Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, December 15, 2015

Vancouver

Vancouver city council will vote on program to fund individual artists Council will vote on whether to approve a grant of $52,500 to a nonprofit multidisciplinary group called ArtStarts in Schools. In each subsequent year, the organization would receive a $50,000 grant. Georgia Straight, December 13, 2015

Winnipeg

Witness Blanket at CMHR honours residential school victims A strap, a wash basin, a sweatlodge fireplace brick — these are just a few of the artifacts gathered from Manitoba residential school survivors and their families for a new exhibit called the Witness Blanket, which went on display at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights today. Artist Carey Newman and his team travelled across the country over a period of about 12 months, gathering stories from survivors and their families and collecting artifacts from residential schools. Winnipeg Free Press, December 15, 2015

Ottawa

City shows off new art, and reaches to east and west ends The City of Ottawa’s annual exhibition of new art is bigger this year than it has ever been before, having spread across both the map and the calendar…. The annual unveiling of new purchases and donations to the city’s public art program is typically held at Karsh-Masson Gallery in city hall, where many of those acquisitions are now on display to Jan. 17. The Ottawa Citizen, December 15, 2015

Miami

First-Time Director Settles In at Pérez Art Museum Miami Mr. Sirmans, a former curator, had just started his job as director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami at a time when the institution had committed to increasing its private contributions and art collection in a city without a tradition of cultural philanthropy….Art world luminaries in town for Art Basel Miami Beach were pouring across the causeway to let Mr. Sirmans know they’re pulling for him as a first-time director — not to mention one of the few African-Americans to lead a major metropolitan museum. New York Times, December 14, 2015

 London

Public artworks disappearing before our eyes, says heritage body Historic England is launching a campaign to raise awareness of how much art is being lost, whether metal sculptures being stolen and sold for scrap or architectural friezes being deliberately ripped down by developers…. As well as the campaign HE will stage a related exhibition telling the stories behind the lost art at Somerset House in London from 3 February to 10 April. The Guardian, December 15, 2015

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