Events & Activities / Gallery and Community Art Lab

Colonial and Counter-Colonial Discourses of Indigenous and Racial Identities

Monday February 25, 2013, 3:00 pm
Foreman Art Gallery | free

Foreman Art Gallery presents a panel discussion between members of the Bishop's University Crossing Borders Research Cluster and guest speakers from the exhibition Decolonize Me.

Cristian Berco | Bishop’s University Department of History
Heather Igloliorte | Curator, Art Historian
Cheryl L’Hirondelle | Interdisciplinary Artist
Lisa Taylor | Bishop’s University School of Education
Moderated by Jean Manore | Bishop’s University Department of History

View PDF poster here.

For more information please contact: Stephanie Nadeau, Curator, Education & Cultural Action
(819) 822-9600 x2279 

The Foreman Art Gallery acknowledges the important support of the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec.


ENTRE THERESA SPENCE et KATHERI TEKAKWITA - D’ATTAWAPISKAT À IDLE NO MORE: Pourquoi et comment s’insérer dans un mouvement ?

Monday February 25, 2013, 7:00 pm
Artfocus, 94 King Ouest, Sherbrooke QC | FREE

*This event will be held in French. View the poster here.

Foreman Art Gallery presents a creative workshop and Teach-in on the indigenous movement Idle No More. Led by Wendat (Huron) sociologist and performance lecturer Guy Sioui Durand, the event will have three parts:

1) an overview of the complexity of the phenomenon, and some key reflections towards a better understanding of the movement

2) a collective creation, with the help of accomplice Julie Fiala, combining a media dimension (postcards) and  a dimension of traditional Indigenous craft (beading) and

3) a discussion of the significance of this "communicative action".

Wendat from Wendake, Guy Sioui Durand is a sociologist, art critic and independent curator ( He currently teaches Modern and Contemporary Aboriginal Art at Kiuna College in Odanak. He is curator of the contemporary Aboriginal art exhibition Fabuleux Dédoublements, which opens in spring 2013 at the Maison de la Culture Frontenac in Montreal.

This activity is put forward by the Community Art Lab of the Foreman Art Gallery of Bishop's University.

For more information please contact: Stephanie Nadeau, Curator, Education & Cultural Action (819) 822-9600 x 2279

The Foreman Art Gallery acknowledges the important support of the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec.



Tuesday February 12, 2013, 7:00 pm
Centennial Theatre, Bishop's University| FREE

The Foreman Art Gallery presents a screening of the documentary film Reel Injun (2009), with guest appearance by CBC pop culture columnist Jesse Wente.

The film will be screened in English with French subtitles. Admission is free. About the film:

"Hollywood has made over 4000 films about Native people; over 100 years of movies defining how Indians are seen by the world. Reel Injun takes an entertaining and insightful look at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of North American Natives through the history of cinema.

Traveling through the heartland of America, Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond looks at how the myth of “the Injun” has influenced the world’s understanding – and misunderstanding – of Natives.

With candid interviews with directors, writers, actors and activists, including Clint Eastwood, Jim Jarmusch, Robbie Robertson, Sacheen Littlefeather, John Trudell and Russell Means, clips from hundreds of classic and recent films, including Stagecoach, Little Big Man, The Outlaw Josey Wales, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and Atanarjuat the Fast Runner, Reel Injun traces the evolution of cinema’s depiction of Native people from the silent film era to today."

Jesse Wente is the Head of Film Programmes at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Wente has also been a programmer for the imagineNATIVE Film and Media Festival. He is well known as a film critic and broadcaster in Toronto and across Canada. He is the pop culture columnist on CBC Radio's "Metro Morning", and has also been a regular guest on CBC Newsworld's "News Morning" and "Weekend Edition" as well as Q, and TVO's "Saturday Night at the Movies".

The Foreman Art Gallery recognizes the important support of the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec.



Wednesday January 23, 3:00 pm
Centennial Theatre Lobby, Bishop's University | FREE

Join others in our community asking questions, sharing information, and building relationships.

What does it mean to say that we are all, each of us living in Canada, treaty people in a long-term relationship defined by treaties as these are defined, signed, honoured, or not?

What are the issues at stake?

What is particular about this specific historic moment?

Learn about the Indian Act, the White Paper, federal policies, Aboriginal treaty and individual rights, legislation identified by the Idle No More movement (Bill c-45, FIPA).

