Rebecca Belmore

Born in Upsala, Ontario, Rebecca Belmore is an artist currently living in Vancouver, British Columbia. She attended the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto and is internationally recognized for her performance and installation art. Since 1987, her multi-disciplinary work has addressed history, place and identity through the media of sculpture, installation, video and performance. Belmore was Canada's official representative at the 2005 Venice Biennale. Her work has appeared in numerous exhibitions both nationally and internationally including two solo touring exhibitions, The Named and the Unnamed, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver (2002); and 33 Pieces, Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto at Mississauga (2001). Her group exhibitions include Houseguests, Art Gallery of Ontario (2001); Longing and Belonging: From the Faraway Nearby, SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico (1995); Land, Spirit, Power, National Gallery of Canada (1992); and Creation or Death: We Will Win, at the Havana Biennial, Havana Cuba (1991). 
Anishinaabe artist Rebecca Belmore and Grunt Gallery, Vancouver

Updated with descriptive documentation on selected artworks, performances, and publications, this site details over thirty years of Belmore's groundbreaking practice. We hope this will serve you, your colleagues, and students as a resource for research and enjoyment. Please share with anyone you think might be interested. is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter program. With this $35M investment, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada. This project was also supported by the Audain Art Museum.

grunt will also be releasing 
Wordless: The Performance Work of Rebecca Belmore in July 2019, a publication focusing on some of Belmore's most iconic performances with texts by Kathleen Ritter, Jen Budney, Richard Hill, and others. Launch details to come at


Speaking To Their Mother: Ayumee-Aawach Oomama-Mowan

1992, 25:00 minutes, colour, English/Cree

Critical Writing

Shelley Niro
by Murray Whyte. The Toronto Star, May 21, 2017.
Out in the Cold: Rebecca Belmore on blankets and Aboriginal history
by Lee-Ann Martin. Canadian Art, Spring 2012, v. 29, no. 1.
Streaming Alterity
by Steph Rogerson. Border Crossings, May Spring 2012, v. 1, no. 122.
Sell-abrasion of our nations
by Brenda L. Croft. Stop(the)Gap: International Indigenous art in motion, 2011.
Traditional Futures
by David Garneau. Border Crossings, June 2011, v. 30, no. 2.
Road Warrior: Terrance Houle Riffs on First Nations History
by Murray Whyte. Canadian Art, Fall 2011, v. 28, no. 3.
Politics in Aspic: Reflections on the Biennale of Sydney and its...
by Jen Budney. Fuse, Jan. Winter 2007, v. 30, no. 1.
In The Blink of An Eye: Curated by Shawna Dempsey and Lorri...
by Stacey Abramson. C Magazine, Summer 2007, no. 94.
Antwerp Diary: "Intertidal: Vancouver Art & Artists" hits Europe...
by R.M. Vaughan. Canadian Art, Summer 2006, v. 23, no. 2.
The Waters of Venice: Rebecca Belmore at the 51st Biennale
by Lee-Ann Martin. Canadian Art, Summer 2005, v. 22, no. 2.
The Poetics of History: An Interview with Rebecca Belmore
by Robert Enright. Border Crossings, Aug. 2005, v. 24, no. 3.
Belmore at the Venice Biennale
by Unknown. Sketch Magazine, Mar. Spring 2005.
On the Fightin' Side of Me: Lori Blondea and Lynne Bell in...
by Lori Blondeau and Lynne Bell. Fuse, Feb. 2005, v. 28, no. 1.
Testimony of Actions, Actions of Testimony
by Glenn Alteen. Blackflash, 2003, v. 21, no. 1.
Land Spirit Power: First Nations at The National Gallery
by Mary Anne Barkhouse. Matriart, 1992, v. 3, no. 2.
Regeneration: 13 October - 25 November 1990
by Christine Conley. Regeneration, 1990. Kingston: Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 1990.
ecstatic memory. sublime souvenir. A series of 5 video programs.
by Peggy Gale et al. 1999. Toronto: Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO).