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Kingston's Art All Around project breathes new life into bus stops and city streets – CTV Edmonton

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KINGSTON, ONT. —
A new street art project in Kingston is looking to breathe new life into bus stops and city streets.

“Art All Around” is part of a new art installation project. The city has asked 20 artists to create unique works of art, which have been displayed at the public transit stations. 

For some of those artists, like Yessica Rivera Belsham, it’s been a way to heal through the pandemic.

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Rivera Belsham has lost three family members due to COVID-19. She says her artwork, titled “Gratefulness for every breath of life”, has helped her process.

“For me it was more, in honouring them, my family members,” she explains. “But it’s also in connection to honouring and paying tribute to everyone that’s been impacted around the world. That have had so many losses.”

A print of her painting now sits on the bus shelter on the intersection of Division Street and Railway Street, near Concession Street. 

The project asked the artists to reflect on their time during the pandemic, and what comes next.

Rivera Belsham says for her that meant depicting bright colours, and drawing marigolds for those who have been lost. 

“It helped me in my grieving process in so many ways,” she says. “People (seeing it at bus stops) may not know the back story…. but I’m just grateful that it’s out here and it allows people to connect in different ways.”

For graphic design artist Eric Williams that meant capturing how much COVID-19 is on our minds. His work, titled “I’ve been thinking a lot about it lately”, sits on Kingscourt Avenue and Fifth Avenue, in the Kingscourt District. 

“It’s heavily influenced by comic books, cartoons,” he says of the design.

The city says “Art All Around” aims to support local artists, and to add accessible public art.

Williams says he hopes it sparks creativity in those who see it. 

“I hope people start to pay attention to their visual landscape a little bit more,” he explains. “We can make changes to it, we can add things to it, we can make it more interesting.”

The city says it plans to add to the collection in the coming months.

As for Rivera Belsham, she says she hopes her work, which has meant so much to her, can mean something for someone else.

“I’m so grateful to be apart of anything that’s public, that it’s accessible,” she says. “Not putting barriers, not putting things behind walls.”

A list of locations of the art installed around the city can be found on the city’s website.

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Local Art Hives provide community space for creativity and healing – Sherbrooke Record

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Lawrence Belanger,

Local Journalism Initiative

As the wind and rain raged in the dark on a cold November weeknight, it was warm, bright, and dry in the Salle le Tremplin, where Lou-Philip and his friend Benjamin gathered paints and brushes for a project Benjamin was about to begin. All the while, fragments of music from an upright piano and acoustic guitar filled the room while several others sat at vinyl-covered tables working on paintings, sculptures, and more.

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Only open since last spring, the Art Hive held every Wednesday in Tremplin 16-30’s multi-purpose room is one of the region’s better-attended hives. Like most Art Hives, attendance is open to the public and free of charge.

Art Hives are a global movement, founded in Canada, to help like-minded people start community-based studios. At an Art Hive (Ruche d’art in French), anyone can work on self-directed artistic projects, with no instruction or direction. The concept was conceived by Janis Timm-Bottos, an art therapist and associate professor at Concordia University.

The history of Art Hives begins during the 1990s when Timm-Bottos was working in a community clinic serving the homeless in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Toronto Biennial of Art Appoints Curators

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The Toronto Biennial of Art has appointed Montreal curator Dominique Fontaine and Peruvian curator Miguel A. López as co-curators of its 2024 edition.

Fontaine, who was born in Haiti, is a founding director of aposteriori, a non-profit curatorial platform that produces diverse and innovative contemporary art. Her projects include curating Between the earth and the sky, the possibility of everything for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche in Toronto in 2014, and co-curating the survey exhibition Here, We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary, which showed at the Royal Ontario Museum and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in 2018.

López worked as chief curator, and later as co-director, of TEOR/éTica in San José, Costa Rica, from 2015 to 2020. In 2019, he curated the retrospective exhibition Cecilia Vicuña: Seehearing the Enlightened Failure at the Witte de With (now Kunstinstituut Melly) in Rotterdam. The exhibition travelled to Mexico City, Madrid and Bogota.

Patrizia Libralato, the biennial’s executive director, said the two curators will contribute scholarship, innovation and inspiration to deepen the event’s connections to both local communities and global conversations.

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“Together, we aim to create an event as uniquely diverse, responsive, challenging and engaging as the city itself,” she said.

The biennial, which will run from Sept. 21 to Dec. 1, 2024, attracted more then 450,000 visitors to its first two editions, which featured free programming across the city.

It has featured work by artists such as AA Bronson, Judy Chicago, Brian Jungen, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Kapwani Kiwanga, Caroline Monnet, Denyse Thomasos and Camille Turner.


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Football and art come together in the first NFT exhibition of its kind

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–  The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture’s From Strike to Stroke exhibit features 64 FIFA World Cup match results in a unique man-machine collaboration

DHAHRAN, Saudi Arabia, Dec. 6, 2022 /CNW/ — The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) celebrates the art of the beautiful game in a unique exhibition at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. From Strike to Stroke features 64 NFTs by 32 artists from the competing nations, while Artificial Intelligence (AI) fuses the pieces from the contending two countries in each of the 64 matches into a unique piece based on the match outcome. The result will be a singular collection of one-of-a-kind NFTs created through a collaboration of man and machine. Strike to Stroke runs at the Msheireb Galleria Doha, Qatar until December 23.

Ithra, a cultural bridge between Saudi Arabia and the rest of the world, channels the world’s passion for football into its infatuation with the arts as the world comes together for the World Cup. The exhibition melds the man-made with the machine-made, and combines art, sport and technology in an innovative fashion.

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It features the work of 32 emerging and established artists, each tasked with creating a piece representing their country and using their respective team’s jersey colors. After each match, the AI-powered algorithm combines the artists’ creations with match statistics to generate unique pieces that represent each game. The collection will be a unique set of pieces presented as NFTs – non-fungible tokens. These cryptographic assets are based on blockchain technology, and created in a process similar to cryptocurrencies.

From Strike to Stroke includes artists who have never created NFTs and NFT artists who had not worked within traditional fine art.

“The passion shared by football fans for the love of the beautiful game can be tangential to the passion shared by art aesthetes,” said Dr. Shurooq Amin in her curator’s brief to the exhibition. “By connecting 32 artists from both the traditional and digital arenas, Ithra not only bridges the gap between Web2 to Web3, and between football and art, but furthermore between human and machine, as the artists collaborate with AI generation technology to create unique NFTs that combine art, football and technology.”

Visit www.striketostroke.com.

Images and exhibition catalogue can be found here.

For more information on Ithra and its programs, visit www.ithra.com.

Photo – https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/1961775/Ithra_World_Cup_NFTs.jpg

SOURCE King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra)

For further information: Media contacts: Nour Aldajani, [email protected], +966-583268120, Nora Al Harthi, [email protected], Domia Abdi, [email protected], Hadeel Eisa, [email protected]

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