Four Lands of Mississauga & Peel Region

Artists:

Ruth Howard, Adrienne Marcus Raja, Sharada Eswar, Heather Long, Binaeshee-Quae Nabigon-Couchie, Marianne Alas, others tbd

Partners:

Public Activities at the Art Gallery of Mississauga

Opening:
Thursday Feb. 22, 6:00 to 8:00pm

Evolving installation open until Saturday April 14
Drop-In Workshops:
Thursdays evenings, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5
5:30 to 8:00pm, other dates tbd

Closing Celebration

Art Gallery of Mississauga
300 City Centre Dr, Mississauga
Thursday April 12,
6:00 to 8:00pm
*Other workshops with community groups tbd


Artist Profiles

Ruth Howard

Ruth Howard is the founding Artistic Director of Jumblies Theatre. She and Jumblies have created multi-year residencies resulting in large scale performances, in a series of Toronto neighbourhoods, resulting in large-scale productions and lasting Offshoot organizations. She has worked across Canada and in England as a theatre designer, has taught at many universities, colleges and schools, amentored many emerging artists and organizations, and won many awards for her work. In 2015 Ruth and Jumblies produced the west-to-east-coast Train of Thought tour with partners across the country. Her most recent projects with Jumblies include the May/June 2017 Touching Ground Festival of new works in Toronto and the Four Lands tour.

Adrienne Marcus Raja

Adrienne explores a range of practices which blends in painting, puppetry, audio, installation, moving images, and photography. As a Malaysian with a Kelabit and Hainan ancestory, she is a multi-disciplinary artist currently living in Toronto. Her works has been presented nationally and internationally. She is an MFA graduate of Ryerson University in Documentary Media. She also holds a BA degree in Mass Communication and Television Production from Curtin University. She is the first recipient of Jumblies’ Al Levitt Memorial Award. She enjoys travelling as well as learning alongside people from different backgrounds and communities. She is currently the Tour Coordinator for Jumblies’ most recent collaborative touring project, The Four Lands. She is also Jumblies’ Arts Management Intern (thanks to an Ontario Arts Council Compass grant). 

Sharada Eswar

WRITER, STORYTELLER, SINGER AND ARTS EDUCATOR, SHARADA ESWAR’S WORK SPANS ACROSS MULTI DISCIPLINES AND ART FORMS. A GRADUATE IN LITERATURE STUDIES, SHE TRAINED TO BE A WRITER AND A STORYTELLER. SIMULTANEOUSLY SHE ALSO IMMERSED MYSELF IN CARNATIC MUSIC (SOUTH INDIAN CLASSICAL MUSIC) IN CHENNAI, INDIA. SHE ALSO TOOK TO MANY OTHER STYLES INCLUDING HINDUSTANI CLASSICAL (PATIALA GHARANA) RABINDRA SANGEET, ABHANG AND EUROPEAN. WHILE MAINTAINING HER VEENA STUDIES, HER INTEREST SHIFTED TO THE VOICE AND STORYTELLING. SHE WAS PART OF THE TEAM REPRESENTING INDIA AT THE INDIA ABROAD SHOW IN PARIS AND NEW YORK. SHE WAS ALSO ONE OF THE THREE CHOSEN BY THE CENTRES CULTURELS DES LIONS CLUBS DE PARIS TO PRESENT INDIAN CULTURE IN NORMANDY, FRANCE. SINCE THEN, SHE HAS BEEN PERFORMING AND TEACHING IN TORONTO AND INTERNATIONALLY, DRAWING ON HER OWN SOUTH ASIAN ANCESTRY AND HERITAGE. A PUBLISHED CHILDREN’S AUTHOR, SHARADA IS AT PRESENT THE COMMUNITY ACTIVATOR AT THE ART GALLERY OF MISSISSAUGA AND HAS BEEN THE CULTURAL ANIMATOR (MISSISSAUGA/PEEL) THROUGH THE ONTARIO ARTS COUNCIL.

Marianne Alas

MARIANNE IS A COSTUME MAKER AND TEXTILE ARTIST WORKING PRIMARILY IN COMMUNITY ARTS. SHE STUDIED FINE ARTS THE UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH AND FASHION AND MILLENARY AT GEORGE BROWN COLLEGE. SHE IS ALSO A TRAINED COOK AND, WHEN NOT BUSY WITH COSTUMES AND FABRIC ARTS, CAN BE FOUND MAKING AND ORGANIZING FOOD FOR PRODUCTION TEAMS, COMMUNITY MEMBERS, PERFORMERS AND AUDIENCES. SHE HAS BEEN THE HEAD OF COSTUME FOR MANY PRODUCTIONS AT JUMBLIES  (LIKE AND OLD TALE), ARTS 4 ALL (I WAS A BRAVE CHILD) AND THE COMMUNITY ARTS GUILD (TRAIN PAYANAM). SHE HAS ALSO WORKED ON COSTUMES FOR VIDEO CABARET (THE WAR OF 1812, THE GREAT WAR), AANMITAAGZI (WHEN WILL YOU RAGE) AND THE LUMINATO FESTIVAL (L’ALLEGRO MOVEMENT PROJECT, WINTER SNOW).

Heather Long

Heather Long is a visual artist currently living in Toronto, ON. She graduated from York University in 2011 with a BFA in painting and drawing. Currently, Heather is working on creating mixed media pieces which reflect nature and her everyday surroundings.

Binaeshee-Quae Couchie-Nabigon

Fortunate to have been born into an artful family, she has always felt free to dream: Binaeshee-Quae (Loon Clan) is a singer songwriter, actor & community arts enthusiast from Biigtigong First Nation. She works with many different mediums but the voice is the “heart of her art”. She performs jazzy-alterna-folk & onomatopoeically crafted lyrics. Her first full length album “Ooof” was released in 2013 & is planning a follow-up release in the coming year. Binaeshee-Quae has been involved in community arts as an artist, presenter, workshop facilitator & volunteer since 2009. She has worked professionally for community arts organizations such as Aanmitaagzi (2011-2017) and more recently Jumblies (2017) where she assists and collaborates in music, theatre, movement & visual arts activities.