Trent University students to showcase their artwork at the In.Visible Aboriginal Art Festival: April 7
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Original photography, paintings and traditional modern crafts to be displayed
Wednesday, April 6, 2005, Peterborough
Trent University students will be showcasing their original photography, paintings and traditional modern crafts at the first-ever In.Visible Aboriginal Art Festival, to take place April 7 from 5 - 7 p.m. in the First Peoples House of Learning gathering space, Peter Gzowski College, Enweying Building on the east bank of campus.
All are welcome to attend. There is no charge for admission.
The students, from the Native Studies department and beyond, learned their craft at workshops led by experts in pin-hole photography and digital photography, watercolour and acrylic painting and traditional modern crafts, which included beaded earrings and Inuit-style prints.
The idea for the workshops came from Native Studies student Anna Haas, who, along with her classmates had the option to undertake a creative project in lieu of a standard academic essay or presentation in NAST 3951: The Indigenous Image in Mass Media. Ms. Haas, in co-operation with her professor Kelly Harrison, decided to go beyond a personal creative project to offer a creative venue for other students.
“Anna and I decided that a series of art workshops would provide students with the equipment, the space and the expertise to help them get in touch with their creative sides -- especially during a very academic time of year,” said Prof. Harrison.
The workshops in February, March and April were a great success, attracting more than 100 students. Prof. Harrison hopes this first event might lead to an expansion of the ideas established by the In.Visible Aboriginal Arts Festival and Workshops - to promote Aboriginal visibility on campus and in the community at large.
Media are invited and encouraged to attend.
For further information, please contact Prof. Kelly Harrison, 748-1011, ext. 7912