Public Art in the Works
Sometimes a construction site is just a construction site, but sometimes it could be the foundation for an exciting new artwork coming your way. The Public Art Program is busy commissioning artists and fabricating works for neighbourhoods across the city! Keep your ear to the ground for these exciting new projects in development:
Renewal of the Cornish Library, led by Public City Architecture, is being undertaken with great care to preserve the character of the building within its established historic neighbourhood, while addressing the community’s expressed desire for improved access and more usable spaces. A new glass reading room will overlook the river and feature a whimsical kinetic artwork by local artist Michael Dumontier.
A new public artwork by Jyhling Lee of Figureground Studio is being created as part of the City of Winnipeg’s Waverley Underpass Project. OUTCROPPINGS is an aluminum landscape sculpture by artist Jyhling Lee, who was inspired by the region’s geologic history to create projective sculptural forms as an acknowledgement of the mineral abundance and heritage of this land.
WITH ART & Youth WITH ART community public art program
Each year WAC matches professional artists with community groups to work on community identity, issues, and shared goals through the development of a public art project. The projects unfold in two phases as the artists consult with community members to determine the goals of the project. In the second phase, the artwork is created in collaboration with the community. Applications from community groups and artists are sought in January each year.
Projects in production:
- Filmmaker Randy Guest is exploring the breadth of palliative experiences through film with Palliative Manitoba
- Writer Sharon Chisvin is editing an anthology about freedom of movement with Winnipeg Trails Association
- Multidisciplinary artist team Sasha Amaya and Thea Pedersen with Manitoba Wheelchair Sport Association (youth)
- Reaching E-Quality Employment Services are working with filmmaker Kevin Nikkel to give an in-depth look at how people with physical disabilities and health conditions are supported in their efforts to find work.
Projects in Development:
- Green Action Centre with Jodi Dunlop and Stefanie Johnson