On Saturdays throughout the Biennial, a team of artists from Jumblies Theatre & Arts facilitate public art-making workshops for all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. After viewing the installation, By These Presents: “Purchasing” Toronto at Small Arms Inspection Building, participants are invited to write, draw, or embroider their responses on felted quilt pieces. Both Iroquois and Anishinaabe beading styles are shared, alongside open discussion of the installation’s content. Following the workshops the pieces generated will be combined in a giant quilt that addresses the Dish with One Spoon regional treaty and presented at the Biennial’s 2021 edition.
Image Caption: Jumblies Theatre & Arts, Talking Treaties, 2018. Courtesy Jumblies Theatre and Liam Coo.
Jumblies Theatre & Arts (founded in 2001; based in Toronto, ON, Canada) is an organization with international reach that collaborates with professional artists and diverse communities to create transient utopias and far-reaching ripples. Ange Loft (Kahnawake Mohawk, born in Kahnawake, QC, Canada; lives in Toronto, ON, Canada) is Associate Artistic Director of Jumblies and an interdisciplinary performing artist and initiator practising in Toronto. She is also a vocalist with Yamantaka//Sonic Titan. Her collaborations use arts-based research, wearable sculpture, and theatrical story-weaving to facilitate workshops and theatrical spectacle. Loft created the “Toronto Indigenous Context Brief” for the Toronto Biennial of Art’s Advisory Council.