In Conversation: Couzyn van Heuvelen, Camille Georgeson-Usher, and Bryan Winters

Oct 10, 7pm - 9pm at ARTSPACE

Please join Artspace on Thursday October 10, 2019 at 7pm for a discussion between Couzyn van Heuvelen - whose current exhibtion BAIT is on view at Artspace - and Camille Georgeson-Usher and Bryan Winters, contributing writers to the newly released companion publication to Couzyn's latest body of work. This intimate conversation will expand on Couzyn's practice as an artist and sculptor, and consider his work in the context of Inuk cultural practices.

About the Participants
Couzyn van Heuvelen is an Inuk sculptor and installation artist originally from Iqaluit, NU, currently based in Bowmanville, ON. Van Heuvelen received his BFA from York University in 2011 and his MFA in 2015 from NSCAD University. His artistic practice primarily consists of sculptural and installation works that draw from both art history and Inuit life. Across his varied pieces, he fuses traditional practices and forms with contemporary materials and fabrication processes.

Bryan Winters ​is a Nunatsiavut beneficiary from Happy Valley - Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador. He attended Saint Mary’s University in Halifax prior to completing the Electronics Engineering Technician Program at the Nova Scotia Community College Waterfront campus in Dartmouth, NS. This led to a career as an Electronics Maintenance Technician on the North Warning System (NWS). Since relocating to Toronto, he has worked as the program coordinator of the Igloo Tag Trademark Program at the Inuit Art Foundation and as a researcher for the Arctic Amazon Project at OCAD University’s Wapatah Centre for Indigenous Visual Knowledge. Winters is the Executive Director of the Toronto Inuit Association and studies Indigenous Public Administration and Governance through First Nations Technical Institute in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory and Ryerson University in Toronto.

Camille Georgeson-Usher is a Coast Salish / Sahtu Dene / Scottish scholar, artist, and writer from Galiano Island, British Columbia which is the land of the Pune’laxutth’ (Penelakut) Nation. Usher completed her MA in Art History at Concordia University. Her thesis, “more than just flesh: the arts as resistance and sexual empowerment,” focused on how the arts may be used as a tool to engage Indigenous youth in discussions of health and sexuality. She is currently a PhD student in the Cultural Studies department at Queen’s University and has been awarded the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship for her research-creation work looking at how Indigenous protocols from different nations intersect in urban centres. She was awarded the 2018 Canadian Art Writing Prize and most recently has had work exhibited in Soundings: an exhibition in five parts at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre in Kingston, ON. Usher is the Executive Director of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective as the organization shifts to a non-hierarchical structure.