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Fracture / Healing ~ Art making workshop with Taǫmęˀšreˀ / Catherine Tàmmaro

Sat October 01, 2022 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Open to all Indigenous people and those who identify as having Indigenous roots. Space is limited.

In acknowledgement of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Indigenous community members are invited to join Catherine Tammaro, Wyandot multi-disciplinary artist, and seated Spotted Turtle Clan utrihǫt (Faith Keeper) for a clay workshop focusing on healing spiritual / cultural fractures, with the materials of Mother Earth as personal narrative.

This activation is inspired by Santee Smith’s Talking Earth, the Gardiner Museum’s new permanent public artwork honouring the ongoing Indigenous presence on Turtle Island, and is an invocation to the ground of our being.


Catherine Tammaro is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practice spans decades. She is a seated Spotted Turtle Clan utrihǫt (Faith keeper) and is active throughout the City of Toronto and beyond, in many organizations as Elder in Residence, mentor, teacher and cultural advisor. She is an alumna of the Ontario College of Art and has had a diverse career, multiple exhibits and installations, published written works and presentations and continues her creative practice. Catherine actively supports the work and development of other artists on an ongoing basis. She served on the Board of the TAC, TAC’s Income Precarity Working Group and was the Chair of the Toronto Arts Council’s Indigenous Advisory Committee in 2020/21 and is the Indigenous Arts Program Manager at Toronto Arts Council. Catherine continues teaching, learning and exploring her creativity and that of others.

Catherine has collaborated on several projects with the Gardiner Museum and most recently served on the Advisory Board for Talking Earth, a commissioned work by Tekaronhiáhkhwa / Santee Smith.

Header image: Talking Earth (detail) by Santee Smith