First Nations Artist Forum

HIWEST: First Nations Artist Forum 

Friday, September 26, 2014  
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Victoria City Hall
#1 Centennial Square

The theme of this year’s HIWEST First Nations Artist Forum is honouring First Nations Curators.  Daina Warren, Director and Curator from Urban Shaman Winnipeg; Linda Bristol, Director, Tsouske Arts Group; Ryan Rice, Audain Fellow at The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria; and Rose Spahan, Independent Curator will share experiences and stories of exhibitions and art events through slide presentations and discuss the importance of these exhibitions from a curator's point of view.  The panel will share images from traditional and contemporary First Nations artists and provide an opportunity for discussion following the presentation.  Complimentary refreshments will be available.
Free Admission.
The First Nations Artist Forum is presented by the City of Victoria.
For more information contact  or 250.361.0363


Daina Warren

Daina Warren is from the Montana Cree Nation in Hobbema, Alberta. In 2000, she was awarded Canada Council's Assistance to Aboriginal Curators for Residencies in the Visual Arts program to work with grunt gallery in Vancouver. This opportunity led to a permanent position with the artist-run centre as an associate curator and administrator until 2009. Warren completed the Canada Council's Aboriginal Curatorial Residency at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, where she curated the group exhibition Don't Stop Me Now, which was on display until November 2011. She received her Bachelor's degree in 2003 from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. In the summer of 2012, Warren completed the Master's in Critical and Curatorial Studies Program at the University of British Columbia. She is currently the Director of Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery in Winnipeg, Manitoba.




Linda Bristol

Linda (Shee-aysh Te Doe) comes from the T’Sou-ke (Coast Salish) and Ditidaht (Nuu Chah Nulth) Nations of Vancouver Island. Linda grew up on her birth band of T’Sou-ke and still resides there today. Linda’s accomplishments in community development have spanned decades, but her love of the culture and art (both traditional and contemporary forms) decided her path the past few years. She co-ordinates and promotes First Nation art work and has been mentored by an established First Nations arts manager, Lou-ann Neel.
"I want First Nations Arts and Culture to be restored and maintained in all disciplines and taught from traditional mentors for all generations.” Her ability to do this comes from the support of family and her community.
In the past Linda has served as Chief of T’Sou-ke Nation, Chair of Nil/tu’o Child & Family Service and Co-Chair of the Victoria Native Friendship Centre, to name a few. Currently she is a director for the First Peoples’ Heritage Language and Culture Council  and Chair of the T’Sou-ke Community Practice Circle for South Island Wellness Society. 
Linda is an advocate of First Nation Culture and Awareness and Family wellness.

Rose Spahan
Rose Spahan is an accomplished artist, teacher, curator, and often acts as a liaison for other First Nations artists. She has worked with galleries, coordinated special events and in television. She has extensive experience with First Nations peoples, groups and organizations, especially in the areas of implementing and directing projects pertaining to indigenous cultural and artistic expression.
A Salish woman from British Columbia, Canada, Rose was raised within her people’s territories on Vancouver Island. She received her Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts, First Class Honours in 1989 from the University of Victoria. The Canadian Native Arts Foundation awarded Rose a scholarship to attend the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico where aboriginal instructors teach indigenous art techniques and styles to aboriginal students. Rose found her time there to be a profoundly unique experience which inspired her to later become a visual arts instructor. As an artist, teacher and curator, Rose works with emerging visual artists whose work in contemporary mediums transmits ancient visions. In keeping with the traditions she inherited from her
people, Rose shares her experiences in the arts world with First Nations communities. Her mission in the arts is to motivate First Nations peoples towards personal growth, cultural integrity and creative ingenuity.
Rose has exhibited her own work in Canada, the United States and Ljubjana, in the former Yugoslavia. Her works may be found in private collections in Italy, Saudi Arabia, Germany, and England and throughout North America. Selected works by Rose Spahan have been published by Theytus Books, Institute of American Arts Press, Mix Magazine, and International Biennial of Graphic Arts.
Recently, Rose completed three digital film shorts entitled Fragile Water, Fish Head Soup and Food and Friends where she practiced her new skills of editing, acting and art direction. As well, Rose recently completed thirteen segments as a host for the New Canoe, a television program that covers contemporary First Nations artists with honour and respect.


Ryan Rice

Ryan Rice, a Mohawk of Kahnawake, Quebec received a Master of Arts degree in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, New York, graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and received an Associate of Fine Arts from the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico. He has worked for the past 18 years within the museum/art gallery milieu at various centers including the Iroquois Indian Museum, Indian Art Centre, Carleton University Art Gallery and the Walter Phillips Art Gallery. He has published articles in the periodicals - Canadian Art, Spirit, Fuse, Muse and Blackflash and numerous catalogues.
Rice was also a co-founder and former director of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective. His exhibitions include ANTHEM: Perspectives on Home and Native Land, Oh So Iroquois, Scout’s Honour, LORE, Hochelaga Revisited, ALTERNATION, Soul Sister: Re-imagining Kateri Tekakwitha and Counting Coup. From 2009 - 2014, he was the Chief Curator the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In August 2014, Rice was appointed Chair of Indigenous Visual Culture at the Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto. He was also named 2014-15 Audain Aboriginal Curatorial Fellow at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

For More Information

For more information, contact or 250.361.0363.