Community Art Program

September 19, 2017

Shaw Conference Centre Continues to Showcase Local Artists

The Shaw Conference Centre (SCC) is offering local artists another chance to have their artwork displayed to over 500,000 guests through its 2018-19 Community Art Program. Submissions are being accepted until December 3, 2017.

In its second year, the Shaw Conference Centre’s Community Art Program encourages artists to visit the public spaces of the convention centre and visualize where they can see their artwork being displayed. Artwork must be representative of the culture or geography of Edmonton, and can take the form of ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking or photography. Those selected will have the opportunity to sell their piece after being on display for one year, commission free.

“The Community Art Program is a perfect opportunity to showcase the talent of Edmonton artists to our community and guests from across Canada and the world,” says Lisanne Lewis, General Manager, Shaw Conference Centre. “The first year of the program has been a great success, allowing us to activate underutilized space and allowing Edmontonians to see their convention centre as a community canvas.”

The 2017-18 Community Art Program yielded immediate value for all artists who submitted work, including the five artists selected. Through the first annual Art Night at the Shaw Conference Centre, all artists were invited to showcase and sell their pieces alongside the newly selected artwork for the exhibition. Edmonton’s convention centre was transformed into an art gallery, and over 250 guests joined us for a celebration of local art where they purchased artwork and spoke one on one with the artists.

Selected artists are paid full artist fees per Canadian Artists Representation (CARFAC) and all submissions will be judged by a panel of employees from Edmonton Economic Development Corporation. For full details, visit http://bit.ly/2fWEjhP.

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About The Shaw Conference Centre
An iconic Edmonton venue, the Shaw Conference Centre has supported local artists by displaying their work both in and outside the venue for over 30 years. From the Paskwamostos (Bison) that stands guard over the River Valley and gigantic murals by Clay Ellis in the Hall D foyer to the pARTnership Gallery featuring the work of grade 1 to 12 students, locals and visitors from around the world can be seen stopping to snap a photo or pose for a memento in front of these works. Over 70 pieces are now on display and walking tour booklets can be obtained at the administration office by Hall D.

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