Our current exhibition All for Water aims to provoke critical thinking around the global availability and health of freshwater, including the social, economic and political change required to protect this resource for generations to come. We’ve invited three artists: Bill Horne, Lori Goldberg and Betty Kovavic to share resources that they find inspiring as they create artwork addressing the future of freshwater. We invite you to click through to learn more!
1. Breaching the PeaceThe Site C Dam and a Valley’s Stand against Big Hydro by Sarah Cox; UBC Press, On Point Press
A gripping, well-written, and disturbing account of the Site C boondoggle on the Peace River in Treaty 8 Territory.
2. Waterwalker, a film by Bill Mason; music by Bruce Cockburn; NFB, 1984

Made from scraps from the editing room floor, this film splices together one long river out of several distinct river segments. Mason paints scenes while in the bush, and his spiritually-based environmental message was years ahead of its time.

3. Go By Brooks, a poem by Leonard Cohen.
One of my all time favourite poems; short and spare, but deep.
4. Lake Huron No. 3, painting by Jack Chambers.
 I had the good fortune of seeing this painting in person when I was a young adult and spent a long time looking at it. In the end, I couldn’t decide which I loved more: the painted surface or the scene itself, or both. 
5. trapline, an 18 minute silent 16 mm film by Ellie Epp, 1976.
Several sequences of moving light and ripples in a pool create a meditative effect that a swimmer splashes through towards the end. Stunning beauty revealed in the ordinary.