collage, Art Back NT, Collage of Indigenization, Rolande Souliere

The Collage of Indigenization, 2013-present, social art project, detail from Artback NT workshop, Sydney, Australia. 100+ collages, Dimensions variable.

The Collage of Indigenization is a word play on The Collage of Indignation from the late 1960s as part of the Angry Arts Week organised by the Artists and Writers Protest where over 300 artists participated in making anti-Vietnam war collages.  In the Collage of Indigenization, this social art project seeks to re-present what it means to be Indigenous today. This could mean socially, politically, culturally, spirituallly and psychologically. 

Collage workshops were conducted for people to participate in this project. At present, collage workshops/ residencies have been conducted at:

Alberta College of Art and Design, 2017, Calgary, Alberta

Decolonizing Conference, 2016, University of Toronto, ON

Roebourne Primary School, WA

Roebourne High School, WA

Barkly Artist Camp, Tennant Creek, NT

Ngurratjuta Many Hands, Alice Springs,NT

MCA Artbar with Tony Albert, MCA, Sydney, NSW

Yamaji Aboriginal Art Center, Geraldton, WA, 

GSAC Streeties, Geraldton, WA, 

Mullewa Indigenous Women's Art Center, Mullewa,WA,  

Artback NT, Alice Springs, NT, 2013 (Launch)

Street Art Project by Or Gallery Vancouver, Berlin, Toronto, Sydney

Joseph Beuys, coyote, contemporary First Nation artist, pasteups, Rolande, Souliere, Berlin


Two public art installations for The Contemporary Art Gallery curated by Kimberly Phillips  in Vancouver in early April, 2019

Wrapping a double length public transit bus in Vancouver, Canada curated by Kimberly Phillips.  This will be 1 of 5 bus wraps by 5 artists in the group show How Far Do You Travel?


Rolande (Wassay) Souliere was born in Toronto, Ontario and is Anishinaabe and member of Michipicoten First Nation. Souliere became a contemporary artist when she migrated to Australia in the late nineties. Prior to this her artistic knowledge was grounded in her First Nation heritage.  She pursued her artistic endeavours and engaged in the arts community by becoming art school trained at Sydney College of the Arts (SCA), University of Sydney. Souliere was the director of the student run gallery Newspace from 2001-2003 and a committee member of ARTPORT (a joint initiative of Sydney's artist-run spaces and the Museums and Galleries Foundation of NSW) in 2003-04 . 

Working ing across painting, sculpture, photography, collage and recently screen printing, Souliere's practice is primarily installation that combines the organic, hard edge abstraction and the hand-made with the assisted readymade. The assisted readymade and traditional First Nation processes of weaving, threading, binding, wrapping, stacking, and stitching, to name a few, are important features in her work. These processes act as a vehicle to activate and translate Souliere's conceptual concerns regarding the extended field of painting in conjunction with the socio-political and cultural issues and concerns of Indigeneity on a national and international level. These include Indigenous worldviews, cultural appropriation, land claims and assimiliation policies, to name but a few.  

Souliere was a finalist in the Helen Lempriere Traveling Scholarship and a recipient of the Nava Marketing Grant in 2006, and 2007. In 2008 Souliere was a finalist in the Fauvette Lourerio Memorial Traveling Scholarship and had her first international solo exhibition at Grunt Gallery, Vancouver, Canada.  

Souliere was included in an international exhibitions curated by Gary Pearson at Artspace, Sydney. Souliere has participated in artist's presentations and studio residencies, both nationally and internationally, including the University of Manitoba, University of British Columbia (Okanagan), Simon Fraser University, University of Newcastle, Artspace and Firstdraft in Sydney. Souliere continues to exhibit in her home country with solo exhibitions at Urban Shaman, Winnipeg, The New Gallery in Calgary and Grunt Gallery, Vancouver.  

She has participated in the 2010 Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, (curated by Gerald McMaster) in Toronto, Canada and was included in the travelling exhibition 'Beat Nation' curated by Kathleen Ritter and Tania Willard. Beat Nation initially opening at the Vancouver Art Gallery and will continue traveling throughout Canada till 2014. Souliere is also a recipient of visual art grants, such as the New Work Grant by Canada Council.  

