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Stanley Février receives the MNBAQ Contemporary Art Award – Canada NewsWire



“RBC Foundation is pleased to have supported this award, which truly makes a difference to the lives of artists here, since 2013,” noted André Labbé, Regional Vice-president, Québec/Beauce/Centre-du-Québec/Mauricie, RBC. “In addition to celebrating their accomplishments, the award affords the winner an outstanding showcase through an important exhibition in a Québec institution that offers visitors extensive facilitation, and an incisive study and analysis of the artist’s career in a major publication,” he added.

Art is a genuine vector for change

Stanley Février perceives art as an agent for social change. The artist says that his works “reflect on the human condition in the 21st century and the value of life against the backdrop of globalization.” He is “keenly interested in the psychological and physical frailty of human beings.” Current environmental and human dramas are themes present throughout his practice, especially police brutality, mental health, citizen disarmament, mass migrations, and questions related to overconsumption. Faced with these key questions related to the political, racial, human, and cultural challenges that are racking societies the world over, Stanley Février’s work vibrates with an aptness that the jury members wished to acknowledge. The artist’s work spans an array of practices ranging from performance to photography and including sculpture and drawing, and his increasingly astounding reflections on the state of the world. The denunciation of violence that is central to Stanley Février’s practice and his grasp of difficult social issues resonate with the MNBAQ’s vision. The addition to the MNBAQ’s collection of works by Stanley Février will reflect the formal, social and artistic dimensions of the works that it encompasses.

A changing collection

“The MNBAQ has, for several years, adopted concrete measures to enhance the representativeness of its collection from the standpoint of contemporary Québec. Consequently, it has sought to strike a better balance in genres, generations, and artistic practices, and to achieve a broader presence of racialized artists, artists of different cultural origins, the First Nations, Métis and Inuit,” noted Annie Gauthier, Director of Collections and Exhibitions at the MNBAQ. “Stanley Février’s practice attracted the attention of MNBAQ teams long before the jury convened to award the MNBAQ Contemporary Art Award. What is more, we will work extensively with the artist, who tackles topical issues head-on, and thus draw parallels with historic works in the collection,” Ms. Gauthier added enthusiastically.

The jury of the fourth edition of the award comprised Eunice Bélidor, Director of the FOFA Gallery at Concordia University and a member of the MNBAQ’s external acquisition committee; Marie-Hélène Audet, Mediation Service Manager, MNBAQ; Annie Gauthier, Director of Collections and Exhibitions, MNBAQ; and Bernard Lamarche, Head of Collection Development and Curator of Contemporary Art (2000 to the present), MNBAQ. The jury members would also like to congratulate the finalists, Chun Hua Catherine Dong, Chloë Lum and Yannick Desranleau, Marigold Santos, and Walter Scott. The artists’ captivating work sustained the jury’s discussions throughout the process. Each one raised striking questions on the social body, the construction of identity, inclusion, and the artistic environment. It goes without saying that the choice was a daunting task, given the vivid nature of each artist’s work.

Biographical note on Stanley Février

Stanley Février was born in 1976 in Port-au-Prince. He is a multidisciplinary Québec artist who has lived for over 20 years in Longueuil, near Montréal. He first worked as a social worker before gradually turning to art. He became a full-time artist in 2012. The two practices are now indissociable. In 2018, he obtained a master’s degree in visual and media arts from the Faculté des arts at the Université du Québec à Montréal. The artist’s practice encompasses photography, digitization, drawing, installations and assemblages, sculpture, and participatory art and performance. Since 2007, he has presented more than 20 solo exhibitions and participated in 15 group exhibitions in several cities in Québec and in Ottawa, and in the United States (New York), Cuba, France, Germany, Spain, Bulgaria, and China. He has also been present in public spaces outside exhibition venues in Québec, Greece, and Spain. Moreover, since 2012, he has participated in 10 contemporary art festivals in Québec, Mexico, Bulgaria, Serbia, and China.

The MNBAQ Contemporary Art Award is granted every two years to a Québec artist through a remarkable partnership between the MNBAQ and the RBC Foundation. The Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec is a government corporation subsidized by the Québec government.

