Amalie Atkins, Saskatoon

Amalie Atkins is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in Saskatoon. Her work is firmly grounded in the prairies. She creates cinematic fables through a blend of film, textiles, installations, performance and photography, imprinting a fictional world onto to everyday life. Amalie has been described as equal parts virtuoso fabulist and technical wizard, as both magician and auteur, as an uncompromising visionary. Her work is unique in its merging of traditional elements with a do-it-yourself, hands-on aesthetic.

She has participated in group shows at the Dunlop Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Swift Current, the Estevan Art Gallery, the Moose Jaw Museum and the Mendel Art Gallery. In 2014, she had a solo exhibition at the MacKenzie Art Gallery and the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, followed by two solo shows in Saskatoon. Her photographs have appeared on the covers of Canadian Art Magazine, Visual Arts News, Grain Magazine, CV2, and MUZE magazine (Paris). Atkins was the recipient of the Locale Art Award for Western Canada in 2011 and long listed for the Sobey Art Award in 2012 and 2013. She has exhibited widely nationally and internationally, including Armenia, Berlin, London and New York City.

Her work has toured with major survey exhibitions, most notably Mass MoCA and the Textile Museum of Canada. Her newest film was commissioned by the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto). Amalie’s work is also featured in the Saskatchewan Arts Board Permanent Collection. Upcoming exhibitions will take place in Estevan, Regina, Romania, Hungary and Austria.

 

 

Kenneth T. Williams, Saskatoon

Kenneth T. Williams is a Cree playwright and dramaturg from the George Gordon First Nation in Treaty 4 territory. He is the first Indigenous person to earn an master of fine arts degree in playwriting from the University of Alberta. His plays, In Care, Café Daughter, Gordon Winter, Thunderstick, Bannock Republic, Suicide Notes and Three Little Birds have been produced across Canada.

He has garnered the critical acclaim of some of Canada’s finest actors, including the late Gordon Tootoosis, Tantoo Cardinal and Lorne Cardinal, who have each acted in one or more of his productions. Lorne Cardinal says, “I’ve had the pleasure of working with Kenneth T. Williams in many capacities as actor, director and dramaturg. Each time, I walk away amazed by his capacity to create and collaborate with artists while not losing his vision or voice.”

As a playwright, Kenneth doesn’t shy away from difficult topics or gloss over problems. He handles heavy subject matter with grace, dignity and humour. His reverence for Indigenous cultures and peoples shines through in his plays. Kenneth’s work encourages people to learn more about Canadian history, so we can move forward as a society, armed with information that is real, relevant and often uncensored.

Kenneth has served as the playwright-in-residence at the University of Saskatchewan and Artistic Director for Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre in Saskatoon. He also sits on the advisory committee for the National Arts Centre’s Indigenous Theatre Section.

 

 

 

 

Photo of Amalie Atkins: Cathy Terepocki

Photo of Kenneth T. Williams: Stefen Winchester