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Plant Spa


Agriculture Performance Visual arts
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Art Gallery of Regina

2420 Elpinstone Street

Regina, SK

Directions: The Art Gallery of Regina is located inside the Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre. The building is located on a private drive West of Elphinstone Street, further West from the Senior's Centre. The closest bus stop is Elphinstone Street @ College Avenue. Regina Transit buses 7, 8, 9, and 10 stop at this stop. There is a two-minute walk along a paved path from the bus stop to the front entrance.



Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible.


Audiences can observe and participate as artist and horticulturalist Alyssa Ellis performs Plant Spa in her gallery installation comprised of a greenhouse, pennants, plant tending tools, books on plant care, plants, and a specially-created audio score for 55 - 60 minutes. The score is distinguished by an intermittent, high-pitched ring, which was believed to stimulate growth and increase plant happiness in the urban environment.

Members of the community are invited treat their houseplants to a spa treatment performed in the gallery. (It is free to book a spa treatment for a companion plant; participation is limited to 14 plants allocated on a first-come, first served basis.)

Moving beyond self-focused self-care as a method of addressing societal trauma, tending to the needs of domestic plants presents new avenues of peace and healing for plant, practitioner, and plant owner.

Meditative in pace and action, Plant Spa immerses audiences in restful and informative experiences of plant grooming - leaf cleaning, replanting, and trimming - set to a score inspired by 1970s sonic research.

With her green hair and foliage-printed dresses, Ellis' presence is critical to the goals of her performance: to dissolve the distinction between human and the vegetal. In tending to the needs of plants and becoming plant-like herself, she models non-hierarchical ways for people to reimagine caring and mutually beneficial relationships with plants. Not as owner and object, but as equivalent beings who thrive in partnership.



Art Gallery of Regina

The Art Gallery of Regina is a visionary in contemporary art programming that reflects our time and place within an engaged and diverse community.


Our mission is to support artists and engage audiences through contemporary art programming.

Supporting artists involves supporting artists' vision and voices, from every level of Saskatchewan's cultural ecology, by:

seeking out and encouraging artists with group and solo exhibition opportunities;

hosting captivating exhibitions in which gallery visitors can locate their interests and experiences;

providing professional development opportunities;

providing supportive experiences for exhibiting artists;

providing open access opportunities for amateur and recreational artists; and

facilitating connections between artists and artists and the larger community.

Engaging audiences includes attracting, involving, inspiring and creating community, and a sense of identity and place, through:

free admission to all exhibitions;

affordably-priced and accessible public workshops;

free artist talks and opportunities to connect with professional artists; and

thought-provoking and accessible didactic materials.

Innvovative and collaborative partnerships with community and arts organizations to expand outreach and diversity.


We practice these values in our planning, decision-making and behaviour:

Contemporary – We exhibit contemporary art that has meaning to our diverse communities, showing work that is relevant to our time and place.

​Accountability -- We function with high standards of operations and accountability that support AGR's sustainability.

​Community Engagement-- We are inviting, welcoming, and supportive to the public and artists while continually expanding our community both regionally and locally.

This event is part of a hub:

We Are All Electric Beings (Art Gallery of Regina)

Art Gallery of Regina Regina, SK

The Art Gallery of Regina (2420 Elphinstone St.) and its hub partners holophon audio arts, The George F. Ledingham Herbarium, Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre and Sâkêwêwak Artists' Collective, invite you to activate relationships between hu...