On Friday, August 9, we'll be launching our next community-engaged art project with Toronto artist Akhata Naik. Created for the final Niibi Gathering, a series of 3 water themed events at the Awen' Gathering Place this summer, Akshata will lead participants through an expeiential art project around the experience of migration.
The experience of migration, often by water can be very different from one person to another. Following an introduction and ceremony with Elder and Oshkaabewis-messenger, James Carpenter, Toronto artist Akshata Naik leads an interactive art project inviting participants to reflect on our personal history, travel, identity and where and to whom we feel most connected. Let’s recognize and celebrate our diverse stories and identities.
This event is held on International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples and the eve of Sidelaunch Days Collingwood Harbour Festival.
Event Time: 7:00
Location: Awen' Gathering Place, located at the North end of Cedar Street.
For more information about the Awen' Gathering Place and the Niibi Gatherings, click here.
Akshata has a Masters in Visual Arts from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda and completed a certificate course at Humber College for the Arts Administration and Cultural Management program. She has also been appointed the member of Program Advisory Committee at Humber College for the Arts Administration and Cultural Management program.
Akshata is Program and Gallery Manager at Arts Etobicoke, and has been teaching at Art Ignite, Neilson Park Creative Centre & Vibe Arts. She has teaching experience as an Assistant Professor & In-charge Dean at Faculty of Fine Arts at Parul University, India from 2015 until 2017 before her move to Canada. Most recently, she presented at The Gathering 1.0 organized by Cultural Pluralism in the Art Movement Ontario (CPAMO), at Emergence Symposium organized by Neighbourhood Arts Network and Toronto Arts Council and at Neilson Park Creative Centre.
Akshata has exhibited internationally in Britain, India, and Canada. In 2016, she exhibited in a solo show at the Artcore Gallery, UK which was very well documented by BBC and Derby Telegraph. In 2018, Akshata participated in multidisciplinary art exhibition organized by CPAMO at Artscape Youngplace and at the Coldstream Fine art Gallery in Toronto. https://akshatanaik.com