Dawn Matheson is a interdisciplinary artist and writer specializing in heartfelt, experiential storytelling delivered through print, radio, video and community art projects.

Currently, she is commissioned lead artist at Art Gallery of Guelph on a two-year project collaborating with Deaf kids and kids with hearing loss. The project is called A Sense of Wonder -- some work-in-progress will be launched at Art Gallery of Guelph on January 18, 2017. Come one, come all- wine and cheese! A special invite to Deaf community. ASL provided! 7pm

If you want me to write for you, or make you a video or an audio documentary, or help you tell your story, just email me at mathesondawn@gmail.com or check a few of my publications here. current projectsC.V.

This blog is primarily a venue for writing. Writing imperfectly. For if I try to write perfectly, I will never write.

Subscribe (at side of page). I'd like to build up a readership so I can write more. I won't send more than 1 email a month. And I promise I won't tell you how to live your life.

AND BACK TO ME AGAIN... uhm...if you want more details. Dawn is an alumni of the University of Toronto School of English and Drama, and University of Guelph's theatre stage management and creative writing. Dawn also writes for several publications (features writer for Guelph Life Magazine (Metroland), blogs occasionally, advises for the Guelph Film Festival, is producing a child-senior radio program for CFRU, and freelances in radio documentary for CBC. Recently, she managed a video lab at the University of Guelph which researches the ways in which arts-based practices can create opportunities for communities marginalized by misconceptions of difference and disability (projectrevision.ca). In 2011, she was the video-artist in residence for University of Guelph's Improvisation Community and Social Practice office creating videos on saxophonist Jane Bunnett's improv workshops with special needs community groups. (www.improvcommunity.ca) As a writer, she currently is the features writer for Guelph Life Magazine, and has written for numerous national publications including Up!, West Jet's inflight, The Globe and Mail, Dogs In Canada, Ignite Travel, Guelph Mercury, KW Record, Ottawa Citizen, Outpost and Canadian Living magazines. She also edited Guelph's history book: Perspectives on a Century of Change. She has worked for CBC Radio and Television, and produced video profiles for the Stratford Festival. Dawn was the director of Guelph's Festival of Moving Media for a number of years http://festivalofmovingmedia.ca/,  made social history videos for Guelph International Resource Centre's Social History Project, and contributed to group shows with Ed Video Media Arts, the Guelph Jazz Festival, Macdonald Stewart Art Centre and Nuit Blanche (Toronto and Guelph).

(Want more? Asleep yet? Somebody wrote this nice stuff about my art)

Dawn's artistic practice seeks to interrupt civic and social spaces with unexpected moments of beauty, curiosity and joy. Her relational performances and interventions hope to offer moments of exuberance and liberation from everyday suffering and to dismantle the barriers between individuals. Dawn creates site-specific sound, video and performance pieces that have been installed in galleries and public spaces across the country. She solicited private recordings of people singing in the shower for broadcast in a public fountain in Guelph's St. George's Square. She staged a silent community sit entitled "Stare" for Nuit Blanche. She videotaped isolated old-timers navigating a bank machine, then overlaid a soundtrack of their memories of kinship survival. She created a Confession Alley for local residents to give voice to experience otherwise unshared. She collaborated with adult literacy learners from Action Read Guelph in an adaptation and performance of Shakespearean monologues, then broadcast the recordings from trees for a Shakespeare festival at the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre. http://www.uoguelph.ca/shakespeare/multimedia/audio/a_tongues_in_trees.cfm . She assembled a guerilla team to build snowmen on the front lawns of household residents, with the hopes of providing a little joy just outside their windows. Recently, Dawn worked with Musagete's Foundation's 1mile2. You can find her blog posts here. http://www.1mile2.com/category/d-matheson. Matheson collaborated with a Guelph resident living with disability to conceive, develop and produce a short documentary video to be screened at a community literacy lie-down cinema and 'slumber party.' She hopes that these documentaries will offer fresh and intimate perspectives on shared pursuits of happiness by underrepresented members of the Guelph community.

On Monday mornings, you can find her at The Writing Room, an open writing studio at Guelph's The Bookshelf.

BELOW IS A LIST OF CURRENT WORK: PUBLICATIONS, BROADCASTS AND COMMISSIONS 2016/2017 WITH LINKS
(BUSY YEAR!!)

