The CARFAC National Board of Directors is comprised of volunteer CARFAC members who are practicing artists and represent all areas of Canada, from coast to coast.
Born in Calgary, Alberta, to Irish parents, Ingrid Mary Percy is a first generation Canadian of mixed European and African heritage. Ingrid grew up in Vancouver, BC, studied visual art at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, BC (BFA, Dip FA) and completed graduate studies at the University of Victoria, Victoria, BC (MFA).
Ingrid has served on the boards of Open Space in Victoria, BC, Eastern Edge Gallery in St. John’s, NL, and Visual Artists Newfoundland and Labrador (VANL-CARFAC). A visual arts educator, she has taught at the University of Victoria and Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Ingrid currently divides her time between Victoria, BC, and Corner Brook, NL, where she is Associate Professor of drawing, painting and interdisciplinary practices in the Visual Arts Program at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University.
Paddy was born in Armagh, Northern Ireland. He studied modern history at Trinity College, Dublin and physical education and history at the University of Alberta. He moved to Canada in 1985 and subsequently worked as a historian and archivist before devoting himself to a full-time career as an artist. His work is strongly influenced by history, memory and social culture, offering a personal narrative concerning human migration and attachment to the land. Paddy has been the recipient of several scholarships as well as Achievement Awards from the City of Edmonton and the Province of Alberta. He has exhibited widely in Edmonton and Alberta, as well as in Vancouver and Ireland. In 2009 and 2011 he was awarded a fellowship and residency at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Ballycastle, Co. Mayo. He lives and works near Edmonton, Alberta.
Yael Brotman received her BA (Honours) from the University of Manitoba and her B.Ed and MVS (Master of Visual Studies) from the University of Toronto. Her artwork is rooted in drawing and printmaking and has expanded into constructions and installations that repurpose her etchings. She examines our urge to build and the poetics of our structures. Her exhibition history includes museums, commercial galleries and artist-run centres across Canada. She has also exhibited internationally in Berlin, New York, Melbourne AU, Jingdezhen China, Edinburgh UK. She has been awarded grants from all three levels of government; and artist residencies, including Dawson City, Yukon, Aran Islands, Ireland, Sanbao, China.
Previously she sat on the boards of the Print and Drawing Council of Canada, Open Studio and Visual Arts Ontario. She is now president of CARFAC Ontario. She is also on the faculty in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media at the University of Toronto Scarborough.
David Yazbeck practices as an advocate for unions, employees, and human rights complainants in the areas of labour relations, human rights, judicial review and appeals, and Charter litigation, with an emphasis on the federal public sector. He has a particular expertise in employee free speech and whistleblowing, and has argued many of the leading cases. David regularly appears before arbitrators, labour boards, human rights tribunals, and Courts at all levels. He has substantial experience arguing judicial review applications and appeals in the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal, and often acts as counsel or agent in the Supreme Court of Canada.
David channels a passion for music into producing and hosting the second half of the Thursday Morning Special Blend radio program, airing every Thursday at 8:00 am on CKCU 93.1 FM.
David is one of the original writers for the great Canadian music blog North by East West. He has been a Juror for the Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent On Record (FACTOR) which provides loans and grants to up-and-coming Canadian artists.
Nova Scotian artist Susan Tooke works in painting, media arts and book illustration. She received her formal artistic training from Virginia Commonwealth University and the Master’s of Media Studies program at the New School in New York City.
Chosen for a media arts scholarship by the Centre for Art Tapes (2014-15), she is currently working with sound, video and sensors to create virtual environments based on threatened wilderness spaces.
Susan is a four-time winner of the Lillian Shepherd Award for Excellence in Illustration for her contributions to children’s literature. Her volunteer work includes Past President of CARFAC Maritimes, board member of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, and board member of the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council, an advisory board on arts policy to the Nova Scotia government.
Sára J. Molčan is an artist and writer based in Vancouver, British Columbia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with distinction in English literature and visual art from Vancouver Island University, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a focus in painting from Emily Carr University. Molčan has participated in several group shows and had her first solo show, Obscure Sorrows, at the Electric Umbrella in Nanaimo in 2012.
Shows of note are …it could have been (Concourse Art Gallery, 2015), Emergence (Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery, 2011), Shrink (MAKE Studio, Nanaimo, 2013) and Art + Denim (dutil. Denim, Vancouver, 2013). Molčan’s written work has been published in the juried student publication WOO as well as in Maclean magazine’s University Insider special editions of 2014 and 2015.
Presently, Molčan is working on projects involving androgyny, identity, memory, and relationships with the body through painting.
Pierre Lhéritier was born in Paris (France), where he studied painting, sculpture, engraving and art foundry. He has worked with many artists and institutions such as Alberto and Diego Giacometti, Germaine Richier or the Rodin Museum. He was awarded the prestigious distinction of Meilleur Ouvrier de France in art foundry.
Pierre Lhéritier moved to Canada in 1982; after settling initially in Edmonton, he now lives in Regina, where he created Joe Fafard’s foundry.
Since 1989, he has been deeply committed into defending the rights of artists both provincially and nationally, within different federations and associations. He is currently the President of CARFAC Saskatchewan.
