FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Students from l’École acadienne de Truro unveil De la boue et du vent - Our Stories, Our Land exhibition
March 20, 2012—HALIFAX, NS — On Thursday March 22nd, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia will unveil De la boue et du vent – Our Stories, Our Land, an exhibition of artwork produced by sixteen Grade 5 students from l’École acadienne de Truro. Led by accomplished artist François Gaudet, the exhibition explores the students’ historical and cultural connections to l’Acadie and challenges them to consider their identity in relationship to their local heritage. Opening with an 11.30am reception, participating students, teachers and other special guests will be in attendance to celebrate and showcase the hard work and creativity of all the youth involved.
This exciting and exploratory project began with a road trip that took the students to several historic places where Acadians lived around Cobequid Bay before le Grand Derangement of 1755. Back at school, working with Halifax based artist François Gaudet, students looked at their own cultural identity by using photographs of their faces and painting over them to create a self portrait. Students then worked with their teachers, Miss Collette Samson (social science) and Mrs. Juliana Barnard (cultural animator) to develop a portrait of the historical and cultural landscape of the region. Lastly, they investigated their place in history by making connections between their personal and historic discoveries, as seen in their portrait paintings.
“Creating opportunities for students and teachers across the province to engage with local artists and create artwork is a key aspect of both the ArtsSmarts Nova Scotia and GénieArts Nouvelle-Écosse programs,” said Kris Webster, AGNS Assistant Curator of Programs. “This exhibition at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is an opportunity to share with our visitors the incredible artwork created at l'École acadienne de Truro.”
“I enjoyed visiting the Acadian dykes and doing this project,” said one enthusiastic student. “It was a lot of fun and I learned many techniques. My favourite part was when we did the portraits of us. Thank you very much Mr. François and ArtsSmarts.”
De la boue et du vent, Our Stories, Our Land will remain on view at the Gallery until August, 2012.
This project and exhibition was made possible through a partnership between ArtsSmarts Nova Scotia, GénieArts Nouvelle-Écosse, a non-profit organization whose mission is to support and promote the development of the arts and culture sector for Acadian and Francophone communities of Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Department of Education. The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia supports ArtsSmarts Nova Scotia with funding from the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage and the Nova Scotia Department of Education. Together, these programs create opportunities for innovative arts-based learning experiences in both French and English schools.
For information contact: Donna Wellard | Marketing and Communications | Art Gallery of Nova Scotia | Phone 902-424-2903 | Cell 902-483-2019 | gov.ns.ca
Kris Webster | ArtsSmarts Nova Scotia Coordinator | 902 424 6651| gov.ns.ca