First of all – I am based in Bonavista, Newfoundland, on the ancestral homelands of the Beothuk, whose culture has been erased forever at the hands of colonialism. Ktaqmkuk (the Mi’kmaw word for the island known as Newfoundland) is the ancestral homelands of the Mi’kmaq and Beothuk and has also served as fishing and hunting grounds for the Innu and Inuit of Labrador for generations. Living in a heavily colonized region of the province, I’m aware of the violence and cultural erasure that has happened, and continues to happen on these lands. I commit to listening more, reading more, and making more space for Indigenous artists, narratives, and truths in my community work and being an active participant in the truth and reconciliation process.
Jane Walker is a visual artist, art writer, and community organizer with a focus on rural art engagement and education. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts (2015) from Grenfell Campus, Memorial University and a Masters of Research with Distinction from The Glasgow School of Art (2017) where she studied rural art supports in Scotland and Newfoundland.
Jane works in a variety of media and has shared her work in exhibitions, artist books, publications and talks in Canada, Scotland, England, Ireland, France, and Singapore. She worked with small team of volunteers to establish Union House Arts, and its programs, and has worked with various other organizations such as the Bonavista Biennale (2017, 2019, 2021), Craft @ The Edge, Bonavista Film Festival 2019, Port Rexton Pride, and she is a visual arts editor for Riddle Fence Journal of Arts & Culture. She has written for Canadian Art, Visual Arts News, Art North Magazine, amongst other publications. In her spare time she teaches art to children and teenagers at her studio in Bonavista.