Jamie Bell

Interdisciplinary Artist and Arts Administrator
Founding Member, Winnipeg Arts Collective 2020 -

A long-time advocate for community-based arts and research, Jamie’s work has focused on fostering stronger relationships through outreach and engagement. Jamie has worked with arts, media and communications for almost three decades across multiple sectors. 

Jamie is a founding member of the @1860 Winnipeg Arts Collective. He was also a founding member of the Arviat Film Society and Arviat Television with support from Isuma TV’s Digital Indigenous Democracy Project. His previous work includes the SSHRC-funded Nanisiniq Arviat History Project and the ArcticNet-supported Inclusion in Northern Research project. His work has been featured in books and media ranging from TIME, CPAC, the Globe and Mail, Nunatsiaq News, CBC Igalaaq and CBC Radio North. 

Presentations and workshops have been delivered for Global Dignity Day 2020, 2021 and 2022; National Kindness Week 2022 and 2023; Arctic Change 2020, the 2021 ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meetings; Arctic Science Summit Week 2021 in Lisbon, Portugal and Arctic Science Summit Week 2023 in Vienna, Austria. In 2024 he will be convening a session on food security and participatory arts entrepreneurship at the 2024 Arctic Congress in Bodø, Norway.

@1860 Winnipeg Arts Collective

Funded by the Canada Council for the Arts Digital Greenhouse and the Manitoba Arts Council

Based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, @1860 Winnipeg is an evolving, grassroots digital arts and cultural entrepreneurship collaborative supporting training and professional development for emerging, urban and newly urban Indigenous youth artists and cultural connectors. Launched in November 2021 with funding from the Canada Council for the Arts and Manitoba Arts Council, this unique program has grown beyond its original scope to support hybrid programming engaging urban, rural and northern participation as well as internationally.

Dr. Olaf Kuhlke and Jamie Bell present on the cultural entrepreneurship and digital skills incubator project during our visit to Qaumajuq.

Hosted every two years in Winnipeg, is a business, arts and cultural showcase of Nunavut with focus on expanding the economic opportunities within Nunavut and partnership opportunities with businesses from Manitoba. Learn more and find out how to register at: https://northperspectives.com

In winter 2024, members of our funky @1860 Winnipeg Arts collective are working with Niriqatiginnga and the Arctic Buying Company to rejuvenate the Kivalliq Chamber of Commerce web site. With many gaps for northern artists and culture sector, and urban ones too, we thought this is an important project worth supporting.

Previous Projects and Experiences

Using Arts in support of Participatory and Inclusive Learning Environments

Funded by the Canada Council for the Arts Digital Greenhouse, 2021-2022
Funded by the Manitoba Arts Council, 2022-2023

This project brought together northern and southern youth, community builders, arts-based researchers, cultural creators and educators to share cultural and environmental observations, challenges and insights-based solutions for hands-on digital arts and technologies to tackle cultural and climate change through regenerative artistic creation, cultural entrepreneurship training and participatory video training. 

Auviqsaqtut 2022 Inuit Studies Conference and Knowledge Sharing Workshops

We presented during our knowledge sharing workshops that were held at the same time as the Inuit Studies Conference. We went to Qaumajuq, the University of Winnipeg, St. Boniface and St. James and connected with a lot of artists and researchers. We learned a lot this summer.

2022-2023: Climate Storytelling and Photojournalism

Minneapolis College of Art and Design, 2019 – 2023

Our People, Our Climate is a ground-breaking documentary film initiative, aiming to develop the storytelling skills of Indigenous youth and young adults. First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities across Canada’s Arctic are essential to current climate change discussions, and this project brings together a range of young people in these communities to tell important stories through a unique and distinct cultural lens.

In April 2022, we held our very first workshops as part of our @1860 Winnipeg Arts incubator program, with support from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Related Research and Community Projects

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