2022-2023 Artist-in-Residence

Amber Quail


Introducing Amber Quail, WAAC’s first Indigenous Artist-in-Residence

October 22, 2022
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Dignam Gallery
23 Prince Arthur Ave., ON

Amber Quail is an Indigenous artist, educator, language learner, mother, wife and auntie who divides her time between South Algonquin and Tkaronto.

Amber has been an educator since 2010, working with Indigenous and non-Indigenous children and youth in Toronto’s city core. Her mission has been to use the power of art, language and culture as an instrument of healing and believes that art is medicine.

Amber is of mixed Indigenous and Settler heritage and is a member of Alderville First Nation.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Theatre Arts from the University of Guelph as well as a Bachelor of Education through the Waaban Indigenous Teacher Education program.

She is currently teaching Anishinaabemowin at Riverdale C.I. and is completing a Master of Education at York University.

“I am honoured to have been selected as the first Indigenous artist-in-residence at the Women’s Art Association of Canada”, she said enthusiastically. “I look forward to working in a studio space dedicated to reflection, creativity and the growth of my practice among a supportive community of artists. During my stay I hope to provide a welcoming and safe space for those who have questions or wish to engage in deeper discussions – including conversations around Indigenous art, culture, language and traditions.”

Amber’s residency at WAAC will run from beginning of October 2022 to end of September 2023. An exhibition of the artist’s works is scheduled for September 2023, the dates of which will be shared closer to the month.