The P.E.I. government is looking for new works to go into the provincial art bank.
Artists may submit one or two pieces for consideration, and the selections will be adjudicated by an independent jury.
The art bank was established 42 years ago, and now includes more than 250 pieces from about 120 artists.
“It’s a working collection,” said Michelle MacCallum, provincial director of cultural development.
“The art is displayed in public buildings across P.E.I. So you would see it in public buildings, you might see it in libraries, Access PEI buildings, places like that.”
Submitted artwork must be ready to be displayed publicly, and therefore it needs to be visual art. Most of the collection is paintings and fine crafts, said MacCallum.
The call for submission is open until March 12.
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Black Reflections Art Gallery 2021 features Sydney Academy graduate for virtual show – TheChronicleHerald.ca
SYDNEY, N.S. —
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the Black Reflections Art Gallery to move to an online format this year.
The virtual event hasn’t stopped the many talented students within the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional Centre for Education from creating beautiful artwork for the annual show which marks African Heritage Month.
“The students really enjoy doing it and the students are really proud of themselves and the art they exhibit,” said school support worker Dionne Romard, who has been overseeing the art gallery for four years.
“We don’t want the students to miss a year. They really love doing it.”
Launched on Feb. 24, the virtual gallery features the artwork of dozens of students from across the centre for education in a video slide underneath the 11 pieces done by this year’s featured artist Serena Delaney.
ART’S FOR EVERYONE
A Grade 12 student at Sydney Academy, Delaney took an interest in drawing in elementary school. It was the first time the Whitney Pier teenager took art classes and the piece she created specifically for the Black Reflections Art Gallery was the first time Delaney had painted on canvas.
“I felt like I didn’t want to go too big or crazy,” Delaney said about her painting of a silhouette of a woman carrying a basket on her head with the blazing sun as a backdrop.
“I felt it fit the bill pretty good (for the Black Reflections Art Gallery) … I looked on Google for inspiration. There were a lot of images like that, with the sun and the bright colours. I wanted warm tones for my painting.”
The other 10 pieces Delaney is exhibiting are done in pencil crayons or watercolours and were completed throughout the school year in her art class.
“I was really happy (when I was chosen as featured artist). I was surprised. I felt honoured,” said Delaney, who graduates in the spring and eventually hopes to have a career in social services.
“My mom was really happy. She said she was proud.”
Delaney hopes other people will look at her art and be inspired to create their own.
“Anyone can do art,” she said. “I know my friends and I do art a lot and not all of us are really good at it but we are still enjoying ourselves … That’s the most important part.”
Nicole Sullivan is an immigration/diversity and education reporter for the Cape Breton Post.
Art Beat: 2021 writers' festival looking up – Coast Reporter
The cancellation of the 2020 Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts (SCFWA) left a big cultural gap in a year full of them, and this year is still littered with question marks about local arts and entertainment. But word is that the festival looks more likely to happen than not, depending. (That d-word seems mandatory in 2021.) “The ground we walk upon is not quite settled as we await vaccines and keep an eye on the COVID-19 variants,” festival producer Jane Davidson wrote in the SCFWA February newsletter. “Our plan for the summer of 2021 is based on our ability to gather in groups of up to 50. We are hopeful that restrictions will relax enough to allow us to do at least that and we hope they relax even more to allow us to increase that number,” Davidson said. “Compliance with public health guidelines and safety will lead our way forward.”
The extra good news is that festival events would not be confined to a weekend in August. “Our plan is to produce a summertime Sunday afternoon series of readings from July 4 to August 8. On Festival weekend, we will have 7 p.m. events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (August 13, 14, and 15) and 2 p.m. events on the Saturday and Sunday. That’s 11 events in total with capacity for an audience of 42-44,” the newsletter said. Also, “[e]very event will be recorded by a professional videographer and the entire series (July 4 to Aug. 15) will be posted online as a virtual Festival for the last two weeks of August.” Fingers crossed. Davidson provides several more details about the current 2021 plans at writersfestival.ca.
It soon will be time again for the annual youth arts show at Gibsons Public Art Gallery (GPAG). The show, Shout Out! 2021, is open to all Sunshine Coast residents age two to 18. “Participating youth may submit up to two pieces of artwork in any medium (drawings, painting, prints, mixed media, photography, animation, video, sculpture, etc.),” gallery manager Christina Symons said in a release. Submission forms and artwork may be dropped off at the gallery at 431 Marine Drive in Gibsons starting March 4, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The deadline is 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 7. More information and submission forms can be found at www.gpag.ca. The show runs from March 11 to April 4.
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Focus – Looking back at the Arab Spring: The role of art and music – FRANCE 24
Issued on: 25/02/2021 – 16:23Modified: 25/02/2021 – 16:29
Ten years ago, the winds of change swept across several Arab nations, from Tunisia to Yemen via Egypt. The desire for political change was also expressed through art and music, which became vehicles for political ideas and the hopes and dreams of millions. Anmar Hijazi and Wassim Cornet look back at some of the highlights from the arts and culture world during the Arab Spring.
Programme prepared by Rebecca Martin and Wassim Cornet.
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