mural_lores (1).jpg

'The Brescia Centennial Portraiture,' 2019-2020. Acrylics on crezone boards.16 ft. x 24 ft. St. James Building, Brescia University, London, Ontario. 

The Brescia Centennial Portraiture, also referred to as the Brescia Centennial Story mural, is a community initiative and participatory arts process, designed to create an embodied representation of the past 100 years of Brescia's history through artistic expression. The mural celebrates women in community, education and leadership, through documenting and weaving together the individual and collective stories of members of the Brescia and London communities.

The participatory arts process is just as important as the final product. The process inspires social innovation and radical collaboration.

Bringing together students, faculty, staff, board members, alumnae and neighbours, creates a collective sense of belonging and community through collaboration, where everyone’s story and contribution to the final piece matters. 

A virtual home for this mural is currently in construction. Coming Soon!

Facilitators: Nina Trask, Hannah Kern-Cheng, Joelle Francis, Pamela Hough, Savannah Hayes

Lead Facilitator: Melanie Schambach

Student Drop-Ins
Student Drop-Ins

Students translating stories into paint

St. Angela Merici Event
St. Angela Merici Event

Engaged guests in a structure workshop inviting students, alumnae, and staff to connect.

Feeding the birds
Feeding the birds

A student felt touched to paint this story about feeding the birds.

Exams Week
Exams Week

During the week of exams, everyone was welcomed to paint their story.

Galaxy
Galaxy

This is a student inspired to paint one of the Ursulines stories about spirituality.

The Circle Event
The Circle Event

An special event was created to invite members of The Circle.

Listen To Me
Listen To Me

Students studying portraiture research were invited to paint as well.

Ursuline Sisters In Chatham
Ursuline Sisters In Chatham

Sisters painting their stories about Brescia

Storytelling
Storytelling

Sisters of Chatham sharing their stories

Painting
Painting

An Ursuline Sister painting her story

Creating Facilitation Tools
Creating Facilitation Tools

An interactive structure that show a 100year timeline.

Paint Night
Paint Night

Painting wizards putting the first layer of paint.

Nina
Nina

Tracing the overall drawing on the panels.

Sheila
Sheila

Following paint by numbers.

St. Angela Merici
St. Angela Merici

Faces beginning to emerge