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<em>Hello In There / Hello Out There</em> (exhibition of memory & life)

This is an exhibition of artwork created by ​30 Saskatchewan ​senior citizens​,​ ​combined with audio recordings of their memories. The work is the result of a year-long program by​ Common Weal Community Arts (and partner Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative) ​and Artist-in-Residence Chrystene Ells. This project encouraged participants to share personal narratives, life stories, and memories through art making and storytelling, allowing for engagement, self-expression, ​and reflection ​amidst ​loss, ​​life change, and the experience of aging. Participants ranged from recently retired independently living seniors to nonagenarians living in permanent care facilities.

Special thanks to ​Associate Artists ​Rowan Pantel and Berny Hi​, and Common Weal Artistic Director Gerry Ruecker for their hands-on support of the artists, and their contributions to the art and audio recordings in the exhibition. Thanks also to Audio Tech Rob White, and partners Regina Senior Citizens Centre, Al Ritchie Health Action Centre, Echo Lodge Home in Fort Qu’Appelle, and Golden Prairie Home in Indian Head.​

Made possible by a Creative Partnerships Grant from the Saskatchewan Arts Board and support from many other fantastic organizations (see bottom for full list).

Only available for viewing/listening until this Sunday, Sept. 7, at the Dunlop Art Gallery!

Hear from one of the participating senior citizens artists, Frieda B. “My Life in Three Boxes“:

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Listen to the interview with lead artist, Chrystene Ells, on CBC Radio , The Morning Edition with Sheila Coles.



Made possible by a Creative Partnerships Grant from the Saskatchewan Arts Board and support from Conexus Credit Union, Great Western Life, New Horizons For Seniors, Saskatchewan lotteries, Community Initiatives Fund, Regina QuAppelle Health Region.

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