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New public art commissions for the Year of Reconciliation debut in April

April 7 2014

Emilie Crewe stills from Making Circles: The Chilkat Dancing Blanket

Two new projects debut in April to honour and celebrate the City’s Year of Reconciliation.

Granville and Robson

A new video by Vancouver artist Emilie Crewe, "Making Circles: The Chilkat Dancing Blanket" will intervene in the advertisements on the dual screens at Granville and Robson streets.

The 2:47-long silent video contrasts close-ups of the hands of master weaver Donna Cranmer with images of the 100-year-old Anislaga Chilkat Blanket that was recently returned to Alert Bay from Europe.

Transit shelters around the city

Toronto artist Alexa Hatanaka will show two new bus shelter posters based on block prints she made from images she took while doing workshops in Nunavut and Nunavik.

She describes the images as “…beautiful, curious kids that have all the potential to be empowered to dance the line between the vastly different experiences of the past few generations of their communities, their own generation, and their ancestral heritage.”

The posters will be in sites around the city through April.

Other Reconciliation artworks on display in April

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 Krista Belle Stewart at the CBC screen, Hamilton and Georgia
  • Video by Jeremy Borsos at the VanCity Theatre screen, Seymour and Davie

Upcoming artworks

Watch for upcoming artworks by Tania Willard, Gabrielle Hill and Peter Morin (BC), 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.

The year-long effort includes gatherings, intercultural dialogue and storytelling workshops, public education, and cultural and arts programs as ways to mend the past, build shared understanding, and to create a legacy for meaningful change in society. 

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.