WATERSHED+ is a program that embeds artists and
artistic practices within Utilities and Environmental Protection (UEP) department
core activities and the Calgary watershed. By enhancing existing opportunities
and developing new creative endeavors, the vision of WATERSHED+ is to build an
emotional connection between people and their watershed.
Watershed+ is hosted by The City of Calgary’s UEP
department with the Public Art Program. To read more, download the WATERSHED+ manual.
The WATERSHED+ program was developed by a
multidisciplinary team lead by artists Sans façon through the UEP Public Art Plan. Working collaboratively with a project manager and a core group of
advisors and water management subject matter experts,
Sans façon has been selected as the lead artist for the pilot period (September
2011 through June 2016) to establish and implement the initiatives of
Sans façon is a Calgary-based art practice that
responds to the relationship between people and place. Working internationally,
their approach renews awareness and tempts interaction with the surroundings
and is realized through networks of communities, organizations and individuals.
Bee Kingdom Microbes
2013 and 2014, four artists were in residence at various studios including
Ralph Klein Park (RKP), TELUS Spark and Stride Gallery. Through their
residency, each artist engaged the community in a dialogue and explored issues
relevant to Calgary’s watershed, water management and the RKP environment.
Throughout 2012/2013, three artists were selected through an open call to
mentor under WATERSHED+ lead artists Sans façon. During that time, interdisciplinary
artist Randy Niessen, Environmental and Graphic Designer Daniel Puloski and Bow
Valley sculptor Peig Abbott helped in the development and implementation of
Talks, Exhibitions & Programming
Works Film Series (2014)
outdoor series of documentary shorts and experimental films about water
projected in public spaces throughout Calgary, held in collaboration with
Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers.
Bus Tour, Esker Foundation (2014)
Esker Foundation and representatives from The City of Calgary
and the WATERSHED+ program presented a behind the scenes guided tour of
Calgary’s water management systems and public art projects spearheaded by the
Spaces Competition, Design Talks Institute (2015)
Design Talks Institute (d.talks), a design advocacy organization, in
collaboration with WATERSHED+, hosted a call for ideas to reframe how underused
public spaces in Calgary might be used. There were 290 submissions from 40
Awards & Recognition