Souliere has taught at the three main art institutions in Sydney; College of Fine Arts, Sydney College of the Arts and the National Art School.

She holds practice based doctorate in Visual Arts from Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney. Her primary research focused on Indigenous art from Canada and Australia and its integration into contemporary art practice.  

Souliere lives and works between her home country Canada and Sydney, Australia.


Born Toronto, Canada, 
Anishinaabe, member of Michipicoten First Nation 
Australian Citizen

2010-13, 2017 Doctorate of Visual Arts (Painting), Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney
2005-2006 Masters of Visuals Arts (Painting), Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney
2000-2004 Bachelor of Visual Arts, Honours (Painting), Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney


Solo Exhibitions
2019 TBD, Contemporary Art Gallery (curated by Kimberly Phillips), Vancouver, Canada
2019 TBD, Forest City Gallery, London, Canada
2017 Form and Content, (curated by Manuela Well Off Man), IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Art, Sante Fe, New Mexico
2017 Coyote Responds: I Like America and America Likes Me, (curated by Jonathan Middleton), Or Gallery, Vancouver, Toronto and Berlin
2011 CrossRoads, Urban Shaman, Winnipeg, Canada
2010 I am JUST not that good at following directions, The New Gallery, Calgary, Canada
2009 GPS-(The Good Red Road), Peloton, Sydney, NSW
2008 Materiality and Otherness, Grunt Gallery (curated by Daina Warren), Vancouver, Canada
2007 Binessiwags in Da House, Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Connections/Disconnections, Firstdraft, Sydney, NSW

2005 Materiality, Exit gallery, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW
2004 Bahn Trang, Space 3, Sydney, NSW
2003 Transformation of the Abject into Beauty, newspace, Sydney, NSW


Group Exhibition
2018 How Far Do You Travel?, (curated by Kimberly Phillips), Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2018 niigaankwewag, (curated by Rheanne Chartrand), Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga, Canada
2017 Language of Puncture, (curated by Joi Arcand), Gallery 101, Ottawa, Canada
2017 Future Memories (Present Tense):Contemporary Practices in Perspective, (curated by Lorenzo Fusi), Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Calgary, Canada
2017 How to Picture Living Systems No. 2, (curated by Petra Maitz) KLI, Vienna, Austria
2016 Degree Examinations, Sydney College of the Arts Galleries, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney, NSW
2016 Culture Shift: Contemporary Native Art Biennale, Third Edition, curated by Mike Patten, Art Mur, Montreal, Quebec
2015 SNO 115, Sydney, NSW
2015 Believe not every spirit, but try the spirts, with Mikala Dwyer and Alterbeast, Monash Museum of Art, Caulfield East, Victoria
2015 Kiss Me Swiss in "Private Collection" (curated by Beata Geyer) WEST Project Space, Hazelbrook, NSW
2014 SNO 110, Gallery 9, Sydney, NSW
2014 20/200 with Mikala Dwyer, Sarah Cottier Gallery,Sydney, NSW
2014 Beat Nation, (curated by Kathleen Ritter and Tania Willard, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
2013 Beat Nation, (curated by Kathleen Ritter and Tania Willard), Musee d'art Contemporaine, Montreal, Quebec
2013 Goodnight, Peloton, Sydney, NSW
2013 Cabinet of Curiosities, Callan Park Gallery, Sydney,NSW
2013 Sydney Non Objective turns 100, Sydney Non Objective, Sydney, NSW
2012 Beat Nation, (curated by Kathleen Ritter and Tania Willard), Toronto PowerPlant, Toronto, Canada
2012 Beat Nation, (curated by Kathleen Ritter and Tania Willard), Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2011 50-500, Urban Shaman, Winnipeg, Canada
2011 Mikala Dwyer 'Alphabet for Ghosts' for Alterbeast, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2011 Finalist, David Harold Tribe Sculpture Prize, Sydney College of the Arts Galleries,  Sydney, NSW
2011 Alterbeast with Mikala Dwyer, Carla Cescon, Tine Havelock Stevens as special guest, Penrith Regional Gallery, Penrith, NSW
2010 Scotiabank Nuit Blanche (curated by Gerald McMaster), Toronto, Canada 
2010 An Oeuvre both Abundant and Diverse (curated by Brad Buckley), SCA Galleries, Sydney, NSW
2010 No. 61, (curated by Rhonda Davis and Camila Tellez), S.N.O., Sydney, NSW
2010 Safari 2010 (curated by Lisa Corsi) Sydney, NSW
2010 Minus Space, SNO Group Gallery 9, Brooklyn, USA
2009 No. 50, S.N.O., Sydney, NSW
2009 Remote Control, Tortuga Studios Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2009 Fundraiser, The Narrows, Melbourne, NSW
2008 Finalist Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Artists Travel Scholarship
2008 Point of Origin (curated by Gary Pearson) Artspace, Sydney, NSW
2007 Echelon, Peloton, Sydney, NSW
2007 Smash Hits, Parramatta Studios, Parramatta, NSW
2007 Square Dance, Firstdraft, Sydney, NSW
2007 Intermediaries, MOP Projects, Sydney, NSW
2007 Helen Lempriere Traveling Art Scholarship (Finalist), Artspace, Sydney, NSW
2006 Helen Lempriere Traveling Art Scholarship (Finalist), Artspace, Sydney, NSW




