Fish Skin Tanning Workshop
with Morgan Possberg Denne

This workshop has 2 parts, participants are asked to attend both parts of the workshop.

Part 1: December 2nd, 12PM-4PM

Part 2: December 9th, 12PM-4PM

@ The New Gallery
208 Centre St SE

Traditionally, preserving and tanning fish skin has historical roots in many different Indigenous cultures throughout Canada. Through their artwork, Morgan Possberg Denne creates new narratives and artistically driven objects with these traditional crafting techniques. For the workshop we will be tanning a variety of different types of fish skins; the option to either tea tan, or oil tan will be available, and support for both types of tanning will be offered. All materials will be covered by TNG and the artist. The workshop will get a bit messy, so if you're squeamish about guts / meat / fish please prepare yourself to get very personal with the fish. We will be meeting on two different afternoons, with a bit of light homework inbetween to finish your tanned skin.

On December 2nd, and December 9th, Possberg Denne will be leading a workshop that teaches folks how to work with fish skins to breath new life into the tradition while giving insight into the concepts surrounding their main space show at The New Gallery: ᓄᐦᑕᐃᐧᕀ ᐊᐢᑯᑖᐢᑯᐱᓱᐣ, nohtawiy askotâskopison (My Father’s Cradleboard), on exhibit from November 18th - December 22nd, 2023.

Morgan Possberg Denne is Two-Spirit millennial scoop and foster care survivor; with settler, Cree, Metis, and Chippewa blood connections. They have grown up in treaty 7 territory, and have relatives in southern and northern Ontario. Morgan creates imaginative, illustrative objects which could be seen as pieces of possible narratives, different ways to connect with the past and potential futures through layers of abstraction with no right or wrong answer. What matters to them is not accurately recreating the past or to predict the future, but rather to capture an inner truth and a possible alternative reality of colonial experiences. In a sense, creating new culture from a series of “what-ifs” and new stories / lore. Their work has been recently shown at the Confederation Centre for the Arts and Gallery Gachet.