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Curatorial Research Fellow

Arielle Twist

Gallery TPW is pleased to announce Arielle Twist as the Curatorial Research Fellow for 2022. 

​Twist's research project T4T4E (Trans 4 Trans 4 Ever), "will explore the archive model by interrogating the relationship between archivist and archive from a Trans-Indigenous viewpoint. By archiving and documenting everyday Trans joy, grief, and love, we challenge a societal narrative that questions if these lives are worth grieving, and in such, are these lives worth archiving."  

Gallery TPW’s inaugural Curatorial Research Fellowship is dedicated to supporting a full year of research exploring contemporary image-making and lens-based practices led by an emerging Indigenous curator based on Turtle Island. The fellow will receive organizational support from TPW, an honorarium of $3,000, and an opportunity to present research. Arielle was awarded the fellowship by nomination from Jas M. Morgan, who will also serve as her mentor as part of the fellowship. 

The Curatorial Research Fellowship is made possible with the generous support of TD Bank Group.

Portrait of Arielle Twist, dark background with a red hue.

Image courtesy of Arielle Twist


Arielle Twist is a Nehiyaw, Two-Spirit, author, multidisciplinary artist and emerging curator originally from George Gordon First Nation, Saskatchewan, now based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her debut collection ‘Disintegrate/Dissociate’ has won The Indigenous Voices Award for Published Poetry and won the 2020 Dayne Ogilvie Prize for Emerging LGBTQ authors. Her work has been exhibited at The Art Gallery of Mississauga, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and The Agnes Etherington Art Gallery. In 2019 she was awarded the Indigenous Artist Recognition Award from Arts NS for her body of work. She is currently a MFA Candidate at OCAD University.


Jas M. Morgan is a Toronto-based Cree-Métis-Saulteaux assistant professor in Ryerson University's Department of English. They previously held the position of Editor-at-Large for Canadian Art and served as the Arts and Literary Summit programmer for MagNet 2019. Morgan's first book nîtisânak (Metonymy Press, 2018) won the prestigious 2019 Dayne Ogilive Prize and a 2019 Quebec Writer's Federation first book prize. Morgan is the co-founder of gijiit: a curatorial collective that focuses on community-engaged Indigenous art curations, gatherings, and research dealing with themes of gender, sex, and sexuality. They are a REVEAL Indigenous Art Award recipient and have received numerous awards from the National Magazine Award for their writing.

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