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2015-08-04 - Art in the Open Brings Contemporary Art Alive in Charlottetown

Art in the Open returns with an amazing array of FREE events and contemporary art works for all ages by locally and nationally renowned artists.

On Saturday, August 29 from 4 p.m. until midnight, historic downtown Charlottetown will become an open air gallery presenting ephemeral works of public art. Art in the Open, which is returning for its 5th year, features performances, sculptural installations, projections, and other temporary art forms. A partnership between the City of Charlottetown, this town is small, inc. and the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, supported by numerous generous sponsors, artists and volunteers, the festival highlights local and national creativity, and the beauty of the public spaces in the city.

Festival co-curator Pan Wendt anticipates the diversity of this year’s lineup of artists. "There are just about 40 artworks, installations and performances for people to discover and interact with at the main event. In the weeks leading up to the main event there are three artist residencies, two of which are paired with apprenticeships for Island emerging professionals. From August 15th to 29th the public is invited to attend artist presentations, panel discussions and art making workshops, all free of charge."

In this year’s main event, previous favourites like the March of the Crows, The Creativity Project – led by a collective of sisters from Stratford, and Scott Saunders’ Field of Fire return to the city in addition to exciting new installations and performances from over 50 artists. New additions will highlight the diversity and ingenuity of established and emerging contemporary artists across the country and here at home.

The Art in the Open festival is happy to have partnered with the Samuel Holland 250 celebrations which has enabled the event to produce an interactive theatre experience in Victoria Park that will transport audiences back in time to 1765 and give them a chance to interact with Samuel Holland himself. Time Travel Theatre is being written and directed by Island historical archivist and performer Faye Pound.

"It isn’t everyday that audiences get to experience history shared in an experiential theatre setting. I am thrilled to be able to highlight the complex conversations between historic and contemporary storytelling through the project Time Travel Theatre," says festival co-curator Becka Viau.

Since its introduction in 2011, Art in the Open has become a well loved and inspiring festival that has been described by audiences as magical and inspiring. Located around the focal points of Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Victoria Row, Rochford Square and Victoria Park, the festival highlights Charlottetown’s urban spaces.

"Art in the Open is one of the highlights of summer in the Capital City," said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. "This celebration of art and culture draws in tremendous talent and allows Island artists to showcase their work in a non-traditional setting. It exposes citizens and visitors alike to a wide variety of mediums and work from regional artists. It’s a magical evening for all to enjoy contemporary art together. We love how it brings our community together and we hope that everyone will come out again this year to see all that Art in the Open and our historic downtown has to offer."

Come out to see the city transformed into an open air gallery and be inspired by Art in the Open, Saturday August 29th from 4 p.m. until midnight! Booklets with festival maps will be available during the week leading up to the main event at Receiver Coffee, Charlottetown City Hall and the Confederation Centre Art Gallery.

For more information abut the full schedule of events or to volunteer, please visit http://artintheopenpei.com/

The festival is presented by the City of Charlottetown, this town is small and the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, with the support of the Island Media Arts Coop, The Architects Association of PEI, Shift Project and Event Management, 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, Samuel Holland 250, and the PEI Department of Education, Early Learning 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., Shift Project and Event Management and the Confederation Centre Art Gallery.


Participating Artists by Region:

Prince Edward Island:
Anastasia Wansbrough
Carmen Belanger and Andy Reddin
Donnalee Downe
Holly McGee
Jared Perry
Faye Pound, Leonard Paul Macpherson, Rob Macdonald
Nancy Cole
Peter Ross
Monica Lacey
Ahmon Katz
Gerald Beaulieu
Sandi Hartling
Sarah Wendt
Russell Louder
Damien Worth
Allison Cooke
Nicholas Whalen
John Dohe
Jill Maccormack, Julie Love, Janice MacGuigan, Janeen McGuigan
Erin Bateman (Coordinator - March of the Crows)
Beaconsfield Assembly Dancers
Architects’ Association of Prince Edward Island
Lone Cry Singers
Mi’Kmaq Heritage Performers

Nova Scotia:
Kelly Zwicker
William Robinson
Michael McCormack

New Brunswick:
Jerry Ropson
Paul Griffin

Karen Stentaford

Coral Short
Jessica Mensch/Emily Pelstring

Andrew Milne

Alysse Bowd

British Columbia:
Scott Saunders

Media contact:

Becka Viau
Program Director - this town is small inc.
Project Manager / Co-curator – Art in the Open Festival
Phone: 902-314-0772
Email: this.town.is.small@gmail.com


PLEASE NOTE: This news release is available in French (attached below).

Read more: NRArtintheOpenFRENCHversionnewsconference.pdf

Thursday, Jan 18, 2018
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