Lynn Acoose

Lynn Acoose is from Sakimay First Nation where she resides with her partner, Gilbert Panipekeesick and their daughter, Riella. In July 2007, she was elected Councillor for Sakimay First Nations and was elected for a second term as Chief in September 2011.

Lynn Acoose has worked in the arts as an artist, programmer, editor, arts consultant, producer and curator. From 1992 to 1995 she worked with Circle Vision Arts Corporation as program officer, managing editor of Talking Stick Magazine and executive director. She was director of Sâkêwêwak Artists' Collective from 1999 to 2002 and the artistic director of the Sâkêwêwak Storytellers Festival from 2002 to 2004. She is also former general manager of Common Weal Community Arts in Regina. Her independent curatorial work has included Lateral Threats (performance art), Multicultural Perversions (Video), Constitution (group exhibition) and Surveillance in the Rock Garden (solo exhibition, Edward Poitras). Lynn Acoose has completed terms on the Aboriginal Advisory Committee - Canada Council for the Arts, Media Arts Advisory Committee - Canada Council for the Arts and the Minister's Advisory Committee on the Status of the Artist - Government of Saskatchewan.

Lynn has maintained a multidisciplinary art practice, which includes writing, internet-based works and video installation. Her ongoing interaction with traditional knowledge keepers and investigation of the dialectic in traditional narratives began with her writings and progressed to collaborative work on the art web site, isi-pîkiskwêwin-ayapihkêsîsak (Speaking the Language of Spiders) with the late Ahasiw Maskegon Iskwew. She has exhibited at Dunlop Art Gallery (Regina), Centre for New Media, Canadian Cultural Centre (Paris, France), Mendel Art Gallery (Saskatoon), Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba (Brandon), Soil Digital Media Suite (Regina) and Glenbow Museum (Calgary). Her poem, Qu'Appelle, circa 2009 was included in the exhibition and catalogue James Henderson: Wicite Owapi Wicasa for the Mendel Art Gallery.