Grace Channer

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Grace Channer
EducationBFA Queen’s University, MFA York University, PHD Brock University (in progress)
Known forVisual art

Grace Channer (born 1959) is an African-Canadian lesbian painter and multi-media visual artist.[1][2]


Born in Britain, Channer received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Queen's University in 1978.[3] She has also earned a postgraduate diploma in Animation Filmmaking from Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.[4]

Artistic career[edit]

In 1987 Channer, along with painter Lynne Fernie, photographer Cyndra MacDowall, and filmmaker Marg Moores contributed to an exhibit titled Sight Specific: Lesbians and Representation. The exhibit explored connections between lesbian and artistic identities, relationships, narratives and politics.[5] Channer curated the travelling exhibition Black Wimmin: When and Where We Enter with Buseje Bailey in 1989 [6] and she is featured alongside artist Faith Nolan in Dionne Brand's 1993 film, Long Time Comin'.[7][8]

Channer is a member of the W5ART Collective, an artist collective established in 2011 by Buseje Bailey, Grace Channer, Alexandra Gelis, Margie Macdonald and Alexandra Majerus.[9] In 2012, Channer was one of three artists, along with Sandra Brewster and Jay Stewart, who painted a 100-foot long mural celebrating women in visual and martial arts. Located in the East-end of Toronto, the public art piece is titled KIA: Unified Movement of Power, and it celebrates the strength of martial arts movement.[10]


"Who Will Fight For Our Liberation," Power Plant Gallery, 1992.[11]


  1. ^ Female Gazes: Seventy-Five Women Artists. Second Story Press. p. 158. ISBN 0929005996.
  2. ^ Junne, George H. (2003-01-01). The History of Blacks in Canada: A Selectively Annotated Bibliography. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 9780313322921.
  3. ^ Nzegwu, Nkiru. The Creation...of the African-Canadian Odyssey. The Power Plant. p. 13. ISBN 0-921047-51-7.
  4. ^ "Grace Channer".
  5. ^ Pierson, Ruth Roach; Cohen, Marjorie Griffin (1993-01-01). Canadian Women's Issues: Volume I: Strong Voices. James Lorimer & Company. ISBN 9781550284157.
  6. ^ Nelson, Camille; Nelson, Charmaine (eds.). Racism, Eh? A Critical interdisciplinary Anthology of Race and Racism in Canada. Captus Press. p. 354. ISBN 9781553220619.
  7. ^ Brand, Dionne. "Long Time Comin'". Retrieved 12 January 2017.
  8. ^ Waugh, Thomas (2006-07-18). Romance of Transgression in Canada: Queering Sexualities, Nations, Cinemas. McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP. ISBN 9780773585287.
  9. ^ "Arts Etobicoke - The Photography Project". Retrieved 2017-03-18.
  10. ^ "DeSantos Martial Arts unveils community mural at Main and Gerrard". Retrieved 2017-03-18.
  11. ^ Female Gazes: Seventy-Five Women Artists. Second Story Press. p. 158. ISBN 0929005996.

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