Gallery Gift Shop Launch & aiya! 4 performance/installation

Thursday, March 3, 4 - 9 pm

Join us at the WKP Kennedy Gallery for our launch for our new and improved gift shop space, including our featured artist wall, plus a performance by Tanya Lukin Linklater.

Beginning at 4 pm will be the official launch of the new Gallery Gift Shop, which will include addresses by Mayor Al MacDonald, Capitol Centre Board Vice President Blake Beam, artists and Kennedy Gallery advisory committee members, beginning at 5:30 pm.

At 7:30 pm, Tanya Lukin-Linklater will exhibit "aiya! 4," a sound performance/installation utilizing her voice, textiles, and bowls of water. Her vocabulary draws on experimental song, gutteral sounds, and deconstructed words from Alutiiq language of Alaska to create a soundscape emanating from her body.

Tanya has performed "aiya!" as a series in 2010 for Catalyst Cafe, curated by Wanda Nanibush (Toronto), Sakewewak's Performance Art Festival, curated by Elwood Jimmy (Regina), and for TRIBE, curated by Lori Blondeau (Saskatoon). She will perform "aiya!" in 2011 at Open Sky in Northwest Territories and for Two Story Cafe in Prince Alberta, Saskatchewan.

Tanya Lukin Linklater is a performance artist and experimental choreographer who draws on traditional Alutiiq cosmology in her contemporary work. Her work often engages with domesticity, images of the "Eskimo," is body-based, and often site-specific. In 2010 she was awarded the Chalmers Professional Development Grant by Ontario Arts Council for a mentorship in choreography with Penny Couchie, Co-Artistic Director of Earth In Motion World Indigenous Dance. Tanya is nominated for the 2011 K.M. Hunter Artist Award, administered by Ontario Arts Council. She has performed across Canada and in the United States. She originates from the Native Villages of Port Lions and Afognak in southwestern Alaska. Tanya makes her home in North Bay. 


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