Currently Showing

Bookmark and Share

Eli Hirtle : Mîkisihkahcikewin

Sat. October 21st 2017
@  Ministry of Casual Living 858 Devonshire
1pm - 4pm
Come join us on Saturday afternnon to view Eli's beadwork installed on a canoe in our gallery space. There will also be photos shown of the beadwork out on the water. If the weather cooperates, we will roll the art down to Banfield park to launch it.

Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

Eli Hirtle - Artist Statement - Mîkisihkahcikewin

I am a Nehiyaw (Cree)/British/German filmmaker, storyteller, and visual artist. I was born and still reside on Lekwungen Territory. My art practice involves documenting and making work dedicated to cultural resurgence.

As an artist with both Nehiyaw and European ancestries, I am interested in making work that investigates and explores the tension and relationship between these Indigenous and Settler histories. Where and how do these cultures and worldviews intersect and diverge.


On my journey to reclaim ancestral knowledge and practices, the two areas of research/study I am most interested in are Nehiyawewin (the Cree language) and beadwork.

In these new works, I am continuing both my language-learning and mîkisihkahcikêwin // ᒦᑭᓯᐦᑲᐦᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ // beadwork.

Beading to heal. Beading to breathe. Beading to live.

This series of works contains messages in Cree syllabics to communicate an ancestral way of living with and relating to people, animals, plants, water, and the land. I decided to convey these messages using beadwork to continue learning and living the ways of my Nehiyaw ancestors.


Paddlebox is proudly supported by the CRD and the City of Victoria
Presented by: The Ministry of Casual Living
add photos
Menticality: Kaitlyn Dunsmore - Apr 23rd @ Ministry of Casual Living Window Gallery

Menticality: Kaitlyn Dunsmore

Friday Apr. 19th until Fri. May 10th
Kaitlyn Dunsmore is an interdisciplinary artist from Glasgow, Scotland. She received a Ba (Hons) in Contemporary Art Practice from Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, and has since received an MFA from the University of Victoria. Her work is an exploration of paradoxical and binary relationships. By c... Read More

Coming Up

Artist Market: Elise Hendrickson, Stefanie Mudry - Apr 23rd @ The Ministry of Casual Living

Artist Market: Elise Hendrickson, Stefanie Mudry

Friday May. 3rd until Sun. May 5th
Artist Market

Ministry of Casual Living,
Devonshire Studio Gallery,
858 Devonshire Road

Friday, May 3, 1-8pm
Saturday, May 4, 11am-5pm
Sunday, May 5, 11am-5pm

Come experience our first ever Artist Market!
Local artists of varied practices will gather, sell and showcase their wares.... Read More
Fri, May 3, 1-8pm, Sat May 4, 11am-5pm, Sun, May 5, 11am-5pm
@  The Ministry of Casual Living
Moonlight 2019: Anne-Marie Fortin - Apr 23rd @ The Ministry of Casual Living

Moonlight 2019: Anne-Marie Fortin

Friday Apr. 26th until Sun. April 28th
Anne-Marie Fortin
Moonlight 2019

Moonlight has been created during the Bonnie McComb Kreye Residency. This installation is structured around dialectic movements (opposition and analogies) inviting the viewer to reorganize the meaning of what is there for them to see.

The philosophical disc... Read More
Friday 7-10pm, Sat 12-5pm, Sun 12-5pm
@  The Ministry of Casual Living