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  • A woman is standing in front of a building. She is beside a red chair. She is holding hide tanning tools at shoulder height in her left hand and another tool up, over her shoulder above 6 inches above her head.
    Melaw Nakehk’o, Dene and Dënesųłiné Liidlii Kue from Denendeh Photographed on the Fort William First Nation near Animikii Wiikwedong on Robinson-Superior Treaty Territory. Photo by Nadya Kwandibens.

Opening Reception for The Red Chair Sessions by Nadya Kwandibens


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Thunder Bay Art Gallery

1080 Keewatin St.

Thunder Bay, ON

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Offered in English.

Has gender-neutral washrooms.


This opening reception will feature an artist talk with artist, Nadya Kwandibens and launch her exhibition, The Red Chair Sessions.

The Red Chair Sessions is an ongoing open-call portraiture series by Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) artist Nadya Kwandibens from the Animakee Wa Zhing #37 First Nation in Northwestern Ontario. The series places importance on the acknowledgement and reclamation of Indigenous lands and the revitalization of Indigenous languages.

This series ultimately disrupts colonial narratives, centres Indigenous Peoples who have been here since time immemorial, and reminds us that we are all guests on Indigenous land.

The colour red represents Indigenous Peoples on the Medicine Wheel and, in this series, signifies Indigenous Peoples’ inherent connection to the land and to ancestral bloodlines. Whether sitting on or standing beside the red chair, one feels grounded and firmly rooted; the act itself and the resulting portrait serves as a reminder of our responsibility to steward the lands upon which we walk.

More details about the event will be available closer to the date. Follow us on social media for more.

A quick note on accessibility: we have all gender washrooms and the main doors are unfortunately not automated. Feel free to phone ahead so we can help you with the doors.

Questions? Concerns? Reach out to our Community Engagement Coordinator, Cynthia Nault at (807) 577-6427 or via email [email protected]



Thunder Bay Art Gallery

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery is the largest public gallery between Sault Ste. Marie and Winnipeg. The works in the gallery’s Permanent Collection tell many stories. Traditional and innovative pieces by both established and emerging artists have come to the gallery over time.

From the beginning, the focus of the collection has been work by contemporary Indigenous artists. The Gallery collected its first painting in 1981, beginning what is now a collection of over 1600 works of art. Paintings, drawings, and photography, sculpture, beadwork and fine craft, and art installations by Indigenous artists from across Turtle Island and artists from Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario comprise a rich collection which is exhibited regularly.

A new piece entitled Bakwene Makwa (2022), is the first NFT commissioned and collected by a public art gallery in Canada.

The gallery presents more than 20 exhibitions by regional, national, and international artists every year and also offers educational tours and workshops, outreach programs, special events, art classes for all ages, and a unique gift shop.

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery staff and Board are proud that the cultural, social and artistic value of the collection is widely recognized across Canada and beyond.