Register for Homework, a Practical Webinar Series on Public Art

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Homework is a webinar series that explores the practical knowledge needed to conceptualize and produce public art projects. The series is co-produced by Markham Public Art, the Varley Art Gallery of Markham, and public art consulting firm ART+PUBLIC UnLtd. This is an opportunity to hear from professionals working in the discipline. Homework has the goal to create a dialogue that is reflective, imaginative, and generative. Webinar participation is free and open to everyone.

Forms of Rendering

June 22, 3 p.m.
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The history of rendering tells a story of an entanglement between technology, critical reflection and the shaping of life. In this webinar, David Rokeby will guide participants through the conceptual dimensions of rendering and what it can be, especially in the digital sphere. Marcin Kedzior’s presentation will show how historical influences endure in the present and how they enable alternate ways of thinking. Moderated by Vivian Lee.

David Rokeby is an installation artist based in Toronto. Since 1982, his work has been performed / exhibited across Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia. Awards include the first BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Award for Interactive Art in 2000, a 2002 Governor General’s award in Visual and Media Arts, and the Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica for Interactive Art 2002.

Marcin Kedzior is a dancer, avid reader, chess player, and thinker about media, technology, space, and representation. He is currently working on a deconstruction project, understanding materials from a political, digital, mythological and transcendental point of view, for Willowbank, where he is the Director of the Centre for Cultural Landscape.

W.H. Vivian Lee is principal and founder of LAMAS. Her work focuses on the role of craft in architecture as related to labor, professional practice, vernacular traditions, and ornament. She has extensive experience in the design and construction of public space, including the East River Waterfront in Lower Manhattan. Vivian is also Assistant Professor of Architecture at University of Toronto and previously taught at University of Michigan.


Proposal Design

June 24, 3 p.m.
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What’s more important in a public art proposal? Concept, scale, material, or the ability to manage a budget? How do artists unify studio practice and site-specific response, and address the community? In this webinar, Chloë Catán, Public Art Manager at Waterfront Toronto, and David Turnbull, Director of Public Art & Conservation at Edmonton Arts Council, will share insights on how to design a convincing public art proposal, and the landscape of current and future public art opportunities. Moderated by Crystal Mowry.

Chloë Catán has managed public art commissions for Millennium Park in Chicago, the Vancouver Sculpture Biennale, Hermann Park in Houston, and Michigan State University. Previously the Acting Public Art Curator for the City of Mississauga, Chloë currently runs the public art program for Waterfront 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.

Crystal Mowry is Senior Curator at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery. Her work often explores the tension between perceived authenticity and troubled forms of representation. Curatorial projects include, Imitation of Life (2015), The Brain is Wider than the Sky (2018), and I’ll be your Mirror (2018). Her projects with Maggie Groat and Ernest Daetwyler received Exhibition of the Year Awards from the Ontario Association of Art Galleries. In 2013, she co-curated Romancing the Anthropocene for Toronto’s Nuit Blanche.


Materiality and Fabrication

June 26, 3 p.m.
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In this webinar, artist Myfanwy MacLeod speaks with Catherine Machado, former Public Art Conservator for the City of Toronto, to reflect on the complexities of material choices and fabrication processes in the design of public art projects. How is materiality thought about by artists? How does that differ from the conservator’s role of preservation? Moderated by Jason Lujan.

Myfanwy MacLeod lives and works in Vancouver. Often described as a second-generation Vancouver conceptualist, MacLeod has a long-standing interest in the issues surrounding art in public spaces. Offering a feminist critique of the way public space creates imbalances of power, her work combines popular imagery with conceptual rigour. MacLeod has made several permanent and temporary works in the public realm.

Catherine Machado is a Toronto-based conservator with a specialty in public art conservation. She graduated from the Fleming College Cultural Heritage Conservation & Management program, and interned at the Canadian Conservation Institute in Ottawa. She specializes in public art conservation and maintenance, and art collection disaster recovery, mostly working with the City of Toronto’s Public Art & Monuments Collection.

Jason Lujan is originally from Marfa, Texas. His 20-year career as an arts administrator includes work with the Dia Foundation, Museum of Modern Art, Frick Museum, Park Avenue Armory, and Metropolitan Museum of Art. He has managed productions and exhibitions by leading theatre companies, museums, artists, and runway fashion installations for iconic brands. Jason is a practicing artist, whose current work is about cultural leveling; i.e., how different cultures approach each other as a result of travel and communication, and how culture is exported to other nations and communities, and later homogenized. Jason is one half of Native Art Department International.


Homework is produced in the context of Online, a digital initiative about public art that is unfolding throughout the summer of 2020.

General Inquiries: submissions@markham.ca
Media Inquiries:
Anik Glaude, Varley Art Gallery of Markham Curator aglaude@markham.ca
Yan Wu, Markham Public Art Curator ywu@markham.ca

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