Photo of Miya with her masks at the JCCC gallery, 2019. Photo credit: Marjene Matsunaga Turnbull 

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Miya Turnbull is a Canadian multi-disciplinary visual artist. Primarily a mask maker, she also works in many mediums such as painting, photography, screen printing, textiles, video, animation and projection. She is of settler, mixed Japanese-Canadian ancestry which often enters her artwork in regards to exploring identity. Originally from Alberta, Miya graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (2000) and moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2002.


Miya has exhibited her artwork across Canada and internationally. In 2019, she exhibited over 60 masks at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre Gallery in Toronto, after a hiatus of 10 years away from her art practise. In 2020, she had a video screened at Photophobia Film Festival, presented by Hamilton Artists Inc and The Art Gallery of Hamilton. 


So far in 2021, she was part of group exhibitions at Acadia University Art Gallery, Wolfville, NS, Barrett Art Center in Poughkeepsie, NY, The House of Smalls in the UK, M.A.D.S. Gallery in Milan, Italy and the Ice House Gallery in Tatamagouche, NS. Recently her artwork was presented at the Royal Anthropological Institute Film Festival in Bristol, UK by Nataliya Tchermalykh (University of Geneva) and her artwork was featured on the cover of Art Reveal, an online magazine based out of Germany. 


She currently has a 2 person exhibit with Roxanne Lafleur at Gallery 101 in Ottawa, Ontario and is part of a group exhibit at TRAHC's Regional Arts Center in Texarkana, TX.


Miya has received numerous grants from the province and gratefully acknowledges the support from Arts Nova Scotia which has allowed her artwork to flourish. 

Most of my masks are not for purchase since I often exhibit them together as a body, however you can always make me an offer for any particular mask.

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