Many Voices: Bellevue House


Parks Canada proudly presents Many Voices Indigenous Community Art Initiative at Bellevue House National Historic Site in Kingston, Ontario. Concentrating on relationships, the LandMarks2017/Repères2017 program for Many Voices is invested in the idea that the land claims us, that wherever we are from, it is possible for us to be changed by the land around us.

The projects, sites and artists as part of Many Voices, will centre curatorial themes that are engaged with expansive ideas of history, place and belonging. In the scope of considering Confederation for this exhibition project, these concepts reveal how narratives can shape increasingly inclusive histories that centre diverse voices and Indigenous land-bases. Curator Tania Willard presents Many Voices as a site of deeper reflection on our relationships to the lands, animals and multiple interconnected systems by which we are implicated. Our shared stories, at their heart, are about land, belonging, language(s) and culture(s) that stem from our interconnectedness with the earth.

The Many Voices indoor exhibition at Bellevue House NHS will showcase a representation of LandMarks2017/Repères2017 artist works as well as a selection from the Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada’s Aboriginal Art collection. The exhibition will also importantly engage with new research-creation and inquiry by Queen’s University graduate students as part of Dylan Robinson’s LandMarks2017/Repères2017 course, “Park Life: Interventions in Public Space.” Many Voices draws together LandMarks2017/Repères2017 artist projects that are working in sites as disparate as Rouge National Urban Park in Toronto, to the first park East of the Rocky Mountains, Thousand Islands National Park, and more remote parks in the North such as Vuntut National Park, and the uniquely designated Pingo National Landmark. As part of Many Voices, artists are telling stories untold, singing songs unsung and drawing out connections to land, communities and histories in conversation with Bellevue House NHS, which was once home to John A. Macdonald prior to becoming Canada’s first Prime Minister, on Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory.

Many Voices will address unmarked histories, (re)imagine relationships to land, and elaborate on experiences of place and belonging beyond the interior of the Bellevue House NHS and onto the landscaped grounds through an outdoor exhibition. The live presentations program for Many Voices will feature LandMarks2017/Repères2017 performances by artists critically engaged with discourses of land and take place in June 2017. The closing performance will be presented on Thanksgiving Weekend 2017.

Admission to Bellevue House NHS, including the Many Voices exhibition, is free throughout 2017.

Many Voices Indigenous Community Art Initiative is curated by Tania Willard with assistant curator, Carina Magazzeni, as part of LandMarks2017/Repères2017. Presented by Parks Canada.

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Project Curated by:
Tania Willard and Carina Magazzeni

Project Location:
Bellevue House National Historic Site

Melissa General, Nitewaké:non (photographic series), still image, 2015

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