Celebrating Success

Heather Benning's artwork, The Altar, brings to light the true story of a young couple in rural Saskatchewan who came to tragic ends. It was recently purchased by the Saskatchewan Arts Board's Permanent Collection.

Regina artist-run printmaking centre Articulate Ink realized its goal of establishing an artist residency, with the help of a Saskatchewan Arts Board grant.

The Saskatchewan Arts Board added 25 new pieces of art to our Permanent Collection this fall. Many of the artists are new to the collection.

When administrators at a Regina inner-city school saw a gap in their educational offerings, they turned to a Saskatchewan Arts Board grant to enable student participation in Indigenous cultural art-making.

Dance is attracting attention globally as a movement practice that benefits those with Parkinson’s. Dance engages participants’ minds and bodies, creates an enjoyable, social environment for artistic exploration and emphasizes balance and rhythm. Dancer Fran Gilboy is working with participants in Regina on a class funded by a Saskatchewan Arts Board grant.

With the help of an Artists in Schools grant, Wadena Elementary School invited Elders and artists from nearby Fishing Lake First Nation, where a number of their students live, to share traditional teachings. 

AKA Artist Run is located in the heart Saskatoon’s core neighbourhood of Riversdale. The area has a diverse and culturally rich community but faces pressures from gentrification and challenges related to food security. AKA’s Locals Only project responds to these critical issues by partnering with CHEP Good Food Inc. on a mobile service truck.

Air Ronge artist Donna Langhorne is not one to shy away from difficult topics. Her recent body of work, a series of seven large paintings, addresses contemporary issues facing Indigenous peoples. Topics include addiction, missing and murdered Indigenous women and residential school experiences.

The Saskatchewan Arts Board’s Permanent Collection has grown by three artworks, thanks to the generosity of patrons of the opening reception of Art Now 2017, the Saskatchewan Fine Art Fair, presented by SaskGalleries.

Wally Dion’s Star Blanket has put on a lot of kilometres since it was purchased by the Saskatchewan Arts Board for its Permanent Collection in 2006. The unique piece, a First Nations star blanket fashioned from computer circuit boards, has been loaned to numerous galleries across Saskatchewan and Canada.