Downtown Bench Beamsville looking to create ‘Walking Art Gallery’

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Published September 22, 2021 at 11:33 am

The Downtown Bench Beamsville group is looking for 14 to 16 artists to help add some colour to their “Alleyway 2.0 Walking Art Gallery.”

The group says, “The goal of this project is to transform a pedestrian pathway (alleyway) into a 200-foot  public walking art gallery destination that promotes exploration and enjoyment when travelling from a local community centre to the Downtown core.”

They said the vision for the west side of the pathway is to commission local artists to create a piece of art using their artistic vision and style that will be hung on the chain link fencing to create a walking art gallery. Each work of art will have a virtual component with the name of each artist and a QR code that can be easily scanned through to view the artist’s online gallery and to explore more of their creative masterpieces.

The group has got the east side of the chain link fence covered as it will feature Indigenous style weaved art to “create a colourful message to the community. Actively celebrating Indigenous artworks and working with their community is an important step to recognizing Truth and Reconciliation actively in the community.”

The group added the alleyway is used daily as an active travel and pedestrian route and “adding these enhancements adds enormous value to the cultural, aesthetic and economic vitality of a community and contributes to a community’s identity, fosters community pride and a sense of belonging, and enhances the quality of life for residents and visitors.”

Artists looking for more details can check:
Full BIA Walking Art Gallery Application Package.pdf

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