- Nicole Kelly Westman is the Education & Learning Programmer at 221A. Westman practices as a visual artist of Métis and Icelandic descent that recognizes with indebted gratitude the artists that have come before her and strenuously forged space, the curators that place care at the fore of their labour, the communities that foster confidence in her practice, and the institutions and organizations that implement policies prefacing relations of trust. As an artist, she enjoys practices of listening, watching, hosting, poeticizing, foraging, and sharing. Westman earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Emily Carr University (2012) and garnered invaluable experience through the practicum program in the Visual Arts department of the Banff Centre (2013-14). As a cultural worker, Westman was previously the Assistant Director (2014) and then Gallery Director (2015-18) of Stride Art Gallery, the Vice-President of the Board of M:ST Performative Art Festival (2014-18), and a Board Member at Untitled Art Society (2014-15), all Calgary/Mohkínstsis . Westman’s writing has been published as part of her own curatorial work, through the curatorial work of others with the essays rolling hills of prairie grasses as exquisite as rainforest and I am sorry I didn’t Call – A poem for a now – vacant site, as well as the periodicals C Magazine, Inuit Art Quarterly, Instudio Magazine, and Luma Quarterly. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Valeen Jules is a queer former foster kid, former homeless youth, and first-year college dropout from the Nuu-chah-nulth and Kwakwaka'wakw nations. Valeen has been known to friends and colleagues as “the doula that never leaves”, “the eagle soaring above”, and “the only top at the table”. They value equally their labour in community, in birth work, in being both a mentor and mentee of ancestral teachings, in supporting their immediate family of 8, and in hyping up their QTBIPOC friends.
- Daniella Sanader is a writer and reader based in Toronto, where she is currently working as an independent editor. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Canadian Art, Artforum.com, C Magazine, BlackFlash, Little Joe, Border Crossings, Peripheral Review, Maclean's, and others. Her texts have also been published by a number of galleries and artist-run spaces across Canada and Europe. She holds an MA in Art History and Gender Studies from McGill University. She has curated projects for Vtape, Oakville Galleries, Gallery TPW, and others. She has held art writing and research residencies at the Banff Centre, Mercer Union (Toronto), and Rupert (Vilnius, forthcoming). desanader.com/
221A acknowledges that the area called Vancouver is within the unceded Indigenous territories belonging to the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. 221A recognizes that the colony of British Columbia was created through organized dispossession and colonial violence. 221A seeks to shift its organizational practices to work together with Indigenous people to end ongoing violence, dispossession and displacement.