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Pollinator Pasture Picnic
Arts Update 2015
Butterfly Net Eco Art Sculptures
Minoru Complex Community Art Projects
Public Art at the Sharing Farm
Cover Stories
Small Monuments to Food, Part 2 - No. 3 Road Art Columns

Pollinator Pasture Picnic
As part of the 9th annual Doors Open Richmond celebration, visitors were invited to bring a picnic and join us in celebrating the first blooming of Richmond’s first ever Pollinator Pasture. Guided tours of the pasture were given by Lesley Douglas, Manager of Environmental Sustainability for the City of Richmond and Cameron Cartiere, Associate Professor at the University of Emily Carr. The pasture incorporates a range of blooms planted in the shape of bumblebee wings, which will be visible from the airport flight path above. The pollinator pasture will be an earthwork that visitors can experience at ground level and from the sky. For more information about this project, visit www.borderfreebees.com.

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Arts Update 2015
Arts and culture are fundamentally linked to quality of life and to the health and wellness of all citizens, shaping identities, fostering life-long learning, promoting creativity and innovation, and engaging citizens across generations. The Arts Update 2015 summarizes the progress made towards achieving the goals of the Arts Strategy and supporting the City’s vision “to be the most appealing, livable and well-managed community in Canada.”

PDF Document Arts Update 2015


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Posted: July 14, 2016
Butterfly Net Eco Art SculpturesSharon Kallis Workshop Image
Bridgeport Industrial Park
Join artist Sharon Kallis of the eartHand Gleaners Society in a series of free workshops to make sculptural works using hand-made blackberry fibre rope at the Bridgeport Industrial Park Pollinator Pasture. Learn about harvesting local materials, make rope and meet new neighbours. Enjoy seasonal offerings of the Pollinator Pasture. Picnic dinners are encouraged. These outdoor events are open-air and weather dependent, please check the forecast. 

This event series is presented by Emily Carr University of Art + Design in partnership with the City of Richmond. 

For more information download the workshop schedule below or contact the Richmond Public Art Program at publicart@richmond.ca.

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Sharon Kallis Workshop Brochure - English
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Sharon Kallis Workshop Brochure - Chinese

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Posted: July 13, 2016
Minoru Complex Community Art Projects
As part of the Minoru Civic Precinct Public Art Plan, a series of unique community engaged artwork banners have been commissioned by the City of Richmond Public Art Program and will be installed along the Minoru Complex construction site fencing. The artworks will be unveiled during Culture Days, September 30, October 1 and October 2, 2016. Artists Rhonda Weppler and Caroline Elise Dyck will host a series of hands-on workshops at various locations around the Minoru Civic Precinct and Richmond's City Centre.

Modeling the Future Clay Swimmer
Join Rhonda in a series of hands-on workshops where you will learn to sculpt objects, portraits or figures that represent activities anticipated to take place in and around the new Minoru Complex. Sculptures will be selected and photographed by the artist to be displayed on 200 linear feet of construction site fencing.

For information about workshops with Rhonda Weppler, download the brochure

PDF Document Workshop Schedule - Rhonda Weppler

What's Your Minoru Story? What's Your Minoru Story
Share your memories about the Minoru Civic Precinct in just six words! Learn to write micro-memories and share your stories and image ideas. Your stories will be incorporated into an artwork to be unveiled as a vibrant banner design for the Minoru Complex construction fencing.

For information about workshops with Caroline Elise Dyck, download the brochure: 

PDF Document Workshop Schedule - Caroline Elise Dyck

Questions?
For further information, please click here, or contact the Public Art Program, 604-204-8671 or publicart@richmond.ca.

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Posted: June 29, 2016
Public Art at the Sharing Farm

Mary's Barn WallArtist Blake Williams will be creating 2 – 5’ x 6’ assemblages to be installed on the north wall of Mary’s Barn at the Sharing Farm. They will be constructed from found materials in celebration of Richmond’s rich agricultural heritage resulting in a woven “fabric” of rusted steel, nails, tools and farm implements.

If you would like to contribute to the artwork, Blake is looking for pieces that are representative of Richmond’s farming history, such as tools, farming implements etc. between now and July 15, 2016.

For more information, and to contact Blake Williams, visit his website. 

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Posted: April 20, 2016
Cover Stories

Greg Allen Manhole Cover 2016Creative new manhole covers will soon be turning up on Richmond streets. The new covers are the result of a contest which challenged local artists to create designs for City manhole covers, which would reflect Richmond’s cultural heritage




The Cover Stories manhole cover art contest launched in 2014 brought in 150 entries. The four winning designs were created by artists Caroline Dyck, Greg Allen, Jeff Porter and Susan Pearson.

Caroline Dyck Manhole Cover 2016“This was a unique and fun contest, which took common, previously unremarkable pieces of our civic infrastructure and transformed them into pieces of art that celebrate some of the things that make Richmond unique,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “The new manhole covers will add to our community vibrancy and I congratulate each of the winning artists for their creative vision.”

Jeff Porter Manhole Cover 2016Over the next few years, 200 of the artist designed storm and sanitary covers will be incorporated into our City landscape and enhancing the community’s street experience. The first 40 covers will be installed in Steveston Village and along No. 3 Rd in the City Centre, to be followed by installations in pedestrian areas throughout the City. The community may view the artist designed manholes at Richmond City Hall until May 10, 2016.

Susan Pearson Manhole Cover 2016

The fabrication company, Westview Sales Limited sponsored the project, working with City staff and the artists to produce the manholes which establish a sense of place, remembrance and pride for years to come.




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Small Monuments to Food, Part 2 - No. 3 Road Art Columns

Cranberry - Art ColumnThe second exhibitions of Small Monuments to Food is now on display.  It examines how Richmond's diversity of cultures, including our social, economic, and political histories have Influenced the way we think, produce, consume, protect and build community and identity around food today. Artists Catherine Chan, Deborah Koenker, Eric Button, present their responses through various media including still life photography, illustration, and cyanotype photography.

This project is sponsored by the Appia Group of Companies.

For more information on the exhibition and the program No.3 Road Art Columns.