Open Call recipients announced + CLOUD, The Deep Dark, and Quadriga
The seventh year of Nuit Blanche Winnipeg is gearing up to be a spectacular showcase of Canadian artists, due in large part to increased funding from the Winnipeg Arts Council.
(CLOUD image by Doug Wong)
This year, three major art installations will be presented as part of the free all night festival of contemporary art. CLOUD, an interactive sculpture created from 6,000 incandescent light bulbs by Calgary-based artists Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett, is sure to be a centrepiece for the night. The same duo of artists is bringing another installation, The Deep Dark, which is a series of illuminated is sure to be another highlight of the night.
“The funding from the Winnipeg Arts Council allows us to present even more art and artists than in previous years. WAC’s support provides more support for a larger number of Winnipeg artists and enables us to bring in artists from across Canada to present their work during this great night of creativity”, says Monica Lowe, Co-chair of Nuit Blanche Winnipeg.
Toronto-based sculptor and installation artist Max Streicher will also present Quadriga II, four 7-meter tall vinyl inflated horses, which will wow art and horse lovers alike!
Nuit Blanche Winnipeg also received a record number of projects as a result of the Open Call for artists, and 17 projects were selected by a jury of artists and arts administrators. The projects are a mix of engaging installations, projections, and performances that will be displayed on the evening of Saturday, Oct.1, during the weekend of Culture Days Manitoba.
The works will be placed in outdoor public spaces, inside galleries and businesses and around various venues throughout the three zones of Nuit Blanche Winnipeg: Saint-Boniface, the Exchange District, and central Downtown. We are looking to create “ARTeries” that allow people to naturally encounter the art as they are out exploring.
Below are this year’s NBW Open Call selected artists and projects.
Illuminate the Night (mid-career and established Canadian artists):
Illuminate the Night 2016 is a Canadian call for works inviting artists working in all artistic mediums to submit projects. Contemporary art submissions from artists, curators, architects and creative thinkers with a performance, exhibition or installation that will Illuminate the Night are welcome. An honorarium of $2,000 is provided to each selected project.
Speciation Dance — A hybrid dance, video and audio performance created by Winnipeg artist Michelle Wilson,
featuring dancers Zorya Arrow and Alexandra Garrido, and musician Angus Cruikshank
After the Ball is Over— Theatre / Performance Art created by Frances Koncan, an Anishinaabe multidisciplinary artist from Couchiching First Nation
Emergence: Kaleidoscope Cafe — Interactive installation by multi-medium Métis artist Sandra Krahn
French Canadians Playing at Cards after Cornelius Krieghoff, 1848 — Video by Jacquelyn Hébert, an interdisciplinary artist from Winnipeg who now lives and works in Toronto
Glow Floats / Lueur Flotteurs — Illuminated installation by Winnipeg designer and artist James Culleton
Kaleidoscope Peloton — A travelling installation created and performed by landscape architect Liz Wreford and architect Peter Sampson, from PSA (Plain Studio Alliance)
flock together — A responsive, collage animation, projection piece by Seema Goel, an intermedia artist from Saskatchewan and currently the artist-in-residence in the Faculty of Science at the University of Manitoba, and computer science student Brendan Cordingley
Parameter Press Poster Installation — Prints created by Parameter Press, a Riso print collective comprised of Winnipeg artists Abigail Auld, Andrew Lodwick and Suzie Smith
real-time-slow-motion (all night sun) — Looped projection by Risa Horowitz, a visual and media artist and associate professor of visual arts at the University of Regina
Niimin:Dance:Dans — Project created and performed by Theo Pelmus, a performance artist originally from Romanian now based in Winnipeg, and Kris Snowbird, an emerging artist of Cree/Ojibwe descent from Winnipeg
She Speaks the Night — Modern dance performance by Nova Dance Collective
Winnipeg Golden Chordsmen — Barbershop Harmony style performed by over 30 singers from Manitoba
Emerging Voices 2016 invites post-secondary students working in all artistic mediums to submit projects. An honorarium of $500 is provided to each selected project.
On the night of NBW one Emerging Voices artist will receive the $2,000 first place cash prize. This prize is generously sponsored by Winnipeg artist Jeff Funnell, but as Jeff so eloquently says, “There are no losers in art.”
Public [Bath] — Interactive installation by Katryna Lipinsky and Evan McPherson (Environmental Design, University of Manitoba)
The Apparatus — Large sculptures by Shaun de Rooy (Fine Arts, University of Manitoba
Exchange of Threads — Interactive collective mending project by Chelsey Thiessen, Ashley Bielus, Bryn Vargas, Hannah Grabowecky, Joelle Theberge and Mariana Munoz Gomez (Fine Arts, University of Manitoba)
The Butterfly Effect — Interactive installation by musician, physician and grad student Maclean Thiessen (Faculty of Nursing, University of Manitoba)
Head in the Clouds — Interactive installation by Alexander Grant (Bachelor of Arts and Education, University of Winnipeg) and Naomi Ratte (Environmental Design, University of Manitoba)