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Memory • History • Story

September 29, 2017 to April 27, 2018

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AFK's 2017-2018 teaching exhibition was a celebration of the first people of our country. 

Memory • History • Story is an exploration of our indigenous artists, their perspectives and voices, through the lens of First People's Principles of Learning. 

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The exhibition supports teachers in the indigenization of the curriculum as they explore the First People’s Principles of Learning, which reflect a respectful and holistic approach to teaching and learning. 

The exhibit also includes the on-site carving of a welcome pole by master carver K’na’kweltn~ Darren Yelton. 

“This is one of the most important teaching exhibitions in our history,” says Yolande Martinello, Director of Artists for Kids. “Seeing the work of our first people, and their perspective on their experience provides an essential aspect to understanding the true scale, scope and story of our country."

This exhibition brings together pieces from Aboriginal and Inuit artists from the AFK permanent collection, including George Littlechild, Jane Ash Poitras, Xwalacktun, Kenojuak Ashevak, Robert Davidson, Beau Dick and others. 

Works in the exhibition include sculpture, textile, cedar carvings and weavings, as well as two-dimensional works, for a collection that inspires learning in our young people and understanding in our visitors. 

Art School High

 May 13th to August 26, 2017



From May 13th to August 26, 2017, the Smith Foundation presented Art School High at the Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art. The exhibition explores socio-cultural issues relating to identity, adolescence, conformity, marginalization, and rebellious behaviours. Invited artists have made significant works reflecting on the experience of attending high school. These works probe the very nature of learning in diverse environments.

This exhibition is a unique opportunity to explore visual responses by important artists to the depths & quirks of the grade 9 to grade 12 years. Schooling may have made us who we are, but it has also been a source of serious anxieties - and for many, a time of traumatic experiences​.

Curated by Patrik Andersson, participating artists include Karin Bubaš, John Collins, Rodney Graham, Scott Livingstone, Ken Lum, Kyla Mallet, Jean MacRae, Shannon Oksanen, Kathy Slade, Ron Terada, Neil Wedman and David Wisdom — all artists who have made significant work that reflect on the high school experience. 


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