Awards/Grants/Studio Residencies/Presentations
2018 Art Talk, This Place, Indigenous Sculpture Park, Air Canada Park, Winnipeg, Canada
2017 Artist Talk, Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Canada
2017 Aaksokgowamoski (Making Relations), Symposium, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Canada
2017 Artist in Residence, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Canada
2017 Transcultural Collaborations, Panel discussion, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, Sydney
2017 Artist Presentation, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada
2016 Shortlisted for Indigenous Artists' Project, Winnipeg Art Council, Winnipeg, Canada
2016 Decolonizing Conference, OISE, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
2016 Sydney University Postgraduate Research Support Scheme Grant, Sydney
2015 Artist in Residence, Hunan Normal University, Hunan, China
2015 Bringing back Wabakinine, Public Art Commission by The City of Toronto, Bala Underpass, Toronto, Canada
2015 Canada Council New Work Grant, Canada
2015 Finalist Bala Underpass Public Art Project, Canada
2015 Artist in Residece, Yamaji Art Centre, Geraldton, Western Australia
2015 Artist in Residence, Roebourne Disrict High, Roebourne, Western Australia
2014 Artist in Residence, Yamaji Art Center, Geraldton, Western Australia
2014 Artist in Residence,Barkly Artist Camp, Tennant Creek, Northern Territory
2014 Artist in Residence, Ngurratjuta Art Center, Alice Springs, Northern Territory
2013 Artist in Residence, Yamaji Art Center, Geraldton, Western Australia
2013 Artist in Residence, Artback, Alice Springs, Northern Territority
2012 New Work Grant, Canada Council for the Arts, Canada
2012 Shortlisted for the Blake Prize, Sydney, Australia
2012 Simon Fraser University, Artist Presentation and studio critiques for Masters students, Vancouver, Canada
2011 University of Manitoba, Artist Presentation, Winnipeg, Canada
2011 Artist-in-Residence, The Sofitel on Colllins, Melbourne, VIC
2011 Finalist David Harold Sculpture Award, SCA Galleries, Sydney, NSW
2009 Finalist Urbanest/BatesSmart Public Art Project, Sydney, NSW
2008 Australia National University, Artist Presentation, Canberra, NSW
2008 University of Newcastle, Artist Presentation, Newcastle, NSW
2008 Studio Residency, Artspace, Sydney, NSW
2008 International Visiting Artist, University of British Columbia (Okanagan), British Columbia, Canada
2007 National Association for the Visual Arts, Marketing Grant, NSW
2007 Studio Residency, Firstdraft, Sydney, NSW
2007 Finalist, Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship, Artspace, Sydney, NSW
2006 Post Graduate Research Support Scheme Grant, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW
2006 Finalist, Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship, Artspace, Sydney, NSW
2006 Michipicoten First Nation Incentive Grant, Wawa, Ontario, Canada
2006 Shortlist, Ripe, Art & Australia/ANZ Private Bank Contemporary Art Award
2005 Michipicoten First Nation Post Graduate Student Support Scholarship, Wawa, Canada
2004 Michipicoten First Nation Student Support Scholarship, Wawa, Canada
2000-2003 Michipicoten First Nation Student Support Scholarship, Wawa, Canada



