Cole Speck was raised on the Namgis reserve beside the village of Alert Bay, and is a Kwakwaka’wakw carver and former apprentice of Beau Dick. Speck was honoured to assist in the making of the Pat Alfred memorial pole in 2011. In 2012 he was selected by Rande Cook to apprentice on a totem pole for the Museum Volkenkunde, Netherlands. His work has been included in RezErect: Native Erotica at the Bill Reid Gallery (2013) and Claiming Space: Voices of Urban Aboriginal Youth at UBC’s Museum of Anthropology (2014). Most recently, Speck performed and contextualized works on behalf of Beau Dick at documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel (2017).