(Le Français Suivre) DIGITAL ART: WITHIN A GREAT CULTURAL EVENT COMES A UNIQUE COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE OUTAOUAIS AND OTTAWA OTTAWA, APRIL 11, 2019 — Culture Outaouais, Théâtre Action and Arts Network Ottawa are proud to launch the Digital Tour, a free 5-step event for artists, workers and cultural organizations in the Outaouais and Ottawa region, with an aim to demystify and appropriate the digital world. For the first time, fourteen (14) cultural and educational organizations in the Outaouais and Ottawa region have collaborated to offer Quebec and Ontario’s cultural community conferences, exploration activities and social networking opportunities surrounding the digital world. The goal for this Digital Tour is to bring together cultural communities from both sides of the Ottawa River, to encourage co-creation, co-distribution and innovation, to create long-term practices that will foster the creation of cultural projects related to the digital world and strengthen both cultural sectors. “For a long time our organization, along with Culture Outaouais and Théâtre Action, has had the desire to offer structuring projects that cross the border between Ontario and Quebec,” said Stella Ronan, General Manager of Arts Network Ottawa. The implementation of the Quebec-Ontario Cultural Exchange Program was an opportunity to make this happen using a digital theme.” Marie Ève Chassé, Executive Director of Théâtre Action reports, “The first meetings quickly made it possible to forge links between our organizations and those which now constitute the collaborators of the Digital Tour; fourteen (14) organizations in total! The chosen formula is ideal because it highlights the digital expertise of local organizations, while providing them with ideas and action plans from outside their organizations.” Céline De Guise, President of Culture Outaouais, continues: “The digital world is extensive and the expertise so abundant that we couldn’t offer just one day of activities. By offering five thematic stages, in close collaboration with different organizations, we have come up with a concrete program that meets the specific needs of the region’s cultural communities.” The organizational committee thanks the ministère de la Culture et des Communications and the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport for the 2018-2019 Quebec-Ontario Cultural Exchange Program and Québec numérique for their financial support. 5 STEPS TO EMPOWER, EXPLORE, CREATE, INNOVATE AND NETWORK STEP 1—DIGITAL ART AND EDUCATION April 11, 2019, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. — LabO University of Ottawa (Ottawa Art Gallery) In collaboration with Artengine, FabLab Onaki, La Cité, University of Ottawa STEP 2—PODCASTING AND MARKETING April 18, 2019, from 9:30 to 3:00 p.m. — Centre culturel Jacques-Auger In collaboration with Transitor Média STEP 3—PERFORMING ARTS AND METADATA May 21, 2019, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. — National Arts Centre In collaboration with Canadian Arts Presenting Association (CAPACOA), National Arts Centre STEP 4—REDEFINING HUMANITY AND DIGITAL THINKING May 26, 2019, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. — Farrellton Artists’ Space In collaboration with STO Union, Farrellton Artists’ Space STEP 5—DIGITAL AND HERITAGE June 6, 2019, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. — Charron House In collaboration with Réseau du patrimoine et de l’Outaouais (RPGO), Capital Heritage Connexion ABOUT CULTURE OUTAOUAIS Culture Outaouais acts as a partner and privileged contact point for cultural development in the Outaouais region. For more than 40 years, this organization has worked with the artistic and cultural community in an advisory role and has provided training, representation, consultation, support, development and promotion. ABOUT ARTS NETWORK OTTAWA Arts Network Ottawa is a bilingual, multidisciplinary service organization that actively represents the arts community in the Ottawa region and spearheads various initiatives to build prosperity within the arts sector. ABOUT THÉÂTRE ACTION Théâtre Action is a proactive and unifying service organization for the arts that promotes, develops and recognizes the Franco-Ontarian theatrical scene. SOURCE Edwige Horreaux Communications Officer Culture Outaouais 819-595-2601, ext. 221 www.cultureoutaouais.org INFORMATION Claudine Chauret Acting General Director Culture Outaouais 819-595-2601, ext. 222 www.cultureoutaouais.org Stella Ronan General Manager Arts Network Ottawa 613-580-2767 www.artsnetottawa.ca Marie Ève Chassé Director General Théâtre Action 613 745-2322, ext. 225 www.theatreaction.ca Download the Press Release here (PDF)
