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Clay Figure Building Workshops with Artist Jaime Black

October 23, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Meet at Plug In ICA – 460 Portage Avenue • Workshop at Studio 393 • 393 Portage Avenue, in the skywalk between Portage Place and The Bay

Programmed in conjunction with our current exhibition Entering the Landscape, artist Jaime Black will facilitate clay figure-building workshops on Monday, October 23 and Wednesday, October 25 from 5:30-8:30pm. The programing on both evenings will begin at Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art with a short tour of Entering the Landscape. From there, we will move to Gallery 393 where Jaime will introduce the workshop, and teach participants a basic hand-building technique to sculpt the clay. Please join us for one or both sessions.

Building on Black’s persistent interest in land-based practices, this workshop derives from the premise that the land mutually shapes and is shaped by us. Taking clay as material also draws connections on a wider global scale, recognizing its uses worldwide for utilitarian and spiritual purposes. Drawing out these references, Black facilitates an opportunity for a tangible and embodied relationship to the land.

All materials and tools will be provided. Participants are welcome to bring their creations home with them after the workshop.

Jaime Black is a Winnipeg-based multidisciplinary artist of mixed Anishnaabe/Cree and European descent using installation, photography and performance to examine themes of gender, identity, place and resistance. As an active member of the Winnipeg arts community, Black has developed arts education curriculum for Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art, was an active board member for Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (MAWA), and filed the role of Education Coordinator at Martha Street Print Studio. As an artist, Black has shown widely throughout Canada. Her well-known piece, The REDress Project is on permanent display at the Human Rights Museum, and has become a nationally recognized symbol of the struggle and response to the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. She was recently the artist in residence for the department of gender studies at the University of Toronto where she produced We Are the Land. In the spring of 2017, Black exhibited work for Traces at Urban Shaman, and in the fall of 2017, Shards at Gallery 1c03. Black was recently invited to be a facilitator for the prominent Kaha:wi Dance Theatre Creation Lab.

These workshop are generously supported by Studio 393 and programmed in conjunction with Entering the Landscape (October 1 to December 31, 2017) Pia Arke • Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory • Jaime Black • Lori Blondeau • A.K. Burns • The Ephemerals • Melissa General • Rebecca Horn • Katherine Hubbard • Maria Hupfield • Simone Jones • Tau Lewis • Amy Malbeuf • Meryl McMaster • Ana Mendieta • Natalie Purschwitz • Dominique Rey • Jamie Ross • Xaviera Simmons • Ming Wong • Alize Zorlutuna Entering the Landscape is a contemplative group exhibition featuring twenty-one artists from Canada, the USA, Denmark, and Berlin. Working in film and video, photography, sculpture, and performance these artists represent a breadth of politicized contemporary and iconic historical works that place the female or queer body in the landscape. Bringing together artworks that conceptually and aesthetically overlap, this exhibition identifies and considers a persistent motif in contemporary art.

All public programming is free and open to the public. Everyone welcome!

Respondent Series talk with Lori Blondeau | Thursday, November 16, 7pm
Premier screening of After Birth, 2017 by The Ephermerals with discussion moderated by Jenifer Papararo | Thursday, November 23, 7pm

Guided tours | tournée guidée en français

Curatorial Tour with Sarah Nesbitt | Saturday, October 21, 3pm
Tournée guidée en française avec Janelle Tougas | samedi 28 Octobre, 15h
Curatorial Tour with Jenifer Papararo | Saturday, December 09, 3pm

Plug In ICA extends our gratitude to our generous donors, valued members and dedicated volunteers. With special thanks to our Director’s Circle.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council and Winnipeg Arts Council. We thank the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts for their support of our 2016 and 2017 program, as well as Payworks and Wawanesa Insurance for the direct support of our youth programs.

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 by contacting Angela Forget:

For media inquiries please contact: Sarah Nesbitt at or by telephone at (204) 942-1043.


October 23, 2017
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm