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(FULL) Art & Culture Writing Workshop for BIPOC Writers

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 October 13, 2018
 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  November 17, 2018
 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  December 15, 2018
 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Dates: Saturday, October 13,  2018, 12-3 pm
Saturday, November 17, 2018, 12-3 pm
Saturday, December 15, 2018, 12-3 pm
Application deadline: September 25, 2018, 4 pm
Venue: aceartinc., 2-290 McDermot Avenue
Price: Free with acceptance 

If we have been made painfully aware of the lack of representation of people of color in the industries that tell us stories, we should also be aware of the lack of representation of people of color in the places where we make meaning of those stories. … Art is our mirror — in which we can confront our beautiful, our bad and our ugly. Critics refuse to look away, and they insist that we join them.
Elizabeth Méndez Berry

Facilitated by BIPOC (black, Indigenous, and/or people of colour) writers for BIPOC writers, the goal of this workshop series is to support and grow art and culture writing in the city by people who are part of BIPOC communities. The hope is that these workshops will strengthen networks and local writing communities so that there will be more art and culture writing by BIPOC folks published in Winnipeg and Canada.

Over a three month period, three acclaimed art and culture writers from Canada and the US will run workshops with exercises, discussion, and feedback that are designed to give writers of all levels, whether aspiring or published, the skills, information, and support to write about exhibitions and other cultural events. This call for applications is for writers who self-identify as black, Indigenous, and/or a person of colour.

This workshop is funded by Creative Manitoba, University of Winnipeg Institute for Women & Gender Studies, and aceartinc.

How to apply: 

In one PDF please provide the following information by September 25, 2018, 4 pm:

  • Your name, address, email address, and phone number
  • How do you self-identify?
  • Confirm you can attend all three workshops.
  • Why would you like to do this workshop series?
  • How do you think it will effect your writing?
  • Provide two writing samples up to three pages in length. If you are a new writer and do not have samples of your work please provide a statement on what you would like to write about.

Email your application to


Aruna D’Souza (October 13, 2018)

Aruna D’Souza writes about modern and contemporary art; intersectional feminisms and other forms of politics; and how museums shape our views of each other and the world. Her work appears regularly in, where she is a member of the editorial advisory board, and has been published as well in The Wall Street Journal, Art News, Garage, Bookforum, Momus, Art in America, and Art Practical, among other places. Her book, Whitewalling: Art, Race, and Protest in 3 Acts was published by Badlands Unlimited in May 2018. She is editor of the forthcoming volume Making It Modern: A Linda Nochlin Reader, which will be published by Thames & Hudson.

With support from Plug In ICA, Gallery 1C03.


Dr. Sharanpal Ruprai (November 17, 2018)

Dr. Sharanpal Ruprai is a writer and Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Winnipeg. Ruprai’s début poetry collection, Seva was shortlisted for the Stephen G. Stephansson Award for Poetry by the Alberta Literary Awards in 2015. As an interdisciplinary humanities scholar, her research and teaching interests include: indigenous and critical race feminism, religious and cultural studies and artistic practice. Currently, Ruprai is working on a collection of essays entitled Who You Calling a Kaur/Princess? By juxtaposing novels, plays, poetry collections, and films, the book explores issues such as religion, gender violence, and identity, within the specific context of the Canadian South Asian women’s experience.


David Garneau (December 15, 2018)

David Garneau is a Métis artist, curator, writer and Professor of Visual Arts at the University of Regina. He recently co-curated Native Art in Light and Sound (with Kathleen Ash Milby), at the National Museum of the American Indian (Smithsonian). He co-curated (with Michelle LaVallee) Moving Forward, Never Forgetting at the Mackenzie Art Gallery in Regina and With Secrecy and Despatch (with Tess Allas) for the Campbelltown Art Centre in Sydney, Australia. Garneau has given keynote talks in Australia, New Zealand, the United States, as well as throughout Canada. He has written more than forty catalogue essays, and more than a hundred academic essays, art articles, and reviews for local, national, and international outlets. He is part of the SSHRC-funded research project Creative Conciliations, and is working on public art projects in Edmonton. His paintings are in numerous public and private collections.


 October 13, 2018
 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  November 17, 2018
 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  December 15, 2018
 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm


2-290 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, R3B 0T2

Cancellation policy

Creative Manitoba reserves the right to cancel or postpone any event where a minimum registration level has not been met. Participants registered for an event that is cancelled by Creative Manitoba will receive a full refund.

Registrants may cancel up to one week before the event to receive a full refund. No refunds will be issued to registrants who cancel within one week of the event start date. No refunds will be issued for registrants who do not attend.

Substitute participants are allowed in most cases, but not all. Please check with us ahead of time if you wish to send a substitute participant by calling 204-927-2787.

It is our intent that Creative Manitoba programs and events foster a supportive, nonthreatening environment for everyone to participate and share in - regardless of gender, ability, ethnicity or cultural differences. We ask that you please be welcoming and respectful of world views that differ from your own.

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