Arts Atlantic Symposium – Full Schedule Announced

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The Arts Atlantic Symposium, a multidisciplinary arts festival and conference, will take place in venues around Saint John October 21-23. 

(Saint John) The Arts Atlantic Symposium, a multidisciplinary arts festival and conference to take place in October in venues around Saint John, has announced its full schedule, which is now available HERE.  

Over three days, symposium attendees, artists, and presenters will take part in live performances, installations, exhibitions, presentations, and discussions about the future of art in Atlantic Canada. Many of the performances and events are open to the public, and these are noted in blue on the schedule. 

Artists and Presenters 

Some of the many artists and presenters include the following: 

Mireille Eagan will deliver the keynote address, Future Possible, on Saturday evening. She is Curator of Contemporary Art at The Rooms and has curated more than 100 exhibitions. Eagan was also editor for the first comprehensive art history of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador (“Future Possible,” released in 2021), Eagan holds a Master’s in Art History (Concordia University, 2008). 

Tomo Ingalls, a potter and performance artist with roots in Japan who has studied ceramics at NBCCD and is an MFA candidate at the U of Alberta, plans to enact a performance piece called Pushing, which will be available to the public. About her piece, she says this, “Pushing is idiosyncratic in the way that I could pick up the clay and walk and deliver it to the participants. However, to make the performance performative, I needed to make my action, not describe it but provoke the participants and let them feel what I feel.” More on Tomo can be found HERE.

Shannon Webb-Campbell, author and member of Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation, is a doctoral candidate at the UNB in the Department of English and the editor of Visual Arts News Magazine. With the closure of both Canadian Art in 2021 and Created Here which ran until early 2022, where are we now as critical arts writers in Mi’kma’ki? Her presentation and discussion will look at such questions as: “Why is art criticism important? Why are interviews, exhibition reviews and cultural essays significant? How do we keep growing as arts writers? What opportunities are currently available, and what does the regional and national scene for critical contemporary arts writing of the future look like?” 

In Better Together: Reframing Inclusion with The Spirit Project, Lisa Anne Ross facilitates The Spirit Project with special guests L’Arche Saint John. The Spirit Project is a company of artists with and without intellectual disabilities, and the artists will join in a creative circle to work in a fully participatory, joyous workshop. More on the Spirit Project can be found HERE

Locations 

The Arts Atlantic Symposium will take place across multiple venues around Saint John including the Delta ballroom, Jones Gallery Contemporary Art + Projects, the Saint John Arts Centre, the Saint John Theatre Company, and the Sanctuary Theatre, with an optional excursion to Sunbury Shores Arts & Nature Centre in St. Andrews. 

Visit www.artsatlantic.org for complete information. 

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