Photograph by Megan Conley

Quillwork Workshop

When: November 4th 2022
Where: The New Gallery Upstairs Resource Centre (208 Centre St S, Calgary, AB T2G 2B6)

The New Gallery is thrilled to invite our community to join us for a quillwork on birch bark workshop with Julia Rose Sutherland, Saturday, November 5th, 2022, 11 AM to 2 PM.

Please join Artist Julia Rose Sutherland in an interactive workshop exploring the foundations of porcupine quillwork. This workshop will run for three hours and will cover how to clean and apply colour through natural dyes, basic quillwork applications, and stitches to create patterns and design motifs. Participants will be provided with birch bark and porcupine quills gifted by the Artist.

Please note that we are asking participants to wear masks for the safety of our community, artists and staff. The workshop will be held in TNG’s Resource Centre, which is not wheelchair accessible. There will be a 30 to 45 minute break during the workshop for lunch. Spaces are limited and registration is required. 

Julia Rose Sutherland is a Mi’kmaq (Metepenagiag Nation) / settler artist and educator (Assistant Professor at OCADU) based out of Tkaronto (Toronto, Canada). Sutherland’s interdisciplinary art practice employs photography, sculpture, textiles, and performance. She earned her MFA at the University at Buffalo (2019) and BFA in Craft and New Media at the Alberta University of the Arts (2013). She has exhibited nationally and internationally, recently showing work at the Bemis Center of Contemporary Art, the Mackenzie Art Gallery, K Art Gallery, WAAP Gallery, and 59 Rivoli Gallery in Paris, France. Sutherland is a recent recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts Creating Knowing Sharing award and the AFA Indigenous Individual Project grant.

The New Gallery Resource Center is located directly above The New Gallery Main Space. The entrance door is not automatic. There are 22 narrow stairs that lead into the Resource Center. The bathroom is gender-neutral, and multi-stall, but does not have a wheelchair-accessible stall. Some of our neighbours smoke cigarettes indoors, and the smell permeates into the Resource Center. We do allow service animals and pets to join us upstairs!