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:
New Windsor Park Library
Construction is underway on the first new library to be built in Winnipeg in nearly ten years. Designed by David Penner and h5a architecture, the new Windsor Park Library, on Archibald Street next door to BoniVital Pool will open this fall and feature a large mosaic work by local artist Simon Hughes.
St. Anne’s/St. Mary’s Junction Plaza
Working in partnership with the Old St. Vital BIZ, WAC commissioned local artist Collin Zipp to create an artwork as part of the redevelopment of this plaza. Designers at HTFC Planning & Design worked closely with the artist so that the lit vertical artwork will become the focal point of the redeveloped plaza at this busy intersection.
Indigenous Artists’ Project at Air Canada Park
This major public art project builds on efforts to create awareness of the rich Indigenous cultures, peoples and heritage that are at the roots of our territory, city and province. A gathering of Indigenous artists, Elders, knowledge keepers, curators, and scholars held in 2016 informed the intent and shape of the project. Artists were asked to consider the critical importance of the context of this place on Treaty 1 Territory, being the birthplace of the Métis nation and the ancestral lands of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene Peoples, as central to the formulation of the project.
This project is supported in part by the Government of Canada through the Canada 150 Fund.
Kildonan Park Pond Lighting
As part of the Park Masterplan, a complete redesign and reconstruction of the pond and adjacent plaza has been undertaken and is mostly complete. Responding to the playful and whimsical nature of this regional park, local artist Takashi Iwasaki is working with Nadi Design to create lighting along the pond that will illuminate the skating area in winter.
Southwest Rapid Transit
Twenty-one shortlisted artists/teams are busy developing in depth proposals for seven locations along the new Transitway currently in development for southwest Winnipeg.
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.
- Filmmaker Randy Guest with Palliative Manitoba
- Visual artist Becky-Lynne Thiessen with Knowles Centre
- Playwright Ellen Peterson with Siloam Mission
- Filmmaker Jim Agapito with Ndinawe
- Musician Lindsey White with G.R.O.W.
- Ceramic artist Jennie O’Keefe with 17 Wing Personnel Support Services
Projects in production:
- Hip Hop artist Pip Skid and youth from Teen Talk’s Peer Support Program are making music and zines about healthy relationships
- Interdisciplinary artist Karen Cornelius and youth from Wayfinders Manitoba are exploring how to survive the teen experience with embellished textiles, a book and fashion show
- Storyteller Leigh-Anne Kehler and the Sunshine House Drop In and Like That communities are exploring their neighbourhood resources and creating narratives around the idea of an urban trap line