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WAG offers full slate of programming linked to new exhibition

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For Anna Wiebe, the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s head of education, the Off The Beaten Path exhibition presents unique programming opportunities. "It gave me the opportunity to reach into areas of the community I don’t normally get to, which is really exciting," she adds.

In partnership with many community and arts organizations, Wiebe has put together a full slate of programming related to the exhibit. All events are free, but Wiebe urges people to register as space is limited. To register call 204–789–1290 or email

Visit for the full schedule of events.

Conversation Cafe - Violence against women: Does culture matter?

  • Thursday, Feb. 20 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Winnipeg Art Gallery, Islamic Social Services Association, (ISSA) and the Institute for International Women’s Rights — Manitoba will present an evening of sharing and conversation cafés about culture and violence against women. Featured panellists include Shahina Siddiqui (ISSA), Mary Scott (Institute for International Women’s Rights — Manitoba) and Nahanni Fontaine (the province’s special adviser on aboriginal women’s issues). "It’s a chance for people to have their questions answered by people in the know," Wiebe says.

Rebecca Belmore Performance

  • Saturday, March 1, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The WAG and the University of Winnipeg Institute for Women’s & Gender Studies (IWGS) have commissioned acclaimed artist Rebecca Belmore to create a new performance work in connection with Off the Beaten Path. "It will take place in an undisclosed location and we’re presenting a live stream at the gallery," Wiebe says. Presented in partnership with Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art and Ka Ni Kanichihk. Supported by the Manitoba Arts Council.

Rebecca Belmore Artist Talk

  • Sunday, March 2, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Join Belmore for a discussion about her performance piece.

Self-defence for Women

  • Monday, March 17, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

This class will introduce a number of basic techniques conducted by Sensei Viet Doan, head instructor of Minh Duc Jiu Jitsu Self-Defense. "This is something new for us that we’re excited about," Wiebe says.

A Long Table Conversation: Art, Violence, and Change

  • Friday, April 4 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The IWGS and the WAG invite artists, activists and members of the public to participate in a long-table discussion about art, gender violence and change. "It’s a different model; we didn’t want to have a top-down approach," Wiebe says. "There will be a long table and people can take spots that open up at the table to join the conversation."

Testimonial Two-Day Writing Workshop

  • Saturday, April 5 & Sunday, April 6, 11 a.m to 5 p.m.

The WAG will host a two-day testimonial writing workshop facilitated by The Voices and Faces Project, a Chicago-based initiative that aims to "bring the names, faces and stories of survivors of sexual violence and trafficking to the attention of the public." Participants will take part in a series of writing exercises in a supported environment.

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