Commissioned as Lead Artist for Art Gallery Of Guelph (formerly Macdonald Stewart Art Gallery, University of Guelph), 3-year term for “A Sense of Wonder,” creating performance pieces and social interventions with children concerning deaf and disability arts.
GO HERE: http://wp.me/p43rky-hX
NEWS: Gallery show for midpoint work-in-progress is currently on until April 1 at Art Gallery of Guelph and projection on Carden Street, Market Square, Guelph.

Features writer for Guelph Life Magazine
and Grand Living magazine,
Current cover feature (Jan/Feb 2017) on the Making Box Improv Theatre.

2016 Ontario Arts Council Theatre Reserve Award from my favourite arts organization!! Mammalian Diving Reflex Theatre and Arts

Book Publication: Chapter “The Big Forehead of Newfoundland” in US Travelers Tales Humour Anthology

Film Selected and Screened for Hidden Histories Project at Guelph Film Festival:Ghost: IMICO

2015 Film Festival Programmer: Guelph Film Festival

CBC Radio Documentary Producer: ‘Who Is Allen’ on CBC Radio

Podcast Assistant Producer with the great JP Davidson for a smart RBC show: The Sound of Small Business

Suzuki String School Video Producer: Suzuki String School

Digital Storytelling Facilitator at Wellington Hall Academy (Taught digital storytelling to Grade 6, 7 ad 8 students)

See http://www.upmagazine.com/search/node/dawn%20matheson for 16 of my pieces with West Jet inflight magazine and website (online versions from full print articles in inflight magazine)
Like:
A guide to Scottsdale’s Outskirts and Planet Traveler Hostel TO and Profile of NFB Filmmaker in Residence for Up! Westjet inflight: Katerina Cizek PDF

A FEW VIDEO LINKS–

Here are some videos Marion Gruner (Billion Ideas) and I made for Terra View Homes Green build. Terra View

Here is a chat I captured about the early days of Repertory Cinema in Canada with Peter Henderson and Doug Minett. I nabbed it at The Bookshelf’s (Guelph’s Independent Bookstore and Cinema) 40th Anniversary Party this past year. (Angus McClellan from Ed Video is on camera)

Repertory Cinema in Canada at The Bookshelf, Guelph

 

This is a video I made while working at UG as a video artist. I followed around Jane Bunnett when she was an improviser in Guelph with the Improvisation, Community and Social Practice project at University of Guelph. She worked with local youth from Kids’ Ability. Katy and Jane had a very special non-verbal relationship. See improvcommunity.ca for more like this.
“Katy’s Song: Improvising with Jane Bunnett”

(To view some publications from Guelph Life, West Jet Inflight Magazine, the Globe and Mail, Kitchener Waterloo Record, Dogs in Canada, Ottawa Citizen, Outpost Magazine, Meetings and Incentive Travel Magazine, Ignite magazine and more, see Dawn on Contently)

To start off, a great column on my Writing Room in the Mercury last week! Writing Room project

Dawn Matheson
mathesondawn@gmail.com
(for writing publications, visit contently)

Education & Media Arts Training
2015: CBC Radio Doc Boot Camp: Radio documentary intensive
2013: Center for Digital Storytelling, California: Intro to Facilitation training in Digital Storytelling
2000: Ed Video Media Arts: Documentary Video Production
1999 Conestoga College: 1st year Print Journalism
1997: CBC Radio: Story Production (Intensive, Halifax),
1994: University of Guelph, Theatre specialization (100% grade)
1993: University of Toronto, Hon, Bachelor of Arts, English and Theatre specialist; Film minor

Story Work
2016-current Lead Commissioned Artist for Art Gallery of Guelph multi-year project on Deaf and Disability arts
2016-current Writer for KW Community Foundation
2015-current Guelph Life Magazine Features Writer (min. 1-2 features per issue)
2001- current Freelance Writer and Editor: Various local and national publications
2016- Guelph Film Festival Community Liaison Board advisor
2015-Guelph Film Festival Programmer
2015- 2016 Digital Storytelling Instructor: Wellington Academy, Guelph2015-2016 “The Sound of Small Business” RBC Podcast
2015-2016 Freelance Producer, CBC Radio, The Doc Project
2012-2014 University of Guelph Research Project Manager and Digital Storytelling Producer, Project Re•Vision, University of Guelph
2013-2014 University of Guelph in house Video Producer; International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation, University of Guelph
2010-2011 University of Guelph Video-Artist-In-Residence: Improvisation, Community and Social Practice, University of Guelph; Produced and edited six video documentaries in collaboration with marginalized groups and musician Jane Bunett
2006-2007 Stratford Festival Video Artist: “WIP: Work in Progress”
2003-2005 Guelph International Film Festival Director and Programmer: community documentary film festival
2002 City of Guelph’s 175th Video Producer: retrospective, screened at River Run Centre
1993-2002 CBC Radio Producer and Television Production Secretary: “Road dot Trip” CBC Radio Host/ Documentary Producer (summer pilot 2000) “The Soundtrack of My Life”—producer of a national radio series (2002) “Outfront”—Associate Producer (2000-2002)Production Secretary, Researcher and Stagehand for CBCtv (1993-1996)
2000 Videographer and Production Team: GSHIP: Guelph Social History Project
2000 Book Managing Editor: Guelph: Perspective on a Century of Change

