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Experiencing the Northeast Swale


Finding City Community Arts and Meewasin are holding a project allowing participants to experience and then learn to make relief prints about Saskatoon's Northeast Swale. On Sunday, June 5th participants will be provided the opportunity to spend an immersive day in the Swale - learning about its ecology and history from Meewasin interpreters, collecting materials and taking photographs (cameras provided) to be used in the follow-up art project, and taking individual time to reflect on the experience of the Swale. The following Sunday, June 12th, artist Michael Peterson will teach participants how to make relief prints using the materials they collected in the Swale. Michael will use these prints, as well as others he makes, to create an installation at the Meewasin Valley Interpretive Centre during September and October, allowing people who have not visited the Swale to experience it through art.

The Northeast Swale is an ancient riverbed at the city's northeast edge, home to over 200 species of plants, 100 species of birds, as well as deer and other mammals, amphibians, and reptiles. As Saskatoon's development approaches closer to the Swale, this project will support participants in connecting more deeply with Saskatoon's land and ecology, providing an opportunity to consider the role we wish natural sites such as the Swale to have in Saskatoon's future. 

Sunday, June 5th, 10am to 3pm: Immersive art walk in the Northeast Swale
Sunday, June 12th, 10am to 3pm: Follow-up relief printing workshop at Void Gallery

Price: Free
Registration: Email michael@voidgallery.ca to register and reserve your spot

This project is provided free of charge for participants with funding support from the Saskatchewan Arts Board and SaskCulture/Saskatchewan Lotteries, with community partners Meewasin, BLDG Studio, and Void Gallery.