Friday, 10 September 2010

Who Makes Art? Aurora Arts Society – First Annual Symposium & Webcast URL

Who Makes Art? Aurora Arts Society – First Annual Symposium

Saturday & Sunday September 18 –19, 2010 At The PWNHC - The Museum

and for those of you who cannot attend in person, most events will be webcast (and archived for later viewing) at the following website


Art Demos & Workshops

Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre Café

6 artists demonstrate their work. Meet the artists, ask questions, and get close to the action as you learn about materials and techniques seen in works of art and in some cases try your hand in creating art. This is an opportunity to find out what the art process is all about. Sept. 18 & 19  10 – 11:30am


Saturday September 18, 20101:00 – 3pm: Who Makes Art? People who have money.

Premiere of France Benoit's short film: Hand to Toe: an Exploration on the Art of Giving followed by a panel discussion/reflection on the artist's livelihood with Patrick Close of the Canadian Artists Representation Le Front des Artistes Canadiens (CARFAC) & artists from Yellowknife.


Patrick Close, president of CARFAC Saskatchewan, will give us an overview of the organization's mandate to promote a socio-economic climate that is conducive to the production of visual arts in Canada. central question during this panel: is it possible to survive as an artist? We are aware that most artists experience challenges in making a living out of their art. But what is the reality for northern artists? Our panel will discuss different ways to make a living, promotional strategies and what tools and interventions can be developed to improve conditions for artists.Moderator: Bill Braden Panel: Patrick Close, France Benoit, Aidan Cartwright 


3:15 – 5:15pm: Who Makes Art? People who have a studio where they can practice.

Panel discussion about transforming The Hudson's Bay Company building or another location into an Art Centre.  


The idea of having a space dedicated to the Arts right here in Yellowknife has been around for a while. Among arts enthusiasts, we talk about how it would be wonderful; we dream about it, we sometimes complain about the fact that there is no space dedicated to artistic expression. We decided it was time to have an open discussion about this utopian concept with a panel of passionate art lovers. Who knows, it might take us from dreaming about it to making it a reality. After the discussion we will present the first AAS Territorial Arts Believer Award to a member of the community whom we wish to recognize for his/her ongoing support of the arts.Moderator: Yvonne QuickPanel: Yukon Arts Centre representative, Jennifer Walden, Jeff Humble, Lynn Feasey.


Sunday September 19, 2010


1 – 2pm: "The Web, the Internet and Social Media" and why they are important to Northern artists. George Lessard

George will talk about and show the use of these media by Northern artists to promote their work. Current examples will be projected live from the web.  He will also introduce the audience to some of the components of his upcoming "Internet Presence for Artists" workshop funded by the NWT Arts Council. The outline for that workshop may be seen at


2:30 – 5pm: Who makes Art? Certainly not mothers who have better things to take care of…

Public screening of the documentary: Who does she think she is? (73 min.)Followed by a panel discussion with local artists and the public. Film's trailer on this link: Documentary by Academy Award winning filmmaker Pamela Tanner Boll, features five fierce women who refuse to choose. Through their lives, we explore some of the most problematic intersections of our time: mothering and creativity, partnering and independence, economics and art. Moderator: Margo NightingalePanel: Mira Hall, Shawna Lampi Legaree, Jamie Look, Meta Antolin.


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