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ART in the City – Public Art Program

ART in the City Public Art Unveiled

 (CHARLOTTETOWN, December 19th 2011) – On Wednesday, December 14th,Mayor of Charlottetown Clifford Lee, the Hon. Robert Henderson, Minister of Tourism and Culture, and Dr. Greg Doran, Chair of the Prince Edward Island Council of the Arts, led members of the Media and of the arts & culture community on an engaging tour of the nine recently-installed pieces of Public Art produced under the 2011 Cultural Capital of Canada designation for the City of Charlottetown.

These installations are the result of a Call for Proposals issued to Island Artists in June.   The proposals were reviewed by a jury, and nine artists/artist collectives were selected for the collection. 

“We are delighted to bring these beautiful works of art to the community,” said Mayor Lee.  “We are exceptionally pleased to have these pieces exhibited in several neighbourhoods of our Capital city, for a majority of citizens to enjoy where they live, work and play.  Thank you to the artists for this beautiful legacy of our Cultural Capital of Canada designation, and gift of art for generations to come”. 

“Prince Edward Islandis rich in artistic talent,” said Minister of Tourism and Culture Robert Henderson. “ThePrince Edward Islandgovernment is pleased to support artists and projects such as Art in the City that celebrate our culture and strengthen our communities.”

The public is invited to visit and discover the following “ART in the City” permanent installations:

  • Water Mark PEI, by Mauricio Aristizábal (Charlottetown Airport). Triptych Painting (three 2’ x 4’ panels).
  • Bluefin Bullet, by Gerald Beaulieu (Queen Street at Richmond). Steel Sculpture. 
  • Par un dimanche au soir, by Lucie B. Bellemare (Carrefour de l’Isle-Saint-Jean). Charcoal and painting on canvas; 5 panels.
  • Hydrant, by Ahmon Katz and Ken Shelton (Fire Station 2, St. Peters Road). Ferro-cement sculpture.
  • Snackbar & Glowbowling, by Betty-Jo McCarville (Murphy’s Community Centre). Two 4’ x 5’ oil paintings.
  • Unlocking History, by Carl Phillis (Confederation Trail; Belvedere Avenue near Farmers’ Market/UPEI).  Sculpture. 
  • A Field for Now, by Becka Viau (West Royalty Community Centre).  Self-Sustaining Living Mural.
  • Span 1 & 2, by Damien Worth (HillsboroughPark Community Centre).  Two 4’ x 5’ Paintings.
  • Civic Centre Montage: Six paintings by Brenda Whiteway. Six 39 ¼” x 78 ½” paintings.

“As Chair of the PEICA, I was very pleased that the Council was invited to work with the City on this extremely important project.” said Dr. Greg Doran.  “While there is no way to measure the intrinsic value of exposing people to art on a daily basis, I know thatCharlottetownwill reap the benefits of this project for years to come. In addition, all of the pieces highlight the talent ofIslandartists and improve the landscape immensely.”

BACKGROUNDER

The PEI Council of the Arts is administering certain portions of the “ART in the City” Public Art program on behalf of the City ofCharlottetown.  The PEICA issued a call for proposals for public art works to be commissioned by the City and installed into public spaces around the city as part of the 2011 Cultural Capital of Canada Designation for the City ofCharlottetown.  Commissions were then selected by a jury of local artists and a representative from the City ofCharlottetown, in collaboration with the sites involved. All funding is provided the City ofCharlottetownthrough its 2011 Cultural Capital of Canada Designation, a program of the Department of Canadian Heritage with additional funding from the City ofCharlottetownand theProvinceofPrince Edward Island.


ART in the City Public Art Commissions Announced 

(CHARLOTTETOWN, September 22nd, 2011) - The City ofCharlottetown and the Prince Edward Island Council of the Arts (PEICA) are excited to announce the awarding of the nine public art commissions for the City’s Cultural Capital of Canada “ART in the City” initiative.

Public art is essential to improve our urban environment, to enhance our long-term vitality and to sustain the reputation of the City ofCharlottetownas a cultural centre.  The “ART in the City” public art initiative includes a series of two and three-dimensional adjudicated works by local artists from multiple cultural backgrounds to be installed in public locations, both indoor and out.  These works will celebrate local talent and our sense of place, and create a lasting public art legacy in the community.

“Art in the City is yet another exciting celebration of the creativity and passion ofCharlottetown’s art scene,” said Mayor Lee. “I encourage residents and visitors alike to engage themselves in this project by seeking out these interesting, beautiful pieces that are planned for installation throughout the City.  The work promises to be a lasting legacy for theCapitalCity.”

Mauricio Aristizábal will create a painting for theCharlottetown airport.  Three vertical formats will be installed as a triptych, and the pictorial elements used will be based on a grid that is generated by the farms and roads, grids that blend organically with the coastline.

Gerald Beaulieu will create a piece entitled “Bluefin Bullet” for an outdoor location in downtownCharlottetown.  It will be a life-sized sculpture of a Bluefin tuna, covered in a skin of scales made from stainless steel spoons.  The final result will be a sleek metallic ultimate fish lure, a playful commentary on public art as a lure in a tourist driven economy.

Lucie Bellemare’s artwork will be developed in collaboration with the Carrefour de l’Isle-Saint-Jean and installed at the francophone community centre.  Madame Bellemare’s work will celebrate theIsland’s Acadian and francophone community and connect to Acadians’ past, present and future.

