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, offsite workshops and other activities as arranged (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  touring project was inspired by a 2010 evolving gallery project at Cedar Ridge Creative Centre – the Three Lands of Scarborough, and a residency at North Bay’s White Water Gallery, in partnership with Aanmitaagzi in 2013 – the Four Lands of Nipissing.

Lead Artist: Ruth Howard
Tour Coordinator: Adrienne Marcus Raja
with other Jumblies and local artists at each location

 Where we are headed

May 17 to June 4, 2017

We will bring the Four Lands project back to Toronto, for a  residency 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.

Winnipeg & Saskatchewan
Fall 2017

Where we’ve been

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.

4Lands - OttawaValley Draft 2
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

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.

Sept. 27th – Oct. 1st, 2016

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

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.

Nov. 18 to 26, 2016

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

What People Have Been Saying

Thunder Bay

Ottawa Valley

Sioux Lookout




Funders: Ontario Arts Council (Provincial & National Touring Programmes), Ontario Trillium Foundation, Canada Council for the Arts, Youth and Interning Artists funded by the Inspirit Foundation, Miziwe Biik Aborigional Employment and the Metcalf Foundation

Other Locations
We would like to bring this project to other locations, time and funds permitting. If you are interested, please contact