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LESLEY BEARDY

Curator, Manitoba Spotlight

Lesley is both Anishinaabe and Inninew from the Missipawistic Cree Nation. She is based in Treaty One Territory Winnipeg Manitoba. She grew up on the shores of the Saskatchewan River where it meets Lake Winnipeg. Lesley’s artistic skills include photography, writing curatorial texts, and research with new and emerging Indigenous artists. She has had exhibitions in Nuit Blanche Montreal Quebec and in Window Winnipeg Manitoba. She is a community helper and is a mental wellness worker for youth experiencing challenges. Lesley is also a volunteer, she sits on the board of directors for an Indigenous youth organization in the North-end of Winnipeg, and has been a juror for Flash Forward. She trusts in the healing aspects of creating art, finding inspiration on the land, and the process of walking along others as they enter their traditional healing journeys. Lesley believes that supporting, creating, and wearing Indigenous Fashion and textiles is the best way to decolonize and represent our culture in a beautiful way.