Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art is a nationally recognized leader in Aboriginal arts programming and one of the foremost venues and voices for Aboriginal art in Canada. Our focus on developing new programming and new ways of presenting it, have resulted in increased exposure and the expansion of our activities. Urban Shaman is dedicated to the Aboriginal arts community and arts community at large. Our mandate is the promotion, dissemination and expansion of discourse relating to contemporary Aboriginal art on a local, national and international level.
We are committed to serving the needs of emerging, mid-career, and established Aboriginal artists through exhibitions and associated programming, workshops, residencies and curatorial initiatives.
We are committed to facilitating artistic production, education, and the appreciation of contemporary art as an important and empowering tool for Aboriginal peoples.
We are dedicated to meeting the needs of artists by providing a vehicle for artistic expression in all disciplines and at all levels by taking a leadership role in the cultivation of Indigenous art.
About URBAN SHAMAN INC.
Established in 1996 as an Aboriginal artist-run centre, Urban Shaman: Contemporary Aboriginal Art (US) is designated for the exhibition and discussion of contemporary First Nations, Métis and Inuit art. US holds a vital position as one of only three Aboriginal artist-run centres in Canada and exists as a key voice in the regional, national and international discourse surrounding contemporary Aboriginal art. From in-house and off-site projects, US is continually expanding programming and dissemination initiatives—including an online presence.
As a cultural centre, we play an important role in promoting the rich artistic legacy of our diverse and dynamic communities. US is committed to challenging people’s notions of “Aboriginal Art”, and while appreciating ancestral contributions, US focuses on promoting significant contemporary artists who continue to maintain a long tradition of image making.