Select Screenings/ Performances/Broadcasts/Curations
November 2015 “Ghost: IMICO,” experimental video on former foundry workers, Screened at Guelph Film Festival
July 2015 “Who Is Allen” documentary feature on CBC Radio “Doc Project”
June 2015 “Imico”/ extract for CBC Radio “In the Field”
2014 “Singing in the Shower”: CBC Radio, “Living Out Loud”
2014 “This is IICSI”: Launch Video for University of Guelph’s International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation
2012-2014 Resilience Festival “Storytelling and Cultural Narratives” (2014) curated digital storytelling programme “Project ReVision” at Silence, International Day of the Girl (2013) curated diverse girls’ programme and presented panel of artists featuring “Project ReVision” digital storytelling at the University of Guelph (Peter Clark Hall; 5th Annual UG Accessibility Conference video curator for “Project ReVision” (2013)
2011 1mile2 Interventions: “Community Slumber Party” and “So Much Depends Upon” film screening (www.1mile2.com/category/d-matheson) Musagetes
2011 “Stare”: Guelph Nuit Blanche and Jazz Festival -“Stare” featured human hosts in silent staring sessions
2011 “Six with Jane”: Guelph’s first Improvisator in Residence
2010 “Singing in the Shower”; Toronto Nuit Blanche audio installation /Gladstone Hotel balcony (OAC exhibition grant; selected for ‘Best Of’ Nuit Blanche by the National Post)
2010 “Participatory Community Arts,” moderator: Ed Video Media Arts panel
2009 “Coming Clean”: Eye Level Gallery, Halifax Audio installation of confessions broadcast in a men’s bathhouse for group show
2009 “Project: Snowman” community intervention; Director of a team of guerilla snowmen builders creating snowmen anonymously and covertly by night
2007, 2008 Guelph Film Festival Guest Online Video Curator “Remediation of Literature in Internet Video”; “Social Justice and Citizen Journalism in Internet Video”
2007 “Confession Alley”: Edifying Edifices Commissioned audio installation work for Ed Video Media Arts Centre; selections broadcast on CBC Radio (Canada Council group grant)
2006 “Tongues In Trees”; Collaborative project working with 8 adult literacy learners to perform Shakespeare monologues akin to their life experience. www.canadianshakespeares.ca/multimedia/audio/a_tongues_in_trees.cfm
2006 “Banking Day” Hamilton Artist’s Inc. OAC video grant
2003 “The Soundtrack of My Life” CBC Radio Series Producer, Outfront
2002 “If These Walls Could Speak” Guelph Jazz Festival installation and featured at Macdonald Stewart Art Centre
2000 “IMICO Guelph” CBC Radio, Outfront
1999 “Both Sides of the Glass” CBC Radio, Outfront

(just a few to start– will upload more soon)

Here are some videos Marion Gruner (Billion Ideas) and I made for Terra View Homes Green build. Terra View

THE BOOKSHELF CINEMA– 25 YEARS RUNNING A REP THEATRE

Here is a chat I captured about the early days of Repertory Cinema in Canada with Peter Henderson and Doug Minnett.  I nabbed it at The Bookshelf’s (Guelph’s Independent Bookstore and Cinema) 40th Anniversary Party this past year. (Angus McClellan from Ed Video is on camera)

Repertory Cinema in Canada at The Bookshelf, Guelph

 

JANE BUNNETT — Katy’s Song.

