Indigenous London Arts virtual space launches
The London Arts Council (LAC) and its partners have launched a virtual space as a way to honour Indigenous art and promote peace and healing between all people.
Indigenous London Arts is a joint project between the LAC, Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, Oneida Nation of the Thames, Munsee-Delaware Nation, and Tourism London that started in 2020.
“This website was created to showcase local Indigenous artists and their collaborative work with the London Arts Council,” Summer Bressette, LAC’s former Curator of Indigenous Programming, said. “Indigenous art is vibrant and diverse owing to the distinct Indigenous communities in and around the city of London that include the local First Nations and the urban community.”
While the virtual space has only been in the works for a couple of years the partnership between artists and organizations has been going on for much longer.
“The London Arts Council began a journey in 2015, a commitment with focus and intention to bring changes to LAC’s operations and programs, educating ourselves in what allyship truly means,” said Eunju Yi, the Executive Director of the London Arts Council.
The Director of Culture and Entertainment Tourism for Tourism London, Natalie Wakabayashi said that Tourism London is proud to be involved in the partnership.
“Our Welcome Centre is now home to unique pieces by talented local artists who deserve this opportunity to have their work galleried.”
13 original artworks from eight different Indigenous artists are on display as a new gallery at the Tourism London Welcome Centre on Wellington Road South.
The Indigenous London Arts website can be found here, and features creatives like Bangishimo, an Anishinaabe Two-Spirit Photographer and Community Organizer, and Hawlii Pichette, a Mushkeegowuk beadwork artist and illustrator.