A Sudbury art event is being reimagined this summer due to the pandemic and an organizer says she hopes the changes will bring more people downtown.
The Downtown Sudbury Art Crawl is usually a one-day event with food, wine and art displays in local businesses. Between 600 and 700 people usually go downtown to take part.
But due to the pandemic, organizers have had to make a few changes. One change is that the event is taking place over the next four weeks instead of one day.
Artist and organizer of the event Monique Legault says the artwork is on display in store windows that are lit up at night.
“The idea is we’re trying to get people to come out downtown on their own time and take a look at the outdoor gallery,” she said.
Legault says they first started organizing the event, the goal was to get 40 businesses and 40 artists on board. In the end, they got 40 businesses and 56 artists involved.
“They’ve outdone themselves,” she said.
“They’re giving us the best pieces they have. A lot of the art shows that were happening this year didn’t get to happen. So we’re getting to show off some of the best things our city has to offer right now.”
During previous years, people have been able to purchase the art onsite. This year, Legault says a website has been created for that.
“You can actually bid on the art that you see displayed every week,” she said. “Ten pieces per week are going up for auction for four weeks running.”
Legault says she hopes the event will help both artists and business owners.
Clumsy tourist snaps three toes off work of art – Toronto Sun
These little piggies didn’t make it to market, stay home, or have or not have roast beef.
Three toes off the right foot of the plaster model of the statue ‘Paolina Bonaparte as Venus Victorious’ on display at a Treviso, Italy museum were inadvertently chopped off as a tourist had his picture taken with the work of art.
The Antonio Canova masterpiece was apparently damaged as a tourist, who had lain down to have his photograph taken with the statue, got back to his feet.
Video surveillance footage caught the act on tape as a 50-year-old Austrian man clips the statue’s feet as he gets back to his own.
The man was tracked down through museum booking information. Museum officials spoke with the man’s wife who admitted her husband’s involvement. She said he panicked when he realized the damage he had done and fled but is ready to face whatever consequences are deemed worthy by museum staff.
The incident occurred on July 31 and to date it is still unclear whether charges will be laid.
Preparations are already underway with regards to a repair.
MacKenzie Art Gallery’s new CEO focused on fostering relationships with all Sask. communities
The MacKenzie Art Gallery is reopening to the public next week — and it’s doing so under a new interim executive director.
“The gallery, like everybody else, has been facing a lot of changes to our world right now, but I think that we’re really well prepared,” said John Hampton, the new CEO of the Regina gallery.
“We’ve got a great team here, so that’s been helping ease me into the role and help us serve the community the best we can.”
Hampton is the first Indigenous person to be executive director and CEO at a major Canadian art institution, according to the gallery.
“I feel incredibly honoured for that, but also it is a really large responsibility,” said Hampton, who has been preparing by working for the past month with the outgoing CEO Anthony Kiendl, who is taking over as CEO and director of the Vancouver Art Gallery.
Hampton said right now, staff are thinking through the gallery’s role as a cultural institution and as caretakers of culture for the territory.
“We know that there’s a lot of conflict and pain and hurt out there, and we can see [that] through the protests that are happening across North America,” he said.
“And so we’re putting a lot of work into thinking what our role is as cultural custodians in articulating the cultural difference and similarities.”
The gallery has a history of engaging Indigenous artists and curators, Hampton said, but has been challenging itself in recent years to represent the art of all cultures in the area, in the spirit of the treaties — and is focused on welcoming newcomers as family.
“We have a responsibility to not only Indigenous and settler people who signed those treaties, but also to Black and POC [people of colour] and new Canadians,” he said.
“And we want to ensure that this is a welcoming space for them, that we reflect those cultures responsibly and that we try to foster those relations in a good way.”
Hampton, who is a member of the Chickasaw Nation in the United States, said he has a responsibility to be incredibly sensitive to the people from the local area.
He also said starting the job during a pandemic has been a challenge, but that people can feel safe returning to the gallery.
Visitors are being asked to purchase tickets online and arrive at a timed entry. When they come, they will have plenty of room around them in the gallery areas, Hampton said.
“Our focus is really just on people feeling comfortable and safe,” he said. “You can have a space of calm for just appreciating art to its … fullest sense, and having your focus on something other than the anxiety.”
As of Aug. 12, the gallery will be open Wednesdays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and from noon to 5:30 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is currently half-price, as the gallery’s theatre and food services are still closed for now.
The gallery is reopening with three new exhibitions, including a feature exhibit by Divya Mehra called From India to Canada and Back to India (There is nothing I can possess which you cannot take away).
Another exhibit, called Reflecting Dis-ease: Eh Ateh Pahinihk Ahkowsiwin — Rethinking Pandemics Through an Indigenous Lens, “allows us to see that history in a way that is much more relevant, and we’re much better at understanding those histories now that we are currently living through this pandemic,” Hampton said.
Staff are also slowly being transitioned back into the building and some are staying at home for personal reasons, but Hampton said he’s glad to be back in the gallery.
“I’m most looking forward to being able to share our work with the public again. While I was working from home, you lose a little bit of that quality of life just being surrounded by your four walls all the time,” Hampton said.
“And when I came back to the gallery and I saw works going up on the walls again and it brought that feeling of normalcy … I just felt so much joy in seeing art again,” he said.
“Just to be able to be surrounded by that and share that with the public is going to be a really enriching experience.”
Source: – CBC.ca
City seeks proposals for public art at new South Burnaby arena – Burnaby Now
The City of Burnaby is looking for public art proposals for its new South Burnaby arena.
The city currently has an open call on the B.C. Bid website (where public bodies post for a variety of construction, infrastructure and other projects) for public art for the new arena, which is under construction at 18th Street and 10th Avenue.
The city has specified a budget of $300,000 for public art to stand in a landscaped area along the 18th Street side of the building, next to the main entrance plaza. The arena is intended to house two NHL-sized rinks with 200 to 300 spectator seats in each, plus skate shop, concession, meeting and multi-purpose rooms and a variety of activity spaces.
The bid documents say the chosen public art “will enrich the experience and enjoyment for South Burnaby Arena’s diverse array of multi-generational users, fostering and encouraging community engagement and connectivity while providing a significant cultural contribution to the City of Burnaby.” They note the project allows for a site-specific artwork, or series of related artworks, with a “wide range of possibilities in approach, media, form, including the use of light and other innovative media.”
The city is calling for an “enduring artwork” (with a life expectancy of at least 20 years) that will speak to diverse audiences, invite engagement and dialogue, and foster community identity.
The documents call for a shortlist to be announced in the week of Sept. 14, with the final agreement awarded in November. The project is slated to be completed by September 2020.
The bid is open until Aug. 24. For full details, see the bcbid.gov.bc.ca website.
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