Visual Arts Nova Scotia (VANS) in collaboration with the Ecology Action Centre (EAC) and the Khyber Centre for the Arts are pleased to announce D’Arcy Wilson as the artist-in-residence for Re:Focus Sustainable Art. Wilson is a Halifax-based interdisciplinary artist working primarily in performance and video. During her residency, she will create a series of performances called Protect Your Love: Fact and Fiction that would occur in some of the province’s largest wilderness areas, beginning in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park and Kejimikujik National Park.
“We are faced with a barrage of complex challenges as to how we can achieve environmental sustainability in an increasingly industrialized/urbanized society. D’Arcy’s work explores our psychological and physical relationship to the Natural World as we are encroaching in on it. This residency allows for dialogue between different communities who share similar concerns but find different strategies to bring awareness to these issues. We are very excited to partner with the Ecology Action Centre and the Khyber Centre for the Arts on this initiative” says Briony Carros, VANS Executive Director
In addition to the on-site residency in September, the Khyber Centre for the Arts will host a 2-week exhibition opening November 5, 2012. Public presentations and events bringing together contemporary artistic practices and current environmental research and engagement will be programmed to coincide with the residency. Stay tuned for more details.
Visual Arts Nova Scotia (VANS) acknowledges support from the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage to realize the project.
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More about the artist
Wilson received her MFA in 2008 from the University of Calgary. Most recently, she exhibited her work in a two-person show, Fleshold at the ODD Gallery, Dawson City YT and had a solo exhibition, Tuck at the Owens Art Gallery, Sackville NB. She has participated in residencies at the Banff Centre and the Confederation Centre in Charlottetown, PE. She has received grants form the New Brunswick Arts Board and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.
About the Ecology Action Centre (EAC)
Since 1971 the Ecology Action Centre has been a vital and independent voice for environmental sustainability in Nova Scotia. The EAC is proud to be a membership-based, grassroots organization with an effective and unique structure and approach; we have over 1,200 members and 300 active volunteers. The EAC’s environmental work has a strong emphasis on environmental education and community development. For more information, visit www.ecologyaction.ca.
About the Khyber Centre for the Arts
Established in 1995, the Khyber Centre for the Arts fosters critical thought in society by operating an artist-run centre that presents non-commercial contemporary art and facilitates dialogue, social interaction and information exchange for professional and emerging artists and interested members of the general public. For more information, visit www.khyber.ca.
About Visual Arts Nova Scotia (VANS)
Working for the advancement and rights of the visual arts and artists in Nova Scotia, VANS is an inclusive organization established in 1976. The non-profit service organization provides exhibition, marketing and educational opportunities and support to the visual arts sector across Nova Scotia. Recognized as a critical resource for the visual arts in Nova Scotia, the public frequently consults VANS about Nova Scotia-based artists and the visual arts sector, in general. Since 1978, VANS has published Visual Arts News, the only magazine in Atlantic Canada dedicated to contemporary art. As a primary resource for visual artists, providing access to a community of peers, VANS fosters excellence, skills development and lifelong learning in the arts.