Artist-initiated public art projects
Congratulations to the first group of successful artists chosen for the artist-initiated project! We look forward to seeing your work around Calgary in 2022.
Please note: The artists' concepts are subject to change based on budget, technical details, and other considerations.
Rawry & Pohly consists of two artists: Jamie Mason and Kevin Chow. Rawry & Pohly's practice focuses on encouraging play and revisiting one's childhood through the lens of visual art to celebrate the inner child.
As artists, they specialize in stylistic interpretations of modern pop art with elements of minimalism, using mixed media on canvas, sculpture and print. A key element of their approach to visual art and encouraging play is to create artwork that's accessible to the public: This means creating art that's immediately recognizable and meaningful to the viewer.
Kevin and Jamie will create an interactive experience for Chinatown. This experience will consist of three components: a mural, a sculpture, and a cookbook. The mural and sculpture will be a temporary installation at Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre. The cookbook will be developed through input from the Chinese community in Calgary.
Are you interested in contributing a recipe? Keep an eye on rawryandpohly.com for more details or message Rawry and Pohly on social media.
Heather Morigeau was born and raised in Red Deer Alberta. Her work and education has taken her across Canada, ranging from jewelry design to permaculture. She's the founder of FoodScape Calgary, an Indigenous-led social enterprise that creates beautiful landscapes that are naturally low-maintenance ecosystems, replacing high-maintenance lawns and gardens.
Her current projects include a focus on Social Permaculture; building better systems and creates events to support the personal talents that enable social and community healing.
Goose Garden by Heather Morigeau
Goose Garden is a larger-than-life, whimsical, floating sculpture that will be displayed at Prince's Island Park where geese raise their offspring each spring.
The nest surrounding the goose will include aquatic plants native to the region, known for their water purifying properties and often used in traditional indigenous weaving and medicine.
Goose Garden reminds us that we share our urban space with our wildlife and that we're responsible for protecting their ecosystems and nesting sites for our mutual benefit.
In addition to the Goose Garden living sculpture, Heather will weave traditional Ktunaxa baskets from plant materials harvested in the fall. These baskets will carry the teachings and images of the goose.
Meighan, Arynn and Michayla King are a collective of visual artists and designers. The three sisters have spent most of their lives growing up in Calgary.
They're members of the Kwickwasut'inuxw Haxwa'mis First Nation and are of Kwakwa̱ka̱'wakw, Métis and European descent. In their art, they seek to explore the meaning of process and making in relation to their own identity.
As guests living in Treaty 7 territory, they practice coming with good hearts and striving to create good relationships with the land, the people and the places where they're grateful to live and work.
"Stories" is a gathering space for storytelling about land, people, and places. The installation consists of native plants and art panels woven together by seating to draw attention to the beauty and intelligence of the land.
Visitors are invited to sit, learn, and experience the land and territories where Calgary is located. It encourages exploration of how to be a good guest, according to Indigenous protocols. With consultation and collaboration at the heart of the process, the project reflects on what it means to create space for Indigenous storytelling in Calgary's public spaces.
"Stories" is an installation that actively seeks to dissolve the colonial nature of public space by affirming Indigenous belonging. For those originally from this land, and for Indigenous peoples who've come to the city from other territories, this installation provides a space of representation, cultural grounding, and celebration of relationships to the land.
Gladzy is a Filipino-Canadian contemporary muralist and illustrator from Calgary, AB. She is a visual artist who focuses on bringing color, happiness, and positivity through her work.
As a digital artist, Von creates worlds intended for various mediums and platforms. Some of his past work includes tying together virtual reality, augmented reality, and painted murals, where the paintings come to life and add a layer of wonder.
Allan is a Multidisciplinary artist and Art Therapist. Born and raised in Calgary/Mohkinstsis, Allan’s artist practice spans many mediums including drawing, painting, poetry, photography, digital art and most recently murals.
Mural concept by Allan Brent Rosales
We are creating a 2D mural that will also showcase interactive Augmented Reality technology. To create the design, we will bring together Filipinx artists and elders with Indigenous artists and elders. We will all meet 4 times over the next year and discuss themes of empathy, equality and the environment. From these meetings we will collect stories and symbols that will inform the creation of the mural.
The City of Calgary public art program invited Calgary and area artists to submit their project ideas to create art in public spaces. Professional artists of all experience levels were encouraged to partner with community associations, businesses or private landowners to explore any form of public art in any part of the city.
Funding up to $45,000 is available to support the completion of each project.
Goals of this opportunity
- Support the local artist community through the impacts of COVID.
- Support Calgary and area artists to envision and manage their own public art projects.
- Provide support for public art projects by professional artists at any experience level.
- Encourage a diversity of representation of artists, art practices, ideas and topics.
Things artists were asked to consider
Connection to place
How does your idea connect or respond to the site? How will the site's history and use have an impact on your project?
Engaging the community
Are you creating an artwork that is connected to the community and the people in it? How will engagement inform your project? What tools and methods will you use to reach people?
How will your artwork create dialogue about diversity, empathy, accessibility, equality, social justice and/or the environment? How can you explore ways to learn about Indigenous history and the impact of colonialism, and create a path towards reconciliation?
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