October 12-November 17, 2018
Heather Shillinglaw – Whiskey Scrip

Heather Shillinglaw – Whiskey Scrip

For members + invited guests
Friday, October 19 at 7pm
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Public event
Saturday, October 20 at 1pm
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Edmonton-based Métis artist Heather Shillinglaw’s installation retells her family’s oral history of her great-great-grandfather John “Old Man Jack” Norris, who, according to family stories, contracted Indigenous and Métis women to transport whiskey on Red River Carts, disguised as homesteading supplies. Shillinglaw’s beaded and quilted hide map of the Carlton Trail traces these journeys from Fort Garry to Fort Edmonton, entangled with the issuance of Métis scrip and the impacts of this smuggled alcohol.

This project is supported by funding from the Edmonton Arts Council, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and the Canada Council for the Arts.


Heather Shillinglaw is an Edmonton-based Métis artist whose practice focuses on storytelling, nature and the traditional use of plants and flowers. Shillinglaw holds a BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary and her work has been shown across Alberta and internationally, including a recent solo show Buffalo Girl at the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie featuring three distinct bodies of work. Shillinglaw has described herself as an ‘environmental activist’ and explores her Métis heritage inspired by stories from her grandparents and her mother, using beading, collage and installation.

Alana Bartol

Alana Bartol: Orphan Well Adoption Agency

December 7, 2018–January 26, 2019

Opening reception for members & guests: Friday, December 14 at 7:00 pm

Dowsing workshop with the artist: Saturday, December 15 at 1:00 pm

Calgary-based artist Alana Bartol creates direct relationships between the personal sphere and the wider landscape, particularly in our moment of environmental precarity. In a re-imagining of industrial remediation, the Orphan Well Adoption Agency is a non-profit organization that finds caretakers for orphaned oil and gas wells in Alberta. Each Saturday, find their offsite office in the gallery, where the public is invited to adopt an orphan well. At the same time, OWAA explores dowsing as an additional technology for environmental remediation and technique for discovering alternative relationships to natural resources.

About the artist

Alana Bartol comes from a long line of water witches. Through performance, photography, sculpture, drawing, and video, her site-responsive works explore walking and divination as ways of understanding across places, species, and bodies. Bartol’s work has been screened and presented across Canada and internationally at Walter Phillips Gallery (Banff); InterAccess (Toronto); PlugIn ICA (Winnipeg); Access Gallery (Vancouver); M:ST Performative Arts Festival (Calgary); HOLD FAST Festival (St. John’s); Berlin Feminist Film Week; SIMULTAN (Romania); Media City Film Festival (Windsor); and Group Intervention Vidéo (Montréal), amongst others. Recent and upcoming residencies include Santa Fe Art Institute (USA), Eastern Edge Gallery (St. John’s) and the Canadian Armed Forces Artist Program. She currently lives in Treaty 7 territory in Calgary, AB, where she teaches at Alberta College of Art + Design.

The artist would like to thank and acknowledge Alberta Foundation for the Arts and Canada Council for the Arts grants that supported the creation and presentation of this work.

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