Eleven premier artists from Atlantic Canada have been selected by a jury of their peers and industry professionals to develop and showcase their work at the 6th annual Art in the Open festival main event.
On Saturday, August 27th from 4pm until midnight, historic downtown Charlottetown will become an open air gallery presenting ephemeral works of public art. Art in the Open, features performances, sculptural installations, projections, and other temporary art forms, delivering a truly multi-media experience for all ages.
The jury selected artists will contribute to and compliment the other 25 diverse exhibits that will be mounted throughout downtown Charlottetown. Festival Co-curator Becka Viau explains " In February we announced our annual open Call for Submissions. Artists were encouraged to present the jury a festival project that would be new, interesting, and innovative yet could be installed and dismantled within 24hrs. Over thirty Independent artists as well as groups from across Canada submitted applications that included pitches for performances , multi-media and sculptural installations, interactive art-making and much more ."
The Art in the Open jury, comprised of members from the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, the Architect's Association of Prince Edward Island, Island Media Arts Co-op, La Fédération culturelle de l’ÎPÉ, this town is small inc, and independent artists, was thrilled to have received numerous very strong applications. Viau explains "Our festival is having an impact not only on the development of Island artists but on emerging professionals across the country. We are part of a contemporary art festival circuit that is providing a unique but needed opportunity for artists to experiment and present artworks to an eclectic audience. We are seeing this need reflected in the amount of string applications reviewed by the jury this year."
The submissions were reviewed and were assessed by the jury according to artistic merit, feasibility, and a record of exhibition that demonstrates the artist’s ability to execute a project of the type proposed.
Pan Wendt, Festival Co-Curator is looking forward to a wide-range of high calibre exhibits. "We are thrilled about the quality and the diversity of the artists that will be participating in this year’s festival. We have interactive exhibits like Simon White’s, multi-channel video and sound installation and Camila Salcedo and Russell Louder who will entertain audiences in Connaught Square with their quirky performance piece Why Buy the Milk When You Can Get the Cow for Free? Alternatively, festival goers can sit down and watch some or all of Montreal based artist Anastasia Wansborough’s beautiful, 4 hour performance on fragility and vulnerability." Wendt is also looking forward to bringing Jamie Shannon and Salvatore Salamone’s larger than life costumes to Art in the Open. "Both Shannon and Salamone are experts in their craft; people may even recognize Salamone’s work as he has designed some fantastic costumes for Lady Gaga."
Nova Scotia based artist, Tanya Davis’s thought-provoking performance piece, Communion, was also selected by the jury as well as Norma Jean MacLean’s Grid, a glow in the dark installation that will be presented in the water off Victoria Park. Sandi Hartling will be returning to the festival this year with a new collaborator Max Knechtel with their new project Observe: A Search for Perspective as will Jen Demitor who will be staging Oculus, a freestanding structure that will be on the esplanade of the Confederation Centre of the Arts.
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, Connaught Square and Victoria Park, the festival highlights Charlottetown’s urban spaces.
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Beth Lassaline, Project Manager, Art in the Open
phone: 902 218 0135