Beading Together: Radical Stitch Symposium


10 AM – 5:30 PM




Three images lined up horizontally. They feature artist Bev Koski's works on white background, with figurines cased in vibrant beadwork.


The MacKenzie Art Gallery and Shushkitew Collective are thrilled to be hosting Beading Together: Radical Stitch Symposium on 25 June, 2022. This event is in celebration of the exhibition Radical Stitch, curated by Michelle LaVallee, Cathy Mattes, and Sherry Farrell Racette, hosted in-person and onsite at the MacKenzie Art Gallery with some events streaming online. This weekend will include artist-led hands-on beading circles and workshops, panel discussions, and conversation, and plenty of creative inspiration offered both in-person and virtually.


Although the Symposium is at full capacity, we still have many great options for virtual participation available to those unable to secure a spot in-person. All virtual panel presentations will be available to the public through the MacKenzie Art Gallery’s YouTube channel, and website.

About the Symposium

Is there a schedule for the symposium?

The symposium schedule can be found here.

What are the Gallery’s COVID-19 protocols?

Masks are required for anyone entering the Gallery, and visitors are asked to maintain two metres distance from staff and other guests. Complimentary masks and hand sanitizer will be available. Increased cleaning measures have been implemented in order to keep our spaces sanitized.

To learn more about the Gallery’s current COVID-19 policies, please visit the Plan Your Visit page. These policies are subject to change. 

How do I provide feedback on the presentations, workshops, or symposium in general?

Participants are invited to provide feedback on our programming by visiting the Symposium Information Desk and completing a visitor feedback form. We will also be emailing a survey out to attendees following the symposium; this is another opportunity to share your thoughts and make suggestions for improvements to our events.  

Can I take pictures while I am at the Gallery?

Pictures are permitted in all Gallery spaces unless otherwise posted.

Which airport do I fly to in Regina?

Regina International Airport is located at: 

5201 Regina Ave, Regina, SK 

For directions to the airport, please follow the Google Maps link. 

For complete information visit: Regina Airport Website

Where can I stay in Regina?

  • Symposium rate of $109.00 + taxes/night provided by the Fairfield by Marriott. Please call the Regina location directly at 1(306) 545-9777 to book a room and quote “MacKenzie Art Gallery” to receive the special rate. If you happen to be forwarded to their general call centre, please try the Regina location again to receive the rate. For complete information on the hotel visit the Fairfield Inn & Suites Regina Website.
  • For information regarding hotels, motels, restaurants, and attractions, please visit Tourism Regina.
  • The University of Regina also has a variety of private rooms and dorms for both short and longterm stays. Prices range between $70 and $175 per night. For more information please visit the University of Regina Short-term Accommodations webpage.

Where is the MacKenzie Art Gallery located?

The MacKenzie Art Gallery is located in the T.C. Douglas Building at:   

3475 Albert Street, Regina, SK, S4S 1S5 

Access the Google Maps link here: Google Maps link to The MacKenzie Art Gallery 

What are the transportation options within Regina?

The City of Regina’s Transit services provide safe, reliable, affordable, and accessible transportation for visitors through a regularly scheduled, fixed-route transit system. For complete information please visit the City of Regina’s Transit Information webpage. 

Taxi companies in Regina: 

For accessible transportation options, please see the Inclusion and Accessibility Offerings tab on this webpage. 

Our goal is to make this conference a welcoming and inclusive event.  We will always do our best to accommodate and care for all involved in the program, and the MacKenzie Art Gallery and Shushkitew Collective care about providing an accessible environment for all people. Please let us know if you have any specific communication needs, need extra time or accommodations for processing, or have any additional requirements of the space to make your experience a great one. If you find you need to take time away or get up and move during a portion of the program, please feel free to do so. In consideration of all, please refrain from wearing fragrance and using flash photography. Please be aware of other attendees who may need extra space or support.

