OCAD U’s Luke Parnell participates in Mexico's Festival Internacional Cervantino

Artist Luke Parnell working at rooftop studio, Guanajuato, Mexico
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 2:30pm

Luke Parnell, Assistant Professor at OCAD University’s Faculty of Art is taking part as a resident artist at the 2019 Festival Internacional Cervantino  ̶  one of the largest arts festivals in the world. As this year's guest country at the festival, Canada will feature its vibrant and diverse arts sector on the stages and streets of Guanajuato, Mexico. As a resident artist, Parnell is working in a rooftop studio, with the backdrop of Guanajuato, October 13 to 19, 2019  His residency at Casa Canada will culminate in an artist talk open to the public:

Artist talk- Luke Parnell: Storyteller

Casa Canada, Guanajuato, Mexico

Saturday, October 19, 2019, 1 p.m.

Luke Parnell is Wilp Laxgiik Nisga’a (House of Eagles) from Gingolx on his mother’s side and Haida from Massett on his father’s side.  His artistic training is both traditional and classical - he apprenticed with a Master Northwest Coast Indigenous carver and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from OCAD University and a Masters of Applied Arts from Emily Carr University of Art and Design. His medium is predominantly wood, however his materiality is determined on a project by project basis. Northwest coast Indigenous art is the basis of his practice and praxis, centering on narrative, specifically transformation narratives.

The Casa Canada/Canada House venue, presented by the Canadian Embassy in Mexico, features three weeks of immersive visual, literary, and performing arts programming that will deepen audiences’ experiences of Canadian arts and culture.

OCAD University would like to acknowledge the support and collaboration of the team at Global Affairs Canada and the Embassy of Canada in Mexico for helping to make this residency possible.

Luke Parnell: The Laxgiik Convocation Robe

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Friday, October 26, 2018 - 5:00pm to Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 5:00pm

The Laxgiik Convocation Robe

Luke Parnell & Selected Prints by Working Title Press

Curated by Erica Cristobal

The Laxgiik Convocation Robe is an installation created in the style of a Northwest coast Indigenous Chilkat blanket. This project is capturing the spirit in which these prestigious blankets are given: the spirit of reciprocity. Prints will be sold and removed from the installation one by one; the Robe will be ever changing until the last print is sold.

Proceeds will be donated to Printmaking, Publications, Sculpture / Installation & Indigenous Visual Culture programs at OCAD U.


Opening: 5:00 – 9:00 pm Friday, October 26

Artist talk: 6:00 pm


Ongoing performance and sale: Friday, October 26, 5 – 9 pm 

Saturday, October 27, Noon – 5 pm


Ada Slaight Gallery, OCAD University

100 McCaul Street, 2nd floor


Working Title Press is a project-driven, active studio residency in OCADU's Printmaking and Publications departments, where artists work alongside faculty members and students to produce print editions, artist’s publications and multiples.



Venue & Address: 
Ada Slaight Gallery, OCAD University 100 McCaul Street, 2nd floor Toronto, ON
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