NEWS New 3 year public art project Saskatoon
aneco: new public art is an exciting project of the City of Saskatoon featuring the work of seven
Canadian artists. Projects include video and light projections, multi-channel sound, sculptural installations
and photography in outdoor and indoor, civic and public sites throughout the city. Curated by artistcurator,
Ellen Moffat, works will be installed from October 2007 to September 2010.
Saskatoon is at a juncture of growth and prosperity. Included within this growth is the blossoming of new
public art projects, illustrating the community's creativity and the city's commitment to the future urban
space. Projects in aneco participate in this process of Saskatoon's development through animating civic
and public space, engaging with new audiences, and reflecting diversity within the city.
The curatorial focus of aneco is the evolving urban space of Saskatoon as a dynamic interface of natural
and constructed factors: organic, economic and cultural elements intersect. Works in aneco explore
themes of sustainability, cultural history, the body, subjectivity and collectivity. They approach the urban
space as a social, physical and cultural site and engage in discussions of the civic and public space as
a constructed and cultivated environment. Specific projects focus on human and non-human communities,
history/memory, and the urban environment as a cultivated garden and as measured time.
Terry Billings (Saskatoon), Charlie Fox (Regina), Jen Hamilton & Chris St. Amand (Regina), Micah Lexier
(Toronto/New York City), Wendy Peart (Regina), Arthur Renwick (Toronto) and Stacia Verigin (Saskatoon)
are the participating artists. Sites include the Frances Morrison Library, the fly tower of the new
Persephone Theatre, the new Shaw Centre, the downtown Transit Mall, the InterCity STC bus depot, and
the lawn of City Hall.
In conjunction with aneco and other new public art projects, a three day event - Exposed, a Forum
for New Public Art - will bring together artists, administrators and curators from western Canada with
extensive experience in public art to discuss new public art, public art policy and urban development
from November 14-16. Events will be held at the Mendel Art Gallery and at TCU Place.
aneco is presented through the cooperation of: Government of Canada through the Cultural Capital
of Canada Program 2006 of the Department of Canadian Heritage; City of Saskatoon Community
Development Branch, Parks Branch, Leisure Services Branch, and Saskatoon Transit; Persephone Theatre;
Saskatoon Public Library; and the Saskatchewan Transportation Company.
For more information, contact:
Ellen Moffat, Curator, aneco, 664-6173
Kathy Mooney, Cultural Capitals Project Assistant, City of Saskatoon, 975-2518