Our programming will include the following accessibility considerations: 

  • ASL interpreters for keynote and panel presentations 
  • Closed captions for virtual viewers 
  • Considerations for colour contrast 
  • Onsite wheelchairs and walkers 
  • Quiet/recharge and unwind space 
  • Gallery Educators available to answer exhibition-related questions

To request accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility, please contact Christy Ross at (306) 584-4250 ext. 4259 or by April 10, 2022.

Can I smudge at the Gallery? Is it allowed?

A space for smudging will be available during the symposium.

What equipment will I need to view the presentations virtually?

You will need to have access to a computer or web-enabled device with internet and a browser that can play streaming video.

Will all virtual presentations be captioned?

Yes, all virtual presentations will feature captioning.

Do you permit service dogs?

Service dogs are welcome at the Gallery. Our location is set within a large urban park system, with a grassed area behind the building for a pet relief area. Dog waste bags are available at the symposium Welcome / Information desk.

Is the Gallery wheelchair accessible? Do you have a wheelchair for use during the symposium?

The Gallery is a wheelchair accessible location. At the main entrance to the T.C. Douglas Building, within which the Gallery resides, there are two sidewalk ramps. The doors leading into the building and to the Gallery are automatic. On the main floor, the welcome desk is accessible for wheelchair users, and the route to the elevator is level. The elevator leads to the second floor where the exhibitions are located, as well as one of our main symposium spaces. There are two wheelchair-accessible washrooms on the main floor – one across from Security and one within Craft Services Café by Crave. 

The Gallery does have wheelchairs available for guest-use. Please contact Christy Ross at (306) 584-4250 ext. 4259 or  to book a wheelchair for your time at the Gallery

Do you have a quiet area away from the programmed activities?

During the symposium schedule, there will be a dedicated ‘Recharge and Unwind’ space with dim lighting and comfortable furniture the main floor for anyone that wishes to access it. There is also an outdoor green space located directly behind the T.C. Douglas Building.

Do you have information on City of Regina accessibility?

Please visit the City of Regina accessibility web page for information: City of Regina Accessibility Webpage.

Are there accessible transportation options in Regina?

Regina Paratransit is an accessible transit option and is a shared ride transportation service for persons experiencing a disability, who are restricted in using fixed route transit some of the time. The service is a scheduled door-to-door service for those who are registered. 

Another accessible transit option is Van De’s Accessible Transit which features: 

  • Side-entry accessible vehicles for scooters, power/manual chairs, walkers, etc. 
  • No additional charge for an accompanying support person 
  • The fee is dependent on the distance traveled (estimate ranges between $20 – $35 per ride) 
  • To book a pick-up time, contact them by: 
    • Phone: 306-531-6623

How do I join the virtual presentations?


Please join our virtual presentations available on the MacKenzie Art Gallery’s YouTube channel, Facebook page, and website. Our virtual offerings include the following:

  • 2:30 PM Artist Conversation: Beading Kinship featuring Audie Murray, Katherine Boyer, and Gregory Scofield
  • 3:30 PM Artist Conversation: Cross-Border Influences featuring Teri Greeves. Elias Not Afraid, and Dyani Whitehawk
  • For more information on the artist’s in these panels, visit here.

What technology do I need to watch virtual presentations?

You will need to have access to a computer or web-enabled device with internet and a browser that can play streaming video.

About the Exhibition

Radical Stitch looks at the contemporary and transformative context of beading through the aesthetic innovations of artists and the tactile beauty of beads. Beading materials and techniques are rooted in both culturally informed traditions and cultural adaptation, and function as a place of encounter, knowledge transfer, and acts of resistance. Connecting to a tradition of making, exercised over thousands of years, this skill-based practice ties one artist to another, past to present and beyond. The exhibition includes a range of work from the customary to the contemporary, with a variety of approaches, concepts, and purposes. Gathering together top artists from across North America/ Turtle Island, the selected pieces exemplify current and future directions of some of the most exciting and impressive practices. The works in Radical Stitch invite viewers to immerse themselves in the political, creative, and aesthetic dimensions of beadwork. 

Hosted in Partnership with


The Radical Stitch Exhibition is generously presented by