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New artwork for the Year of Reconciliation debuts in May

May 5 2014

The Underlying State by Tania Willard, Gabrielle Hill and Peter Morin

A new public art project debuts in May to honour and celebrate the City's Year of Reconciliation.

Transit shelters around the city

A collaborative drawing project by Tania Willard, Gabrielle Hill, and Peter Morin appears as a series of four bus shelter posters throughout May.

The images were created in the style of the exquisite corpse, a technique made popular by the Surrealists in the early 20th century as a way of exploring the unconscious and associative powers of images.

The three artists are working from different geographic areas, on-reserve and off, in urban and rural contexts, and these differences inform the imagery and speak to the complexity of Aboriginal identities.  

Other Reconciliation artworks on display in May

Additional artworks on display that debuted in March 2014 are:

  • "Open Handed" banners by Brian Liu at the Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch
  • "Her Story" photo mural by Krista Belle Stewart at the Canada Line City Centre Station
  • Video by Jeremy Borsos at the dual video screens, Granville and Robson
  • Video by Emilie Crewe at the CBC screen, Hamilton and Georgia
  • Video by Krista Belle Stewart at the VanCity Theatre screen, Seymour and Davie

Reception and discussion with the artists

Also taking place on Monday, May 12, is a reception and discussion with the artists participating in the Year of Reconciliation Public Art Project.

Upcoming artworks

Watch for upcoming artworks by Bracken Hanuse Corlett (Vancouver), Jeannette Sirois (Surrey), and Dionne Paul (Sechelt).

How the artists were selected

The City’s Public Art Program commissioned 10 new artist projects from an open call to Canadian artists.

The first five debuted in March 2014. New transit shelter posters will continue to premiere through August.  

The Year of Reconciliation

Vancouver City Council proclaimed June 21, 2013, to June 20, 2014, as a Year of Reconciliation in Vancouver in response to Reconciliation Canada’s national call to action to help build more inclusive communities.

Learn more about the Year of Reconciliation

Year of Reconciliation

Year of Reconciliation

In partnership with Reconciliation Canada, the City supported a Year of Reconciliation by acknowledging the negative cultural impacts and stereotypes that resulted from Canada’s residential school system.

Learn about the Public Art Program

Public art

Explore and find out how the City and Park Board support public art by emerging and established artists in Vancouver.