Documentary showcases innovative public art partnership
Jan 26 2016
Now showing on Thursday, February 18, 2016
A new documentary showcasing an innovative Richmond-based public art partnership will be screened Thursday, January 28 at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. The documentary tracks a unique project that brought together Emily Carr, art students, the City of Richmond, the Ampri Group development firm and engineering/design firm Stantec to build the vision for a public art piece for Ampri’s new development on Alexandra Road.
The successful partnership resulted in the creation of a new class at Emily Carr University, The Social Practice of Public Art + Community Design. The class was designed to help emerging artists’ transition from studio work to the realm of public art. This included educating and preparing these students on how to interact with businesses, stakeholders, community and government.
The course ran from January to April of 2015 and gave students an inside perspective on the public art process from start to completion. The students gained first-hand experience that included conducting early research into the site and acting as liaisons with City officials, landscape architects, public art experts, environmental biologists, historians, and public artists. Together students and the various stakeholders came together to create a detailed plan, which has become the integral document for Ampri’s public art call for their site.
The City of Richmond’s role in the partnership also included a $7,500 contribution by Richmond’s Public Art Program to the video documentary project, matching funds from the developer, Emily Carr and Stantec. The documentary, produced by Kharé Communications, captures the diversity and collaboration of the partnership throughout the project.
As part of the conversation to reinvent the way public spaces are considered and created in the Lower Mainland, City of Richmond employees, Jamie Esko, Manager, Park Planning and Design and Eric Fiss, Public Art Planner were interviewed and appear in the documentary.
“Public art is not only a benefit to the community in the way that it can engage people, but also an opportunity to benefit local artists, create new relationships and provide educational outlets through programs,” said Eric Fiss.
The public is invited to attend the premiere presentation of the documentary and join the panel discussion happening, Thursday, January 28 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at Emily Carr University, 1400 Johnston Street, Vancouver, BC. The premiere will be in the lecture theatre, room 301, South Building. Space is limited, please RSVP. For more information please visit www.ecuad.ca/calendar/the-public-art-collective.