Leila Armstrong: Backyard Wilderness


Backyard Wilderness: a city-wide art project

Backyard Wilderness, an exhibition by Leila Armstrong at the Helen Schuler Nature Centre Community Art Gallery from Monday, August 26 – Saturday, September 28, 2019.

Nature Centre Location: 1 Indian Battle Road South, Lethbridge, Alberta

Backyard Wilderness, a public art project by Leila Armstrong appearing on 6 billboards throughout Lethbridge from September 9 – October 6, 2019.

South Lethbridge: 4 Avenue South and 4 Street South, 13 Street South and 2 Avenue South, Mayor Magrath Drive South and 5 Avenue South
North Lethbridge: Stafford Drive North and 5 Avenue North, 13 Street North and 7 Avenue North, Mayor Magrath Drive North and 2 Avenue North

Backyard Wilderness, a collection of images by Leila Armstrong on the digital gallery screen in Casa’s lobby from September 7 – October 19, 2019.

Casa Location: 230 8th Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta

Backyard Wilderness Artist’s Talk: Sunday, September 1, 2 – 3 pm at the Helen Schuler Nature Centre.

There is a disconnect between people’s everyday lived experience and their conception of nature as something external and removed. This leads to a concern that we will have no inclination for protecting the biodiversity with which we engage every day. Given that 81% of Canadians reside in urban centres, it is important to understand how city dwellers define and interact with urban wildlife and wilderness. Through an investigation into the urban ecology of Lethbridge, Armstrong’s aim is to challenge people to rethink their conception of nature as detached from our daily lives. One of the intended outcomes of her research is to increase awareness of, and the need for, engagement with urban ecologies as spaces in which humans and other species must live and thrive together.

email: backyardwilderness@shaw.ca

*This project is made possible through funding from The City of Lethbridge Public Art Small Projects Program, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Casa Artist’s Residency Program, the Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada Discovery Grants Program, the Canada Research Chairs Program, and PATTISON Outdoor Advertising.