The Public Art Learning Series is presented by the City of Ottawa Public Art Program’s O-Train Public Art Program to provide artists and arts professionals with the knowledge to bring ideas from the studio into the field of public art. Sessions 2 and 3 are presented with contributions by the Ottawa Art Gallery. The first session was held in November 2018.
The Public Art Learning Series is made possible by the O-Train Stage 2 Public Art Program funding.
New! Free admission! The following sessions are now open for registration: Session #2 & Session #3.
Session 2: From a Studio Practice to Creating Public Art
This public lecture will explore and contextualize contemporary public art from large-scale permanent commission works to smaller community-based projects. Hosted by Adrian Göllner, local artists Jesse Stewart and Cara Tierney will speak to their experiences of adapting their studio practices into the realm of public art, while Ryan Stec of Artengine will relay how their artist-run centre has worked to develop technology-based public artworks. This panel discussion will be followed by a keynote presentation by the Toronto-based artist team of Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins. Marman and Borins have created a dynamic in which their studio-based works and public artworks continually inform and enrich each other.
This session will be presented in English with optional simultaneous translation in French.
Photo: Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins, The Water Guardians, 2015, West Donlands, Toronto, galvanized steel, polyurethane enamel, rubberized surfacing, pavers, 24’h x 14’w x 5’d. Commissioned by Waterfront Toronto. Image courtesy of the artists.
Session #3: Public Art Workshop
The Public Art Workshop is intended for artists with studio practices but who have little experience with public art. This workshop will introduce attendees to the public art process and the challenges involved in winning a commission. Artist Adrian Göllner will lead the workshop which will include presentations by a professional public art manager and Mike Bilyk, a fabricator specializing in public art.
Photo: Adrian Göllner, North, 2005, dichroic glass and aluminum, 6.2m round. Canadian Embassy, Berlin. Photo credit: Karen Mills.