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Roots and Rhymes with Sydonne Warren and Nastassia Aikman

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Calgary, AB T2G 0H7

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Children aged 8-12 are invited to join us for this two-part workshop series with local artists Sydonne Warren and Nastassia Aikman.

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Workshops will take place on Saturday September 25 and Saturday October 2 at 11AM. Attendance on both dates is essential. Parents are not required to stay for the workshops.

Every child has a unique experience of the world and a story to tell. How do we share these stories? How do we stay true to ourselves and celebrate what makes us different and special?

As part of Esker’s ongoing engagement series for RELATIONS: Diaspora and Painting, this month we invite children aged 8-12 to explore their stories, creativity and identity with local artists Sydonne Warren and Nastassia Aikman in a two-part writing, art-making and performance workshop.

Nastassia and Sydonne will be leading participants in a response to exhibiting artist Manuel Mathieu’s compelling painting, ST-Jak 3. This powerful piece expresses Manuel’s identity and the story Haiti, the land that he comes from. Children will be encouraged to reflect on their roots through a series of activities that will explore what keeps us grounded, and how we connect with the people and things around us.

About the Artists:

Nastassia Aikman fell in love with poetry as a small child growing up in rural Jamaica. The iconic Jamaican poet and folklorist, Louise Bennett-Coverley influenced her craft and soon Nastassia began writing and performing her own poems. Nastassia is a performing artist who mainly writes in her Jamaican dialect, "Patois" and can be found performing her pieces in and around the city of Calgary at various events.

Sydonne Warren is a Jamaican-Canadian contemporary visual artist specializing in large-scale expressive paintings, murals, and digital design. Her artwork often showcases high contrast subjects, bold colour palettes, and a mixture of expressive strokes, drips and rigid lines. Her themes reflect her experiences as a Jamaican-Canadian immigrant, woman and mother. She uses her perspective to share her desire for the African diaspora to occupy, impact and own space.

Photos: Sydonne Warren painting and Nastassia Aikman performing, courtesy of the artists.

This program will happen in-person. Registration for both dates is essential and is limited to 10 children.

Prior to Registering for this program or event, please read Esker Foundation’s Media Release Agreementhttps://eskerfoundation.com/assets/MediaReleaseAgreementMay2019.pdf

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Esker Foundation respects Participants' privacy. Should you wish to not have Recordings of you/your dependent(s) taken, you may opt out on the day of the event or program by notifying a member of Esker Foundation's staff or volunteer.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Parisa Radmanesh: pradmanesh@eskerfoundation.com

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Esker Foundation is a contemporary art gallery located in Calgary, Canada.
As a leader in the Calgary arts community Esker connects audiences to contemporary art through relevant and accessible exhibitions, programs, and publications. 

Admission and Programs are FREE.
The gallery is barrier-free.

Esker Foundation programs three exhibition changes per year for the fallwinter, and spring/summer seasons. Find out more at www.eskerfoundation.art

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