September 20, 2018, over 150 members of the community gathered at the opening night of the 17th edition of SELECTIONS, Arts Network Ottawa’s annual art exhibition to view the 47 works chosen for this year’s exhibit. SELECTIONS is always highly anticipated, as it is one of the few juried shows that offers local artists both peer and public recognition in a professional gallery. All present came to show their support for artists from the Ottawa region and to witness the presentation of the three Juror’s Choice Awards by Award Sponsors Thomas Baribault, manager of DeSerres Centre St-Laurent and Michael Wallack, president of Wallack’s. SELECTIONS 2018 JURORS CHOICE AWARD WINNERS This year’s awards were given to Lisa Rachelle for her graphite drawing entitled Night’s Breath, Roger Sutcliffe for his acrylic painting entitled Cubic gyrations, and Tina Petrovicz for her print entitled Woodlot Path. The three winners of the Juror’s Choice Awards each received a $150 gift certificate from the Award Sponsors, DeSerres or Wallack’s. “What a delight to attend the beautiful Selections 2018 exhibition! The quality of the show is outstanding and to have my graphite work recognized with the Juror’s Choice Award was an unexpected and deeply appreciated honour. Thank you!” Lissa Rachelle “I’m really pleased to win and receive one of the awards when I see the standard and the quality of the works here. It’s the first time that I’ve been in the show, and I’m very happy and amazed to receive recognition from such a great showcase. I was pleased to see the variety and diversity of the work that is being presented in the exhibit.” Roger Sutcliffe “I’m very honoured to have been given a prize here; there’s lots of fabulous artists. It’s really even an honour to be in the Selections because it is such a great showcase for the artists in this region. As a print-maker, there’s the added aspect it’s also nice to see a showcase featuring more prints. It shows that printmaking and works on paper are recognized as good art.” Tina Petrovicz The jury also selected Suzan Mandla’s piece entitled Winter Woodland with an Honourable Mention and a complimentary Arts Network membership for a year. “I love Selections, it’s my favourite show of the year. I’m so thrilled to have been selected. I don’t know how the committee does it but they always choose such an incredible variety of pieces. Every time I come here I learn something; about art, or I meet a new artist. It’s a great place to chat with people about what they do and gain a different perspective.” Suzan Mandla The jury for SELECTIONS 2018 was composed of Jinny Yu, Hilde Lambrechts, and Michael Davidge. This group of professional artists narrowed 242 submitted pieces down to the final 47 works on exhibit until October 16 in the Trinity Art Gallery at the Shenkman Arts Centre. Arts Network Ottawa encourages visitors to cast their vote for the People’s Choice award until October 16. Visitors of all ages are all invited to the Meet the Artists event on Sunday, September 30, from 1 to 3 p.m. as part of Culture Days at the Shenkman Arts Centre. The SELECTIONS exhibit is made possible with financial support from the ARTicipate Endowment Fund. The ARTicipate Endowment Fund was created with the generous support of donors and the Province of Ontario. Since 2010, the Fund has awarded 130 grants totaling over $500,000 to local artists and arts groups as well as the Shenkman Arts Centre’s five Resident Arts Partners (Arts Network Ottawa, Ottawa School of Art - Orléans Campus, Gloucester Pottery School, Mouvement d’implication francophone d’Orléans, Ottawa School of Theatre). Artists who sell works in the show donate 15% commission back into the Fund to help other local artists. The Shenkman Family Foundation will match dollar-for-dollar all contributions made to the ARTicipate Endowment Fund from now until December 31, 2018. Arts Network wishes to thank the generous support of our Award Sponsors DeSerres and Wallack’s and our print sponsor Sotek Graphics. ABOUT THE TRINITY ART GALLERY Owned and operated by the City of Ottawa, the Trinity Art Gallery features the works of local and regional artists in two exhibition salons. Artists are selected through an annual peer assessment process. The Gallery is located on the Lower Level of the Shenkman Arts Centre and is open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., 7 days a week. ABOUT ARTS NETWORK OTTAWA Arts Network Ottawa knows how the Arts build strong communities. For more than 30 years, we have collaborated with communities to promote the creative, social and economic benefits of local Arts and will continue to do so. We provide an informed voice for a bilingual network, across the Ottawa region, of over 400 artists, cultural workers and arts organizations. As an arts service organization, we are an essential connection to opportunities, resources, promotion and advocacy that advance careers and the sustainability of Ottawa’s arts community. Arts Network Ottawa recognizes that the City of Ottawa was built on unceded Algonquin Anishinaabe Territory. The Arts Network also recognizes the diversity of Ottawa’s artists and residents and both official languages.
