Platforms 2013-2015: Art marking Vancouver's Year of Reconciliation

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To honour and celebrate our Year of Reconciliation, the Public Art Program commissioned 10 new artist projects for an eight-month public exhibition of changing works.

The Reconciliation public art was recognized as Outstanding by Americans for the Arts

Information on the artists and artworks, exhibition timeline, and background on the Platforms project can be found in the tabs below. Review the Year of Reconciliation webpage to see the context for the artwork.

Artworks

The Platforms artworks will play a part in helping to mend the past, build shared understanding, and create a legacy for meaningful change in society.

Here is a glimpse of what you will see during the Platforms exhibition.

Sonny Assu, Verdun, QC

Artist Sonny AssuSonny Assu grew up in North Delta, BC, away from his ancestral home in Cape Mudge and Kwakwaka'wakw culture.

He graduated from Emily Carr University in 2002.

In an exploration of his mixed ancestry, he works across disciplines and appropriates and transforms items of consumer and popular culture and First Nations iconography.

Jeremy Borsos, Mayne Island, BC

Jeremy Borsos lives and works on Mayne Island, British Columbia and in Berlin, Germany.

He enrolled at the Emily Carr School of Art in 1983 before moving to New York, where he lived and attended the Arts Students League.

He has had numerous regional, national and international exhibitions of his artworks. These works investigate various media as artefact and the ways they are used to interpret the past.

Bracken Hanuse Corlett, Vancouver, BC

Artist Bracken Hanuse Corlett, © Nadya Kwandibens, Redworks StudioBracken Hanuse Corlett is a multimedia artist hailing from the Wuikinuxv and Klahoose Nations.

He graduated from En’owkin Centre of Indigenous Art in 2008 and holds a BFA from Emily Carr University. He has also studied Northwest Coast art, carving and design from acclaimed Heitsuk artists Bradley Hunt and his sons Shawn Hunt and Dean Hunt.

He is a co-founder of the Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival. Recent exhibition history includes the Grunt Gallery, Gallery Gachet, Unit Pit, and the Royal BC Museum.

Emilie Crewe, Vancouver, BC

Artist Emily Crewe, © Emilie CreweEmile Crewe’s work often takes the form of video installation, sound, sculpture and single-channel video.

She holds a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University, and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Recent exhibition history includes the AC Institute in New York, NY, the Governor's Island Art Fair in New York, NY, the Zhou B. Art Center in Chicago, IL, and the Khyber Institute of Contemporary Art in Halifax, NS.

Alexa Hatanaka, Toronto, ON

Artist Alexa Tatanaka, © Patrick ThompsonAlexa Hatanaka is a mural painter, weaver, printmaker, collaborator, and educator.

She holds a BA in Printmaking from OCAD University. She exhibits internationally and paints large-scale murals with latex and aerosol paint, most notably in several of Canada’s remote high arctic communities.

Alexa has roots in Toronto but strives to be nomadic, perpetually learning and evolving her artistic practice.

Gabrielle Hill, Vancouver, BC

Gabrielle Hill is a Métis artist from Vancouver, BC, who works in drawing, sculpture, and public installation.

Gabrielle holds a degree with honors in English from Simon Fraser University (SFU) and is currently finishing her BFA in Visual Arts, also at SFU.

Gabrielle’s work has been exhibited at Gallery Gachet, Grunt Gallery, and Red Gate in Vancouver. In recognition of her contributions to the SFU School of Contemporary Arts, Gabrielle received the Bice Caple award, as well as the Canon Canada Photography Award in 2013

Brian Liu, Vancouver, BC

Artist Brian LiuBrian Liu was born and raised in Hong Kong until immigrating to Vancouver, BC in 1993.

He graduated from Emily Carr University in 2009. His work in both art and design shows strong influence from street art, Chinese cultural artwork, and modern graphic design.

Much of his paintings show strong elements of design structure and methodology, and his design work shows clear influence from his painting practices.

Peter Morin, Brandon, MB

Peter Morin is a Tahltan Nation artist, curator and writer. He holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts from Emily Carr University, and an MFA from the University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus in Kelowna, BC.

Morin’s practice-based research investigates the impact between indigenous culturally-based practices and western settler colonialism. This work, defined by Tahltan Nation epistemological production, often takes on the form of performance interventions.

He has curated exhibitions at the Museum of Anthropology, Western Front, The Burnaby Art Gallery, and Grunt Gallery, among others. Morin joined the Visual Arts Faculty at Brandon University in 2014.

Dionne Paul, Sechelt, BC

Artist Dionne PaulDionne Paul grew up on the Sunshine Coast, and is a proud member of the Nuxalk Nation and Sechelt Nation.

She graduated from Emily Carr University in 2006, and is currently working on a MFA from Emily Carr University.

Recent exhibition history includes Urban Aboriginal Fair Trade Gallery, Bill Reid Gallery, and the Grand Palace in Paris.

Jeannette Sirois, Surrey, BC

Artist Jeannette SiroisJeannette Sirois is a fine artist who uses traditional and digital technology.

She holds a BFA from Concordia University and a Masters of Education from the University of British Columbia.

Recent exhibition history includes the Surrey Art Gallery, AIRS Show at the Canadian Federation of Artists, and the Raebec Gallery (South Carolina).

Krista Belle Stewart, Vancouver, BC

Krista Belle Stewart is an interdisciplinary artist who grew up as a member of the Okanagan Nation’s Upper Nicola Band.

She holds a BFA from Emily Carr University and is currently working on an MFA from Bard College in New York.

