Summer Party poster, image by BUSH gallery, design by Natalie Mark & Christian Vistan, 2018.

Summer Institute Session II Site/ation by BUSH gallery Rooftop Party & Open Studio

Friday, August 24, 2018 | 7-11pm

Celebrate with Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art and BUSH gallery as we close Site/ation the second session of our 2018 Summer Institute. Join us this Friday, August 24th at Plug In ICA from 7-11pm as we celebrate the final weeks of summer with BUSH gallery open studios including performances, installations and a screening. BUSH gallery (Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill, Peter Morin and Tania Willard) and Summer Institute participants Lacie Burning, Jane Harms, Liz Ikiriko, Audie Murray, Joseph Naytowhow, Dana Qaddah, Emiliano Sepulveda, Christian Vistan, Diana Warren and Bo Yeung host a night of art, music, food and fun. On the rooftop patio enjoy dancing, eating or socializing to BUSH gallery’s special summer play list. Cash bar will be open! Everyone welcome!

Enacting a principal of Site/ation, BUSH gallery Summer Institute grounded its programming in developing knowledge of and with the land. Working from a position of respect for their status as uninvited guests, Site/ation emphasized respect for local knowledge by initiating a talk with Niigaan Sinclair on Treaty 1, a plant walk with Elder Carl Smith, and participating in the Broken Head Pow Wow. Art Elder Joseph Naytowhow guided the group in song, picking choke cherries, learning to sing ‘all shook up’ in Cree and so much more. They made NDN peanut butter, went swimming in Lake Winnipeg, and projected videos on the trees and makeshift screens. BUSH gallery collective gave a performative lecture, including interventions by Tania Willard’s children; we all learned Metis jigging with curator Cathy Mattes; and played basketball at the Jackson Beardy Memorial Mural. Over the course of three weeks, BUSH gallery participants camped, laughed, made, ate, and conjured ideas and dreams that fed the ancestors. Please join us in celebrating the culmination of this transformative Summer Institute session.

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Plug ICA gratefully acknowledges the RBC Foundation and the Johnston Group for their support of our 2018/2019 Summer Institute Program. We extend our gratitude to our artists, generous donors, valued members and dedicated volunteers. With special thanks to our Director’s Circle. You make a difference! We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council and Winnipeg Arts Council. Plug In ICA relies on community support to remain free and accessible to all. Enable us to continue presenting excellent programs! Please consider becoming a member of Plug In ICA and a donor at or by contacting Angela Forget:

Plug In ICA and the Summer Institute are grateful for the generous donation of Host-It Downtown for the realization of the Open Studio and Reception