Eduardo Della Foresta and Atelier Mobile Montreal (AMM), will be facilitating two carving workshops at Bâtiment 7 this winter. AMM is a mobile atelier which provides tools and supplies for those who are excluded from the cultural exchange due to socio-economic factors. By working with under resourced communities AMM offers a pragmatic approach to making and sharing that dismantles sustained social isolation. In that regard, studies have shown that isolation and social exclusion have serious repercussions on physical and mental health and mortality rates.
The first workshop will be held on February 15 2020, in the Bâtiment 7 wood shop and will serve as an introduction to chisels, relief and wood carving - carving form by means of using various tools. The workshop will allow participants to discover incredible ways in which one can create meaning and explore various methods that produce sculptural forms. This will be an introductory course that will focus on the essentials and basics of utilizing chisels and handheld electric tools.
The second workshop will be held in Spring 2020 and will be led by Montreal-based Inuit Carvers. These carvers are two outside knowledge holders. They will give a course in traditional soapstone carving. These events are open to the public and free of charge, but space is limited.
Adventure Skateground and Walter Moodie
Adventure Skateground transformed a scrap materials yard into an interactive, educational art installation focusing on community values, safe-space maintenance, and abolishing male-dominated norms within skateboarding culture. The group used the Bâtiment 7 space in the summer and fall of 2019 to conduct specialized events offering lessons to beginners (beginner’s night), creating a safe zone for LGBTQ2+ communities (queer night), and open sessions where anyone can come interact with the space (free skate).
Each event was all ages and open to all abilities. Adventure Skateground was able to provide skateboards, protective equipment, lessons and encouragement. The basis of the project was to create community ties and abolish exclusionary norms that surround skateboard culture.
Abjad Howse Collective and Emma Haraké
I Thought I Was White
The Abjad Howse collective was initiated in January 2019 by a number of Arab artists from different disciplines, among which four are Concordia students and alumni. Abjad Howse is a dynamic Arabophone artist collective that advocates and supports the planning, development, creation, presentation and promotion of intercultural and multidisciplinary arts for a variety of audiences. It aims to further an awareness of Arab arts, culture and promote artistic education and development for all.
Through its public activities, Abjad Howse creates a safe and supportive space for production, growth and exchange of Canadian and Arab cultural ideas. To that end, Abjad Howse programming provides a haven for Arab talent and artists in Canada who benefit from these spaces in order to find their voice and engage with their communities towards well-being and social justice.