CARFAC National Board
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.
INGRID MARY PERCY – President and Spokesperson
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.
YAEL BROTMAN – Vice-President
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.
COLLIN ZIPP – Secretary
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.
DAVID YAZBECK – Treasurer
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.
SUSAN TOOKE – Past-President
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.
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.
Originally from Hudson Heights, Quebec, Shelley Freeman first studied fine arts and French literature at York University in Toronto, before beginning a long career as a social worker specializing in psychogeriatrics. After moving to Montreal in 1979, her professional obligations did not prevent her from simultaneously pursuing artistic activities. In 1999, she obtained her BFA with Distinction in studio arts from Concordia University and joined the Regroupement des artistes en arts visuels du Québec (RAAV).
In 2003, Shelley received a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to create artworks on the theme of emptiness in underground spaces such as caves, abandoned mines and tunnels that she has explored. To date she has exhibited more than 185 semi-abstract paintings and prints on this theme. While still continuing her research on underground spaces, Shelley is currently exploring the dimension of depth as observed under water. Her paintings figure in public and private collections across Canada, and in Japan, Australia, New Zealand and the USA.
Shelley is a member of ELAN (English Language Arts Network), a board member of RAAV since 2016, and she serves as a volunteer for cultural events in the community.
Daniel Rumbolt is an artist and arts administrator who grew up on the Great Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland. He currently lives in St. John’s and is the Assistant Director of Eastern Edge Gallery, and serves as the vice-chair / national representative for VANL-CARFAC. His art practice includes painting, printmaking, and ceramic sculpture reflecting on his own memories and emotions of growing up in rural Newfoundland. His artwork explores the reality of contemporary art practices stemming from personal rural influences.
Daniel has shown his work in several juried exhibitions, and galleries such as the Grenfell Campus Art Gallery in Corner Brook, Eastern Edge Gallery and the Peter Lewis Gallery in St. Johns, and Gatehouse Arts Gallery in Harlow, UK. He is currently completing a year-long printmaking residency at St. Michael’s Printshop in St. John’s.
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
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.
Sydney Lancaster is an Edmonton-based multidisciplinary artist and writer. Her work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions in public, artist-run, and commercial galleries in Alberta, BC, Ontario, Quebec, and Newfoundland. Lancaster has held residencies at Harcourt House (AB), Gros Morne National Park (NL), Red Rabbit (NS), Quarters Arts Society (AB), Ruth Carse Centre for Dance (AB), and Main & Station (NS). She has received support for her work from the Edmonton Arts Council, the Edmonton Heritage Council, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and the Canada Council (through the Art in the Park program). Her practice considers the intersection of place, objects, memory, and time, and includes site-specific installation and sculpture, photography, video and audio works, printmaking, and mixed media/found object assemblage. Sydney has worked in Artist-Run Culture (Latitude 53), and been an advocate, volunteer, and board member for various organizations supporting human/LGBTQ2S rights, housing & homelessness advocacy, and artists’ rights over the last 33 years, including past Advocacy Director and Past President of Visual Arts Alberta – CARFAC.
Alejandro is an independent visual and interdisciplinary artist, curator and consultant in Arts and Culture. His leadership as an arts administrator include the renovation of an old theatre, public performances, lectures and public speaking. In Puerto Rico, as a young artist, he won awards for his sculptural and illustration work.
In Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, he was Artist in Residence for the Cultural Capitals Project 2006 – 2007, and later at King George Community School in 2007- 2008.
His work explore anonymous interventions, social activism, cultural resistance, photography, painting and poetry with the concepts of identity, post-colonialism, prophecy, construction and perceptions of reality.
Alejandro is a full time Artist, facilitator, art administrator and instructor. Alejandro exhibits in Puerto Rico, USA and Canada. Some of his works are in private collections in Bolivia, Canada, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Spain and the United States. Many of his photographic work has been published in different newspapers and magazines. He is also the Public Arts Consultant for the city of Saskatoon, President of Carfac Saskatchewan and a member of the board of directors of Creative City Network of Canada and Dance Saskatchewan.
CARFAC National Staff
APRIL BRITSKI – Executive Director
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).
RENUKA BAURI – Advocacy & Communications Director
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.
SHELBY MILLWATER – Membership Coordinator
Shelby Millwater is an artist and arts administrator who was born in Calgary, AB. She received her B.F.A. in Visual Arts, with a minor equivalency in Art History and Visual Culture from Memorial University, Grenfell Campus in 2017. Formerly residing in St. John’s, NL, Shelby worked as the Program Coordinator for Visual Artists Newfoundland and Labrador (VANL-CARFAC). She currently serves on the board of directors for Eastern Edge Gallery and has recently relocated to Ottawa, ON, where she continues her art administration work with CARFAC National. Shelby’s practice is grounded in painting and photography, reflecting on personal experiences, and intimately looking inward as she explores her connection with the human condition. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally at venues such as Grenfell Campus Art Gallery in Corner Brook, Eastern Edge in St. John’s, and Gatehouse Gallery in Harlow, UK.