May 12 – June 8
Guided Bus Tour of APP Kingston sites Saturday 12 May, 1:30 pm
Public Roundtable Thursday 7 June, 7 pm
Great public art can define a city. With this in mind, APP or Art in Public Places Kingston presents six concurrent public art installations at various sites throughout Kingston. Presenting three Kingston-based artists, and three artists exhibiting nationally the project anticipates the City of Kingston's development of a Public Art Policy and takes spectacle as its theme—examining spectacle as device and phenomena. APP Kingston is curated by xcurated curatorial collective (Jocelyn Purdie, Riva Symko and Matthew Hills).
Featured Kingston artists and associated sites include Shayne Dark at the Pump House Steam Museum (23 Ontario Street), Michael Davidge at the Swamp Ward Window, a residential gallery space located at 448 Bagot Street, and a billboard presentation of Catherine Toews' work located on Taylor Kidd Boulevard between Gardiners Road and Bexley Gate. These installations are in dialogue with the work of Robert Hengeveld at Lemoine Point Conservation area, Steven Laurie at Cataraqui Centre, and artist duo Millie Chen and Warren Quigley presenting a work commissioned by the Toronto Sculpture Garden at the site for the Anna Lane Downtown Condos at Bagot and Queen Streets.
The project will be launched on May 12 at 1:30 pm with a guided bus tour of installation sites leaving from the parking lot at Food Basics, Barrack and Wellington St. A map of all sites, with directions can be found at http://www.xcurated.ca/sites/. APP Kingston will culminate with a public roundtable discussion of public art in the context of Kingston presented at the Market Square Amphitheatre.
For further information go to xcurated.ca/app-kingston, follow @xcurated on twitter, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
APP Kingston is grateful for the support of Union Gallery, the City of Kingston and the Kingston Arts Council through the City of Kingston Arts Fund. xcurated further acknowledges community partners including Anna Lane Downtown Condos, the Swamp Ward Window Project, Cataraqui Centre, the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority, and Tourism Kingston.
Image: Michael Davidge, Pretty Vacancy. Courtesy the artist