Walsh, Andrea


Phone number: (250) 721-7050
Email: awalsh@uvic.ca
Department: Anthropology

Research description:

- Visual culture studies including film, photography and art
- Contemporary 20th-century Aboriginal art from North America
- Space and place and Aboriginal peoples

Expertise Profile
Dr. Andrea Walsh wears two hats as an academic.

She is both a visual artist and a visual anthropologist. She approaches anthropology from a visual perspective, exploring what it means as humans to make images while also making art of her own.

Currently Dr. Walsh is working in collaboration with Dr. Paulette Regan of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on a collection of paintings done by Indigenous students at the Port Alberni Residential School.

The collection of paintings was part of a gift to the University of Victoria Art Collections by Robert Aller, the art teacher at the time they were produced.

Dr. Walsh's university team spent two years working with elders from Coast Salish communities to find the artists or their families. Roughly half of the paintings have been traced back to their creators and will be returned to them.

Since 2000, Dr. Walsh has also worked with the Osoyoos Indian Band and the Osoyoos Museum Society to research and document a collection of 1930s and 1940s Okanagan children's art from the Inkameep Day School.

Dr. Walsh and her team are now reaching out to an estimated 1,000 institutions across Canada to see what other artwork may have survived from the era of Canada's residential school system.

She hopes that uncovering art from this period can play a role in understanding the history of residential schools. Dr. Walsh explains that images like these can be used in unique ways to help us see each other differently and perhaps better understand each other's past and contemporary lives.

At UVic, Dr. Walsh runs a Coast Salish artist-in-residence program. Every year she invites a different resident artist into her anthropology of art classes so her students learn not only through dialogue but also through actual art practice.

As an artist, Dr. Walsh works in printmaking, photography and video.

UVic Speakers bureau

Andrea Walsh takes part in the UVic Speakers Bureau.
More information about the Speakers Bureau can be found here.

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