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Mar 29
4:00 - 6:00 pm

Saturday, March 30, 4 – 6pm
Allard Hall, MacEwan University (11110 104 Avenue)


Event Details:

4 – 5 pm: Panel Discussion with Q&A: Theatre Lab, 11-240
5 – 6 pm: SNAPline Publication Launch & Reception: Mitchell Art Gallery, 11-121

This event is free and all are welcome.
Please RSVP: click here to secure a free ticket on Eventbrite in advance.


Panel Discussion: The Future of Writing About Art… in Edmonton

Join us to examine the state of and cultivating a future for art writing in Edmonton and to celebrate the launch of new local publications and projects.

In 2018, Edmonton’s free weekly publication, Vue Weekly ran its last issue. This loss, particularly in the context of the contractions and major shifts of other local publications, left even fewer opportunities for awareness of and to profile Edmonton artists, exhibitions, and programs, let alone cultivate a rich discourse about the visual arts in our city.

As new and existing initiatives work to address this deficit, both in the form of new priorities and new venues for cultivating these conversations, this panel will explore what our city needs to support a dynamic, sustainable art writing environment.

After the panel, celebrate the launch of the Spring issue of SNAPline: The Colour Edition and the Mitchell Art Gallery’s first publication, the exhibition catalogue for Mothering Spaces, over refreshments in the Allard Hall atrium.

This event is produced in partnership between SNAP and the Mitchell Art Gallery.


Panelists will include:

Matthew Stepanic is the editor of Glass Buffalo and the 2019 Writer in Residence for the Edmonton Public Library. He’s the co-author of the collaborative novel Project Compass (Monto Books, 2017), and the author of Relying on that Body (Glass Buffalo Publishing, 2018), a chapbook of poetry inspired by RuPaul’s Drag Race. Alongside Jason Purcell, he manages Glass Bookshop, Edmonton’s newest bookstore.

Stephan Boissonneault is one of the founding editors of Daze Magazine and the former Music Editor of Vue Weekly. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and frequently freelances for music and arts publications throughout Canada. He plays music and is currently writing a play, graphic novel, and documentary.

April Dean is the Executive Director of SNAP, a non-profit and Artist Run Centre in Edmonton. Since 2012 she has collaborated with a small team of highly dedicated writers, editors, and designers to build and produce the SNAPline publication; a 32 page, full colour, print publication dedicated to printmaking and visual arts culture in Edmonton and beyond.

Jayne Wilkinson is a Toronto-based editor, writer and occasional curator. She contributes art criticism to a variety of online and print publications, including Canadian Art, C Magazine, Prefix Photo, Inuit Art Quarterly and others, and is currently Managing Editor at Canadian Art.

Discussion will be moderated by Carolyn Jervis, Director, Mitchell Art Gallery.