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Submitted by Dr. Joanna Black
EK ! is a multi-level international art education project involving art students, art educators, art administrators and art education professors. EK!’s mission is to “support the development of critical, socially sensitive and creative thinking in society through the unification of contemporary art and art education. The main aim of Eksperimenta! is to bring art and art education closer to each other” (Eksperimenta! website at http://www.eksperimenta.net/2017/ 07/11/english-eksperimenta-2017/).
EK! is influential and effective through (1) establishing a continuing international art exhibition of student art based on the famous Venice Biennale; (2) through establishing ongoing workshops for participants to address new media concerns –this year by learning about photo-based processes; and through (3) the ongoing IDEAlaboratory conference enabling the sharing of, learning about, collaborating and networking regarding contemporary art and art education issues.
Upcoming is (EK! which will take place October 20th to December 3rd 2017 and is comprised of the (1) exhibition, (2) a new media 4 day workshop; and a (3) conference called the IDEAlaboratory (IDEAlab). This year, educators and young people from 10 countries are involved submitting artworks thematically based on the concept of “Art & Economy.” For this, students are asked to address this theme through the making of artworks about our contemporary economy” A triennial exhibition will be held in downtown Tallinn at the Art Hall, Art Hall Gallery, City Gallery, and EAA Gallery. The city itself is a world UNESCO site. EK! 2017 enables youths to collaborate with each other and their voices to be heard on an international platform.
The Canadian Exhibition for Eksperimenta! 2017 consists of nine Canadian artworks by thirty-six students which are curated into the show from the provinces of Ontario, Manitoba, and British Columbia. The art selected is from three Canadian public schools, and one alternative education site. Particular to this exhibition, each of the secondary school teachers worked with art educators at a gallery or museum including The National Gallery of Canada, The Art Gallery of Ontario, the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Students works from (1) Ottawa, (Colonel By Secondary School); (2) Vancouver, (Carson Graham/ Seycove Secondary/Argyle Secondary; (3) Toronto (Art Gallery of Ontario); and (4) Winnipeg, (Sisler High School) are curated into the exhibition.
Here is the information about the Winnipeg contingent:
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Teacher: Michael Thwaites
School: Sisler High School
Gallery Affiliation: Winnipeg Art Gallery
Mike Thwaites worked with Art Educator, Allison Moore.
Number of Submissions: 5 sculptures, 5 posters of the sculptures and a video related to the production and understanding of the sculptures.
Number of Students working on the Project: 7 (see slideshow above, with their artworks’ titles).
For more information,
please visit the Eksperimenta Web site.