SOURCE Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec

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Black Lives Matter street art installations coming to Dartmouth, Halifax –



The Halifax Regional Municipality will be painting the words “Black Lives Matter” in Halifax and Dartmouth this weekend.

The municipality said it was doing it to show support for the movement.

“This public solidarity augments several measures being taken by the municipality corporately to help address anti-Black racism and continue to build [a] better relationship with the municipality’s communities of African descent,” the municipality said in a news release on Friday.

Work on the first installation at Alderney Drive in Dartmouth will begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Work on the second installation at Brunswick Street in Halifax will begin at 7 p.m. on Sunday.

The municipality said sidewalks will be open and access to businesses will be maintained and that at least one lane of vehicle traffic in each direction will be maintained while work is underway.

The bicycle lane on Brunswick Street will be closed while work is happening and cyclists and vehicles will share one single file lane around the work area.


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Oxygen Art Centre launches new adult classes – Nelson Star



Submitted by Oxygen Art Centre

After much planning Oxygen is excited to launch their fall lineup of adult education opportunities, combining a fine array of online and small in-person classes.

Oxygen conducted a student survey earlier in June to find out how people were feeling (with COVID in mind) in regards to participating in arts education this fall. The response was very positive and clear — students want to be creative! Oxygen then got to work with their talented team of instructors and volunteers to re-vision how the educational offerings could be delivered in an innovative and safe way.

“Oxygen will be offering seven online courses and three small in-person courses this fall,” says education co-ordinator Natasha Smith.

“Many of our instructors have specifically created classes that can be taught online, utilizing the many tools that we now have available to make this learning experience rewarding, interactive and convenient for our students. Another benefit of online programming is that we are removing the barrier of travel for students that live outside of Nelson.”

The three in-person classes include Resurrecting the Lost Art of Letter Writing with Rayya Liebich, Eco-Printing on Textiles with Seathra Bell, and Painting on Another Level with Natasha Smith. The class sizes will be limited to a maximum of five students and all COVID-19 safety protocols at the centre will be in place.

Oxygen is also offering two online professional development courses for creatives this fall. Starting with Art Shack with artist Ian Johnston.

“It’s a visual arts professional development free-for-all!” says Johnston. “Over four evenings of group conversation we will harness the hive mind and the experience of the participants to explore a self-identified group of professional development issues such as proposals, statements, audience, networks and researching opportunities.”

This is an opportunity to share, develop your skills, and meet other artists in a supportive, collaborative space. The second professional development course is How to Submit to Commercial Galleries with artist Kristy Gordon, who will unveil the practical steps you can take to develop a connection with a commercial gallery. The one-session course includes a lecture, discussions and individual feedback.

Deborah Thompson has designed an online drawing course: Drawing with the World in Mind. This course will run twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the month of October.

“The COVID-19 Global Pandemic has highlighted a long list of global problems; climate change, homelessness, opioid crisis, racism, classism and more. Leaning into a creative practice during these times is helpful in developing meaningful insights and in cultivating imaginative ways to give constructive shape to the future,” says Thompson.

Many students will be excited that Bessie Wapp is offering Singing the Blues Goes Virtual this Fall. In this seven-week course you will explore the rich swamp of the human voice in a relaxed and supportive environment through online group and one-on-one sessions. In November, Rayya Liebich will be offering an online Poetry Immersion course. From the comfort of your home immerse yourself in the language of poetry. Weekly online classes will focus on studying the craft of poetry (image, form, feeling) and allow time for a series of guided writing prompts to help hone your writing skills.

Also running in November and over five classes Natasha Smith will be offering Moving into Abstraction as an online course. Through a series of hands-on projects, students will explore various techniques and alternative ways to develop ideas and images that will encourage a more abstract way of working.

Interdisciplinary artist, prOphecy sun will be offering an innovative course this Fall: Sonic Imaginaries: An Introduction to Creating Electronic Compositions. This online beginner level studio course explores a wide range of methods and conceptual approaches to creating electronic sound. prOphecy explains: “Each week will explore how sound emerges and will survey conceptual and methodological techniques used in music, video, sound art, and other artistic production.”

