Four Lands

Four Lands is a Jumblies touring project hosted by partners across the country. It explores and expresses people’s relationships to a place: what they like, want to change, remember, have learned, hold in mind from different places and times, wish for and imagine. Visiting and local artists and diverse community members of all ages and backgrounds create and bring to life their own lands, through drawings, miniature models, words, music, conversation and performance.


Four Lands takes the form of an evolving gallery, with ongoing public drop-ins, workshops and other activities  (e.g. artist/historical talks, visits by specific community groups, professional development workshops), a project launch and final presentation and celebration.

The project is facilitated by a team of artists from Jumblies and the host location, mixing forms and traditions. An open-ended number of people and groups can take part in the activities and events.

This 2016-18  touring project was inspired by a 2010 evolving gallery project at Cedar Ridge Creative Centre – the Three Lands of Scarborough, and a 2013 residency at North Bay’s White Water Gallery, in partnership with Aanmitaagzi  – the Four Lands of Nipissing.

Lead Artist: Ruth Howard
Tour Coordinator & Media/Visual Artist: Adrienne Marcus Raja
with many other Jumblies and local artists at each location

 What’s Next?

After 2 years, and a 7-week residency at the Art Gallery of Mississauga, our Four Lands tour has come to a gentle end, although we are still open to bringing it to some new locations, in response to invitations.

 Where we’ve been..

Mississauga & Peel Region
Feb. 22nd – Apr. 12th, 2018

with Art Gallery of Mississauga

Feb. 7th – Feb. 9th, 2018

with/avec: Le Conseil des aînés et des aînées de NDG – NDG Senior Citizens’ Council & Dayaway Storytellers

Jan. 12th – Jan 21th, 2018

with Creative ManitobaThe Edge Gallery & Urban Art Centre

Nov. 20th  – Nov 25th, 2017

with Common Weal Community ArtsHeritage Community Association, Thompson Community School, Listen to ‘Dis, Street Culture Project, Regina Public Library – Glen Elm Branch, Regina Qu’ Appelle Health Region (RQHR),Regina Immigrant Women’s Centre

South West Saskatchewan
Nov. 13th  – Nov 18th, 2017

with Sky Story StudioGrand Coteau Heritage & Cultural Centre and schools in Val Marie, Ponteix, Shaunavon and Swift Current.

May 17th – June 4th, 2017

in residence at the Evergreen Brick Works, with a finale including two new musical works (by Jason Doell and Juliet Palmer), in partnership with Continuum Contemporary Music. Part of the Touching Ground Festival.

Nov. 18th – Nov. 26th, 2016

in Halifax/Kijipuktuk & Sipekne’katik, with Wonder’Neath and NSCAD University

Oct. 19th – 29th, 2016

with Vancouver Moving Theatre and the Downtown Eastside Heart of a City Festival. This episode will have a special focus and be called Realms of Refuge.

Sept. 27th – Oct. 1st, 2016

with the Arts Hub of Kenora Association of Community Living (KACL).

Sioux Lookout Four Lands Poster
Sioux Lookout
Sept. 17th – 24th, 2016

with the Municipality of Sioux Lookout and local groups: Sioux Lookout Aboriginal Health Authority,  Kasabonika First Nation, Lac Seul First Nation, Pelican Falls First Nations High School, Friends of Cedar Bay, Sioux Lookout Native Friendship Centre, Sacred Heart School, Girl Guides and others.

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Ottawa Valley
Apr. 30th – May 8th, 2016

with Ottawa Valley Creative Arts Open Studio, South of 60 Arts Centre, Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn First Nation and others

Print and Web
Thunder Bay
Apr. 11th – 17th, 2016

with Community Arts Heritage and Education Project (CAHEP), the Baggage Building Arts Centre, Victoriaville Centre, and March of Dimes Canada.

 Media Coverage:

Thunder Bay

Ottawa Valley

Sioux Lookout






Mississauga & Peel Region

Funders: Canada Council for the Arts (National Touring Program), Ontario Arts Council (Provincial & National Touring Programmes),Ontario 150,Youth and Interning Artists funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Inspirit Foundation, the Metcalf Foundation, Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment, Canada Summer Jobs & the Government of Ontario.

If you are interested in this project, please contact