Halifax City Council delayed a decision yesterday regarding the fate of the Khyber building—a heritage edifice that until recently was home to the Khyber Centre for the Arts, one of the city’s key artist-run spaces.
The delay gives the Khyber's arts supporters until September to campaign against the possible sale of the building to private interests.
In March, the Khyber Arts Society, which managed arts activities in the building since 1995, vacated the building on what was hoped to be a temporary basis due to city staff concerns about a need for asbestos remediation.
At that time, Richard MacLellan, acting manager of facility...
Paul Butler, curator of contemporary art at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, has decided to step down from his post after 16 months on the job.
“I realized that I’m an artist who sometimes curates, and not an institutional curator,” Butler tells Canadian Art. He took up the position in April 2013 and his last day there will be August 22, 2014.
A significant part of the reason for departing, Butler notes, is to maintain his own art career, which has been distinguished by a variety of projects—including collage parties in which artists and the public collaborate on different works.
Even after he departs...
Following years of financial difficulties and speculation about whether NSCAD University would seek to affiliate with another, larger Halifax-area university to solve some of its money problems, things are looking up for the institution.
On July 9, philanthropists Margaret and David Fountain gave $3 million to NSCAD University, one of the largest gifts in the school's 127-year history. (Margaret Fountain has been on NSCAD's board of governors for 14 years, while David Fountain is president of Longwood Investments, a privately held investment firm.)
Then, a few days later, NSCAD's board of governors affirmed—following consideration of an 18-month study into possible affiliations with...
What does it mean to be an Alberta artist? How can artists critique or comment upon the province’s famed (and often controversial) oil boom? And what are the impacts of recent floods and forest fires on artistic sensibilities there?
Such questions promise to weave through the next Alberta Biennial, which recently released the list of artists for its run January 24 to May 3, 2015.
“When I was doing studio visits, I realized the artists kept talking about these themes,” says Art Gallery of Alberta curator Kristy Trinier. “The fires in Slave Lake really impacted Brenda Draney’s work…. And none of the...
The power of the collective—and the pain of many—combine in Walking With Our Sisters, the commemorative art installation for missing and murdered Indigenous women that began touring Canada last year. Comprised of more than a thousand pairs of moccasin vamps decorated by volunteers across North America, WWOS is remarkable not only for its powerful effects on audiences, but its highly collective mode of production and organization. Here, Métis artist Christi Belcourt—a lead coordinator on the project—tells us how the initiative began and grew, what makes it different from what we usually think of as an art exhibition, and where it...
Over the past 40 years, the Canada Council Art Bank has collected more than 17,000 artworks that go on loan regularly to public and private exhibition spaces across Canada.
But it hasn’t had a proper, dedicated spot to exhibit Art Bank works itself—until today.
This morning, media got a preview of Âjagemô, the Canada Council’s new 3,000-square-foot exhibition hall at the base of the council’s offices at 150 Elgin Street in Ottawa.
Named after the Algonquin word for “crossroads,” Âjagemô provides a fresh opportunity for Canadians to engage with their art.
“This is really the first time we have had a major exhibition space...
Recent controversies over public art in Calgary have led to a funding rollback by the City, as well as other changes to its public-art process.
On May 26, City Council voted to approve multiple changes to Calgary’s public art program.
Notably, Calgary’s “1% for art” guideline—a common practice in many North American cities that advocates allocation of 1 per cent of certain kinds of civic spending to public art—was changed.
Now, in Calgary, the 1 per cent target will remain in place for all capital projects worth up to $50 million. Above $50 million, 0.5 per cent will be dedicated to public art,...
Chris Clarke—a Newfoundland-born, Memorial University–trained curator and critic now based in the Ireland—has been selected as curator for Newfoundland and Labrador's entry into the 2015 Venice Biennale.
"It's a privilege to be invited to curate the Newfoundland and Labrador at Venice exhibition for the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015," Clarke, who is currently senior curator at Lewis Glucksman Gallery, University College Cork, Ireland, said in a release. "I very much look forward to contributing to this exciting project."
Since graduating from MUN with a BFA in 1996, Clarke has curated a variety of exhibitions in Ireland and the UK including "Mixtapes" and...
Feature Art Fair, a new art fair that is due to run concurrently with Art Toronto in late October, has released its exhibitor list. In all, there are 23 galleries represented from Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa and Montreal—though 11, or nearly half of the exhibitors, are from the latter city.
The Feature Art Fair is due to focus exclusively on contemporary art, and not include any historical work. It is organized by AGAC, an association of contemporary art galleries that is based in Montreal but is expanding its membership outside of Quebec. According to the member list on the AGAC website at...
Collin Johanson of Montreal has won the 11th Joseph Plaskett Award.
Johanson received the award, which comes with a $25,000 cash prize, during a special reception at Equinox Gallery in Vancouver on May 9.
The Joseph Plaskett Award—founded by Canadian painter Joseph Plaskett—is designed to support a Canadian MFA student or recent graduate to travel and paint in Europe.
Johanson completed his MFA in painting at Concordia University in 2013. In addition to having an abstract painting practice, he has worked collaboratively with a group called the Lions, which also includes artists Matthew Brown, Tasha Brotherton, Barry Doupe, and James Whitman.
Johanson was also...