ACAD’s Illingworth Kerr Gallery welcomes artist Jeanne van Heeswijk as the final speaker and mentor for the Public Art and Social Practice workshop series.

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ACAD’s Illingworth Kerr Gallery welcomes artist Jeanne van Heeswijk as the final speaker and mentor for the Public Art and Social Practice workshop series.

The artist who facilitated a Land Community Trust to take ownership and collectively manage abandoned suburban spaces and converted an iconic blue villa into a research centre exploring ideas of urban renewal and community building comes to Calgary to share her experiences with artists and the general public

Calgary, AB – The Alberta College of Art + Design’s (ACAD) Illingworth Kerr Gallery (IKG) invites you to attend a public talk by internationally acclaimed artist Jeanne Van Heeswijk. The talk will take place at the Stanford Perrott Lecture Theatre on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 6 p.m. This is a free event with limited capacity, so guests should arrive early to secure a seat

The talk is part of the Public Art and Social Practice workshop series jointly offered by The City of Calgary and the Illingworth Kerr Gallery. The series provides professional development for five local artists interested in pursuing public art projects with a social practice focus. Participating artists will exhibit work at the IKG and have their proposals considered for a public art commission.

Jeanne van Heeswijk is an artist who facilitates the creation of dynamic and diversified public spaces in order to “radicalize the local”.  Her long-scale community-embedded projects question art’s autonomy by combining performative actions, discussions, and other forms of organizing and pedagogy in order to enable communities to take control of their own futures.

Noted projects include Hotel New York P.S. 1 in New York (September 1998 to August 1999); De Strip (The Strip) in Westwijk, Vlaardingen (May 2002 - May 2004); Het Blauwe Huis (The Blue House) in Amsterdam (May 2005 - December 2009); and Homebaked in Liverpool (November 2011 - present); Freehouse, Radicalizing the Local in Rotterdam (September 2008- present).

Her work has been featured in numerous books and publications worldwide, as well as internationally renowned biennials such as those of Liverpool, Shanghai, and Venice. She was the 2014-2015 Keith Haring Fellowship in Art and Activism at Bard College and she has received the 2012 Curry Stone Prize for Social Design Pioneers, and in 2011, the Leonore Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change.  She lives and works in Rotterdam and Philadelphia.

WHAT: Free public artist talk

WHO: Artist Jeanne van Heeswijk

WHEN: Thursday, February 23, 2017, at 6 p.m.

WHERE: Stanford Perrott Lecture Theatre, Alberta College of Art + Design, 1407 14 Ave NW, Calgary, AB

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For more information:

Steven Hodges
Communications + Engagement Specialist
Alberta College of Art + Design
403-464-5183
steven.hodges@acad.ca

About Jeanne van Heeswijk 

Jeanne van Heeswijk is an artist who facilitates the creation of dynamic and diversified public spaces in order to “radicalize the local”.  Her long-scale community-embedded projects question art’s autonomy by combining performative actions, discussions, and other forms of organizing and pedagogy in order to enable communities to take control of their own futures.

Her work has been featured in numerous books and publications worldwide, as well as internationally renowned biennials such as those of Liverpool, Shanghai, and Venice. She was the 2014-2015 Keith Haring Fellowship in Art and Activism at Bard College and she has received the 2012 Curry Stone Prize for Social Design Pioneers, and in 2011, the Leonore Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change.  She lives and works in Rotterdam and Philadelphia.

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About The Public Art and Social Practice workshop series

As part of its commitment to provide a variety of opportunities for artists, The City of Calgary Public Art Program, in collaboration with Illingworth Kerr Gallery (IKG), is offering a Public Art and Social Practice workshop series. Internationally renowned artists Alfredo Jaar, Tania Bruguera and Jeanne van Heeswijk will each present a free public lecture and lead a two-day workshop for a selected group of Calgary artists.

The City of Calgary Public Art + Social Practice Workshop Series

About the Illingworth Kerr Gallery (IKG)

IKG is a world-class exhibition space and flexible platform for critical enquiry and theoretical debate with a focus on visual culture. The gallery acts as an interface between the Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD) and the broader community. IKG is the longest-running international art program in Calgary, and a vital component of the city’s cultural ecology. ikg.acad.ca

About the Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD)

Founded in 1926, ACAD has been a major contributor to Canada’s visual culture in the 20th century, with many of its graduates gaining significant national and international reputations as artists, designers and creative leaders. With an annual grant of just over $12 million, an annual budget of $20.6 million and employing over 200 staff, ACAD provides accredited degree standard education and learning opportunities to 1,200 students enrolled in full- and part-time studies in a wide range of art, craft and design studio disciplines. This year marked a major milestone for ACAD. In addition to offering credentialed undergraduate degrees in a variety of program areas, the College launched its first graduate program, a Masters of Fine Art in Craft Media, making it the only college in the Province to offer and confer university-level undergraduate and now, graduate degree programs.

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