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Welcome to the on-line presence of Gestare Art Collective. These pages offer a portal for you to enter into the matrixial borderspace(s)* of our collaborative and creative art processes.

Gestare is Latin for the verb "to carry" in the womb. As women committed to living as process artists in relationship with each other, the earth, cosmos and all its inhabitants, we honour and practice gestation as an artful form of inquiry and pedagogy.

Gestations                                     

Conference Presentations & Workshops

Nap-Ins have been taking place nationally and internationally Rome; Alexandria, Egypt; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Boon, North Carolina; San Francisco, CA; Elgin, Illinois; Carbondale Il, USA; St. Catherines, Ontario; Toronto, ON; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Vancouver, British Columbia; Courtenay, BC; Calgary, Alberta

Video presentation given at the Arab Middleast Art Education Association (AMSEA) in spring of 2017. View 30 minute video presentation by Barbara Bickel

Video of the presentation & Dream Scroll happening


Co-Writing Published

(2020). Gestare Art Collective: With Nané Jordan & Medwyn McConachy. In B. Bickel Art, Ritual & Trance Inquiry: Arational Learning in an Irrational World. Palgrave MacMillan.

(2019). MA Poses: A New Material Feminist Art Practice. Bickel, B., Jordan, N., McConachy, M., Griffith, Rose, I., C.L. In P. Sameshima, B, White & A. Sinner (Eds.). Ma: Materiality in Teaching and Learning. NY, NY: Peter Lang. 245-259.

(2018). Communal Dreaming: Enlarging the Space of the Possible Through a Postmodern Curriculum of Nap-Ins. Bickel, B., Jordan, N., Rose, I., McConachy, M., Griffith, C.L.In M. Garbutt & N. Roenpagel (Eds.), The Mindful Eye: Contemplative Pedagogies in Visual Arts Education. Transformative pedagogies I the visual domain: Book No. 3. Champaign, IL:                     Common Ground Research Networks.

(2015) Wombwalks: Connecting With the m/Other
Book chapter in Creating together: Participatory, community-based and collaborative arts practices across Canada.
Barbara Bickel, Nané Jordan & Medwyn McConachy

Co-editors Diane Conrad and Anita Sinner.
Wilfrid Laurier University Press. Waterloo, ON. Canada.

Video presentation for book launch April 9, 2015


Related Gestare Writings

Pagan, Mother, Goddess. Edited book by Nané Jordan. Demetre Press

To order on-line

Art, Ritual & Trance Inquiry: Arational Learning in an Irrational World. Book by Barbara Bickel. Palgrave MacMillan

To order on-line

Placenta Wit: Mother Stories, Rituals, and Research. Edited book by Nané Jordan. Demeter Press.

To order on-line at Demeter Press


Nané's art and Gestare have been blogged about at placentabenefits.info


A second iteration of the spontaneous Dakini* emerged from the spirits of the women as we unfurled our dreamscroll of  Nap-In dreams onto a stray boom log at the beach in Victoria, British Columbia, evoking the untamed female freedom of this traditional Tibetan Buddhist yogini form.

(Like a trickster or the Fool in a Tarot deck, the dakini releases blockages in the energy field and melts frozen patters, so that the door of the mind is suddenly ajar and something new can enter. Dakinis are often connected to the phenomena of synchronicity and inexplicable coincidences of fate.
http://www.matrifocus.com/BEL09/noble.htm

*Dakini is a Tibetan word meaning "sky goer" or "sky-walking female."  The Double Goddess - Vicki Noble                     photograph by Barbara

News

Book launch and Chapter Conversations with Barbara's new book

 

Co-Residencies Retreats

See our Co-Residencies Retreats page to find out more about all of our past Co-Residencies and retreats.

MA Blessing Pose with Gestare Art Collective and the mother cedar tree in James Bay, Victoria. Feb. 2020

Contact us

gestareartcollective@gmail.com 




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