Convergence: Art and Resistance Symposium

Convergence: Art and Resistance Symposium

Presented by the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, in partnership with Galerie SAW Gallery and the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa, and funded by the Ottawa Community Foundation

Saturday, May 6, 12:00pm – 10:00pm and Sunday, May 7, 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Convergence: Art and Resistance is a free arts symposium that explores methods, artworks and artists who express multi-faceted histories and identities, by making work that views or challenges art as a site of resistance. This two-day initiative features workshops, speakers, open discussion, and performances.

Featuring an online artist talk on May 6 at 3:30pm:
Lan β€œFlorence” Yee: Working for the Knife, click here for more information and registration.

All other events will be onsite at Club SAW, 67 Nicholas Street, Ottawa, ON, K1N 7B9

There will be a party on Saturday evening starting at 8:00pm, with tunes by DJ Trinidaddy and a cash bar. The entire weekend is free and open to the public; invite your friends, families, and communities!

Register for the symposium and associated events on Eventbrite.


Saturday, May 6, 2023
11:30am – Doors
12:00pm – Welcoming Remarks
12:45pm – Christos Pantieras: Stories to Tell
1:45pm – Erin Galt: Medusa and #MeToo: The Affective Power in Luciano Garbati’s Medusa with the Head of Perseus
2:30pm to 3:20pm – Break with free refreshments
3:30pm – Lan β€œFlorence” Yee: Working for the knife, online and onsite at Club SAW (register in advance for the link)
3:30pm to 6:30pm – Screens of Memory with Guillermo Trejo, a screenprinting workshop at Nordic Lab, tools provided (register in advance, space is limited)
6:00pm – Tobaron Waxman [artist talk followed by performance]
8:00pm to 10:00pm – Convergence Social: with DJ Trinidaddy; cash bar

Sunday, May 7, 2023
11:30am – Doors
12:00pm – Welcoming Remarks and Art Activities
1:30pm – Painting, Autobiography, Refusal: Adam Barbu and Sarah Tompkins in Conversation
2:45pm – Katherine Takpannie: Life & Art
3:30pm to 4:00pm – Break with free refreshments
4:00pm to 5:30pm – Confluences Open Discussion: All are welcome to participate, this dialogue will be facilitated (French and English).

Instagram: @convergenceartandresistance

For more information, please contact the RCA/ARC.

Land Acknowledgement: We acknowledge that SAW is located on land that is part of the unceded and unsurrendered Traditional Territory of the Algonquin people. We honour the Algonquin people and elders, whose ancestors have occupied this territory since time immemorial, and whose culture has nurtured and continues to nurture this land and its people.

Accessibility: SAW is fully wheelchair-accessible, including its exhibition spaces, Club SAW and the Nordic Lab. The centre is located over two levels that are serviceable by elevator, and it has two accessible washrooms. For more information please visit SAW.