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Temporary public art interventions to engage residents in discussion on Public Art Master Plan

December 19, 2013 -

Art is not just something to see and enjoy in a gallery and Kingston residents can expect to interact with pop-up displays of public art in and around the city in the next few months. This is part of a Public Art Project being led by the City of Kingston in partnership with the Kingston Arts Council and is intended to engage residents and encourage conversation about public art in Kingston.

"We are looking for the public to engage in this conversation as we develop our Public Art Master Plan that was recommended in the Kingston Culture Plan and will be submitted to Council in 2014. The Plan will provide a framework for decision-making related to public art and is designed to engage the community in that process," says Colin Wiginton, Acting Cultural Director for the City of Kingston.

The public will have an opportunity to respond to the art seen in public places with on-site survey feedback forms, or by providing feedback through an online survey at www.CityofKingston.ca/publicart, until February 28, 2014.

Five artworks have been selected for upcoming public presentations:

  • Wendy Luella Perkins chants interventions in busy transit places. This performance piece is titled "What Am I Rushing To." It asks the public to reflect upon the pace of life, to "Slow Down" and to "Savour," to become mindful and present in the moment.  Watch for Perkins:
    • Wednesday, Dec. 18 – 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. in the lobby of Kingston General Hospital
    • Thursday, Dec. 19 – 12 to 12:30 p.m. in the centre court at the  Frontenac Mall
    • Friday, Dec. 20 – 11 to 11:30 a.m. near the café at the Kingston Seniors' Centre
    • Saturday, Dec. 21 – 2:30 to 3 p.m. at the Kingston Airport
    • Sunday, Dec. 22 – 2 to 2:30 p.m. in the Grand Theatre walkway
    • Monday, Dec. 23 – 12  to 12:30 p.m. at Tara Natural Foods
  • Starting early in January Ben Darrah will install a series of paintings on public surfaces around town accompanied by a blog, which will enable Kingstonians to find the pieces and interact with them. Darrah is a Kingston-based artist and educator who mixes orphaned imagery, found materials, and abstract grounds to create two and three dimensional works that speak of our relationship with our environment and our understanding of perception.
  • At the end of January, Aleksandra Bragoszewska and Alison Gowan will perform shadow puppetry and marionette theatre in two locations in the City.  Bragoszewska is a student of storytelling and collective imaginings by way of puppet. Gowan is an arts educator, a musician and a Hurdy-Gurdy player with the Swamp Ward Orchestra.
  • In the middle of February, Jane Kirby and Erin Ball will present aerial dances on silks. Ball is the owner of Twisted Circus Arts, a Kingston-based circus school and performance company with a focus on aerial acrobatics. Kirby began her training in circus arts in Halifax and has gone on to teach, train and perform on aerial silks, rope, trapeze, hammock, lyra as well as in other acrobatic disciplines.
  • Mark Reinhart will be engaged in a gradual and ongoing installation of his public art work over the period of two months starting early January. Reinhart's piece will consist of brightly-coloured adhesive material applied to structures in various locations around town.

More information about the artists, locations, dates and their presentations, along with information on the Public Art Project, can be found on the Kingston Arts Council website www.artskingston.ca   Comments and questions can also be directed to project coordinator Irina Skvortsova, Cultural Animator with the Kingston Arts Council at animator@artskingston.ca.

Plan to get there by bus: www.CityofKingston.ca/tripplanner

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