Creative Saskatchewan is delighted to present the exhibition; Creative Saskatchewan presents ‘Saskatchewan’, at the Blackall Studios in Shoreditch from 14 18 October.
The art installation will be curated by world-renowned artist Adrian Stimson. Stimson was awarded the Blackfoot Visual Arts Award in 2009, the Alberta Centennial Medal in 2005, for his human rights and diversity activism in various communities, and the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2003.
The exhibition will celebrate the history, power and diversity of Saskatchewan’s artistic community and is a key part of Creative Saskatchewan’s wider trade mission, featuring ancillary cultural events and concerts around London. From an opening reception at Soho House to taking over Blackall Studios in Shoreditch for a week, and with concerts at Birthdays and Servant Jazz Quarters, the province will provide the largest contingent of arts and culture from the region ever to be featured in London.
“Saskatchewan is recognized for its resilience, bounty and diversity and, for some time now, our artists have been demonstrating their talents locally, nationally and internationally,” said exhibition curator, Adrian Stimson. “Saskatchewan artists are a force to be reckoned with and these 27 artists have and will continue to evolve Saskatchewan’s story. It is a pleasure to bring the narrative and artistry of Saskatchewan to London this October.”
Creative Saskatchewan (creativesask.ca) is a new Canadian government agency set up to facilitate the commercial development of Saskatchewan’s creative talent. Their aim is to stimulate the creative industry of the province and bring Saskatchewan’s creative brilliance to the world.
The Canadian province of Saskatchewan is, amongst many things, known for its grand sweeping landscapes and the long, flowing river from which the province takes its name. Saskatchewan is also renowned for its artistic community, which has and continues to be a vibrant force, both in the Canadian art scene and the wider world.
The ‘Saskatchewan’ exhibition will reflect and celebrate the immense artistic, cultural and ethnic diversity that has long characterised the art of Saskatchewan. The exhibition will feature the work of artists from the Métis, Cree and European peoples of Canada, the pieces range through paintings, photography, sculpture, ceramics, bead, stone and wood works.
The 27 artists whose pieces will be exhibited are all artists whose works are directly informed and inspired by the unique and majestic history and character of their home province. The landscapes of Lorna Russell, Michel Boutin, Darrell Bell and Clint Hunker give us a glimpse of the colour, vibrancy and light on the Saskatchewanian prairies, whilst the stone carvings of Lyndon Tootoosis and Darren Gowan, take the viewer back to artistic traditions rooted in aboriginal Canadian art.
There are hundreds of artists in Saskatchewan; this snapshot displays the potential of these artists and this prairie province, with a special focus on the wild breadth, skill and beauty of Saskatchewan’s first nation’s communities, from north to south.