The Welcome Centre is where you can find featured art by local Indigenous artists.
Boozhoo, Shekoli, Koolamalsi!
Covid-19 has impacted our community and the arts in both enduring and impactful ways over this past year. The London Arts Council continues to look for meaningful and creative opportunities to collaborate with Indigenous Artists and one such chance was a partnership with Tourism London at the Welcome Centre on Wellington Road South.
In December 2020 a call-out was made to Indigenous Artists to submit their work for purchase. The selected artwork represents the diversity of Indigenous artists from London and the local First Nations.
The Welcome Centre is where you can find featured art by local Indigenous artists:
Their artwork represents various themes that speak to Indigenous worldviews and experiences and are created from diverse materials including textiles, beadwork, cedar, porcupine quills, and birch bark, acrylic, and glass.
Brenda Collins created two mosaic murals that are installed on the south exterior wall of the Welcome Centre and feature a Medicine Wheel and Two Row Wampum to signify the ongoing and historical relationship of the local First Nations communities to each other and to the surrounding communities.
The murals also help to situate visitors to the city as well as Londoners to the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, and Lenape peoples. The mosaics represent relationship with the land, friendship, and responsible allyship.
The London Arts Council is committed to the ongoing work of relationship building with Indigenous artists and communities.
For more information about the London Arts Council and collaborations with Indigenous Artists please visit the London Arts Council website at www.londonarts.ca.
Miigwech, Yaw^ko, Anushiik!