The Skwachàys Artists exhibition showcases the Artists in Residence program at Skwachàys Lodge in downtown Vancouver. This unique program provides an enriching growth opportunity for all practicing Indigenous visual artists, actors, directors, writers, and musicians. The Artists in Residence program includes housing, unlimited access to shared artist workshops, and participation in programming opportunities for personal and/or professional development. The goal of the program is to help artists develop their craft and move into the next phase of their careers.
Our goal is to introduce the value of Indigenous Ways of Knowing in STEAM through art and other cultural practices. By working alongside Indigenous Peoples in Canada, we are creating space for Indigenous artists to connect with their cultural past to support the future of a thriving culture.
For more information on the Skwachàys Lodge Artist-in-Residency, visit https://skwachays.com/artist-in-residence/
Exhibiting Artist Bios
Gerry Sheena is a West Coast Indigenous Carver living in Vancouver, BC. Gerry is deeply influenced by the struggles and success of West Coast animals and sea life and likes to incorporate them into his work. What makes Gerry’s work unique is that he mixes traditional forms with contemporary Coast Salish design. Gerry’s work has been said to have “a gentle spirit and positive energy flowing out of it.”
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My name is ḥaakwayiih siičamałn̓i. On my father’s side I am Nuuchanulth and come from the siičamałn̓i family in ƛaʔuukwiʔatḥ, the Marshall family in qiłcmaʔatḥ and I am also a part of the house of hašsaatḥ in Ahousat. On my mother’s side, I am Coast Salish and hupač̓asatḥ. I come from the Point family in snuneymuxw and am a part of the earthquake house in hupač̓asatḥ
Walter Davidson was born in Massett, British Columbia in 1973. He began carving in 1999 and although mostly self-taught, he was mentored by Dwayne Simeon for three months. This pairing influenced David in the technical art of carving jewelry. Walter is inspired by the artists Bill Reid, Fred David, Charles Edenshaw, and his uncles Reg and Robert Davidson. Walter was a featured artist at the Aboriginal Pavilion for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, BC. Walter continues to hone his distinctive style while still paying tribute to his Haida ancestors. Hàw’aa (Haida word for ‘Thank you’)
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Rory Dawson is from Gwayi (Kingcome Inlet) and is of the Kwakwaka’wakw Nation and Musgamawg Dzawada’eneuwx Tribe. “The many accounts of stories are reenacted through song and dance,, many other forms of art such as carving, print-making, clothing, and in my case, jewelry. Inspiration comes to artists like myself from the different worlds we acknowledge and accept as true. Many of the crests come from the worlds we acknowledge and accept as true, such as undersea, sky, spirit, and this world. This inspiration allows us an opportunity to educate on our worldview.”
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Matthew Provost, is a Siksikaitsitapii (Blackfoot) designer, printmaker, beader, and visual artist from the Piikani Nation within the Blackfoot Confederacy. Matthew continues to utilize research as a component of design to recreate contemporary elements of Niitoyis (Lodges). His practice is broad while also focusing on regalia making through sewing, beadwork, and leatherwork. Matthew is an up-and-coming designer focusing on cut and sewn designs. From pattern making to garment construction, he creates his designs to challenge the boundaries of Indigenous concepts of fashion.