Art and Photo Exhibits

Current Art Show: Keiskamma Collection

Dates

October 24 - November 26, 2019

Location

The Atrium - The King's University

The tapestries on display at King’s are a collaborative effort by founding members to invite younger women into the project, and to tell the stories of community members in these works. Each piece depicts a scene of village life or is a portrait that tells the story of the person depicted. There are two names usually stitched into each piece: these are the name of the designer of the piece, and the woman who embroidered it. If there is only one name then that person did both the design and embroidery work. If there are no names then it was more of a communal effort, with several people involved in its creation.

About the artists

The Keiskamma Art Proejct is a group of mostly women from the villages of Hamburg, Ntilini, and Bodiam, along the Keiskamma river in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Embroidery and bead-work are traditional skills in this community, and were fostered and enhanced by the founding of this project, which has been providing much-needed income generation opportunities for over 15 years. Older members of the group train anyone interested in joining, and piece-work is divided between the members, often depending on who needs the work/income most urgently. The Keiskamma Canada Foundation has supported the Keiskamma Art Project with grants and by purchasing their products for over ten years.

In the villages where the women come from who make up the Art Project, communities are struggling with endemic poverty, intergenerational trauma that is a result of the brutal apartheid regime and colonization, the lack of employment opportunities and gender-based violence. However, the Keiskamma Art Project is proof of the community’s creativity and pride in their culture and traditions, as well as the beauty of the natural environment.

About Art Exhibits at King's

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Previous Exhibits

Painting Friendship

Painting Friendship

Posted on: Nov 01, 2018

About the artists:Celine Leung is a student at The King’s University who is well known for being an enthusiastic and well-known participant in campus life. Celine has taken a wide variety of courses,…

Along the Road to Freedom

Along the Road to Freedom

Posted on: Aug 20, 2018

'Along the Road to Freedom - Mennonite women of courage and faith' features 26 paintings by Winnipeg artist Ray Dirks. The exhibit honours the strength, sufferings, and joys experienced by the Mennonite…

The Star of Bethlehem

The Star of Bethlehem

Posted on: Mar 23, 2018

The Star of Bethlehem was designed by Edyte Sitar and Lela Neufeld. The red star in the centre represents the birth of Christ from which colour streams out to all parts of the world.

Along the Road to Freedom

Along the Road to Freedom

Posted on: Dec 02, 2017

'Along the Road to Freedom - Mennonite women of courage and faith' features 26 paintings by Winnipeg artist Ray Dirks. From revolutionary times through World War II, the lives of Mennonites were torn…

Seeds of Hope

Seeds of Hope

Posted on: Nov 06, 2017

Peruse 'Seeds of Hope,' an exhibition of art by participants in the Mustard Seed’s visual art program. This exhibition will be up in the Atrium until November 26, and all pieces are for sale with all…

Sabbatical - an Art Exhibition

Sabbatical - an Art Exhibition

Posted on: Sep 12, 2017

The King’s University is showcasing the artwork of Daniel vanHeyst, professor of drama and visual art, with an art exhibition titled “Sabbatical.” Explore his newest collection in the Atrium at…

The Bible Series: Jesus in each book of The Bible. Oil Paintings by Rob Longley

The Bible Series: Jesus in each book of The Bible. Oil Paintings by Rob Longley

Posted on: Oct 18, 2016

October 7 - December 15, 2016 Although Rob Longley studied at the Alberta College of Art in the early 1980’s, in about 1987 he stopped painting. In 1989 he got married, and life took on a new direction…

World Food Program Photography Exhibition

World Food Program Photography Exhibition

Posted on: Jan 11, 2016

Jan. 11-29, 2016 As part of King's Winter 2016 Interdisciplinary Conference on climate change, we will be collaborating with The Canadian Foodgrains Bank to exhibit a suite of twelve large-scale, memorable…

These Friends of Ours: Hannah Gelderman Art Exhibit

These Friends of Ours: Hannah Gelderman Art Exhibit

Posted on: Oct 09, 2015

October 9 - December 10, 2015. Multi-media artist Hannah Gelderman completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at The University of Alberta after graduating from Edmonton Christian High. Her inventive…

Found Wanting: Betty Spackman Art Installation

Found Wanting: Betty Spackman Art Installation

Posted on: Sep 23, 2015

Alberta visual artist and writer Betty Spackman (MFA) created a 3000sq.ft. exhibition Found Wanting, A Multimedia Installation Regarding Grief and Gratitude which was featured in 2010 at The Penticton…

Ripped Apart, Stitched Together

Ripped Apart, Stitched Together

Posted on: Mar 12, 2015

When artist Gerald Vaandering and his wife Dr. Dorothy Vaandering (who teaches ethics in education at Memorial University) moved to St. John's a few years ago, they were disturbed by the local newspaper's…

Walls by Rhonda Harder Epp Art Show Opening

Posted on: Jan 21, 2015

Begun as a response to visiting Berlin in 2010, Walls is meditation on separations—from one’s people, from one’s homeland, from one’s deepest desires.  Abe Janzen, Executive Director of MCC Alberta,…