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Provincial Art Bank seeks submissions from P.E.I. artists – TheChronicleHerald.ca

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Island artists are invited to submit their work by March 12 to be considered for purchase by the Provincial Art Bank.

The Provincial Art Bank collection includes 257 works of art by 123 Island artists. The art bank acquires, loans and displays art that was purchased or donated. Pieces are displayed in public buildings and spaces for Islanders to enjoy and are available for educational use.

“The art bank is just one way we continue to support and celebrate Island artists by having their art displayed and appreciated by Islanders across the province,” said Tourism and Culture Minister Matthew MacKay. “I encourage all local artists to submit work to be considered for the art bank.”

Provincial Art Bank purchases are made possible through provincial government funding of $10,000 annually. For information on how to apply or to become a jurist, call 902-368-6300 or visit princeedwardisland.ca/art-bank.

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'We are a home, a home for your art': BIPOC artists launch community and gallery space – CBC.ca

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Artists who are Black, Indigenous and people of colour have a new gallery to call home in Winnipeg’s Exchange District. 

Starting this weekend, TakeHome BIPOC Arts House will open its doors, by appointment only, for an inaugural show featuring artists Glodi Bahati and Bria Fernandes.

“I think there’s not enough spaces that are just for BIPOC people to be in charge of our own stories,” said Bahati. “In my opinion, that’s why the space exists.”

Bahati’s photography is part of an exhibition that speaks about black identity for women, trans and femme-identifying people. 

The opening show represents her second ever exhibition and an introduction into a world of art that she’s excited to dive into, with help from others.

TakeHome BIPOC Arts House will host the second exhibition show of Bahati’s career. (Jonathan Ventura/CBC)

The new downtown space — located in the Artspace building on Arthur Street, in what was previously known as Studio 622 — will showcase the works of Black, Indigenous and people of colour, while providing low-barrier access to supplies, a work studio, and peer-to-peer mentorship.

The Manitoba chapter of Canadian Artists Representation/Le Front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC), a non-profit that is the voice for Canada’s professional visual artists, provided the studio space and is fundraising so it can grow.

“We are a home — a home for your art or home for BIPOC peoples to gather and edify each other and grow in their crafts, whatever their discipline may be,” said Sappfyre McLeod, administrative coordinator for the Arts House. 

As a space run by and for people who are Black, Indigenous and people of colour, the Arts House aims at moving beyond diversity and inclusion and into the realm of building relationships with artists, so they feel safer and more autonomous in their work. 

“Some of the things that have created a need for this space are how wildly undervalued BIPOC artists are, [and] how exploitative the institution of art can be in dealing with BIPOC folks,” said McLeod. 

Sappfyre McLeod is the administrative coordinator for TakeHome BIPOC Arts House. (Kevin Nepitabo)

Through consultations with artists who are Black, Indigenous and people of colour, the Arts House took direction from the community it looks to serve.

That process provided the organization with the idea to create a space where artists of colour can work and share knowledge, including how to appropriately price their work, apply for grants and ensure contracts are upheld.

“I think a lot of emerging artists don’t even know where to go to, or where to turn, or what questions to even ask for certain things,” said artist and steering committee member Annie Beach.

The space, which also relies on funding from the Manitoba Arts Council, has been in development since August 2020, said Beach.

Annie Beach is an artist and steering committee member of TakeHome BIPOC Arts House. (Kevin Nepitabo/CBC )

Beach, a graduate of the University of Manitoba’s School of Art program, is excited to start curating a residency and second exhibition show next month. She wants to give others a chance to succeed, even if they can’t attend formal programs as she did.

“I honestly think that TakeHome is going to take so many different forms, in the sense that it’s going to just support any artist in any endeavour that they want to do,” she said.

Anyone interested in seeing the gallery show Embodied: They Hold Their Own, a show curated by the Kinfolk committee, can book an appoint at the TakeHome BIPOC Arts House website.

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The Agnes Etherington Art Centre reopens to the public – Queen's Journal

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After Kingston moved back to the green zone, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre reopened to the public on Feb. 20with a maximum capacity of 41.

In an interview with The Journal, Kate Ducharme, visitor services assistant, described the process of reopening with social distancing protocols.

“We’re a very safe space, and visitors really adhere to our guidelines and I think they’re just excited to be able to come and experience art again,” she said.

According to Ducharme, the reduced capacity in the art centre allows for a more intimate viewing experience.

“It’s a huge change, and you do feel that change when you’re in the galleries. Most times you’re in the galleries with just yourself or with the household that you’re with, which also allows for a real personal experience with the exhibitions.”

Ducharme is excited about the reopening and looks forward to seeing people enjoy the experience of viewing art in-person again.

“It’s wonderful to be able to share those experiences with people,” Ducharme said. “We have a collection of 17,000 pieces, so there’s lots to share. There are new exhibitions from visiting artists as well, so it’s a great opportunity to come in and check it out.”

Agnes staff members faced a challenge last spring when COVID-19 forced them to move online, but Ducharme said she’s proud of the work the team has accomplished.

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“Virtual exhibitions and public programing all went online, so that was a huge shift for our staff. And a lot of that work is still going on, trying to make those exhibitions available because not everyone has the option to come in person,” she said.

For those unable to visit in person, Ducharme recommended taking advantage of the Agnes’ online resources, which include workshops, lectures, and tours.

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Open Your Art launches Take-Out Art Kits – Brunswickan

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Amidst lockdowns and lowering temperatures, it is gratifying to learn that quality recreation is still available and affordable in Fredericton. Open Your Art Fredericton has just launched a product that facilitates access to art materials, even for the greenest of novices. Handcrafted in-studio by talented ceramic instructors, Open Your Art promises you won’t be bored anymore in quarantine.

Take-out art kits have been around for a while, but now they are being produced and marketed for and by locals. Angela Black, Arts Educator and owner of Open Your Art, explains that the product is facilitating access to art expression for, “folks unable to come out to a studio for whatever reason.” She adds that the barriers imposed by Coronavirus protocols are easily overcome by creating the art takeout kits.

“We have learnt, working with many ‘vulnerable’ sectors, that attendance and access to transportation for example can be a real barrier to taking part in extracurricular activities,” said Black.

The kits come in various sizes and options for individuals, families, and teams. Open Your Art accords special privileges for “team” and “family” kits by providing live tutorials over Zoom with an instructor who will guide and inspire your first steps. 

“The kit itself is a reusable container that gets returned to the studio once your piece is finished. Everything is washed and reused as much as possible. The kit contains a range of underglazes for decorating your tumblers in line with individual or group taste as well as brushes and a manual,” Black explained. 

“This product is literally flying off the shelves,” Angela Black said. “People are buying them five at a time sometimes. We have started selling them for birthday parties as well. The kits are very popular at $25 (plus tax), so we have decided that our next few options will be a bowl, wine cup, and wait for it – dog bowls.”

If you’re wondering what to do to liven things up at your next family get together, (virtual) office retreat, or even just one random Sunday afternoon, Open your Art kits may be a good option. The instructors have become quite proficient at hosting team building events. The prospect of teaching work enhancement skills in a positive, low-key environment sounds decidedly tempting. 

Black expects the art kits to become even more popular as new options are constantly being developed to accommodate everyone. According to her, the company is all for inclusion.

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