Public Program

Shiemara Hogarth in Conversation with Catherine Heard

Sunday, April 11, 2021 | 2 pm – 3 pm

Registeration is full. The event will be live-streamed on the Art Gallery of Windsor Facebook page

Presented in partnership between the Art Gallery of Windsor, the Niagara Artists Centre and the Textile Museum of Canada with artist Catherine Heard. In Part 1 of the program, Calgary-based textile artist and designer Shiemara Hogarth will lead a conversation with Heard on how themes of political activism, collaboration, and community are manifested in Redwork: The Emperor of Atlantis. 

In part 2 of the program, hosted by the Textile Museum of Canada on Sunday May 9, 2021, 2–4 pm, Heard and Hogarth will lead an online sewing circle to embroider patches for Redwork: The Emperor of Atlantis, and participants are encouraged to engage in dialogue and idea exchange. To register for the embroidery workshop HERE


Catherine Heard’s textile work is simultaneously attractive and repulsive, as it delves into primal anxieties about the body. Frequently, she uses historical craft techniques as foils for abject subject matter.Her work has been exhibited in France, Denmark, Mexico, Canada, and the US. It is in the permanent collection of the Canada Council Art Bank, The Art Gallery of Hamilton, The Art Gallery of Kamloops, and The Robert McLaughlin Gallery. Catherine Heard is a professor at the University of Windsor and is represented by Birch Contemporary Gallery in Toronto.

Shiemara Hogarth is a textile artist and designer with a background in humanities research, based between Brampton and Calgary. Her textile collections explore Jamaican culture and the self, and the inherent capabilities of textiles as a storytelling medium. Her practice utilizes weaving, screenprinting, digital printing, felting, embroidery, and more recently, explorations in 3D printing. Shiemara Hogarth graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 2019 with a BDes in Material Art and Design: Textiles and is currently pursuing her MFA in Craft Media at the Alberta University of the Arts.

The Niagara Artists Centre (NAC) is one of the oldest artist-run organizations in Canada, founded in 1969 as a collective of working artists. NAC believes that the arts and critical dialogue on the arts are integral to a healthy community. NAC is a not-for-profit, charitably registered, member-driven collective formed by and dedicated to serving the working artists and community of Niagara.

The Textile Museum of Canada aims to inspire understanding of the human experience through textiles. It is the only museum in Canada delivering programs and exhibitions dedicated solely to textile arts. The Museum sparks conversation through the stories held within its global collection of textiles and active engagement with contemporary art practices. Exhibitions present the work of local, national, and international contemporary artists, and often draw from the Museum’s permanent collection. The Museum is an internationally renowned educational institution, recognized for the relevance and diversity of its exhibitions, innovative approaches to educational programs, and the significance and digital accessibility of its permanent collection.