Richmond Art Gallery in partnership with YVR Art Foundation presents Interweavings, an exhibition featuring the artwork of seven emerging BC First Nations artists and their mentors. The exhibition highlights the significance of mentoring relationships in First Nations culture, while foregrounding a growing and strengthening generation of emerging First Nations artists whose works are continuing and challenging traditions. In addition to the knowledge and skills the younger artists gain from their mentors and communities, they are also influenced by other modes of education, decolonization and globalization.
The YVR Art Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports BC First Nations art and artists through scholarships, awards and exhibitions. The artists Morgan Green, James Harry, Cody Lecoy, Latham Mack, Ariane Medley, Tamara Skubovius, and Marika Swan were selected from past recipients of the YVR Art Foundation Youth Scholarship. Interweavings also includes artwork by their mentors: Rick Adkins, Dempsey Bob, Joe David, Isabel Rorick, Grace Williams, Xwalacktun (Rick Harry), and Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun.
Organized by Richmond Art Gallery curator Nan Capogna and guest curator Connie Watts, the exhibition includes photography, weaving, painting, jewellery and carving. Works range from the politically charged painting of Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun to the exquisitely carved masks of Latham Mack and the compelling photographic images of Tamara Skubovius.
Interweavings is supported in part by a generous donation from the Vancouver Airport Authority.