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Film Reflections with Shelley Niro


Thursday, July 23rd  | 5pm – 7pm  | Zoom Session

 *Note:  This workshop will take place on Zoom. You will receive an email with the link to participate.

Join us with acclaimed Mohawk multi-media artist and award winning filmmaker, Shelley Niro, as she discusses her six week production process for her second film, The Incredible 25th Year of Mitzi Bearclaw. This workshop will address her transition in making experimental short films up to her experience with creating narrative feature films. Shelley will touch on what artists and films influence her career, what themes she explores in her art and how important spirituality and humour continue to shape her future projects.


Niro is a member of the Six Nations Reserve, Bay of Quinte Mohawk, Turtle Clan.

Shelley Niro is a multi-media artist.  Her work involves photography, painting, beadwork and film.  Niro is conscious the impact post-colonial mediums have had on Indigenous people.  Like many artists from different Native communities, she works relentlessly presenting people in realistic and explorative portrayals.  Photo series such as MOHAWKS IN BEEHIVES, THIS LAND IS MIME LAND and M: STORIES OF WOMEN are a few of the genre of artwork.  Films include:  HONEY MOCCASIN, IT STARTS WITH A WHISPER, THE SHIRT, KISSED BY LIGHTNING and ROBERT’S PAINTINGS.  Recently she finished her film THE INCREDIBLE 25th YEAR OF MITZI BEARCLAW.

Shelley graduated from the Ontario College of Art, Honours and received her Master of Fine Art from the University of Western Ontario. Niro was the inaugural recipient of the Aboriginal Arts Award presented through the Ontario Arts Council in 2012. In 2017 Niro received the Governor General’s Award For The Arts from the Canada Council, The Scotiabank Photography Award and also received the Hnatyshyn Foundation REVEAL Award.  

Niro recently received an honorary doctorate from the Ontario College of Arts and Design University.  She also was the 2019 Laureate of the Paul de Hueck and Norman Walford Career Achievement Award for Photography.



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10 members, 30 general


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