Writings on the Artist:
2018 Alicia Elliott, A memo to Canada: Indigenous People are not your incompetent children, Globe and Mail, Opinion,  January 5, 2018
2018 Rick Garrett, Michipicoten artist's new installation in New Mexico, Anishinabek News, January11,2018,
2017 McDonald's Youth Campaign, television commecial, Skin and Bones Film Company,
2017 U Turn, music video, Warner Music Canada
2017 Zoom Zoom Magazine, Mazda Motor Corporation
2012 Beat Nation, Catalogue, Vancouver Art Gallery and Grunt Gallery, November 2012.
2012 Marsha Lederman, A New Native Art, Globe and Mail, February 29, 2012, p. R1, R3.
2011 Elizabeth Fortescue, David Harold Tribe Sculpture Prize, The Daily Telegraph, June 6, 2011
2010 Nancy Tousley, Artist Doubles her Direction, The Calgary Herald, July 24, 2010
2010 David Garneau, Rolande Souliere's Sign Language, catalogue essay, The New Gallery
2009 Gary Pearson, ‘Point of Origin: a curatorial essay in seven parts’, Column 3, Artspace Visual Arts Centre Ltd. 2009, p. 15-24.

Suzanne Boccalatte and Meredith Jones, Trunk Volume 1: Hair, Sydney: Boccalatte Pty Ltd, 2009, p. 153-155.


Skeena Reece, ‘Rolande Souliere’, brunt grunt gallery in print, Issue 4, September 2008, p. 28-31 18.

2008 Video Interview: ‘Materiality’; Interview with Rolande Souliere

‘Preview’, Canadian Art, Winter 2007, v 24, no. 4, p.  20.

2008 ‘Art Attack’, Harpers Bazaar, March 2008, p. 385.
2008 Kevin Griffin, ‘Exhibition opens a door to another world’, The Vancouver Sun, March 13-19, 2008, p. D18.
2008 ‘Art Exhibition -Rolande Souliere’, Michipicoten First Nation News, March 2008, p. 15.
2008 ‘Vancouver’, Preview, February/March 2008, p. 41.
2008 Vancouver< em> 2010 Cultural Olympiad 2008 Program guide, Cultural Olympiad, Vancouver, 2008, p. 107.
2008 Vancouver Cultural Olympiad, ‘Rolande Souliere Materiality and Otherness’, FRONT Contemporary Art and Ideas, January/February, p. 6.
2007 Tony D’Fabrici, ‘Intermediaries’, catalogue essay, MOP Projects. Sydney, 2007, p.3.
2007 ‘Rolande Souliere- Another Artisan of MFN, Michipicoten First Nation News, April, p. 2.

Le Flaneur, ‘Rolande Souliere: G&A Studios’, Australian Art Blog, June 4,

2005 Rick Garrick, ‘Anishinabe Artist Down Under’, Anishinabek News, April, p. 18.


Related Experience
2016-2018 Guest Tutor, (Painting-Masters Program), National Art School, Sydney, Australia
2013-15 Guest Tutor, (Painting-Honours Program), National Art School, Sydney, Australia
2013 Sculpture, Performance, Installation (SPI), sessional academic, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney
2012 Guest lecturer (Painting- Honours Program), National Art School, Sydney, Australia
2012 Foundation Studio, Sessional Academic, Painting, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney
2010 Foundation Concepts Sessional Academic, Painting, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney
2009 Studio Coordinator, Painting, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney
2008 Database Administrator University of Sydney Galleries, University of Sydney
2008 Studio Coordinator, Painting, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney
2003-2004 ARTPORT, Artists Run Initiatives Committee member
2003 Representative, Board of Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney
2003-2001 Director, newspace, 680 Darling Street, Sydney, NSW

Included in Private Collections in Australia and Canada