Collin Zipp is a multidisciplinary artist who works with video, photo, sculpture, painting and installation. His practice addresses notions of appropriation, adaptation and authorship and is rooted in the exploration of narrative structure and storytelling. Zipp is interested in repositioning and challenging viewer experience and expectations to explore the role of the art object and it’s positioning within the gallery space.
Zipp has exhibited his work widely in solo and group exhibitions and screenings. Selected venues include Paved New Media, Plug In ICA, The Winnipeg Art Gallery, Daimon, the Boston Underground Film Festival, eyelevelgallery, Outpost for Contemporary Art and the MOCCA Geffen, the Kelowna Art Gallery and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.
Zipp obtained his BFA from the University of Manitoba’s School of Art in 2005 and his MFA from the University of Lethbridge’s Faculty of Fine Arts in 2011. Currently Zipp is Director at PLATFORM centre for photographic + digital arts.
Originally from Manitoba, Eric Lesage is an interdisciplinary artist based on Pender Island BC. In Winnipeg, Lesage was Artistic Director of the artist-run center La Maison des artistes. He has exhibited at the Winnipeg Art Gallery and Raw:Gallery, and collaborated with the ITWÉ collective on Manifestipi at The Forks and Saint Boniface Cathedral. Lesage continues to work on his decade-long project Re: Definition, a large scale installation of a single deconstructed dictionary woven into multiple panels. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of l’AGAVF and the CARFAC National Board.
Theresie Tungilik is an artist and activist that hails from Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. Theresie creates wall hangings that depict the life of the Inuit influenced by her parents’ lives, who were part of the nomadic people of the Eastern Coast of the Hudson Bay. Their clothing styles, events, seasons and kajaanatu landscape are presented by her work using wool, thread, cloth, animal skins and her own hair. She is currently the Advisor for Arts and Traditional Economy with the Department of Economic Development and Transportation, Government of Nunavut, since 2003. Prior to this, she has been a Senior Advisor- Arts & Traditional Economy for the government of Nunavut at Rankin Inlet, a Social Worker in Rankin Inlet and Arviat, an Inuktitut Instructor, a teacher, and a post master. Along with her wall hangings, Theresie has also created illustrations for Inuktitut books.
Joshua Vettivelu is a queer, South Asian artist working within sculpture, installation and performance, their work seeks to explore how larger frameworks of power impact and manifest within intimate and personal relationships by utilizing the interiority of the body as an unknowable and imagined space. They have exhibited across Canada and internationally. Exhibitions of note include the British Film Institute’s LGBT Film Festival, Performatorium in Regina, SK, MIX NYC 2013, 011+91 | 011+92 at the Art Gallery of Mississauga, SUPERNOVA Performance Festival in Washington DC, Dreamworlds in St. John’s, NL and a performance/ installation for ART TORONTO 2012 presented by the South Asian Visual Arts Center (SAVAC).
Annie France Noël is an artist and a photographer from Caraquet (NB).
She studied analog photography at the Université de Moncton. Visceral in nature, Annie’s work explores themes of vulnerability and isolation. She is also interested in dynamics surrounding the creation and consumption of images in a digital era as well as the emotionality associated to the photographic object.
She has exhibited in a number of venues such as the Beaverbrook Provincial Art Gallery (2015) following a residency in Finland. Annie France is an active member of the cultural community of Moncton and sits on the board of directors of the FICFA and of CARFAC Maritimes. She is currently co-director of Galerie Sans Nom.
April Britski has an MA in Canadian Art History from Carleton University, and a BA in Art History and Studio Art from the University of Saskatchewan. She joined the staff of CARFAC National in 2005. She has worked and volunteered as an art educator, curator, and arts administrator since 1998, and has served on the board of directors of Galerie SAW Gallery, the Canadian Senior Artist Resource Network, and the Coalition for Cultural Diversity. She is a co-founder of Artists Legal Services Ottawa, and the Visual Arts Alliance. In 2010, she spent five months working in the UK, researching how the Artist’s Resale Right is applied internationally. During her time in Europe, she worked on secondment with various visual arts organizations, including Artquest, the Design and Artists Copyright Society, and Artists’ Interaction and Representation (AIR).
Marcia Lea is an Ottawa based artist with a MFA in Studio Art from the University of Ottawa. Lea uses paint and sometimes installation to explore issues of power, gender and war. Her art has been exhibited in Canada, the USA and the UK and is included in many collections such as the Bank of Canada, Toronto Stock Exchange, Omex Middleware Zurich and City of Ottawa. In addition to her creative work as an artist, Lea is a curator, art educator and gallery director. She has experience working in an artist-run centre, a commercial gallery and a public gallery. She is a long-time member of CARFAC, and her volunteer work has included several years on the Board of CARFAC Ontario during the 1990s.
Renuka Bauri has a B.A. (Honours) in Film Studies and English Language and Literature, as well as her M.A. in Film Studies from Carleton University. At Carleton, she was the TA Mentor for Carleton’s School for Studies in Art and Culture department and co-organized a symposium that featured talks by the Artistic and Executive Directors of the Canadian Film Institute, Toronto International Film Festival and the Ottawa International Animation Festival. Renuka is one of the Programmers for Ottawa’s Cellar Door Film Festival, as well as a juror for Mirror Mountain Film Festival and the Marketing and Fundraising manager for the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra. She is also a member of SAW Video Media Art Centre’s Fundraising Committee and Board of Directors, actively assisting and managing events and fundraisers.