Alcheringa is an Aboriginal Australian word for the Dreamtime, the mythical time of creation, when the world and all living creatures were sung into existence. It is believed that singing and dancing maintain the state of the landscape, and that these invisible songlines hold the earth together.
The mandate of the gallery is to create a following for the work of individual aboriginal artists from three areas of the Pacific, the Northwest Coast of Canada, Papua New Guinea, and Australia, in the fine art market in Canada and abroad. Find out more about these specific areas that we cover:
- Aboriginal Art
- Aboriginal Paintings
- Canadian Art
- Contemporary Canadian Art
- Haida Art
- Oceanic Artworks
In particular we recognize and promote the work of master carvers living in small villages in remote communities in the South Pacific. Alcheringa reimburses artists at a level that allows them to maintain their position as artists within their communities, and to cover their medical expenses and school fees.
Alcheringa has worked with private collectors, museums, decorators and corporate clients. We are pleased to provide free consultations to clients developing projects of all sizes. Please browse our Commissions section or Contact Us for ideas and references.
Elaine Monds, Director and Gallery Founder
Elaine Monds' interest in the cultures of the world began early, during a childhood in Kenya and Australia. She moved to Canada in the 1970s and opened a business that developed into Alcheringa Gallery. In 1984, she fell in love with the arts and peoples of Papua New Guinea during the first of many trips to that region. Alcheringa Gallery began introducing Papua New Guinean art to North American audiences, later expanding to represent eminent and emerging Indigenous artists from Australia, Canada's Northwest Coast, and other Pacific traditions. Over more than 25 years of exhibitions, publications, artist exchanges, and collaborations with major cultural institutions worldwide, Alcheringa Gallery has become recognised as a leading advocate of contemporary Indigenous fine arts and cultural exchange. In 2001 Elaine was honoured with a YWCA Woman of Distinction Award and in 2012 she received the Queen's diamond jubilee medal. Elaine continues to make regular trips to visit artists in the South Pacific..
Emma Monds-King, Gallery Manager
Emma was born in Victoria British Columbia and as the daughter of gallery founder Elaine Monds she has been exposed to the arts and culture of Papua New Guinea for as long as she can remember. After several years working in hotel administration, Emma brings to Alcheringa extensive experience in client services and event coordination. She is responsible for the day to day administration of the gallery and oversees coordination of major gallery projects, presently the development of a new web site. A talented musician, Emma has studied violin, piano, and voice, and has sung and toured with choirs in the UK and Canada. She has also travelled widely in Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
Claire Beauchamp, Associate Curator and Graphic Designer
Claire was born in Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia and has felt a deep connection with the landscape, culture and artwork of the Canadian west coast from a young age. After she had spent her formative years in Ontario where she received her BA in Fine Art and English Literature from the University of Guelph, and begun to carve out a career for herself as an Artist, Muralist and Graphic Designer, she felt compelled to return to the west coast to revisit her love of BC’s natural elements and to also pursue her passion for the arts. Claire joined Alcheringa Gallery in 2012 and is now directing her passions into many facets, predominantly with curating exhibitions and designing graphics but also with client needs and sales, event planning and photography. A lust for travel and a curious personality have fuelled adventures around the world including North America, Japan, the Philippines, and the UK. Having also spent time in South Korea as an English teacher, she has a passion for knowledge and feels that that her time at Alcheringa has been an education in itself. She enjoys sharing her growing knowledge of the Northwest Coast First Nations Art and Culture with Alcheringa's treasury of loyal friends from around the globe.
Darren Pottie, Associate Curator
Darren fell in love with the arts at an early age and hasn’t looked back since. (Much to the chagrin of his loving parents) After earning an Art History and Critical Studies degree from NSCAD University he continued his post-graduate studies in Museum Management and Curatorship from Fleming College.
Ever since his studies Darren has actively worked and volunteered in the arts and culture sector always striving to strengthen our appreciation for art. Bringing a creative and passionate energy to the gallery, you can find Darren working with the Alcheringa team to design the latest exhibition or helping clients find exactly what they’re looking for. He continues to try and make your experience with Alcheringa as informative and helpful as possible and would love to help you with any questions you might have.
Alison Duerden, Gallery Assistant
Alison was born in Toronto, Ontario. She is a visual artist who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Ontario College of Art and Design. When she is not painting, Alison enjoys working with and around art, artists, and art lovers. Years of building relationships with clients in the art industry has given her a fine appreciation of the complex lives and stories behind every piece.
Karmin Snow, Media and Communications
Karmin first joined the Alcheringa staff in 2010 as assistant curator, and returned in 2013 from her maternity leave to focus on gallery communications. She has accompanied Elaine Monds to Papua New Guinea to work directly with the artists and communities that the gallery supports. Karmin has a B.A. in History in Art from the University of Victoria, where she focused her studies on the exceptional visual art and material culture originating from Canada's Northwest Coast where she grew up. Having also spent time as a child in Australia, Karmin has always been fascinated with Australian Aboriginal and South Pacific art, and is grateful to have rediscovered it in greater depth as an adult through her work with Alcheringa Gallery.