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Artist Discussion – Akshata Naik

To celebrate World Refugee Day, THEMUSEUM will be hosting a talk with artist Akshata Naik. Akshata will discuss her unsettling journey to Canada, which resonates with a large global population of migrants and refugees, along with her art works that represent her personal experiences.

Time: Wednesday, June 24 at 7pm

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Who is Akshara Naik?
Akshata Naik is an internationally recognized, talented visual artist, arts educator, researcher, and administrator. She works as the Program and Gallery Manager at Arts Etobicoke and is
very invested in community arts through her job and art practice. She was an Assistant Professor at Parul University in Gujarat, where she taught drawing and painting in India before moving to Canada.

She is a newcomer to Canada and soon after she arrived in 2017, she became active in the arts scene, widely showing her interactive art with several communities across Toronto. Most recently, she exhibited ‘Bloody Boats 2.0’ at the Gladstone Hotel as part of Nuit Blanche 2019 and was also invited as the guest artist by the town of Collingwood to lead an experiential public art project. Her piece, ‘Frozen Voyage’ is installed at the council chambers, townhall of Collingwood.

She is also an accomplished speaker, presenting at the Gathering 1.0 organized by Cultural Pluralism in the Art Movement Ontario (CPAMO), Emergence Symposium organized by Neighbourhood Arts Network, and was received a Newcomer Artist Mentorship Grant by Toronto Arts Council. She also was awarded a gold medal in her Master’s for best performance and final art display. She also serves on the board of Neilson Park Creative Centre and a member of the Programs Advisory Committee at Humber College’s Arts Administration and Cultural Management program.