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A Primary Colours/Couleurs primaires Event
Thursday, April 18, 2019.
Doors at 7, Performance at 7:30pm
AKA/PAVED Arts Event Space
FREE/PWYC at the door, all are welcome.

Chris Creighton-Kelly and France Trépanier will enact a performative presentation, Land : Landed, concerned with two grand, historical narratives that impact contemporary, Canadian art discourses. One is the importance of Indigenous ways of knowing, specifically the centrality of land and its connection to art making. The other is the unprecedented migration of humans around the globe, specifically people of colour who arrive in the territory known as Canada, who bring their art practices with them. What do these two narratives have to do with one other?

Primary Colours/Couleurs primaires is an ongoing initiative designed to place Indigenous art practices at the centre of the art system. Primary Colours/Couleurs primaires also asserts that art practices by people of colour play a critical role in any discussion that imagines the future(s) of the art world.

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France Trépanier is a visual artist, curator and researcher of Kanien’kéha:ka and French ancestry. Her work has been presented in Canada and Europe. Her artworks are included in many private and public collections, including the Indigenous Art Centre in Gatineau and the Museum of Civilization in Quebec. Her essays and articles have been published in numerous journals and magazines. France was selected, by the Canada Council for the Arts, to be part of the International Indigenous Curators Exchange in New Zealand and the 2017 Venice Biennale. France held a diplomatic post as First Secretary, Cultural Affairs at the Canadian Embassy in Paris and directed the Centre for New Media at the Canadian Cultural Centre. France was the co-recipient, with Chris Creighton-Kelly, of the 2012 Audain Aboriginal Curatorial Fellowship awarded by the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. France is co-chair of the Indigenous Program Council at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and is a member of the Aboriginal Educational Council at Ontario College of Art and Design University.


Chris Creighton-Kelly is an interdisciplinary artist, writer and cultural critic. He was born in the UK of South Asian/British heritage. His artworks have been presented across Canada and in India, Europe and the U.S.A. This work has been internationally recognized with various grants and awards from five countries. Chris has been creating performances since 1978. He has been
consistently concerned with the convergence of racialized identities within their cultural contexts – both host and diasporic as well as technologies which simulate these relationships – both new and old, both popular and esoteric. He has been persistently interested by questions of absence in the discourses of the Western art world – whose epistemology is unquestioned?…who is not represented?…who has power?…who not?- and how these questions are (re)presented using constantly developing media systems. Chris also works as an arts policy consultant. He has worked for community arts organizations, many of Canada’s cultural institutions and various governments. His work regarding racial equity at the Canada Council for the Arts has been internationally recognized. Chris appreciates his audiences a lot.

France and Chris co-authored the document Understanding Aboriginal Arts in Canada Today: A Knowledge and Literature Review, commissioned by the Canada Council for the Arts. They are co-directing Primary Colours/Couleurs primaires, a national 3-year initiative (2016 to 2019) which seeks to place Indigenous art practices at the centre of the Canadian art system.

Related Events:
Opportunity to meet with Chris and France
Wednesday, April 17 & Thursday, April 18
Beginning in the afternoon of April 17th and carrying through April 18th Primary Colours/Couleurs primaireswill be available to have informal meetings with members of the community. If you are interested in meeting Chris Creighton-Kelly and France Trépanier please contact David LaRiviere at or 306-652-5532.

Primary Colours/Couleurs primaires — Information Session
Friday, April 19, 2019
An all-day gathering to explore the possibility of establishing an incubation project in Saskatoon, with Primary Colours/Couleurs primaires co-founders Chris Creighton-Kelly and France Trépanier. Primary Colours/Couleurs primaires is an ongoing initiative designed to place Indigenous art practices at the centre of the art system.