The Writing on the Wall: Storytelling in Visual Art

Visual art has its own special form of storytelling, a storytelling that exists outside of words. But how does this form of artistic practice influence creative writing? How do these forms converse, join together, and open up new worlds? Join Lindsay Nixon, Arleen Pare, Chantal Gibson with moderator Kristin Cheung as they discuss how artistic mediums outside of writing influence, and are often integral to, the writing process.

Event Type: Panel
Red Gate Revue Stage
Date: Sunday, March 10, 10:30am – 12:30pm
Cost: Pay What You Can (recommended: $12.50)
ASL Interpretation Available by Request Before February 15, 2019


Chantal Gibson is an artist-educator interested in the cultural (re)production of knowledge. She teaches writing & design in the School of Interactive Arts & Technology at SFU.


Lindsay Nixon is a Cree-Métis-Saulteaux curator, award-nominated editor, award-nominated writer, and McGill Art History PhD student. They currently hold the position of Editor-at-Large for Canadian Art. Nixon has previously edited mâmawi­-âcimowak, an independent art, art criticism, and literature journal, and their writing has appeared in Malahat Review, em>Room, GUTS, MICE, esse, Inuit Art Quarterly, Teen Vogue, and other publications. nîtisânak is their first book.

Victoria writer, Arleen Paré, has won the Victoria Butler Book Prize, the American Golden Crown Award for poetry and the Governor General’s Award for Poetry.



Kristin Cheung is an arts fundraiser and co-founded “The Future is you and me”, a mentorship program for young women of colour in the arts.