Recent exhibition and performance history includes Music from the New Wilderness at The Western Front, Shelved at the Burnaby Art Gallery, and the Fiction / Non-fiction at the Esker Foundation (Calgary).

Tania Willard, Chase, BC

Artist Tania Willard, © Rosalie FavellTania Willard works within the shifting ideas of contemporary and traditional as it relates to cultural arts and production. She often works with bodies of knowledge and skills that are conceptually linked to her interest in intersections between Aboriginal and other cultures.

She holds a BFA with Honours from the University of Victoria.

Willard has worked as an artist in residence with Gallery Gachet, the Banff Centre’s visual arts residency, and was a curator in residence with Grunt Gallery. Willard is currently in a curatorial residency with Kamloops Art Gallery in her home territory of Secwepemculecw.

Location  Artist  Artwork platform
Various Vancouver transit shelters Sonny Assu  Transit shelter ad space
350 W Georgia St  Brian Liu VPL Central Library banners
Georgia / Granville St  Krista Belle Stewart   Vancouver City Centre Canada Line Station mural
Granville / Robson St   Krista Belle Stewart   Dual video screens  
Hamilton / Georgia St  Jeremy Borsos   CBC Plaza video screen
Location Artist Artwork platform
Various Vancouver transit shelters Alexa Hatanaka  Transit shelter ad space
350 W Georgia St Brian Liu VPL Central Library banners
Georgia / Granville St Krista Belle Stewart Vancouver City Centre Canada Line Station mural
Granville / Robson St Emilie Crewe  Dual video screens
Hamilton / Georgia St Krista Belle Stewart  CBC Plaza video screen
1181 Seymour St  Jeremy Borsos  VanCity Theatre screen 
Location Artist Artwork platform
Various Vancouver transit shelters Tania Willard, Gabrielle Hill, Peter Morin Transit shelter ad space
350 W Georgia St Brian Liu VPL Central Library banners
Georgia / Granville St Krista Belle Stewart Vancouver City Centre Canada Line Station mural
Granville / Robson St Jeremy Borsos Dual video screens
Hamilton / Georgia St Emilie Crew CBC Plaza video screen
1181 Seymour St Krista Belle Stewart VanCity Theatre screen
Location Artist Artwork platform
Various Vancouver transit shelters Bracken Hanuse Corlett Transit shelter ad space
350 W Georgia St Brian Liu VPL Central Library banners
Georgia / Granville St Krista Belle Stewart Vancouver City Centre Canada Line Station mural
Granville / Robson St Krista Belle Stewart Dual video screens
Hamilton / Georgia St Jeremy Borsos CBC Plaza video screen
1181 Seymour St Emilie Crewe VanCity Theatre screen
Location Artist Artwork platform
Various Vancouver transit shelters Jeannette Sirois Transit shelter ad space
350 W Georgia St Brian Liu VPL Central Library banners
Georgia / Granville St Krista Belle Stewart Vancouver City Centre Canada Line Station mural
Granville / Robson St Emilie Crewe Dual video screens
Hamilton / Georgia St Krista Belle Stewart CBC Plaza video screen
1181 Seymour St Jeremy Borsos VanCity Theatre screen
Location Artist Artwork platform
Various Vancouver transit shelters Dionne Paul Transit shelter ad space
350 W Georgia St Brian Liu VPL Central Library banners
Georgia / Granville St Krista Belle Stewart Vancouver City Centre Canada Line Station mural
Granville / Robson St Jeremy Borsos Dual video screens
Hamilton / Georgia St Emilie Crewe CBC Plaza video screen
1181 Seymour St Krista Belle Stewart VanCity Theatre screen
Location Artist Artwork platform
350 W Georgia St Brian Liu VPL Central Library banners
Georgia / Granville St Krista Belle Stewart Vancouver City Centre Canada Line Station mural

About the Year of Reconciliation

Vancouver's Year of Reconciliation acknowledges the negative cultural impacts and stereotypes that resulted from Canada's residential school system.

The Year of Reconciliation is a call to action for all Canadians to come together to build more inclusive communities.

Project goals

The goals of the Platforms project are to:

  • Stimulate awareness and discussion of historical impacts of residential schools, racial injustices, and ideas of reconciliation
  • Contribute to a stimulating visual realm in Vancouver
  • Provide public art opportunities for artists who work in two-dimensional imagery
  • Present high calibre artworks in the context of international art practices

Call for artists

The call for artists was open to emerging and established Canadian artists who have completed basic training in the visual arts, and are producing work for professional and public venues.

Training could consist of completing formal institutional courses – such as a Fine Arts degree – or mentoring by established artists.

Aboriginal artists and artists from Vancouver were especially encouraged to apply.

How artists were selected

Proposals were evaluated by a peer panel of artists and art professionals based on the past work and initial approach of the artists.

Initial review criteria

  • Quality of the proposed concept or artwork, and relevance to the theme of reconciliation
  • High quality, innovation, and creativity of past work
  • Clarity of vision and purpose in relation to engaging the public, and sensitivity to range of ages and ethnic diversities
  • Demonstrated capacity to produce high quality imagery and to meet established deadlines
  • Ability and resources to meet technical requirements

Budget

All commissions were $5,000. This included all expenses to produce, design, and deliver the completed artwork.

Key dates

Date Deadline
October 14, 2013 (week of) Release date
October 30, 10:00am Submissions deadline
November 12 (week of) Shortlist selected
November 20 Shortlist orientation
December 9 (week of) Concept proposals due
December 16 (week of) Final selection and commissioning
January 20, 2014 First pieces due
March 3, 2014 First artworks appear

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