Thursday, October 14, 2021 to Saturday, November 13, 2021

    Gallery 101 is pleased to present Free Food: Approaches to Food Sovereignty, Security, and Justice

    Featuring a group exhibition, round table discussions, book readings, Speaking Fruit interactive food truck tour, and film screenings 

    Gallery Hours

    Tuesday - Saturday 1:00-5:00 PM
    Please see COVID Protocols below


    Vernissage (in-gallery and livestreamed): Thursday October 14, 6-10 PM EST
    6 PM: Opening blessing by Grandmother Irene and keynote remarks from Dr. Priscilla Settee
    7 PM: live performance by Thirza Cuthand 


    Additional programming 
    Tuesday October 26, 6 PM: Food Sovereignty Film Screening & Panel
    Featuring Rematriate: Passing the Seeds by filmmaker Shelby Lisk, Ama Amponsah of Seed Change Canada, Professor Priscilla Settee, and Professor Nikki Auten
    Zoom registration here

    Date TBA: Food Security Film Screening & Panel
    Featuring Caribou in the Archive by filmmaker Jennifer Dysart, Sundance Harvest, Jambican Studio Gardens, Grandmother Irene Compton, and Parkdale Food Centre

    Date TBA: Free Food Artist Talk
    Featuring Liz Buset, karen elaine spencer, Petra Halkes, Annette Hegel and Deborah Margo, Farrah Miranda, and Thirza Cuthand


    Free Food: Approaches to Food Justice, Security, Sovereignty is a multidisciplinary / multimedia presentation of works and ideas related to issues of food justice, food sovereignty, and food security, specifically: access to farmland for BIPOC farmers; migrant workers and our food systems; advocacy for nutritional options for food insecure communities; and the deliberate harms of policies negatively impacting food security in Canada.

    The exhibition will open with a blessing from Grandmother Irene Compton, keynote remarks from Dr. Priscilla Settee - author of Indigenous Food Systems, and a performance of The Future Is So Bright by Thirza Cuthand that contemplates love and having Indigenous babies in a future where food security is threatened by climate change and political inequalities. The opening can be accessed in person and via zoom livestreams.

    Free Food's roundtable discussions will center the voices of BIPOC urban and rural Ontario farmers, food workers, academics, Indigenous knowledge holders, and local organizations serving communities impacted by food insecurity. Along with the discussions, a group exhibition, film screenings, a touring interactive food truck installation (Speaking Fruit), and outreach activities with local food organizations will provide numerous entry points for audiences to engage with the range of issues at hand, both inside and outside the gallery. By combining research, lived experience, and art, it is our hope that Free Food fosters informed discussions and sows seeds for collective action towards food security, justice, and sovereignty.



    Liz Buset, karen elaine spencer, Petra Halkes, Annette Hegel and Deborah Margo, Farrah Miranda, Thirza Cuthand


    Film Makers

    Shelby Lisk: Rematraite, Jennifer Dysart: Caribou in the Archive



    Grandmother Irene Compton, Inuit Elder Meeka Kakudluk, Priscilla Settee, Ama Amponsah (Seed Change Canada), Cheyenne Sundance (Sundance Harvest), Colin Samuels and Kumiko Watanabe (Jambican Studio Gardens), Parkdale Food Centre


    COVID Protocols

    • No registration or proof of vaccination is required to visit the exhibition during regular gallery hours.
    • Proof of vaccination and ID will be required only during the vernissage.
    • Masks must be worn indoors and are encouraged at outdoor events.
    • Please maintain social distancing with those outside your household.
    • Please do not visit if you’ve been experiencing, or have been in close contact with someone with COVID symptoms.



    Free Food is presented with the support of The Ontario Arts Council, and The Ottawa Community Foundation. Deborah Margo and Annette Hegel acknowledge the support of the City of Ottawa.