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Contemporary Art Gallery

555 Nelson Street
Vancouver, Canada
Admission always free

Today's hours
12 pm - 6 pm
24 Jun 23·1:00 PMuntil3:00 PM


Working with Cedar with Sesemiya (Open Studio)

Sesemiya in profile holding a woven basket.

Photo: Courtesy of the artist.


Open Studio is a monthly program for young visitors and families inspired by contemporary art practices and CAG’s current exhibitions. In June, we invite you to join us for a hands-on workshop led by exhibiting artist Sesemiya.

Inspired by her current exhibition s7ulh waḵáy̓stn iy ta stamsh cht (Our Weapons and Warriors), participants will learn about ancient weapons and tools of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh stamsh (warrior). Sesemiya will guide the group in making a fundamental and versatile tool, cedar rope, as well as talk about the importance of protecting our wild spaces and waterways.


Registration for this event is free, but limited. A number of spots are reserved for families. RSVP to secure your place here.


Sesemiya (Tracy Williams) is a knowledge seeker, dreamer, water protector, land defender, lover, mother, auntie, weaver, and cultural practitioner. Her rich relationships with plants, animals, land, and water have taken her to the tops of mountains, the bottom of the ocean, fields of fireweed, and occasionally art galleries. Her work as an artist and educator is deeply invested in cultural revitalization and she has developed numerous programmes for connecting Sḵwx̱wú7mesh youth to traditional hand technologies and knowledge for living off the land. Her work has appeared in exhibitions such as lineages and land bases, Vancouver Art Gallery (2020); Intangible: Memory and Innovation in Coast Salish Art, Bill Reid Gallery (2017); and N. Vancouver, The Polygon Gallery (2017). In 2021, a commissioned work of Sesemiya’s was included in the Vancouver Art Gallery’s presentation of Yoko Ono’s Water Event. Sesemiya is a proud member of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Nation.


ASL interpretation is available on request. Requests can be accommodated up to 5 days in advance. Please contact to book or for more information.