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Stages: Drawing The Curtain - public artwork throughout Winnipeg

  • Plug In Institue of Contemporary Art 460 Portage Avenue Winnipeg, MB, R3C 0E8 Canada (map)

Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art proudly presents:

STAGES: Drawing the Curtain

A series of temporary public sculptures and performances throughout Winnipeg

ARTISTS - Abbas Akhavan • Toronto | Pablo Bronstein • London, UK | Erica Eyres • Glasgow | Toril Johannessen • Tromsø, Norway | Kara Hamilton • Toronto | Federico Herrero • San José, Costa Rica | Divya Mehra • Winnipeg | Krista Belle Stewart • Vancouver | Ron Tran • Vancouver  

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After extended engagement with the artists and the city of Winnipeg, Plug In ICA is proud to present STAGES: Drawing the Curtain, a public art project that situates nine temporary public sculptures and performances throughout the city. This public exhibition develops from the concept of the stage – as an active site for performance, a structural or sculptural space, and a point of attention. From this point of departure, the artists have produced artworks that merge their material and theoretical concerns with reflections on the stage, different notions of “public” and “space”; and finally, the city itself as a performative site of fluctuating and active meaning. 

Winnipeg is the setting for all the artwork, the site where everything takes place and as such is a character in each of the artworks. It shifts between stable ground and decentered meaning. STAGES is presented on Treaty One Territory, the traditional territories of the Anishinaabe, Métis, Cree, Dakota and Oji-Cree Nations. There is a beginning from which many narratives are manufactured about this place, and although most of the works do not directly reference the city they engage Winnipeg as a site and its citizens as performers and audience members. 

Projects will take place over the span of two weeks between August 18th and September 4th and occupy assorted spaces including the historic Hudson’s Bay Company building in its abandoned basement and on the fourth floor; CKUW radio station; the highly ornate and embellished central hall of Fort Garry Place Mall, a public park fountain void of its original monument, an unused amphitheater and a roving flatbed truck. 

It is implausible to sum up the aims of the exhibition and the artists within it. Locating it within the frame of the audience who receives it is an even a larger unknown. So STAGES is grounded in a place, reflected on by the institution of Plug In ICA and the artists its invites, and hinged on the romance of chance encounters both open and awkward, and an interested audience who will see ‘the stage’ set as a whole with its mix of objects and performances, moving, breathing.  

Artists will be in attendance for the STAGES LAUNCH PARTY on Friday, August 18th from 7pm to 11pm on our rooftop at 460 Portage Avenue. Everyone is Welcome – all our programing is free for all • Cash bar will be open •


Abbas Akhavan (scheduled performances)
Bonnycastle Park fountain, 260 Assiniboine Avenue

Pablo Bronstein (scheduled performances) 
Fort Garry Place, 20 Fort Street

Erica Eyres (sculpture)- TBA

Kara Hamilton (sculpture)
Bonnycastle Park amphitheater, 260 Assiniboine Avenue

Federico Herrero (painted intervention)
Tunnel connecting City Hall and Centennial Concert Hall, lower level, 555 Main Street

Toril Johannessen (sound installation)
4th floor, Hudson’s Bay, 450 Portage Avenue

Krista Belle Stewart (installation/ sculpture)
Basement, Hudson’s Bay, 450 Portage Avenue

Ron Tran (sculpture) 
The Forks, 1 Forks Market Road

STAGES: Drawing the Curtain is made possible through Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter Program with the support of The Winnipeg Foundation and key sponsors Susan Glass & Arni Thorsteinson; and Daniel Friedman & Rob Dalgliesh. 

Our community partners include: Tourism Winnipeg, Alliance Française Manitoba, Urbanink, Cityplace Mall (Triovest), Portage Place Shopping Centre, Alt Hotel, Alpha Masonry, CKUW, Edison Properties and Fillip.


Plug In ICA extends our heartfelt gratitude to our generous donors, valued members, and dedicated volunteers. We acknowledge the sustaining support of our Director’s Circle. You all make a difference.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council, the Manitoba Arts Council and Winnipeg Arts Council. We thank the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts for their support of our 2016 and 2017 program, as well as Wawanesa Insurance for the direct support of our youth programs. 

Plug In ICA relies on community support to remain free and accessible to all, and enable us to continue to present excellent programs. Please consider becoming a member of Plug In ICA and a donor at or by contacting Angela Forget:

For media enquiries contact Sarah Nesbitt at For general information please contact: or call 1.204.942.1043

Image: Pablo Bronstein, performance audition in Fort Garry Place

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