Join us at the Small Arms Inspection Building in Mississauga for Storytelling sessions led by lwrds duniam and Nicole Markland.

Storytelling sessions combine modes of conventional interpretation with artist-led, narrative and embodied responses. Storytellers offer weekly guided sessions, informal conversations, and spot tours to intergenerational audiences at TBA’s main sites. Sharing personal insights and experiences of the city as well as offering perspectives on the artworks within the exhibitions, they guide visitors through the research and artist practises that form What Water Knows, The Land Remembers.

Weekly Schedule
Fridays: 11am–12pm, 2–3pm, and 4–5pm
Saturdays and Sundays: 11am–12pm and 4–5pm

April 1–3, 8–10, 16, 22–24, 29–30
May 1, 6–8, 13–15, 20–22, 27–29
June 3–5

American Sign Language Interpretation​
The following Storytelling Sessions at the Small Arms Inspection Building will be accompanied by an ASL–English interpreter:

  • Saturday, April 23, 2022, 4–5pm
  • Saturday, May 21, 2022, 11am–12pm

Image credit: Storytelling at the Small Arms Inspection Building with Jeffrey Gibson’s ALL FOR ONE, ONE FOR ALL, 2015. Photography by Rebecca Tisdelle-Macias.

Image of a Storyteller speaking with visitors in an exhibition

In Person

Small Arms Inspection Building
1352 Lakeshore Road East
Mississauga ON
L5E 1E9

April 1 – June 5


lwrds (pronounced ‘lords’; they/them) is an interdisciplinary artist, designer, independent researcher, and 2019 OCAD University graduate (BFA Integrated Media) living and creating in Tkaronto. Their ARTivist practice is informed by frameworks of Decolonial Critical Theory and is intersectional, anti-racist, anti-oppressive, sex-positive, trauma-informed, and grounded in disability justice. With a focus on Critical Design and decolonial research practices and pedagogies, they have been working as a freelance artist/designer for the past 10 years. Their studio practice conjures performance, sculptural, illustrative, poetic, and remediated mixed-media outcomes, emerging from a foundation of transgressive witchy knowledge and traversing the multiple realms of their idiosyncratic spirituality. lwrds’ work as an artist responds to their personal journey of healing sexual trauma at the intersections of gender variance, Blackness and Indigeneity (complicated by an imposed latinidad they reject due to its colonial underpinnings), and disability for reasons of neurodivergence and chronic illness. A born storyteller with a deep commitment to healing personal and collective traumas, their art-making approach is an intuitive process of learning with other non-human beings, valuing energetic exchanges with all that exists.

Nicole Markland (she/her) is a museum educator with a passion for art and history. She has been facilitating sharing and learning in museums and galleries for over seven years and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Museum Education at the University of British Columbia.

Nicole began working in museums in 2013, when as a volunteer, she had a transformative learning experience which made her rethink how people learn with and from each other. From that point on, many experiences have informed her practice as an educator, including working abroad as an ESL Teacher where knowledge and learning became less transmissive and more like an exchange between collaborators. For her, learning is a social and communal process, and she enjoys using art and objects to bring together unique and diverse groups of people with differing knowledge, lived experiences, cultures, and interests. She hopes to build experiences with participants that are fun and build memories which will guide, challenge, support, and follow a person throughout their lifetime.