the Biennale of Sydney. See: www.111101.net/Artworks/JayceSalloum
Meeka Noelle Morgan is Secwepemc and Nu-Chah-Nulth. She has experience in the performing arts, including theatre, music, radio production, and broadcasting. She currently teaches a creative writing course called "Indigenous Representations of Knowledge in Storytelling." Meeka’s most significant project to date has been the completion of her master of art’s degree thesis: Making Connections with Secwepemc Family through Storytelling: A Journey in Transformative Rebuilding, where, through narrative and creative writing, she tells the story of her experience of conducting research on her home community and how it transformed and rebuilt her relationship to her community members. She is now creating a multi-media musical performance based on this work.