Photo: Pitt Rivers Museum/Michael Peckett

611 Talk: Gwaai & Jaalen Edenshaw

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 | 1:00 PM
SFU School for the Contemporary Arts
611 Alexander Street, Vancouver

Please join us for a FREE talk by the brothers Gwaai and Jaalen Edenshaw at the SCA's 611 Visual Art studios. All are welcome. 


Gwaai and Jaalen Edenshaw are also presenting a FREE screening of their film Sgaawaay K’uuna (Edge of the Knife) (2018), followed by a conversation and audience Q&A moderated the SCA's Judy Radul, on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 6:00 PM in the Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema here in SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver). For more information on the screening, which is co-presented by SFU Galleries, SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement, and the SCA's Audain Visual Artist in Residence Program, please check HERE.


Jaalen Edenshaw is a Haida artist most known for his monumental sculpture in red cedar.  His major works include the Cormorant Pole, the Jasper Pole and the Gwaii Haanas Legacy Pole.  Jaalen is also skilled in creating bentwood boxes, masks, copper shields, prints and dug out canoes.  He has artworks on display in many museums around the world including the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, the Chicago Field Museum, the Burke Museum, Seattle, and the Royal British Columbia Museum, Victoria.

Gwaai Edenshaw is a Haida artist known primarily for his metalwork. He also works with a variety of media including bone, slate, and wood.Alongside being an illustrator, Gwaai also has a passion for story and language. As a founding member of the K’aalts’idaa K’ah Storytelling Society, he has had a role in numerous productions, including the Haidawood stop-motion animation suite, the Haida staging of Sounding Gambling Sticks, and as a consultant in Bruce Ruddell’s Beyond Eden. Along with a life of learning from his father, Guujaaw, Gwaai was also trained by Bill Reid. He continues to learn through the generosity of senior artists and collaborators.


May 28, 2020