This is a video I made while working at UG as a video artist. I followed around Jane Bunnett when she was an improviser in Guelph with the Improvisation, Community and Social Practice project at University of Guelph. She worked with local youth from Kids’ Ability. Katy and Jane had a very special non-verbal relationship. See improvcommunity.ca for more like this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfGSiYa60Iw&list=UUAuYza-1uZMlPZe2kDVLRBA

Dawn Matheson is an interdisciplinary artist and journalist specializing in heartfelt, experiential storytelling delivered through print, radio, video and community art projects.

Currently, she is commissioned lead artist at Art Gallery of Guelph on a two-year project collaborating with Deaf kids and kids with hearing loss. The project is called A Sense of Wonder — some work-in-progress will be launched at Art Gallery of Guelph on January 18, 2017. Come one, come all- wine and cheese! A special invite to Deaf community. ASL provided! 7pm
GO HERE: http://wp.me/p43rky-hX

If you want me to write for you, or make you a video or an audio documentary, or help you tell your story, just email me at mathesondawn@gmail.com or check a few of my publications here.
Here is a list of my current projectsLook at my C.V. or check out just

This blog is primarily a venue for writing. Writing imperfectly. For if I try to write perfectly, I will never write.
Subscribe (at side of page). I’d like to build up a readership so I can write more. I won’t send more than 1 email a month.
And I promise I won’t tell you how to live your life.

AND BACK TO ME AGAIN… uhm…if you want more details.

Dawn is an alumni of the University of Toronto School of English and Drama, and University of Guelph’s theatre stage management and creative writing.

Dawn also writes for several publications (features writer for Guelph Life Magazine (Metroland), blogs occasionally, advises for the Guelph Film Festival, is producing a child-senior radio program for CFRU, and freelances in radio documentary for CBC.

Recently, she managed a video lab at the University of Guelph which researches the ways in which arts-based practices can create opportunities for communities marginalized by misconceptions of difference and disability (projectrevision.ca).

In 2011, she was the video-artist in residence for University of Guelph’s Improvisation Community and Social Practice office creating videos on saxophonist Jane Bunnett’s improv workshops with special needs community groups. (www.improvcommunity.ca)

As a writer, she currently is the features writer for Guelph Life Magazine, and has written for numerous national publications including Up!, West Jet’s inflight, The Globe and Mail, Dogs In Canada, Ignite Travel, Guelph Mercury, KW Record, Ottawa Citizen, Outpost and Canadian Living magazines. She also edited Guelph’s history book: Perspectives on a Century of Change.

She has worked for CBC Radio and Television, and produced video profiles for the Stratford Festival. Dawn was the director of Guelph’s Festival of Moving Media for a number of years http://festivalofmovingmedia.ca/,  made social history videos for Guelph International Resource Centre’s Social History Project, and contributed to group shows with Ed Video Media Arts, the Guelph Jazz Festival, Macdonald Stewart Art Centre and Nuit Blanche (Toronto and Guelph).

(Want more? Asleep yet? Somebody wrote this nice stuff about my art)

Dawn’s artistic practice seeks to interrupt civic and social spaces with unexpected moments of beauty, curiosity and joy. Her relational performances and interventions hope to offer moments of exuberance and liberation from everyday suffering and to dismantle the barriers between individuals. Dawn creates site-specific sound, video and performance pieces that have been installed in galleries and public spaces across the country. She solicited private recordings of people singing in the shower for broadcast in a public fountain in Guelph’s St. George’s Square. She staged a silent community sit entitled “Stare” for Nuit Blanche. She videotaped isolated old-timers navigating a bank machine, then overlaid a soundtrack of their memories of kinship survival. She created a Confession Alley for local residents to give voice to experience otherwise unshared. She collaborated with adult literacy learners from Action Read Guelph in an adaptation and performance of Shakespearean monologues, then broadcast the recordings from trees for a Shakespeare festival at the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre. http://www.uoguelph.ca/shakespeare/multimedia/audio/a_tongues_in_trees.cfm . She assembled a guerilla team to build snowmen on the front lawns of household residents, with the hopes of providing a little joy just outside their windows.

Recently, Dawn worked with Musagete’s Foundation’s 1mile2. You can find her blog posts here. http://www.1mile2.com/category/d-matheson. Matheson collaborated with a Guelph resident living with disability to conceive, develop and produce a short documentary video to be screened at a community literacy lie-down cinema and ‘slumber party.’ She hopes that these documentaries will offer fresh and intimate perspectives on shared pursuits of happiness by underrepresented members of the Guelph community.

On Monday mornings, you can find her at The Writing Room, an open writing studio at Guelph’s The Bookshelf.