Mayor Watson calls new gallery a “premier hub for our rich, vibrant and diverse Arts Community.” OTTAWA ON, APRIL 28, 2018 – Today the new Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) opened to the public, offering a new centre for culture in the city. The inauguration marks a significant moment for Ottawa’s cultural landscape and artistic community, as the new OAG houses galleries for special projects, a permanent collection and the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art. Along with the expanded space, the OAG debuted a spectacular exhibition showcasing the region’s rich art history. Àdisòkàmagan / Nous connaître un peu nous-mêmes / We’ll all become stories, is a landmark exhibition of unparalleled scale honouring over 6,500 years of art making in Ottawa-Gatineau. “The province welcomes this exciting addition to Ottawa’s cultural scene,” said Daiene Vernile, Ontario Minister of Tourism Culture and Sport. “The new, expanded space allows the Ottawa Art Gallery to provide an inclusive place to showcase the wonderful breadth of historic and contemporary Canadian art.” ‘’The opening of the new Ottawa Art Gallery marks a significant moment in our city’s history and culture. The newly expanded facility will serve as Ottawa’s premier hub for our rich, vibrant and diverse Arts Community. Congratulations to our local arts leaders who worked tirelessly with the City to turn this 30-year-old dream into a reality. Through the collaboration between OAG, community partners and all three levels of government, Ottawa now has a new home for its most important works of arts; an exciting space to share these Canadians treasures with residents and visitors from around the world.’’ - Jim Watson, Mayor, City of Ottawa A major cultural investment, the new OAG spans six floors and more than 55 000 square feet of programmable space. The stunning contemporary new building offers glimpses of the urban core and includes rotating galleries for historical, contemporary and touring exhibitions, an art studio, two rooftop terraces, a large multi-purpose room and a café all provided within a barrier-free environment complete. The new OAG has fully accessible entrances, gender neutral washrooms and offers free child-care Wednesday evenings and during vernissages. Admission to the new OAG is always free and its operating hours are 9 am to 9 pm, every day. ‘’The new Ottawa Art Gallery has been designed with a sense of interconnectivity, manifested not only in the beautiful architecture, but also in its approach to community. You will see a gallery that is accessible, breaks down barriers to participation, a gallery that is free and open when you need it to be, a gallery that embraces diversity, a gallery for you.’’ -Alexandra Badzak, Director and Chief Executive Officer, Ottawa Art Gallery The OAG is part of a multi-use complex that also incorporates an exciting private sector mixed-use residential complex, Arthaus condominiums by DevMcGill, and a boutique hotel by Groupe Germain Hotels. Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) OAG is Ottawa municipal’s art gallery and cultural hub. Located in Ottawa’s downtown core, the expanded Gallery is a contemporary luminous cube designed by KPMB Architects and Régis Côté et associés. https://oaggao.ca/ For media enquiries, or to set-up interviews please contact: Véronique Couillard Ottawa Art Gallery 613-233-8699, x244 613-291-1358 firstname.lastname@example.org Andrea Chrysanthou Global Public Affairs 416-797-8194 email@example.com