APAN Summit – Edmonton 2018
The Edmonton Arts Council hosted the 2018 APAN Summit, Public Art ~ It’s Complicated at the Matrix Hotel from September 11-13, 2018.
The Summit launched with an informal reception at Edmonton’s Yellowhead Brewery and a fascinating keynote presentation from Justin Langlois. Taking on the concept of community-engaged art, this presentation positioned attendees for two days of discussion, debate, and learning from colleagues, presenters, and guest speakers.
Summit Sessions & Presenters
September 11 – Keynote Presentation, Justin Langlois
Opening reception & social at the Yellowhead Brewery.
September 12 – State of Public Art in Calgary & Edmonton
Representatives from Calgary & Edmonton will break down the public art situation in Alberta’s largest municipal public art programs.
September 12 – Conservation in Action
Public Art Conservator Andrea Bowes & Conservation Assistant Jenika Sobolewska will tackle the challenges of conserving & managing a large municipal public art collection.
September 12 – Challenges to MidSize Communities
Kelly Andres from Red Deer will discuss the specific challenges and concerns facing smaller public art programs.
September 12 – 唔該/多謝 M’GOI/ DO JEH: A call for Respect and Gratitude. Artistic gestures of resistance in Edmonton’s Chinatown.
Like many across North America, Edmonton’s Chinatown faces erasure due to gentrification resulting from city revitalization initiatives as well as socio-economic, and political changes. In this context, what roles do public art, artists, and public art institutions play in a gentrifying Chinatown? Public Art Officer Grace Law with panelists Yong Fei Guan, Paul Giang, and Shawn Tse will engage with the challenges.
September 12 – Engaging with Indigenous Artists
Artists Jerry Whitehead, Tanya Harnett, and Lauren Crazybull will discuss representation and inclusion of Indigenous artists in public spaces. This panel will be moderated by David Turnbull.
September 12 – Tour of ᐄᓃᐤ (ÎNÎW) River Lot 11∞, Edmonton’s Indigenous Art Park
Public Art Officer Chelsea Boida will lead a tour of Edmonton’s first art park dedicated to Canadian Indigenous art.
September 12 & 13 – 5X5 Presentations*
Fast-paced sessions with presentations of new, interesting, and groundbreaking projects from around the province.
September 13 – Keynote Presentation, Big Rock Candy Mountain
Artists Hannah Jickling & Helen Reed explore taste, taste making, and engaging with children as collaborators.
September 13 – Curatorial Approaches to Public Art
Curator Ciara McKeown will talk about the curatorial role in large-scale multiyear projects, and the Jasper Avenue Revitalization Project.
September 13 – Cornerstone Workshop, Engagement & Ethics in Community Arts
Edmonton artists Brooke Leifso and Jason Gondziola wlll present an overview of the subject with some practical examples.
September 13 – Public Art: What an Artist Wants vs What an Administrator Expects
Public Art Officer Robert Harpin & Edmonton artist Erin Pankratz talk about the public art process and how to iron out potential conflicts.
September 13 – Communicating Public Art
Public Art Communications Officer Eva Marie Clarke talks about the importance of storytelling and information sharing for engaging stakeholders and the public.
*5X5 Presentations Presenters & Topics
- Michelle Schultz of dc3 Art Projects
When nonprofit, for profit, local, and national entities work together, art can be accomplished quickly by sharing resources.
Case Study: Lauren Crazybull was hired to paint a mural in the alley behind dc3, on a building owned by GatherCo. Lindsay Nixon, the editor of Canadian Art was also involved, and Crazybull hired two youth artists to assist her. No one person or organization had the capacity to execute the project on their own, but collectively they made it happen with shared resources.
Schultz says the success of the project is due to open and consistent communication between all parties, creating a small, temporary community, and there not being a hierarchy of roles. The focus was given to the artist and creating art.
- Barb Chapman of Strathcona County
Strathcona County wanted to give even more of a presence to their public art collection, so decided to reproduce/print some of the artwork in their collection on vinyl to put on patio tables. Artists were asked for permission and paid a reuse fee, and credit was provided on each table. The tables were heavily used, received a positive response, and users even requested to buy the tables.
- Amy Loewan, artist
Loewan worked with teachers and students at Horace Mann School in the Bronx, New York City to construct a peace house installation using rice paper, silk, paper cutting, and ink. Students were asked to write their intentions on paper on the gallery wall, and then built their own peace house following the design of Loewan’s installation.
- Bob Rasko, Churchill Square Programmer for Edmonton Arts Council
“Happy Wall” (Thomas Dambo, Copenhagen) was commissioned as transitional art in Churchill Square while the area around it undergoes construction. It is an interactive analog pixel wall that is incredibly interactive and encourages users to display messages and images. The wall is not censored, it is self-moderating and messages usually change within minutes.
Project has been well received, dozens of messages daily. Highly used, very interactive, mostly positive messages including proposals and pregnancy announcements. Some “controversial” or negative messaging, but it gets changed within minutes.
- Karen Begg, Studio West Bronze Art Foundry, Cochrane
Karen walked the summit through the lost wax method of bronze sculpture fabrication.
- Wes Bell, Arts & Heritage Advisory Board, Medicine Hat
Wes presented his photographic essay, SNAG
- Erin McDonald, Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA)
Gail and Erin spoke about the Capital Boulevard Legacy Public Art Project – Canada 150. This was a partnership with the Art & Design in Public Places (The Places) Program, funded by the AFA, Government of Canada, and City of Edmonton with support from the Downtown Business Association, and the Works Society. The project commissioned works from five Alberta artists selected from an invitational call extended to 48 artists. The sculptures are by Leo Arcand (Alexander First Nation), Sandra Bromley (Edmonton), Firebrand Glass (Julia Reimer and Tyler Rock, Black Diamond), Ken Macklin (Gunn), and Voyager Art & Tile (Dawn Deterando and Bryan McArthur, Red Deer).