Call for Presentations; panels, papers or talks: Winnipeg Beading Symposium

Call for Presentations; panels, papers or talks
Deadline: May 17th, 2019

Winnipeg 2020 is seeking presentations in the form of panels, papers or talks relating to beading and how it connects with identity and community.

Proposals are welcome from contributors of all backgrounds and perspectives of contemporary and traditional beadwork ranging from academics to artisans. Creative and innovative presentation methods are welcomed.

Beading Symposium: Winnipeg 2020 is a multi-venue beading symposium organized by the Manitoba Craft Council. The Manitoba Museum and Urban Shaman Contemporary Art Gallery are collaborative project partners. The symposium will be hosted at the Manitoba Museum in Winnipeg, Manitoba February 6th to 9th 2020.

Selection process

Speakers, panelists and presenters will be selected by a jury consisting of the main organizing committee of Beading Symposium: Winnipeg 2020.

Contributing organizations will assemble panels for the symposium through the call for panels, papers and talks integrated with select local and national contributors to create robust and diverse conversations about beading.


Daina Warren is from the Akamihk (Cree) Nation in Maskwacis (Bear Hills), AB. Warren was selected as one of the six Indigenous women curators as part of the Canada Council for the Arts Delegation to participate in the International First Nations Curators Exchange that took place in Australia (2015) New Zealand (2016), and Canada (2017). Recently she was awarded with the Hnatyshyn Foundation Award for Curatorial Excellency (Sept. 2018). She is currently the Director of Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Franchesca Hebert-Spence is one of the Adjunct Curators of Indigenous Art at the Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta. Her grandmother, Marion Ida Spence, was from Sagkeeng, Manitoba. Hebert-Spence’s research centres around beadwork and its inherent community building.

Maureen Matthews is the Curator of Cultural Anthropology at the Manitoba Museum, Winnipeg, Manitoba. She Is engaged in collaborative research and educational practice not as a collector so much as a maker/scholar. She Is Interested In creating opportunities for Indigenous access to Indigenous collections so that the collections themselves can play their proper community role as teachers.

Tammy Sutherland is Director of the Manitoba Craft Council, Winnipeg, Manitoba. She grew up In Treaty 1 Territory and is of German, Scottish and Irish descent. She studied Textiles, Craft History and Photography (BFA) at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and History and Women’s Studies (BA) at the University of Winnipeg. Over the past three decades, she has worked with numerous community-based arts and social justice initiatives.

Application Documents

Please upload one PDF with your full name as the file name, including:

  1. Cover Letter (1 page max)
  2. CV or Professional Resume (3 pages max)
  3. Proposal (1 page max)
  4. Images of beadwork referenced (if applicable, 10 max)

Proposals can be emailed to Franchesca Hebert-Spence at [email protected] by May 17th, 2019 midnight CST.


For any questions about the program or application process, please contact Katrina Craig, Manitoba Craft Council Programme Coordinator, at 1 (204) 615-3951 or [email protected]

Winnipeg Beading Symposium is able to provide a limited amount of support in putting an application together. If you have specific needs that you would like us to address or any concerns, please reach out or mention them in your application.