Toronto Media Arts Centre

Barbara Laronde Award Exhibition Opening

January 17, 5:00 PM

Native Women in the Arts

In Small Gallery

In recognition of the 5th Annual Barbara Laronde Award, NWIA is pleased to present an exhibition featuring the work of the 2015 -2019 Barbara Laronde Award Winners: Aylan Couchie, Janelle Wawia, Lucille Atlookan, Caitlyn Bird, and Joe Wood.

Join us on Friday, January 17, 2020, for the opening of the exhibition along with the presentation of the 5th Annual Barbara Laronde Award to winner Joe Wood, with a performance by Melody McKiver, with a catered reception and bar, and beats by DJ Jams, as part of the Inaabandam Symposium. This is a FREE event and all are welcome.

On Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 2:15 PM there will be an opportunity to hear the artists speak about their work and answer questions. This artist talk will take place in the gallery at the Toronto Media Art Centre.

The Barbara Laronde award was created to honour the legacy of NWIA founder Sandra Laronde and her vision and commitment to Indigenous artists. It celebrates and acknowledges the career of one outstanding, emerging Northern-Ontario based Indigenous and Gender Marginalized artist, recognizing the geographic and economic barriers that many Northern artists face.

Sandra Laronde’s 19 years of leadership at NWIA paved the way for many Indigenous artists at various stages of their careers. The award is named after her mother, Barbara, who has been the backbone of her family and a leader in the Northern Ontario community, Temagami First Nation. Barbara inspired her children to be creative and entrepreneurial, and it is with this spirit that NWIA launched this award.