Art Gallery of Alberta

Conversation with the Artists: Brittney Bear Hat and Richelle Bear Hat

Conversation with the Artists: Brittney Bear Hat and Richelle Bear Hat: Little Cree Women (Sisters, Secrets & Stories)
Friday, March 4, 6:30 pm
Second Level Landing


Brittney Bear Hat and Richelle Bear Hat, along with Curator Kristy Trinier, discuss the artists’ practice and the making of their exhibition in the RBC New Works Gallery.

Brittney Bear Hat is a graduate from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2011, where she majored in painting with an interest in collage and drawing. Based in Calgary, her work focuses on identity and belonging. Half Blackfoot and half Cree, Bear Hat makes work about memory and how her personal history is what makes her Native. Her work involves the process of taking her own family photos or personal items and combining them with text, retelling stories and memories. With each piece, Bear Hat is trying to figure out what is hers and what she can call home.

Richelle Bear Hat is a Calgary based First Nations artist with both Blackfoot and Cree heritage. She graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing in 2011. Her practice investigates ideas surrounding family relationships and the types of knowledge that are capable of being passed through them. These ideas are explored through the use of photography, transfers, video and paper based works. It is important to use materials and means of production that support the transference of memory and provide a platform for storytelling.