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Open Studio with Snack Witch | Down to Dumpling?



Saturday, September 23 | 1 – 3pm

Dumpling making workshop

Struts Gallery | Free

Open Studio Artist in Residence and Snack Witch, Joni Cheung invites you to a communal afternoon of wrapping dumplings. Come prepare for Mid-Autumn festival and let questions float. Each participant takes home a baggie of bite-sized treasures as a parting gift. Within each baggie will be a scrap piece of paper—a prompt to contribute to an ongoing archive.

About the project

Down to Dumpling? is a call and response project sustained through exchanging hand folded, edible goodies. It started during the global pandemic as a desire for Cheung to enact their family’s Sunday morning ritual of going to 飲茶 yum cha and ordering mountains of 點心 dim sum. Inspired by a memory of her folding 燒賣 siu mai and 雲吞 wonton with their dad, this lonely activity became a way for them to reach out to and care for loved ones and strangers from afar. Isolation provided room to percolate on thoughts around home(making), diasporic experiences, and familial relations in material+intangible realms. Continuing on through this collective time, the artist hopes to nurture acts of sharing space, stories, energy, and food—together.

If the weather is amenable, the workshop will be held outside.

If it rains, we'll be doing this workshop inside (masks mandatory).

People of all ages are welcome. Kids under 12 should be accompanied by a guardian. Pre-register by emailing admin@strutsgallery.ca with subject line: Dumpling Making

Accessibility: If it rains, this workshop will be held up a flight of stairs and not accessible by wheelchair.

About the artist

🔮 Snack Witch Joni Cheung 🍡 is a grateful, uninvited guest born—and knows she wants to die—on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh, Stó:lō, and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh peoples. They are a Certified Sculpture Witch with an MFA from Concordia University (2023). She holds a BFA with Distinction in Visual Art (2018) from the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University. As a wicked #magicalgirl ✨ who eats art + makes snacks, they have exhibited and curated shows, off- and online, across Turtle Island. Currently, she is based on the stolen lands of the Kanien’kehá:ka peoples.


photo credit: Christopher Johnstone



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