Gail Noonan



A childhood spent in rural Nova Scotia prompted the decision to live the next phase of my life in as different an environment as possible. Winnipeg, a city on the prairies was the polar opposite of a small east coast village. Polar in more ways than one but the city was culturally alive and the University of Manitoba had a vibrant art school. After sampling most of the disciplines I eventually focused on printmaking and continued to make etchings and exhibit in Winnipeg for another seven years after finishing my studies. I continued my slow westward migration with a move to Vancouver. A change of location prompted a change of media so I returned to art school to study film animation for two years at Emily Carr College of Art and Design. I think of it as more of a lateral transfer since my prints always had a strong sense of story and implied movement. My graduating film, Play Ball !, won a Golden Sheaf Award at the Yorkton Film Festival in Saskatchewan which encouraged me to continue to make my own films. My last Westward Ho! was a move to Mayne Island, part of the Southern Gulf archipelago off the coast of Vancouver. Strangely enough the locale is similar to the small coastal village where I grew up on the opposite side of the country.”