All are welcome - Light refreshments will be provided

The Foreman Art Gallery recognizes the important support of the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec.



Tuesday January 22, 4:00 pm
Foreman Art Gallery |

Foreman Art Gallery presents an artist's talk with Sonny Assu, one of the artists featured in the exhibition Decolonize Me. The talk will be followed by a wine and cheese reception in the gallery.

Sonny Assu (Liǥwildaʼxw/ Kwakwak’wakw) is from the We Wai Kai First Nation (Cape Mudge). Assu merges Northwest Coast iconography with the aesthetics of popular culture to challenge the social and historical values placed upon both. An exploration of his mixed ancestry, his work appropriates or transforms items of consumer and popular culture to trace the lineage of his own personal life. Interested in ideas around Indigenous issues and rights, branding and new technologies, he works across many boundaries and disciplines.

Assu’s work has been featured in several solo and group exhibits over the past ten years, including Don’t Stop Me Now! (2011) and Comic Relief (2008) at the National Gallery of Canada, Beat Nation (2012) and How Soon is Now? (2009) at the Vancouver Art Gallery, and Changing Hands: Art With Reservation Part 2 (2012) at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York. His work has been collected by the National Gallery of Canada, The Vancouver Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, the Seattle Art Museum, the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia and in various other public and private collections across Canada and the United States.

Assu graduated from the Emily Carr University of Art + Design with a BFA in Visual Art: Print Making, Painting and Digital Arts in 2002.  He currently lives and works in Montreal.

Decolonize Me continues through March 16, 2013 at the Foreman Art Gallery.

The Foreman Art Gallery acknowledges the generous support of the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec.



January 16, 2013 at Le Tremplin (95 Wellington South, Sherbrooke)

Foreman Art Gallery and Cinema Politica Bishop's present an evening with filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin, hosted at Le Tremplin 16-30. A screening of Waban-Aki: People from Where the Sun Rises (2006, 104 min) will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker.

Alanis Obomsawin, a member of the Abenaki Nation, is one of Canada's most distinguished filmmakers. For over four decades, she has directed documentaries at the National Film Board of Canada that chronicle the lives and concerns of First Nations people and explore issues of importance to all.

The film will be presented in French, with English subtitles. Donations to Cinema Politica will be accepted at the door. For more information on the film, please visit:<wbr></wbr>eng/collection/film/<wbr></wbr> Foreman Art Gallery acknowledges the generous support of the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Quebec.


SPECIAL EVENT: Film Screening and Discussion with Dr. Norman Cornett
Professor Norman Cornett: ‘Since when do we divorce the right answer from an honest answer?’

Wednesday, October 17th at 7:00 pm at the Foreman Art Gallery Co-presented with the Cinema Politica group at Bishop’s University

Alanis Obomsawin's documentary explores the controversial dismissal in 2007 of Religious Studies professor Norman Cornett, who taught at McGill University for 15 years. Professor Cornett explores “dialogic” principles in teaching and “stream of consciousness” writing, and believes in nurturing creative process and connecting students across disciplines to a larger community.

All are invited to participate in this film and discussion by Dr. Cornett on Wednesday, October 17 at 7:00 pm at the Foreman Art Gallery.
This event is generously supported by the Ministère de la Culture et des communications.


DODOLAB: 2012-13 residency

On going (At Bishop’s University during the 2012-2013 school year)

DodoLab has been commissioned to undertake a critical, yet playful, exploration of the culture of Bishop's University, to probe the perceptions of students, alumni, faculty and administration, as well as the wider community of Lennoxville.

They will use a variety of creative data collecting strategies that involve direct and indirect interactions with the public creating both opportunities for discussion and conversation as well as anonymous contributions. Through this multi-faceted program, the goal is to come to a deeper understanding of the culture of the university and its impact both on campus and in the town and to bring the university and local communities together to collaboratively experiment with tweaking old traditions and generating new ones that would better serve to create a richer bond between Town and Gown.

DodoLab is an evolving collaborative program lead by artists Lisa Hirmer and Andrew Hunter engaged with provocative, experimental and creative approaches to research and community actions. Their work is critically playful and highly public, emphasizing open participation and exchange

This event is generously supported by the City of Sherbrooke through a three-year partnership with the Ministère de la Culture, des communications et de la condition féminine.