This is a really unique exhibition—a wide of range of different artworks created by a group of local artists and craftspeople working collaboratively and individually across drawing, painting, photography, film making, storytelling, music, musical theatre, wood working, sculpture, and fabric art.
Showing together as a group exhibition, the collection tells many different stories from people in our community, and it is itself an artistic statement about life, family, love, and belonging. Lead Artists Alana Moore and Amber Phelps Bondaroff have been working for over a year with a group of 12 local artists whose lives have been impacted by dementia, accompanying an artistic process to tell their stories and share their creativity. The result is multidisciplinary and multi-generational, with a range of artistic interests and forms of expression.
Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind art exhibition, showing only in Yorkton at the Godfrey Dean Art Gallery, April 5 – May 23.
A reception will take place Sunday, May 7, 1:00-4:00pm.
Gallery Hours Mon-Fri 11:00am – 5:00pm Sat 1:00-4:00pm
Elaine in her sewing studio, and a close up picture of one of her quilts Verna’s drawings explore place, memory, and process
Belong Where You Find Yourself is a community-engaged art project for people whose lives have been impacted by dementia. This project at the Godfrey Dean Art Gallery is part of a collaborative effort with organizations across the province. Working under the umbrella of Dementia Supports in Rural Saskatchewan, we share a goal to increase public awareness and reduce stigma associated with dementia.
Beginning in January 2022, the project’s two lead artists Alana Moore and Amber Phelps-Bondaroff have been working with 12 local artist participants through a one-year creation period leading to a major gallery exhibition opening this April at GDAG and a pop-up community presentation tour later in 2023.
We are following principles of community-engaged practice. We include input from all participants and evolve our process through this feedback and learning at every stage. The result so far is an organic and meaningful engagement that is bringing people together, bringing families together, creating new friendships and support networks, and capturing moments of beauty, clarity, and connection.
Alana Moore is a white settler-Saskatoon based visual artist and facilitator. Drawing from her personal experiences with addiction, mental illness, and chronic pain, Alana’s work investigates vulnerability and how to create shared meaning with participatory projects using dialogue, process, photography, design, and often non-object based outcomes. Alana works as an artist at Sherbrooke Community Centre, is a youth mentor with Future Artistic Minds (FAM), and a volunteer member with Bridges Art Movement (BAM).
Image: In the Hole (2017) was a short-term residency located in an earthen hole on Treaty 6 territory in rural Saskatchewan, Canada. The residency coincided with an exhibition at PAVED Arts Saskatoon. Live video and audio streaming from the hole were presented in the gallery for the duration of each residency day.
Amber Phelps Bondaroff is an interdisciplinary visual artist, performer and arts organizer, living on Treaty 4 Territory in Saskatchewan, Canada. She crafts situations that encourage people to make and be together. Through these spaces, her work strives to soften the rigidities of conventional social interaction. Amber works across many mediums, including; soft sculpture, costume, drawing, printmaking, music and film. There is a strong focus on reuse and re-imagining of materials throughout her work.
Image: Mountain Movers – still from performance for video (2017). Mountain Movers considers the influence of surrounding landscapes on the body’s physical movements through space. A playful reflection on the phrase ‘to move a mountain,’ a wearable mountain acts as visual representation of the accumulating burden of lived experience on the body.
// Dementia Supports in Rural Saskatchewan is led by the Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit (SPHERU) at the University of Regina and funded by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program. The Godfrey Dean Art Gallery is proud to be among a number of local organizations helping make this initiative a success in our community, and we want to say a big thank you to the project team and all the collaborating organizations, including Parkland Valley Sport, Culture, & Recreation, Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan, SaskAbilities, City of Yorkton, and Yorkton Public Library.