Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art presents 

STAGES Speaker Series

Artist Talk by Kenneth Lavallee

Thursday, May 30th, 2019 | 7 pm 

OFF-site Location: Studio 393, 393 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB. R3B 3H9 (Portage Place sky walk between The Bay and Staples)

Kenneth Lavallee, Peacock, Ram and Hunter, 2016, shoe polish recreations of lost shed painting made by the artist's mother in the late seventies, installed at aceartinc. 

We are pleased to present this awaited artist talk by Winnipeg-based artist Kenneth Lavallee, who will be speaking as part of the STAGES Speaker Series in anticipation of his temporary public artwork for the STAGES biennial in 2019.

Lavallee’s refined aesthetic and cultural influence can be seen through out the cityscape of Winnipeg. His bold colours and sharp graphic patterns permeate the city with an intent to make visible metis and indigenous visual languages from the traditional plains eight point Star Blanket to the Metis jig. These traditional forms of communication and community engagement take on a new visual life through out Winnipeg, but retain, in Lavallee’s care, a sentiment that leads to their original use and value as expressions of care and sharing. 

For STAGES, Lavallee is planning to work with Winnipeg’s sky walk-ways, using the windows as a site to apply a vivid pattern of graphic forms. Light will be a key element in this new artwork as it will transfer colour from surface to ground.

*With its conception in 2017, STAGES biennial sets out to activate the city of Winnipeg with temporary public sculpture, installation and performances by international and local artists. STAGES biennial is set to launch on August 16, 2019. Please Save-the-date. The Speaker Series is a means of initiating and connecting the artists with local audiences, and introducing visiting artists to Winnipeg.

Kenneth Lavallee is of Metis descent, living and working on Treaty 1 territory and birthplace of the Metis Nation. He attended the University of Manitoba, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2008. In 2018 he produced The Square Dancers a permanent public artwork as part of the Winnipeg Art Council’s Indigenous Artist’s Project at Air Canada Park in Winnipeg; he also installed his fifth iteration of The Star Blanket mural project on the exterior of the Helen Betty Osborne Building at the University of Winnipeg. Recently, Lavallee presented Man and Nature a solo show at the Kelowna Art Gallery and participated in the group exhibition Insurgence/Resurgence at the Winnipeg Art Gallery for which his five-story piece, Creation Story, was hung over the exterior façade of the WAG for 8 months in 2017. Kenneth is currently working on a large-scale public art project in Toronto, dedicated to a local Indigenous Elder, Dr. Lillian McGregor.

Plug In ICA extends sincere thanks to Graffiti Gallery/ Studio 393 for welcoming us into their space for Lavallee's talk. 

UPCOMING • Andrea Roberts will be our fourth speaker in the Stages Speaker Series.

Our Presenting Sponsor for Stages Speaker Series & STAGES 2019 is
The Winnipeg Foundation, with the generous donation of our Featured Artist Sponsor: Mike Nesbitt; our Major Sponsors: Daniel Friedman & Rob Dalgliesh; our Engaging Sponsors Susan Glass & Arni Thorsteinson; DIALOG design; and BLDG architecture; our Supporting Sponsors The French Embassy in Toronto and Downtown BIZ, Winnipeg; and our numerous Contributing Sponsors: Gary Ursell, Assiniboine Credit Union, and KMPG LLP.

Stages Biennial could not be presented without the support of our Community Partners: Alt Hotel, Alliance Française, MB, Winnipeg Tourism, the Winnipeg Art Gallery; and Leon A. Brown Ltd.



Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art recognizes we are on Treaty One Territory, the traditional territories of the Anishinaabe, Métis, Cree, Dakota, Dene, and Oji-Cree Nations.

Plug In ICA extends our heartfelt gratitude to our generous donors, valued members, and dedicated volunteers. We acknowledge the sustaining support of our Director’s Circle. You all make a difference.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council, the Manitoba Arts Council and Winnipeg Arts Council. We could not operate without their continued financial investment and lobbying efforts.

Plug In ICA relies on community support to remain free and accessible to all, and enable us to continue to present excellent programs. Please consider becoming a member of Plug In ICA and a donor at or by contacting Angela Forget:

For more information on this program and STAGES biennial, contact Rachael Thorleifson at For general information, please contact: or call 1.204.942.1043


Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art
Unit 1, 460 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Canada, R3C 0E8

Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art recognizes we are on Treaty One Territory, the traditional territories of the Anishinaabe, Métis, Cree, Dakota, Dene, and Oji-Cree Nations.
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