Ned Bear Mask: Permanent Display

In the spirt of acknowledgement of and reconciliation with the First Nations people of the land where we present our programming and exhibitions, the Saint John Arts Centre has dedicated a new permanent public installation featuring a stunning mask by renowned artist Ned Bear.

The mask is considered a fine early example of Mr. Bear’s work; it is presented with the text of land and treaty acknowledgement in four languages: Wolastoqey, Mi’kmaw, French, and English.

The Saint John Arts Centre would like to thank the many people who made this important project possible:

• Pat O’Leary and his late wife Lynn O’Leary, generous supporters who have donated this important piece of artwork;

• Charles Gaffney, Artist and former Indigenous Program Lead & Community Engagement Officer at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, himself a student of Ned Bear, for generously volunteering his time and expertise to guide SJAC in carrying out this project with due respect and care;

• Allan Tremblay (Wolastoq Ankuwocomit Translation Service), and Dolores Sock (Mi’kmaw translator) for their professional translation services;

• Miville Couture and the New Brunswick Museum for their work and assistance with the French translation;

• Taylor Printing Group, our print studio sponsors, for their assistance in designing the text plates

CBC News reporter Logan Perley is a Wolastoqi journalist from Tobique First Nation; his interview with Ned Bear and a mini-documentary featuring his work (and that of fellow First Nations artist Justin Sappier) was done just a few weeks before Mr. Bear’s unfortunate passing on December 24, 2019.


CBC News article: Spirit guides helped Ned Bear create his famous masks