On Saturday, August 23rd from 4pm until midnight, historic downtown Charlottetown will become an open air gallery by works of ephemeral public art. Art in the Open, a free public art event curated for the appreciation of art in its many forms, is returning for its fourth year and promises to provide new perspectives of art and its role in the city.
Festival cocurator, Becka Viau anticipates the diversity of this year’s line up of artists.
"There are just about 50 artworks, installations and performances for people to discover and interact with at the main event. There are also 4 artist residencies happening in the weeks leading up to the main event, which provide great professional development opportunities for the participating artists."
In this year’s main event, previous favourites like the Crow Parade, The Creativity Project and Matt Bowness and Kelly Caseley's balloonbased mobile sculptures return to the city in addition to exciting new installations and performances from over 45 artists. New additions will highlight the diversity and ingenuity of established and emerging contemporary artists across the country and here at home. Visitors will engage and participate with various installations of video, performance, sculpture, craft and architecture, and even interact with a twelve foot tall Transformer on Victoria Row.
The Art in the Open festival is grateful to have received funding from the PEI 2014 Fund which has enabled the event to enhance its outreach and programming. With PEI 2014 Fund support the festival has expanded its programme to include two more cocurators, Carla Taunton (NS) and Heather Igloliorte (NL) who are bringing a cutting edge line up of contemporary indigenous artists from across Canada.
"Art in the Open is not only unique but also one of the most visually stunning events held annually on Prince Edward Island," says Minister of Tourism and Culture, Robert Henderson. "The Province of Prince Edward Island is delighted to support this celebration of our rich and vibrant arts community through the PEI 2014 Fund. We are pleased to welcome artists from across the country to this wonderful event and are proud to showcase Prince Edward Island's immensely talented artists."
Since its introduction in 2011, the festival has become a well loved and inspiring community event that takes place around the focal points of Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Victoria Row, Rochford Square, Connaught Square and Victoria Park, highlighting Charlottetown’s urban green spaces and spilling into the streets for an allnight celebration for all members of the community.
"The City of Charlottetown is thrilled to once again support and serve as the host city for Art in the Open," said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. "This event started as a legacy project from our Cultural Capital of Canada designation and what a legacy it is! Art in the Open has become a staple event in Charlottetown that people look forward to attending and participating in. We encourage everyone to join us in celebrating and supporting the arts and culture of our city and beyond by attending the Art in the Open main event on August 23."
Come out to see the city transformed and be inspired by Art in the Open, Saturday August 23rd from 4:00pm until midnight!
For more information or to volunteer, please visit http://artintheopenpei.com/.
Art in the Open is an initiative of the City of Charlottetown, this town is small and the Confederation Centre Art
Gallery, Island Media Arts Coop, the PEI Council of the Arts, and Discover Charlottetown and is supported in part by the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program at Canadian Heritage, a department of the Government of Canada, the PEI 2014 Fund, the PEI Department of Tourism and Culture.
With the support and guidance of a Steering Committee and volunteers, Art in the Open is coordinated by this town is small, inc. and the Confederation Centre Art Gallery.
Participating Artists by Region:
Prince Edward Island:
Josh Zapf Charlottetown
Damien Worth – Belfast
Rilla Marshall – Belfast
Donnalee Downe Charlottetown Nicole Balderston Charlottetown Alexis Bulman Charlottetown BJ McCarville Charlottetown Megan Stewart Charlottetown Monica Lacey – Charlottetown
Matt Bowness, Kelly Caseley Charlottetown
Chris Ruprecht – Charlottetown Carina Phillips Morell
Sarah Wendt Charlottetown
The Creativity Project – Jill MacCormack, Janeen McGuigan & Guest Contributor John Mackenzie – Stratford Sandi Hartling Stratford
Matilda Knockwood Snache Scotchford Judith Scherer – Murray Harbour
Millefiore Clarkes, Gerard L. CLarkes Belfast
Ahmon Katz – Gairloch
Gerald Beaulieu – Montague Reece Steinberg Summerside PEI Potters Studio Charlottetown
Beaconsfield Assembly Dancers Charlottetown
Architects’ Association of Prince Edward Island Charlottetown
Amanda Fauteux – Sackville, NB
Mark Igloliorte – Inuk, Nunatsiavut, Labrador/currently residing in Sackville, NB
Dana O’Regan – Fredericton, NB
Bonita Hatcher – Halifax, NS Lukas Steinman – Halifax, NS Scott Saunders – Halifax, NS Josh Collins – Halifax, NS John Matthews – Sydney, NS
Moving Arms II (Buck and Rabbit) – Sydney, NS
Ursula Johnson – Mi’kmaw, Eskasoni, NS
Andrew Maize, Brian Riley – Lunenburg, NS
Sonny Assu – Liǥwilda’xw of the We Wai Kai First Nation, British Columbia/currently residing in QC Christine Comeau – Montréal, QC
Mathieu Connery – Montréal, QC
Philippe Allard and Justin Ducheneau – Montréal, QC
Jordan Bennett – Mi’kmaw, Newfoundland
Amy Malbeuf – Cree/Métis/French,Alberta/currently residing in Newfoundland
Festival Coordinator / Cocurator Art in the Open Festival
phone: 902 314 0772