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Public Art and Social Practice Workshop Series

As part of its commitment to provide a variety of opportunities for artists, The City of Calgary Public Art Program, in collaboration with Illingworth Kerr Gallery (IKG), is offering a Public Art and Social Practice workshop series. Internationally renowned artists Alfredo Jaar, Tania Bruguera and Jeanne van Heeswijk will each present a free public lecture and lead a weekend workshop for a selected group of Calgary artists. This workshop series is intended for local artists and results in an exhibition at the IKG and an opportunity for a public art commission.

The five artists selected through a competitive process to participate in this program were Dick Averns, Alana Bartol, Kevin Jesuino, Taryn Kneteman and anne drew potter.
 

Artists photograph
From left to right: Taryn Kneteman, Kevin Jesuino, Dick Averns, Alana Bartol, anne drew potter, Dawn VandeSchoot, and Alfredo Jaar.

This workshop series is designed to provide professional development for artists interested in pursuing public art projects with a social practice focus and is intended for professional artists wishing to:

  • Explore and develop a socially engaged practice with a distinct focus on public art.
  • Understand the opportunities and the challenges that this type of practice entails.
  • Discover the breadth of possibilities that public art and social practice offers.

To complete the series, artists will design a project proposal that involves a community partner in the development and/or implementation of the project in some way. The proposals will then be exhibited at IKG for juried competition. Through the workshops, lectures and group discussions participants will be mentored by world renowned artists practising in the field and provided with the tools, skills and in-depth understanding necessary to develop a project proposal and subsequent practice in socially engaged public art.

Lead Artist Biographies

Alfredo Jaar

Alfredo Jaar is an artist, architect, and filmmaker who lives and works in New York City. He was born in Santiago de Chile. Jaar’s work has been shown extensively around the world. He has participated in the Biennales de Venice (1986, 2007, 2009, 2013), Sao Paulo Art, New York; Whitechapel, London; The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; The Museum of Contemporary Art; and Moderna Museet, Stockholm. A major retrospective of his work took place in summer 2012 at three institutions in Berlin: Berlinische Galerie, Neue Gesellschaft fur bildende Kunst e.V. and Alte Netionalgalerie. In 2014 the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in Helsinki hosted the most extensive retrospective of his career. Jaar has realized more than sixty public interventions around the world. More than fifty monographic publications have been published about his work. He became a Guggenheim Fellow in 1985 and a MacArthur Fellow in 2000. His work can be found in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art and Guggenheim Museum, New York, the MCA in Chicago, MOCA and LACMA in Los Angeles, the Tate in London, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Centro Reina Sofia in Madrid, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlaebeck and dozens of other institutions and private collections worldwide.

Tania Bruguera

For over 25 years Bruguera has created socially-engaged performances and installations that examine the nature of political power structures and their effect on the lives of society's most vulnerable individuals and groups. Her research focus on ways in which art can be applied to the everyday political life; on the transformation of social affect into political effectiveness. Her long-term projects are intensive interventions on the institutional structure of collective memory, education and politics. Her works often expose the social effects of political forces and present global issues of power, migration, censorship and repression through participatory works that turn “viewers” into “citizens.” By creating proposals and aesthetic models for others to use and adapt, she defines herself as an initiator rather than an author, and often collaborates with multiple institutions as well as many individuals so that the full realization of her artwork occurs when others adopt and perpetuate it.Awarded an Honoris Causa by The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, selected one of the 100 Leading Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine, shortlisted for the #Index100 Freedom of Expression Award, a Herb Alpert Award winner, a Radcliffe and Yale World Fellow, and the first artist-in-residence in the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs.

Jeanne van Heeswijk

How can an artist be an instrument for the collective reimagining of daily environments, given the complexity of our societies? This is the question that artist Jeanne van Heeswijk, of the Netherlands, considers when deciding how to employ her work to improve communities. Van Heeswijk believes communities need to co-produce their own futures. That’s why she embeds herself, for years at a time, in communities from Rotterdam to Liverpool, working with them to improve their neighbourhoods and empowering them to design their own futures—not wait for local authorities to foist upon them urban planning schemes which rarely take embedded culture into account. Her work often attempts to unravel invisible legislation, governmental codes, and social institutions, gradually preparing areas for their predictive futures. She calls it “radicalising the local” by empowering communities to become their own antidote. Van Heeswijk’s work has been featured in numerous books and publications worldwide, as well as internationally renowned biennials such as those of Liverpool, Busan, Taipei, Shanghai and Venice. She has received international for her work, including most recently the 2012 Curry Stone Prize for Social Design Pioneers and the 2011 Leonore Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change.

Schedule of Free Events Open to the Public

​Event ​Date & Time Location​
​Public Art Evening Lecture with Alfredo Jaar Thursday, October 13, 2016​
6 p.m.
​Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary
​Public Art Evening Lecture with Tania Bruguera ​Thursday, January 19, 2017
6 p.m.
​Glenbow Theatre, Glenbow Museum (130 9 Ave. S.E.)
​Public Art Evening Lecture with Jeanne van Heeswijk ​Thursday, February 23, 2017
6 p.m.
Stanford Perrott Lecture Theatre, Alberta College of Art + Design
​Project Proposals Exhibition ​Thursday, March 23 through Saturday, April 22, 2017 ​Illingworth Kerr Gallery (IKG), Alberta College of Art and Design

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