Ahmon Katz and Ken Shelton will create an installation piece, specifically, an oversized, pop-art sculpture of a fire hydrant, made of painted wood. This piece will be placed in front of the Station 2 Fire Hall onSt. Peters Road.

Betty-Jo McCarville will produce two 4’ x 5’ oil paintings to hang facing each other in the upper staircase of the Murphy’s Community Centre.  The subject of these two paintings will be the actual community life, past and present, in this vibrant social hub ofCharlottetown.

Carl Phillis will create an outdoor sculpture on the Confederation Trail near UPEI and the Charlottetown Farmers’ Market.  The sculpture will be modern in design yet will invoke the past achievements of the farm communities’ contribution to the growth ofCharlottetown.

Becka Viau will create a piece entitled “Field For Now.”  It is a large scale self-sustaining living mural to be installed at the West Royalty Community Centre.   Its aim will be to connect our environment to the public, educating them about our current waterways and what people are doing to sustain them.

Damien Worth will produce two paintings for the Hillsborough Park Community Centre.  Mr. Worth will engage the audience with considerations of how community space is visually negotiated and the notions of how landscape and constructed environments are affected by human presence.

Brenda Whiteway will create a series of paintings for the Charlottetown Civic Centre.  The artwork will reflect the activities that occur in the space, year-round, using unexpected views and perspectives. The works will be installed in the main lobby area. 

The installation of these new works of public art is scheduled for later this fall (late November or early December)

BACKGROUNDER
The PEI Council of the Arts is administering certain portions of the “ART in the City” Public Art program on behalf of the City ofCharlottetown.  The PEICA issued a call for proposals for public art works to be commissioned by the City and installed into public spaces around the city as part of the 2011 Cultural Capital of Canada Designation for the City ofCharlottetown.  Commissions were then selected by a jury of local artists and a representative from the City ofCharlottetown, in collaboration with the sites involved. All funding is provided the City ofCharlottetownthrough its 2011 Cultural Capital of Canada Designation, a program of the Department of Canadian Heritage with additional funding from the City ofCharlottetownand theProvinceofPrince Edward Island.


CALL FOR PROPOSALS

The Prince Edward Island Council of the Arts (PEICA) will be administering certain portions of the “Art in the City – Public Art Program” on behalf of the City of Charlottetown (the City). The PEICA is issuing a call for proposals for public art works to be commissioned by the City of Charlottetown and installed into public spaces around the city as part of the 2011 Cultural Capital of Canada Designation for the City of Charlottetown.

Public art is essential in improving our urban environment, enhancing our long term vitality and sustaining the reputation of the City as a cultural centre. The City has expressed a desire that installed pieces reflect in some way, where possible, the venue or locale in which they are installed; therefore artists should familiarize themselves with the list of installation sites and design their proposals with a location in mind. The following locations are designated sites for this project (please note the indoor or outdoor designation for each):

· West Royalty Community Centre (indoor)· Civic Centre (indoor)· Hillsborough Park Community Centre (indoor)· Charlottetown Airport (indoor)· Carrefour de l'Isle-Saint-Jean (outdoor)· Station 2 Fire Hall – St. Peters Road (outdoor)· On the Confederation Trail near Farmers’ Market/UPEI (outdoor)· Murphy’s Center Downtown (indoor)

Please see the PEICA’s web site at http://www.peica.ca/publicart2011/ for more venue details.

The goal for each location is to provide an art piece in two or three dimensions that engages visitors of the space, creates a unique and enjoyable experience, promotes a sense of discovery, inspires conservation and/or defines the space within.

All submissions will be reviewed and considered by a juried process under the auspices of the PEICA which will also oversee the dispersement of funds and the installation of the works. Artists should have demonstrated experience with projects of this scope and scale.

Ideally, the successful artists will reside in Charlottetown, however all artists residing on Prince Edward Island for a minimum of the six months immediately prior to July 30, 2011 are eligible and encouraged to apply. As the City has expressed a desire to include artists of linguistic and/or cultural minorities in the group of artists selected, artists should self-identify in their proposals if they wish to receive such consideration.

How to apply:

Artists should submit a detailed proposal with sketches, drawings, computer generated models, etc that describe the work proposed. The jury must be able to determine precisely what is being proposed. This should be accompanied by the following:

1) Detailed contact information

2) Biography

3) Artists CV

4) Portfolio

5) Intended Location (from list above), and rationale for the piece towards the location

6) Budget ($3000 - $6000)

7) Installation plan – Artists must plan on final installations to occur mid to late November. A separate pool of funds is available to offset approved installation costs (see below).

8) Installation Budget (Artists should source and cost out materials required. For larger installations artists should identify an installation plan).

Artists are responsible to ensure that every page of their proposal is clearly labelled and easily readable. Artists should ensure that every page bears their name and contact information.

All artists should note that their proposal, if selected, may be installed in an alternate location at the City’s discretion.

For more information see:
http://www.peica.ca/publicart2011/

Contact:
Annette Campbell
Programs Officer
The Prince Edward Island Council of the Arts
902-620-3417
acampbell@peica.ca

Deadline for submission: August 12, 2011 – Artists will be notified within 10 business days of deadline. 

Additional Information
ArtintheCity-PressRelease.pdf
ArtintheCity-PressReleaseUnveiling.pdf
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