Nickle at Noon Talk

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Nickle at Noon Talk

With Kablusiak, Inuvialuk Artist

Date: Thursday, March 23, 2023
Time: 12 noon

You are welcome to join Inuvialuk artist and sometimes curator Kablusiak for a talk wherein they will tell you about their arts practice, the inspiration behind some of their works, some of the big themes present, and the methods of how they got there.

Kablusiak’s work explores the dis/connections between existence in Inuit diaspora while maintaining family and community ties, the impacts of colonization on Inuit gender and sexuality expressions, as well as on health, wellbeing, and the everyday.

Kablusiak is an Inuvialuk who creates work in a variety of mediums including, but not limited to, lingerie, soapstone, Sharpie, bed sheets, felt, and words. They hold a BFA from AUArts in Mohkinstsis, where they are currently based.

Their work can be found in the collections of the Indigenous Art Centre, the Art Gallery of Alberta, and Global Affairs Visual Art Collection among others.

Kablusiak was shortlisted for the 2019 Sobey Art Award and is represented by Norberg Hall in Calgary.

For more information visit N@N – Kablusiak: Artist’s Talk.

About Nickle Galleries

Nickle Galleries is a creative hub at the heart of the University of Calgary campus. It strives to be a leader and active participant in the cultural life of Calgary and Western Canada.

Founded in 1979 with a generous donation by Mr. Samuel C. Nickle and a matching grant from The Province of Alberta, The Nickle Arts Museum was envisioned as a university arts museum that would “contribute to the education and the overall benefit of both students and community at large.” What began as a small art collection held in the basement of the Library Block, has grown to a permanent collection of just under 30,000 artifacts, organized across three collections: art, numismatics, and textiles.

In 2012 the newly re-named Nickle Galleries opened on the main floor of the Taylor Family Digital Library (TFDL). With a dramatic architectural space unlike any other in Western Canada, the Nickle continues to champion art and culture and Calgary’s arts community. Producing 8-10 temporary exhibitions annually, these include projects originated by Nickle curators, invited guest curators and travelling exhibitions. The Nickle hosts the annual BFA Honors and MFA Graduating Student exhibitions (on behalf of the Department of Art and Art History). Exhibitions draw on and expand the Nickle’s permanent collections.

The Nickle supports students and faculty from across the University of Calgary and beyond. Nickle staff members regularly work with classes and researchers and mentor practicum students and interns. As faculty members, Nickle curators conduct research, teach and frequently work with graduate students.

Since 1979 the Nickle has featured over 739 exhibitions, published over 500 exhibition catalogues, and welcomed close to 1M visitors.

For more information on the Nickle’s built heritage, click here.


Photo of items from the artist | Kablusiak Nickle @ Noon Talk | March 23, 2023 at 12 noon

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