CARRIE ALLISON – Beading Workshops and Circles

Calling Participants for Large-scale Beading Project
Beading Workshops and Circles at the NSCAD Treaty Space Gallery (1107 Marginal Road, Halifax)

February 20, 6-9pm              March 6, 6-9pm

February 27, 6-9pm              March 13, 6-9pm

 Sîpîy (River) is a project that follows the course of three great rivers through long hours, days and months of beading. Two rivers I am beading (the Heart, Alberta and the Fraser, British Columbia) will be on display at the Anna Leonowens Gallery, from March 20-31st, 2018. The beading of a third river, the Shubenacadie, is an ongoing community project.

This community-based project stands in solidarity with water protectors and the Stop Alton Gas group; who are actively occupying space along the Shubenacadie River to protest the destruction of the rivers’ ecosystem by the environmental threat Alton Gas poses. This beading project is an honouring of the space of the river. Many hands will join together and bead the space of the river, culminating in a forty-foot beading of the Shubenacadie River. Beading circles and informal workshops will be held at the NSCAD Treaty Spaces Gallery every Tuesday for a month starting February 20th. If you would like to get involved, or if you want to know more, please contact Carrie through

The intention of this project is for participants, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, to come together and collectively honour the space of the Shubenacadie River. Indigenous participants are encouraged to embellish using their ancestral knowledge that has been passed down from generation to generation. Non-Indigenous participants are encouraged to keep in mind settler responsibility and issues of cultural appropriation. This is an exercise in building treaty relations between settlers and Indigenous nations and humans to mother earth.

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