Meet the Author:
Belle Cheung,  Vancouver, Canada

Sylvia D. Hamilton

Sylvia D. Hamilton is a Nova Scotian writer, filmmaker and artist whose awards include a Gemini, the Portia White Prize and honorary degrees. Her films include Black Mother Black Daughter, Portia White: Think on Me and The Little Black School House among others. Her poetry collection, And I alone Escaped to Tell You was shortlisted for the 2015 League of Canadian Poets Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and the East Coast Literary J.M Abraham Poetry Award. She lives in Grand Pre, Nova Scotia. Connect: @maroonfilms on Twitter and online at

What are the Influences on Art Practices Today?

Sylvia D. Hamilton, Grand Pre, Canada 
Fareen HaQ, Victoria, Canada 
Louis-Karl Picard-Sioui, Wendake, Canada 
Valerie Sing Turner, Vancouver, Canada 
Belle Cheung, Vancouver, Canada 

Participants of the Primary Colours/Couleurs primaires (PC/Cp) 2017 Gathering were invited to join the roundtable to discuss a particular question that involved reflecting on their own artistic practices, personal histories and experiences, and dissect the challenges/fractures/progress within the current Canadian art system in order to imagine the future(s) together. Belle Cheung’s essay which follows was written in response to the...