Start date: June 10, 2017
End date: June 25, 2017
LandMarks 2017/Repères 2017 invites people to creatively explore and deepen their connection to the land through a series of contemporary art projects in and around Canada’s National Parks and Historic Sites from June 10-25, 2017. LandMarks 2017/Repères 2017 inspires dialogue about people, places and perspectives that have shaped our past and are vital to our futures.
Landmarks are meeting places, turning points, significant events, and features of the environment—both natural and cultural. In LandMarks 2017/Repères 2017 they are conceived as trail markers made by many nations, creating a vast and rich network of experiences, and reflecting the diverse perspectives that comprise Canada.
A year-long, nationwide initiative, LandMarks 2017/Repères 2017 brings together a team of acclaimed Canadian curators, contemporary artists and art students from 15 universities across the country. It is an open invitation for participation, with art works created in collaboration with local communities, actively engaging audiences to critically examine Canada at 150 while offering a legacy for the future.
Nature of the Project Reach
Canadians will be able to participate in LandMarks2017 by visiting the projects in person, following their progress at www.LandMarks2017.ca, and taking part in the creation of collaborative online digital art. LandMarks2017 will also leave a lasting legacy through the curriculum at art universities across the country and an accessible publication.
Canada’s national parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas are Canada’s gift to the earth. They represent the very best that Canada has to offer and tell the stories of the land from the dawn of time. Numerous locations nationwide that are within or adjacent to Parks Canada places are being considered as potential sites. These range from populous urban areas to rural, coastal and remote areas, taking advantage of both national parks and national historic sites and present in all regions of Canada.
LandMarks2017 is a truly groundbreaking project. By bringing together some of the most creative people from across Canada to deeply consider our relationship to the land, and to collaborate on relevant and innovative new works of art, we will emerge with a new understanding of our collective histories, and a new vision of our shared future in a historic milestone year for Canada.
Curators: David Diviney, Natalia Lebedinskaia, Véronique Leblanc, Ariella Pahlke, Kathleen Ritter,
Melinda Spooner and Tania Willard.
Artists: Michael Belmore, Rebecca Belmore, Raphaëlle de Groot, Maureen Gruben, Ursula Johnson,
Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Jeneen Frei Njootli, Douglas Scholes, Camille Turner and Jin-me Yoon.
In addition to art by senior Canadian artists, LandMarks2017 will showcase imaginative art projects by the next generation of young Canadian artists. It will inspire Canadians of all ages and backgrounds to engage in a national conversation about our identity and future as a nation, and it will infuse significant investment into the cultural fabric of both cities and smaller communities.
Developed through dialogue and collaboration between the curatorial team and the teaching faculty from 15 participating universities and colleges across Canada, the LandMarks national curriculum promises to deliver an unparalleled educational experience and a lasting cultural legacy.
Partners in Art is open to collaborating with other arts organizations across the country.