2019 Summit – Medicine Hat

APAN 2019 Medicine Hat

Public Art:
Challenging Assumptions
and Expectations

APAN 2019 will explore where and how public art can change, be reconsidered, refocused and reconstituted. By exploring current issues, we’ll examine the relationship between public art and our contemporary context, public art’s responsiveness and importance to our everyday lives.

Come together in Medicine Hat with artists, curators, and administrators to reflect on processes and structures in public art, and to support more critical ways of thinking and working.

Registration Closed

Download the program HERE.


Keynote Speaker:
David Garneau 


Uncommon in the Commons: Non-Colonial Public Art   

Public art is a relationship between people and special things in public spaces. It is a moment when a mere real thing becomes animated by attention and care, and where individuals become social beings. Public art is the expression of shared desires and aspirations. This talk looks at how public art might perform and inspire non-colonial, non-patriarchal, and non-capitalist social spaces, beings, and relations.

David Garneau (Métis) is a Visual Arts Professor at the University of Regina. His practice includes painting, curation, and critical writing. Garneau has recently given keynote talks in Australia, New Zealand, the United States, and throughout Canada. He is part of the curatorial research project Creative Conciliation; Sensory Entanglements, a 5-year, Australia/Canada, SSHRC-funded creative research project; and is working on the Tawatina Bridge project, a large public art work for the City of Edmonton. His paintings are in numerous public and private collections.



The Schedule

Sessions will cover a breadth of topics from logistics to big ideas, with the aim to inspire and challenge us to re-think assumptions and expectations.

Friday, September 13, 2019.

Friday Evening Mix & Mingle


Saturday, September 14, 2019.

Session 1 – Breadth of Public Art: Contemporary Public Art Practices Internationally – Ciara McKeown

Breakout #1: The Logistics – Artist Calls – Randy Niessen

Breakout #1: The Big Picture – Creating New Narratives: communication and education strategies – Andrea Linkert

Session 2: Commissioning Strategies – Barbara Cole

Session 3: Indigenous Perspectives – Lead by the Moh’kinsstis Public Art Guiding Circle 

Public Art Tour – Deborah Forbes & Arne Handley

Medalta in the Historic Clay District Tour 

Keynote: David Garneau 


Sunday, September 15, 2019.

Session 4: Curating Collections: Care and Intent of the Curator – Barbara Cole & Diana Sherlock

Breakout #2 – The Logistics: Contract Management – Dick Averns, CARFAC

Breakout #2 – The Big Picture: Place and Context – Artists’ Talk and Discussion – Artists Mia Rushton and Eric Moschopedis with Aaron Nelson (City of Medicine Hat) 

Free Bonus Event: Post-Summit Pot Throwing at Medalta


September 13-15.

The UpFront Project

For three days, the front lawn of the Esplanade will serve as the studio for local artists and artist groups as they produce temporary public art while fostering public participation in the creative process. The work will share the artists’ perspectives on current issues such as the environment, consumerism and mental health that affect our everyday lives. The UpFront Project brings artists and their work out of studios and galleries into a casual and alternative setting, to encourage community interaction and social engagement, and to generate an upfront and open dialogue surrounding the deeper meaning of each piece.



See Medicine Hat

330 days of blue sky and sunshine, an historic, tree-shaded downtown with cafés and restaurants, coulees, cut banks and the South Saskatchewan River, the Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre, and the unique Medalta Clay Industries National Historical District with its international ceramic art residency program – this is Medicine Hat. 

Tourism Medicine Hat.



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Hotel Information:
Medicine Hat Lodge
Toll free: 1-800-661-8095
Rooms reserved for: APAN 2019 Ref # 834385 (please quote when booking) Special Rates apply when booking before August 13