Gestare Art Collective


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. 

*Ettinger, Bracha L. (2006). 'Matrixial Trans-subjectivity' in Theory, Culture & Society 23(2-3): 218-222.

Conference Presentations

Revitalizing Mind/Body Through Nap-Ins: Art and Feminist Pedagogy. Canadian Society for the Study of Education. Women and Education University of Victoria. Victoria British Columbia, Canada. June 1 - 5, 2013.

Video of the presentation & Dream Scroll happening

Recently Published

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

Writing in Process

The Thread of a Dream: Inviting Re-attunement through a Nap-In
Barbara Bickel & Medwyn McConachy
Book chapter in press.

Gestating Relational Artworkings Through a Matrixial Lens
Barbara Bickel, Nané Jordan & Medwyn McConachy
In process

July 2013 Co-residency
Co-Residency took place at Artscape Gibraltar Point in the summer. 
See our Co-Residency page to find out more about all of our past Co-Residencies.

Summer Soulstice Sunrise Ceremony at Gibraltar Point Beach on Lake Ontario. Sun tea and mirror.
photo credit Barbara Bickel

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.

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

photograph by Barbara


                  Wit(h)nessing as Practice: A 2 week artist residency 
                 facilitated by Barbara Bickel at Artscape Gibraltar Point on
                 the Toronto  Islands in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. June 22 -
                 July 6, 2013
                 Residency artists: Misty Briesemeister, Grace Katalinich,
                 Alexis Kimbrell, Medwyn McConachy, Hattie Phillips, & Patty
                 View a video documentary of the experience.

Nané in Paris, France (June 2012 and spring 2015) studying at the Cité Universitaire Internationale and attended the Partie de Lectures avec Héléne Cixous, Journé d'études internationale at the Mainson H. Heine.

Nané traveling
& stitching in France

Ingred was on a pilgrimage to Berlin and spent time at the memorial to the murdered Jews. See her ancestral journey.

Nané's art and Gestare have been blogged about at

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