Not All That We’ve Been Told

Polly Orr

Workshop participation is limited: register online in advance.

Saturday July 1, 1 – 2 pm & 4 – 5:30 pm
Sunday July 2, 1 – 2:30 pm

Not All That We’ve Been Told is a public poetry workshop. Participants will work with Canadian literature to make the pages of these books into erasure poems. By crossing out and highlighting the original texts, new poetry will be made that either subverts or expands upon established ideas about Canada and its people. The work invites participants to consider these alterations as productive rather than as defacement – a way to experience collective meaning and innovate through the reassembly of previous ideas. This workshop will discuss both the importance of the stories we inherit, and also the liberatory qualities of being permitted to re-write what we no longer wish to pass forward.


Polly Orr is a recent graduate from The Alberta College of Art and Design. Engaged in exploring the structures of belonging, her practice spans workshops, community collaborations, and performance. Empathy plays a strong role in Polly’s practice, and she is excited to be contributing a performance to Calgary’s inaugural Empathy Week in the summer of 2017. She also hosts a series of Emerging Artist Soundings in collaboration with the Theatre Junction Grand. This series empowers up and coming artists to advocate for and create the arts community they desire, while taking advantage of resources that are already available. As an emerging artist herself, Polly looks forward to continuing her exploration of diverse opportunities from coast to coast. 

Artist seeking book donations.

As part of The Works Art & Design Festival Polly Orr is collecting books to use in the workshop 'Not All That We've Been Told.' Donated books must be Canadian (written by a Canadian author, based in a Canadian landscape or featuring Canadian characters). Donations can be dropped off at The Works Gallery in McCauley, 10635 95 Street, Monday - Friday between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm until June 30, 2017. Please call 780 426 2122 ext. 228 or 780 699 2467 in advance.