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2018 Exhibition Theme

What does it mean to be “Canadian”? The answer is not the same for everyone. By design this simple question is actually very difficult to answer so as to perpetuate a collective amnesia of the history of Canada. As Settler people’s, we often attempt to answer this question without reconciling our relationship with the land, the systems of governance and the stories of how our nation is built. As Indigenous peoples, the answer to this question reflects a dark and troubled past for Canada. This exhibition documents the student and teacher discovery and unpacking of the narrative of Canada as a nation that has engaged and continues to engage in a process of settler colonialism.

(un)Settle brings together the views and learning of students and teachers with various histories as to how they have come to live here in Canada, including the histories of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, as well as those with a long standing history of being a Settler, and those Settlers that are more recent participants in Canada through immigration or seeking asylum from war or persecution. This exhibition brings together all voices in order to unsettle the Settler status quo, and to actively bring awareness of the need to honour the Kaswentha, an original covenant for how Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples are to live here together, on Turtle Island.

It takes a mosaic of voices to unsettle. It takes the voices of Indigenous peoples and Settler Peoples together, to interrupt and quiet the cacophonous paradigm of comfort that Settler peoples enjoy. This exhibition documents the collaborative learning of our collective history, an examination of the contemporary relationship between Indigenous and Settler peoples, but most importantly how the settler colonialism has shaped, and continues to shape our individual identities.

Eligibility for Participation

To participate in Walk the Art, you must be a high school student registered with a Peel District School Board secondary school. Your work must be endorsed by a visual art or media art teacher at your school, and demonstrate an your thinking around the notions of Place, as described above. You will need to complete a full submission package, including a photograph of your artwork (see Photographing Your Artwork), a polished artist statement (see How to Write an Artist Statement) and a completed online submission (see WTA Submissions). Only works that are “exhibition ready” will be displayed as part of the show (see Creating Exhibition Ready Artworks).

Artforms for Exhibition

The Creative Galleries at the Hazel McCallion Campus of Sheridan College is able to accommodate a wide range of traditional, non-traditional and emerging media. In order to accommodate as many artworks as possible, it is requested that each school only submit 3 artworks, as the gallery space can accommodate approximately 50 (size depending). As a guideline, it is requested that flat artworks (i.e. paintings, drawings, prints, etc.) are no larger than 75 cm (30 inches) x 90 cm (36 inches). Three dimensional work should occupy no more than a 60 cm (24 inches) x 60 cm (24 inches) footprint. If you have a work that deviates from these size requirements, please contact the Walk the Art organizers to see if the work can be accommodated.

Any specialized equipment or technologies necessary for the artwork are to be provided by the artist or school.

Important Dates

The following dates are important to remember for your participation in the exhibition:

  • Friday May 25 – Artist Statement & Online Submission Is DUE
  • Friday June 8th – Artwork Drop Off
  • Monday June 18th – Exhibition Opens
  • Thursday June 15th – Opening Reception
  • Show to Close Mid-August (artwork pickup will be the week prior to the 2018-2019 school year; exact date TBD)