Register today for online and in-person art classes taking place throughout October and November with Oxygen’s incredible artist instructors. Don’t wait — spaces are limited. Learn more about the upcoming classes below and on our website at


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Hot air balloons, drive-in concerts and highway art: What's on this weekend in Calgary –



Organizations are continuing to come out with fresh and creative ways to entertain Calgarians, and this weekend is no different.

There’s good eats, concerts and multiple art shows that highlight local talent.

Ellis Choe from The Homestretch on CBC Radio has compiled some of those offerings, so check out the events below! 


There’s a pop-up marketplace celebrating prairie food this weekend that also ensures gathering people safely.

The Prairie Grid Market will have over 50 local food and drink vendors at the Carter Cadillac car dealership on Heritage Drive in southeast Calgary.

Dan Clapsen, the organizer of the event, says a majority of the stalls are operated by local restaurant and bar owners.

 “There’s a really interesting build-your-own-cocktail kit booth setup by Cannibale, which is a popular cocktail bar in Bridgeland. Bridgette Bar has made a line of dried pastas,” he said.

On Saturday and Sunday, there will be music and art for patrons to enjoy.

It’s recommend you pre-book your visit online, given the limited capacity and physical distancing required.

Balloon Festival

The festival will feature 17 Canadian hot air balloons. ((CBC))

The 8th Heritage Inn International Balloon Festival is underway in High River, but due to COVID-19, only Canadian balloons are participating.

The festival was scheduled to take place from Wednesday through Sunday, although high winds have forced cancellations. As of 2 p.m. on Friday, it was unclear whether they’d be able to take off at 5 p.m. Friday. If not, there are three more chances depending on the weather: Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 a.m. and Saturday at 5 p.m. Check the festival’s Facebook feed to see if it’s a go.

The committee says that while no passengers or spectators will be allowed at the launch site, you can volunteer to be part of the field crew and get a front row seat. 

Karen Williamson, the committee vice-chair, says that while there’s no guarantee, the pilot may let you be a passenger on board as well.

And for those who don’t volunteer, head to the northwest corner of High River to see them launch. 


If you like road trips and art, you can catch the Most Beautiful Art Tour in Alberta, which is a part of Alberta Culture Days.

Along Highway 22 and Highway 2A, otherwise known as “Cowboy Trail,” there is a community of artists opening their studios and galleries to the public.

Catch artwork in Millarville, Turner Valley, Black Diamond and Okotoks to learn more about the diverse group of artists working outside of Calgary.

The open studio events will be on from Friday to Sunday, but each gallery has different operating hours.

And if you like your art paired with a movie, the Indefinite Arts Centre is holding an open house/movie night. 

You can check out the artwork of artists with disabilities, as well as the screening of Infinity — a documentary about the world-renowned Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, famous for her polka dot installations.

The free event is on Saturday from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., but make sure to reserve a spot.


From the comfort of your car, you get to enjoy six concerts over the weekend. (Antoine Saito)

And finally, some concerts in the Calgary area! Grab your social circle and attend the drive-in concert at Telus Spark.

“Rise Up Weekend” is brought to you by local organizations, including Calgary ReggaeFest, Folk Fest and Stampede.

Patti Pon, one of the organizers as well as president of Calgary Arts Development, says the event is all about the coming together of six organizations presenting six concerts.

“We wanted to find a way to create some amazing art experiences, albeit smaller settings with fewer people,” she said.

Tickets are $25 per car for up to four guests.

The first show is Friday at 6:15 p.m., when Calgary Folk Fest presents Sargeant X Comrade and the Blake Read Band.

For something more contemporary, the National Music Centre is continuing its hybrid live music and virtual concert series, RBC Live, from the King Eddy.

You can attend the free event in-person or stream from the comfort of your home.

The first show is Friday at 8:30 p.m. and features Lucette, an alt-pop artist from Edmonton.

And then for another virtual concert experience, you can stream Early Music Voices, a local group that presents music from the medieval, Renaissance and baroque periods.

The group is kicking off its season with a virtual concert featuring Calgary musician Benjamin Narvey, who plays the lute.

Enjoy the music this Sunday at 7:30 p.m., and listen to a pre-concert talk at 7 p.m.

With files from The Homestretch

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