Regina-based artist Audie Murray was named the first Indigenous Artist in Residence in the City of Regina, launching a new cultural program launched earlier this year.
An open call for part-time residencies opened in June, inviting submissions of proposals to be considered for initial appointments. The city turned to an “expert panel of art experts” to make the final selection, which was announced Wednesday.
“The Indigenous Artists in Residence program celebrates and amplifies the voices of Indigenous artists and their artistic and cultural presence in our communities,” the City of Regina said in a press release.
Murray, who was unable to be interviewed this week, is a visual artist at Misif who “explores contemporary culture, embodying experience and living duality” to restore physical autonomy for indigenous peoples. She works in multiple mediums, including sculpture, indigenous beadwork, and cultural tattoos using stick-and-poke and skin-stitch methods.
“These modes of work help reconstruct our collective connections to the body, our ancestral knowledge systems, and space and time,” says the release.
During her residency, Murray explored the theme of ‘Urban Nativeness’ and the work she created will be added to the city’s civic collections for the future.
In her proposal, Murray said she would use hand-bead weaving techniques to create large-scale beaded wall hangings.
She also curates community engagement programs, such as teaching beadwork workshops to local youth and working with local cultural leaders.
Murray graduated from Camosun College, the University of Regina, and the University of Calgary. She has participated in international exhibitions in the UK and US as well as across Canada.
Several pieces of Murray’s work are currently included in a groundbreaking exhibition of contemporary Aboriginal beadwork titled ‘Radical Stitches,’ which is on display at the Mackenzie Art Gallery until September 25.
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