Stages: Drawing the Curtain

Pablo Bronstein, ‘Historical Dances in an Antique Setting’, 2016, performance view, Tate Britain, London

August 18th- September 4th, 2017

Stages Speaker Series

March- June 2017

Stages: Drawing the Curtain is an off-site constellation of temporary public artworks to be launched in August 2017. This large-scale public art project asks artists to locate a site within the city of Winnipeg from which to contemplate the stage - its function as a platform; its meaning as a point of attention; and its physical design. Directed by their individual interests and material preferences, the artists will build sculptural ‘stages’ ranging in shape and form, connected as platforms for audiences to occupy, physically engage with, and contemplate. 

*Artists for Stages: Drawing the Curtain include: Abbas Akhavan (Toronto), Pablo Bronstein (London, UK), FASTWÜRMS (Toronto), Toril Johannessen (Tromsø, Norway), Kara Hamilton (Toronto), Frederico Herrero (San José, Costa Rica), Divya Mehra (Winnipeg), and Krista Belle Stewart (Vancouver).

As each artist visits Winnipeg to research and develop their project they present an artist talk as part of the Stages Speaker Series. In keeping with the drive of Stages to bring art beyond our gallery walls, all talks will be held at an off-site location: former Globe Cinema, 3rd floor, Portage Place Shopping Centre.

Upcoming Talks:

Thursday, April 27, 7pm- Divya Mehra (Winnipeg)

Thursday, May 25, 7pm- Abbas Akhavan (Toronto)

Thursday, June 1st, 7pm- Federico Herrero (San José, Costa Rica)

Previous Talks:

Toril Johannessen, Kara Hamilton and Krista Belle Stewart, now online at

Stages Speaker Series and Stages: Drawing the Curtain are supported by the Canada Council for the Arts through its New Chapter Program.

Our community partners include Winnipeg Tourism, Alliance Française Manitoba, Urban Ink Design, Cityplace Mall (Triovest), Portage Place Shopping Centre, Alt Hotel, Alpha Masonry Ltd and Fillip Publishers.