Gabriola Arts Council

Cultivate Festival 2023

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Sheila Norgate – Old Dog, New Tricks

Sheila Norgate – Old Dog, New Tricks

Does creativity have an expiry date? Sheila Norgate, self-taught 73-year-old artist, writer, and feminist comic (not as oxymoronic as you’d think), lays bare her creative practice as it meanders from paint to memoir to performance to videography and back again. 

Grapple along with her as she struggles to distinguish an authentic calling from one concocted by her ego. Find out what is possible if we resist the urge to turn in on ourselves and instead, show up over and over again in front of that difficult mirror, to ask what our muses – not our retirement fund – want from us. 

What they are saying:

“Old Dog/ New Tricks is masterclass in purposeful artistic evolution…”
“a profound, devastating, and hilarious retrospective of more than 40 years of artistic and social activism”  

“fearless and timeless”

“Norgate draws back the curtain and lets us see and feel that which we cannot name … and she does it with wisdom, courage, and love”