Showcase work created by Calgary artists

Put work by Calgary artists front and centre! From unique exhibitions to interactive public art, there are great examples of this. Let’s hear your ideas from Calgary and beyond!

Showcase work created by Calgary artists

Artist Homecoming

2012 should include an artist homecoming. Cultural organizations around the city should be encouraged to program artists that got their start or a major boost to their career in Calgary (alumni from our post secondaries, people born here, etc.), but now work elsewhere could be featured. This should go throughout the creative industries: TV, film, dance, theatre, literary arts, dance, music... Any exhibit or show that ...more »

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DIY Awesomeness

I'd suggest more grassroots arts. The Fringe here is a good start, but public places for DIY art would be very cool to see, maybe in public parks? With this as well should be more funding to cultural/arts related festivals. There's lots of good artists in Calgary who need a place to be seen.

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Artist Residencies can Inspire Us

We just visited Artist Ranch Project at the Western Oasis (complete with a wine bar!) at the Stampede. This project provides artist residencies at a ranch in Southern Alberta. The artists create work inspired by the residency, and this work is displayed during the Stampede. Agriculture/ranching is an important part of Calgary's heritage and culture, and it was inspiring to see the fresh perspectives provided by the ...more »

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Calgary: The City Under The Arch

I'd love to see the city commission artists to create "Calgary: The City Under The Arch", by building permanent arch-shaped sculptures large and small, indoors and especially outdoors (impervious to Calgary's weather) in public areas (similar to the cow-art project a number of years back).

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A Poet Laureate for Calgary

Not many people know it but Calgary has the most vibrant poetry community in Canada. In 2012 we should appoint a Poet Laureate for Calgary - there are certainly many poets who could fill the roll.

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Visual Arts Production Space

Calgary is in desperate need of more visual arts production spaces. A city that exhibits work is only end-product oriented. Providing affordable production space keeps the creative wheels turning in the communities where those studios are located. More production spaces also provides a space where participants can visit the artist in their work environment and learn about the creative process. This contributes to ...more »

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Studio Crawls

More studio crawls during various arts festivals in the city. We need to bring our audience into the production end of things where artists can talk to their audience about their processes and ideas, not just end products.

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THE FUTURE: CALGARY 2112

Commission 100 artists, architects, designers, writers, etc. to produce their vision of Calgary in 2112. While we celebrate the history of our city, let's also look forward to imagine what Calgary will be a hundred years from now! Will we have flying cars and clothes that collect solar energy, or will we living along the shores of a vast new ocean after the polar ice caps have melted? What will our architecture look like, ...more »

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monthly art walk

A Go See Art night once a month. Galleries synchronize their openings to the same night. A map (online or in print) would indicate participating venues. Establishments other than galleries might wish to participate. Viewing art is a happening in itself. It doesn't require a lot of resources to initiate.

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Civic Art Studio

Take the practice of the studio artist and apply it to the consideration of civic life and public spaces. This art residency situates artists in civic and community spaces for specific periods of time (generally 1-4 months in duration). The artist must engage and respond to the particulars of the site and negotiate between their own artistic concerns and those of the community and the place. Rather than turning the site ...more »

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Public Art Mentorship

A public art project which enables a student(s) to mentor with an established artist. The goal is not only to foster collaboration between the experienced and the inexperienced, but to also foster collaboration multi-generationally. The outcome would be a joint project that speaks to the public realm in Calgary. The mentor artist could have an established studio practise or an established public art practise. The ...more »

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Artmobile Convoy

Artmobile convoy... vintage trailers used as galleries rolling through town in spring/summer/fall exhibiting in parking lots and at the side of the road in front of coffee shops, in the stampede parade, gay pride, lilac festival... One trailer for each Artist-run centre or for independent curators...

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