Superscreen: The Making of an Artist-Run Counterculture & the Grand Western Canadian Screen Shop – Reception & Panel


Superscreen: The Making of an Artist-Run Counterculture & the Grand Western Canadian Screen Shop

Curated by Alex King & Timothy Long
Co-produced by the MacKenzie Art Gallery & the School of Art Gallery
Exhibition dates: October 11, 2019 – January 17, 2020

Reception & Panel – NEW DATE
Friday, December 6, 2019 from 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Doors open: 5:30 pm
Opening remarks in the Gallery: 6:00 – 6:30 pm
Panel discussion (136 ARTlab): 6:45 – 8:00 pm
Reception continues in the Gallery: 8:00 – 10:00 pm

A panel of artists, curators and academics will discuss the origins, history and future of artist-run centres (ARC) on the Canadian prairies. Re-examining key histories from the annals of artist-run spaces such as the Grand Western Canadian Screen Shop, the panel will endeavor to challenge and generate new thinking by examining past and present phenomena impacting and defining Winnipeg-based ARCs today. With representation from seven of these centres, attendees will hear from a wide array of individuals driving alternative art initiatives in this city.

The Moderators
Ali King (exhibition co-curator)
Jamie Wright (SoAG registrar & CARFAC administrative director)

The Panelists
Astrid Alexandra Keim (Director, La Maison des artistes visuels francophones)
Dana Kletke (Co-Director, MAWA)
Kristin Nelson (Executive Director, Martha Street Studio)
Josh Ruth (Managing Director, Art City)
Daina Warren (Director, Urban Shaman)

ASTRID ALEXANDRA KEIM’s career is focused on the well-being and organizational health of museums and not- for-profit art galleries. Keim has contributed to the dynamics between art, science and technology—most notably as Founder and Director of CAMAC, a multi-disciplinary art centre in France which opened in 1996 offering International residencies for artists, scientists and technologists to work, dialogue and create projects together. In her leadership and managerial roles, Keim has organized design-build and idea to reality visionary projects for the Confederation Art Centre (PEI) the Esker Foundation (AB) and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (MB). Keim holds a MFA from Chelsea College of Art & Design (London,UK) an undergrad from the Alberta College of Art and Design (Calgary, AB) as well as a background in Design (former NSW Institute of Technology) sprinkled with brief interludes into Business Management (Asper School, U of M). Keim is presently Director for La maison des artistes visuels francophones and a member of the Buhler Gallery Advisory Committee. You may see her current special interest projects @ kART, a digital webzine platform for inclusive thinkers and makers and follow the adventures of her alter ego superhero caricature @Super_mowmow. Keim lives in Winnipeg with her daughter and a dog named Max.

ALEX KING is the Curator/Preparator for the University of Regina President’s Art Collection in Saskatchewan, Canada, previously working in curatorial roles at the Estevan Art Gallery & Museum and the Winnipeg Art Gallery. In the UK, she held positions at Annely Juda Fine Art, and Sotheby’s, London. She holds an MA in International Museum Studies from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and a BA in Visual Culture from the University of Brighton, UK. She has curated exhibitions for the Winnipeg Art Gallery (MB), MacKenzie Art Gallery (SK), Gallery 44 (ON) and the Estevan Art Museum & Gallery (SK) and contributed writing to Galleries West and LUMA Quarterly.

DANA KLETKE is a visual artist and Co-Executive Director of Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (MAWA). MAWA is a visual art education centre that has 300 paid members and provides over 20 visual art education programs. Dana is also a freelance financial consultant for the not-for-profit sector and maintains an active visual arts practice.

KRISTIN NELSON was born in Ajax Ontario and is the Executive Director of Martha Street Studio. She has worked at MSS in various capacities from volunteer to Financial and Administrative Co-ordinator, to Co-Director. She is a self-defined feminist, and queer artist with a disability who has been involved in the arts community of Winnipeg since 2005 in various capacities including board member, mentor and professional artist. She is an ally of the Disability Arts community.

JOSH RUTH is an uninvited settler on Treaty One Territory. His work is to support artists, who he feels are highly undervalued change agents in society. As Managing Director of Art City, an artist-run centre that offers free programs across Winnipeg, he is in service of anyone seeking opportunities to express themselves creatively, especially underserved children and youth. He is currently the Treasurer of the Board of Directors at Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery. Music was his first love, and he is a co-founder of Corn Beef & Cabbage, a neo-futurist theatre group based in his home state of Ohio, as well as the Winnipeg-based drawing collective Places for Peanuts. Josh has been a practicing visual artist. More recently, Ruth has turned his focus to storytelling and audio projects. He is working actively for the infiltration of art into all imaginable facets of society. “Life isn’t a support system for art. It’s the other way around.” – Stephen King

DAINA WARREN is from the Akamihk (Cree) Nation in Maskwacis (Bear Hills), AB. She was awarded two Canada Council’s Aboriginal Curatorial Residencies the first to work with grunt gallery, Vancouver BC (2000-2001) and a second residency at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario (2010-2011). She has a BFA from the Emily Carr University of Art (ECUAD) and Design (2003) and an MA from UBC (2012). Warren was awarded the 2015 Emily Award from Emily Carr University and was selected as one of six Indigenous women curators as part of the Canada Council for the Arts Delegation to participate in the International First Nations Curators Exchange that took place in Australia (2015), New Zealand (2016), and Canada (2017). Her most recent accomplishment was winning the Hnatyshyn Foundation Award for Curatorial Excellency in 2018. She is currently the Director of Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

JAMIE WRIGHT is an artist, musician and cultural worker based in Winnipeg, Treaty 1 territory. He received his MFA from the Glasgow School of Art. He has held the position of co-director at aceart inc and is now the Registrar and Facilities Coordinator at the School of Art Gallery, and he teaches drawing at the School of Art. Jamie continues to be very active in the artist-run milieu and as an advocate for artists rights. His kids, Malcolm and Norah, love jamming out to his band’s beats!

December 2, 2019 – January 24, 2020
Superglow presents a glimpse of the use of DayGlo inks by artists at the Grand Western Canadian Screen Shop: Winston Leathers and Audrey Riller in particular.

Friday, December 6, 2019 from 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM

For more information about the exhibition, contact Donna Jones, 204.474.9322

For more information about the associated programs, contact Genevieve Farrell, 204.272.1519


School of Art Gallery
255 ARTlab, 180 Dafoe Road
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg MB R3T 2N2

School of Art Gallery Hours
Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Closed on statutory holidays.

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Parking: ARTlab is located on Dafoe Road next door to Taché Hall and Drake Centre. Casual visitor parking is available in nearby lots ACW and AC. Parking is free in these lots after 4:30 pm on weekdays, and all-day Saturday and Sunday.

Image details: Kelly Clark, Door sign for the Grand Western Canadian Screen Shop, circa 1968, paint on card. University of Regina Archives and Special Collections (2009-32). Image credit: Trevor Hopkin.