AKA’s bi-annual Art Draw, Tickets and Catherine Blackburn Edition


Catherine Blackburn, Unsettle, 2020. Video still. Image: Patrick Shannon

AKA’s bi-annual Art Draw
Catherine Blackburn, Unsettle, Edition of 28

Live/Virtual Art Draw: November 18, 7:30pm
Virtual Gallery on view: November 1 to 18, 2021

Inspired by our 2020 fundraising collaboration with Ruth Cuthand, a limited edition print entitled Covid-19, raising funds for Saskatoon’s Prairie Harm Reduction, AKA has partnered with Catherine Blackburn in the release of a new print from her 2020 performance Unsettle. Prints within the edition of 28 are signed, printed by fine art printers ABC Photo, and available for $125 each. Saskatoon purchasers will be entered into a draw for custom framing donated by The GALLERY / Art Placement. Through Blackburn’s generous donation proceeds will be donated to Chokecherry Studios and Prairie Harm Reduction. Unsettle is available now.

Unsettle explores themes of power and reclamation through the duality of Indigenous presence and erasure. Bound by the deep love that Indigenous adornment suggests, this wearable work shifts tactics of erasure into spiritual embodiment; celebrating the ways in which Indigenous bodies refuse to be minimized by the oppressiveness of colonialism.

Catherine Blackburn was born in Patuanak Saskatchewan, of Dene and European ancestry and is a member of the English River First Nation. She is a multidisciplinary artist and jeweller, whose common themes explore Indigenous sovereignty, decolonization and representation, often prompted by personal narratives. Her practice focuses on the mediums of beadwork, sculpture and wearable work. Blackburn’s work has been presented in exhibitions and fashion runways nationally and internationally. She is the recipient of the Melissa Levin Emerging Artist Award, a 2019 Sobey Art Award longlist nominee, and recently, one of five artists selected for the prestigious Eitlejorg Contemporary Art Fellowship.


Shellie Zhang, The Only Way to Survive, 2019. Red Envelope Project. Foil printed paper envelope.

This November join AKA’s bi-annual Art Draw from home. We will be holding a virtual draw hosted by artist Alexa Hainsworth on November 18, beginning at 7:30pm SK/CST. Ticket holders will join via Zoom and participate in a live draw. An online gallery will be launched on November 1 with details on the works, artists, and draw. Tickets are on sale now, $25 each, or 5 for $100. With only 250 tickets available. Half of the draw proceeds will go to Chokecherry Studios and Prairie Harm Reduction, with the remainder supporting AKA’s activities.

Featuring works by:

Allyson Glenn, Anahita Akhavan, Betsy Rosenwald, Bridget Aitken, Brody Burns, Cam McKay, Carol Wylie, Catherine Blackburn, Clint Hunker, David Sanscartier, David Stonehouse, Dawna Rose, Devon Plett, Donald Bird, Doug Townsend, Emily Zdunich, Erika DeFreitas, Grant McConnel, Jacob Semko, jake moore, Jane Harington, Jennifer Crane, Jon Vaughn, Jordan Danchilla, Jordan Schwab, Karen Polowick, Kathy Bradshaw, Kelly Goerzen, Laura St.Pierre, Lauren Warrington, Les Potter, Levi Nicholat, Lorenzo Dupuis, Louise Cook, Maia Stark, Marie Lannoo, Michelle Plett, Nguyen Tran, Nicki Ault, Patrick Bulas, Shellie Zhang, Steph Krawchuk, Steve Bates, Troy Gronsdahl, Xiao Han, Yonina Rollack, Zoe Schneider, and others.

The Art Draw is made possible by the generosity of donating artists, a volunteer fundraising committee, members, and volunteers. Many thanks to Art Placement for their ongoing support.


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