Becoming Public Art: Collaborative Process

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Becoming Public Art: Collaborative Process

Markham Public Art
October 20, Tuesday 1:30 – 3 PM EDT

Please join us on Tuesday, October 20, from 1:30 PM – 3 PM for Collaborative Process, a group presentation by artists, an architect, and fabricators on the complexities of making multi-stakeholder public art projects. Collaborative Process is the second session of Becoming Public Art, a nine-week virtual summit presented by Markham Public Art in partnership with ART+PUBLIC UnLtd.

Artists Jennifer Marman & Daniel Borins frequently collaborate with architect James Khamsi. Together, they have completed four major public art commissions. The trio will discuss how collaboration, as a working method, informs the design of public projects that feature site responsiveness, integrated practice, and multidisciplinary approaches. They will show how their collective process involves the conception and execution of projects that push the boundaries of what is possible. They will be joined by fabricators Steve Richards, Streamliner Fabrication, and Stefan Pilipa, Punchclock Metalworks, who will shed light on the challenges of bringing ideas into physical reality. The conversation will be moderated by David Turnbull of the Edmonton Arts Council.

The event is free, online, and open to the public. Registration is required, click here.


Jennifer Marman & Daniel Borins are an artist duo based in Toronto. Their work is in private collections and public institutions, including the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario. They also produce permanent and temporary public art, with commissions in Canada and the United States. They have lectured at galleries and institutions nationally and internationally, including Concordia University, Montreal; Tulane School of Architecture; New Orleans; and SOMA, Mexico City. They are represented by Cristin Tierney in New York.

James Khamsi designs across a range of scales—from urban master plans to furniture pieces—working in the UK, the US, Canada, and Europe. Prior to founding DCSK, James was the founding principal of FIRM (NY). He has practiced with leading architects, including Foreign Office Architects, where he worked on the London 2012 Olympic Park Masterplan. James received his BArch from Cornell University, and his Masters of Architecture with distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Steve Richards and his company Streamliner Fabrication Inc. in Toronto, have established an international reputation in the design and arts community for bringing an extraordinary skill set and craft to public projects. Based on his experience as a designer and artist, Richards’ sensitivity to materials, and the toughness of his approach to problem solving, has set an enviable standard for public art everywhere.

Stefan Pilipa is the President and Lead Fabricator at Punchclock Metalworks in Toronto

David Turnbull has been with the Edmonton Arts Council since 2009. He holds a Master of Art Conservation degree from Queen’s University, and a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. The most rewarding part of his job is meeting artists and understanding the work they do, while thinking about how artists can build communities and bring people together.

Image: The Water Guardians (2015), Jennifer Marman & Daniel Borins and James Khamsi. Commissioned by Waterfront Toronto. West Donlands, Corktown, Toronto.


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Becoming Public Art: Working Models and Case Studies for Art in Public is a nine-week virtual summit presented by the City of Markham in partnership with ART+PUBLIC UnLtd. In a series of virtual sessions co-curated by Rebecca Carbin, Principal, ART+PUBLIC UnLtd, and Yan Wu, Public Art Curator, City of Markham, professionals in the field will present the broad range of perspectives that shape public art making today.

The summit will occur over the course of nine weekly sessions, from October 13 through December 8, 2020, taking place every Tuesday from 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. (unless otherwise noted). All programs are free, online, and open to the public. Registration is required. All event times are EST.

For summit details and to subscribe for updates, please visit the summit website.

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General inquiries: publicart@markham.ca
Media inquiries: Yan Wu, Markham Public Art Curator ywu@markham.ca

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Markham’s Public Art Program was first initiated in 2003 and formalized in 2012. Since 2013, five permanent artworks have been commissioned through the program, with two more currently in progress. In addition, the program has facilitated a series of community art initiatives in collaboration with the City’s Public Realm section. In the fall of 2019, Markham City Council approved its Public Art Master Plan 2020-2024, and a related Implementation Plan in winter 2020. The objectives of the program are to inspire people to live, work, visit and invest in Markham; to celebrate the city’s diverse cultures and heritage from multiple points of view; and to connect residents to Markham’s built and natural environment.

Founded in 2018 by Rebecca Carbin, ART+PUBLIC UnLtd brings people to contemporary art in their everyday lives. ART+PUBLIC UnLtd is a boutique public art consultancy based in Toronto with clients across Canada. Carbin and her team use a unique set of skills across curation, commissioning, project management and public engagement to bring public art programs to life.