Artists sought for Indigenous Art Walk in Burlington’s Spencer Smith Park

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Published August 19, 2022 at 10:49 am

The City of Burlington is reaching out to artists from First Nations, Métis and Inuit backgrounds to propose artwork that will be installed as vinyl wraps on a series of nine large electrical boxes located in Spencer Smith Park.

This is a design only commission as the City will be responsible for the fabrication and installation of the vinyl wraps.

Artists may create a new artwork concept for this project or reformat an existing artwork. Artwork may be created digitally or can be a digital scans/photograph of visual art or craft like painting, photography, textiles, beadwork, pottery, etc.

“Commissioning Indigenous art for Spencer Smith Park is very important,” said Angela Paparizo, Manager of Arts and Culture.

“Not only does it create a more beautiful and meaningful space for everyone, but it also helps to remind us of the land we’re on. I’m looking forward to all the wonderful and thoughtful submissions.”

Burlington, with support of the Hamilton Halton Brant Tourism Relief Fund, is creating an Indigenous Art Walk in Spencer Smith Park. This project seeks to celebrate and honour the work of First Nations, Métis and Inuit artists.

This project will link Spencer Smith Park with other key downtown arts and culture destinations including Joseph Brant Museum and the Art Gallery of Burlington.

In addition to the vinyl wraps, the Art Walk will include an Indigenous-themed crosswalk and a public art sculpture by David General which is being installed later this year at Joseph Brant Museum.

“Spencer Smith Park, along with every City facility, park and greenspace, is a welcoming and inclusive space,” said Chris Glenn, director of Recreation, Community and Culture.

“These nine commissions will honour and celebrate the work of First Nations, Metis and Inuit artists as residents and tourists walk along Spencer Smith Park and visit key downtown destinations such as the Joseph Brant Museum and the Art Gallery of Burlington.”

For more information about the project or to submit your designs, visit the city website.

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