What do the upcoming 2015 Pan Am Soccer Games have to do with contemporary art?
Centre for print and media arts is a “proud IGNITE community partner” on Hamilton’s cultural program for the games.
From July 10th to the 26th Centre – with support from Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Recreation, and the City of Hamilton – will present visual and media arts installations and a hands-on multi-arts event in the Sherman neighbourhood on Barton Street East. The program includes Pop Up Shop – an exhibition showcasing visual and media artists from our region and from across Ontario, and ArtMatch – a community based event with performances and hands-on printmaking, poetry, music and dance. These cultural activities will take place within walking distance of the soccer stadium, along Barton Street from Barnsdale Avenue to Prospect Avenue.
Pop Up Shop Visual Artists consists of seven window display interventions at various locations on Barton Street, available for viewing 24/7. Rita Camacho Lomeli, who has experience in bringing art projects to “non-gallery spaces”, will curate this section. Participating artists from Hamilton and other parts of Ontario include Brendan Fernandes, Erik Jerezano, Amelia Jimenez, Fiona Kinsella/Vesna Trukulja-Stevens, Steve Mazza, Shelley Niro and Dianne Pearce. The recurring themes of their work engage with the history of the location and the relationship between domestic interiors and public display.
Pop Up Shop Media Arts consists of three installations at 749A Barton Street East on view for three consecutive weekends from July 10th to July 26th. After the July 10th opening, the installations may be viewed on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 6 pm. Jim Riley, the curator of the exhibition, has roots on Barton Street that date back decades. June Pak’s installation will feature the sights and sounds of a stadium crowd. David Bobier, a new media artist, will incorporate the sounds of Barton into a tactile vibrating artwork. Camille Turner, who grew up near Barton Street, will gather some of the oral history of Barton Street to incorporate into her artwork.
To conclude the weekend opening event, Art Match will take place July 12th from 12 to 3 pm, at St Anthony of Padua Church on Barton Street at Prospect. The afternoon invites neighbours and visitors to celebrate soccer through the arts. Coordinator Ingrid Mayrhofer, is a visual artist and soccer fan, who has extensive experience working with communities in Hamilton and abroad. Ingrid has invited artists Matt McInnes, Klyde Broox, Kojo Easy Damptey and Alex Menjivar, to engage neighours and visitors in hands-on printing of t-shirts and flags, as well as poetry and dance. The ArtMatch team will lead a parade on Barton Street to view the visual and media arts installations, and finish with an after-party at 749A Barton Street East, from 5 to 7 pm. Matthew Green, City Councillor of Ward 3, will open the event with words of greeting at 2 pm.
Opening Weekend Schedule:
Friday, July 10, 7 – 10 pm: Kick-off opening reception at 749A Barton Street E.
Saturday, July 11, 12 – 6 pm: Art & Craft Fair at 749A Barton Street E.
Sunday, July 12, noon – 3 pm: ArtMatch – hands-on t-shirt printing, music, food at Saint Anthony of Padua Church Performance 2:00 pm, followed by a parade at 3 pm along Barton Street to the art installation, and after-party at 749A Barton Street E, 5 – 7 pm
Exhibitions run July 10 – 26:
Visual Arts Installations in Storefronts along Barton Street between Barnsdale and Lottridge are on view 24/7
Media Arts Installations are on view at 749 A Barton St. E on weekends: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 6 pm.
Art Match & Pop Up Shop is generously supported by: