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Join us for an exciting slate of exhibitions and programs this winter at the Workers Arts & Heritage Centre in Hamilton.

All or None
Garment Workers’ Union Banners from the Permanent Collection with the work of Kandis Friesen

January 20th to April 22nd, 2017
At the Workers Arts & Heritage Centre
Opening Reception: Friday, February 10th, 7-10 pm

Through a collection of rare banners from WAHC’s permanent collection, All or None traces the history and material culture of garment worker organizing in Eastern Canada.

The structure and strength of textile has long been seen as a metaphor for community and care. All or None explores the iconography and production of a selection of exquisite banners from WAHC’s collection as vehicles of communication, celebration, affiliation, and resistance. This exhibition highlights the banners’ undeniable beauty while sharing the stories of garment workers’ unions such as the ILGWU, ACTWU, and UNITE!, and the workers– primarily immigrant women– who fueled garment manufacturing in Canada and beyond. Presented in conversation with these historic artifacts, the work of contemporary artist Kandis Friesen explores cloth’s potential to serve as both a poetic and political text, and as a vehicle of collective vocality.

Join us for Winter programming in support of All or None, including a youth banner-making workshop with Kandis Friesen, Telling Textiles PA Day camp with Hitoko Okada, and an exhibition and walking tour, The Fabric of the City, presented in partnership with the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Keep an eye on our website, Facebook and Twitter pages for more information.

About Kandis Friesen:

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Canada, Kandis Friesen is an artist and cultural worker based in Montréal. Her interdisciplinary practice looks at ethno/nationalisms and audio-visual culture, diasporic language and translation, and the role of document and archive in constructions of public memory and public space. Her work has been shown both locally and internationally at various galleries and festivals, and she has been the recipient of grants from both the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. She is currently living in Chicago, USA, pursuing an MFA in the Art, Theory, Practice program at Northwestern University.

WAHC wishes to acknowledge its operating funders, union supporters and volunteers for their support of this exhibition.

Image: (Left) Banner, International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union, Cloak, Suit and Skirt Makers Union of Toronto Local 68, early 20th century. Paint on silk, metal wound fringe and trim. Donation of the UNITE Ontario Council. (Right) Kandis Friesen, The Cedar, The Birch, Our Hands at Full-Mast, Behind the After (detail), 2017. Wool, wool, thread.


Uprisings: Images of Labour
Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative

January 20th to March 4th, 2017
At the Workers Arts & Heritage Centre
Opening Reception: Friday, February 10th, 7-10 pm

Join us for an exhibition of prints by the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, featuring work by Bec Young, Colin Matthes, Erik Ruin, Raoul Deal, Jesse Purcell, Josh MacPhee, Kevin Caplicki and Laurel Bell, Mary Tremonte, Mazatl, Meredith Stern, Nicolas Lampert, Dan S. Wang, Paul Kjelland, Pete Railand, Roger Peet, Shaun Slifer, & Thea Gahr.

Join us for the public opening reception of Uprisings on Friday, February 10th, 2017 from 7-10 pm. Labour-themed prints by the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative will be on sale at the opening, and for the duration of the exhibition.

Originally a one-week exhibition featuring Justseeds which ran concurrent with the 2013 Southern Graphics Conference in Milwaukee, Uprisings: Images of Labour is a series that for Justseeds members, was a return to the essence of what brought many of them in Justseeds together: printing on paper, learning from each other, and sharing resources. This project reflects a variety of conceptual and aesthetic approaches to thinking through labour, from specific struggles rooted locally in Wisconsin, to incarcerated labour, to a reimagining of traditional IWW slogans, such as “Labor Creates All Wealth” and “_____ of the World Unite! You Have Nothing to Lose But Your _____.” The work of Justseeds underscores the important role of graphic production in resistance movements in North America and beyond.

With members working from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, Justseeds operates both as a unified collaboration of similarly minded printmakers and as a loose collection of creative individuals with unique viewpoints and working methods. They believe in the transformative power of personal expression in concert with collective action. To this end, they produce collective portfolios, contribute graphics to grassroots struggles for justice, work collaboratively both in- and outside the co-op, build large sculptural installations in galleries, and wheatpaste on the streets—all while offering each other daily support as allies and friends.

Images, from left: Labor Creates, Roger Peet; A Feminist Reconstruction of the Commons, Mary Tremonte; We’ve Got Nothing To Lose But Our _____, Josh MacPhee.

For more information, contact:
Tara Bursey, Program Coordinator at or (905) 522-3003 ex. 103


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