Founded in 2005 Artsweek is a non-profit, volunteer-run, week long celebration of arts and culture that takes place the second week of September every year in Peterborough Ontario. The goal of Artsweek is to program high quality, highly visible, and engaging projects that bring the arts front and center for the broadest possible audience.
Artsweek provides cultural producers with a professional opportunity to showcase with a diverse range of contemporary artists and acts as a launch pad for new projects. Applicants and participants are encouraged to view grants as seed money for development of their ideas into a sustainable long term project.
Artsweek 2014 Events:
Atelier Ludmila, Public Energy, Art School of Peterborough, Electrick City, Elizabeth Fennel and Anne Jaeger, and The Peterborough Poetry Slam Collective will be producing works for this year’s festival.
Market Hall Performing Arts Centre, 4-6 pm
Join the Artsweek Presenters for a meet and greet. Live music, food, and performance intermingled with talk about all things Artsweek.
Atelier Ludmila presents:
Baba Yaga and the Lost Babushka, a family-friendly afternoon performance, set among the trees and rolling lawns of Victoria Park.
Join our band of merry-makers and follow the Giant Fire Bird on a roving adventure, in this adaptation of an Eastern European classic celebrating children, friendship and grandmas! . Featuring live music, giant puppets and some rather big and very little surprises along the way.
Atelier Ludmila is a performance-based production house and research lab invested in making art big with the public.
Saturday, September 6 at the small park between Bethune and Stewart streets, south of Sherbrooke (Community Garden park)
Sunday, September 7 in Victoria Park (at Water and Brock streets)
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 6, 6-9 pm
Day Job is an exhibition offering insight into both artists’ creative process and their struggles to sustain themselves. Featuring photographic portraits of local artists ‘working’ alongside their visual artworks, it will illustrate the many ‘day jobs’ artists take on in order to support their creative practice.
Curated by Elizabeth Fennell and Ann Jaeger, the exhibition will feature photographs by local image makers, alongside works by the featured artists at Gallery in the Attic.
Open hours for ARTSWEEK: Tuesday-Saturday 11am-5pm (Closed Sunday & Monday)
Art School of Peterborough
Art Abandonment Project and Workshop Series
The Art School of Peterborough presents a series of separate workshops for youth, teens, and adults in a variety of mediums. $10 / workshop
These workshops will allow students the satisfaction of the art-making process itself with the end result showing its effect art has on others. All artwork for this project will be left or abandoned within the community for others to find. Individuals will determine their location of abandonment. It could be a complete act of kindness or for a complete stranger. All artwork will contain a specific tag that to associate the work with Artsweek 2014, The Art School of Peterborough’s Art Abandonment project and a link to facebook and twitter.
Participants in this movement do not have to take part in the workshop. Individuals can create within their own spaces and submit to the project as well. Along with this experience of art making, individuals will see the positive effect art can have on themselves, others and the community.
Saturday, September 5 – Thursday September 11
178 Charlotte Street
Electrick City Historic Walking Tour
Get out on foot and enjoy The Electrick City Historical Walking Tour! Experience a side of Peterborough seldom seen. Take in new sights and stories about Peterborough’s past, and past inhabitants. This is the Artsweek event you’ll still be talking about when you pass into history yourself! Make sure you don’t miss it. Walk it early, lest it disappear forever!
The tour is free, self-guided, and fun for the whole family. Pick up your walking tour map and brochure from Artspace @ 378 Aylmer.
And here is the list of locations for the walking tour:
-alleyway at George and Murray
-Rotary Trail in east city
-Armour Road and Dunlop St.
-Dublin St., near Traill College
-Quaker Oats factory
-Water St. by the Trans Canada Traill walking bridge
-Charlotte and Rubidge
The Peterborough Poetry Slam Collective
Tapestry for Change: Workshop series and Performance
Experience the power and passion of spoken-word through a series of free workshops including Slam Poetry for Beginners, How to Use the Mic, Performance Poetry, and Hip Hop. At the end of the week take the experience to the stage!
Monday September 8 – Thursday September 11,
5-7 pm @ the Spill, 414 George St. N.
Friday September 12, 7-9 pm
$5 or pay what you can
Facebook.com / Ptbopoetryslam
Public Energy presents
Totally Multi: Dennis Tourbin’s World of Art and Performance
An event celebrating the legacy of poet/painter/performance artist Dennis Tourbin (1949-1998), a pioneer of Peterborough’s contemporary art scene.
September 13, 2014 at 8pm
Market Hall Performing Arts Centre, 140 Charlotte Street
Tickets: 1984 rates – just $5 – donations accepted
Available at the door or in advance from the Market Hall Box Office.
Phone 705-749-1146 or on line at markethall.org
Totally Multi will feature artists who Dennis worked with, going back to the 1970s, as well as today’s generation of performers, artists and writers. They will perform Dennis’s work, and in some cases present new interpretations of Dennis’s varied output, which included paintings, video, performance art and poems. The event will cast a light on an important time – 1974 to 1984 – in the development of Peterborough’s contemporary arts culture. A full line-up and description can be seen at publicenergy.ca
Totally Multi is happening in conjunction with two other related programs: The Language of Visual Poetry, an exhibition of Tourbin’s work presented by the Art Gallery of Peterborough and hosted by Artspace, institutions Dennis had a strong association with and which are both celebrating their 40th anniversaries in 2014; and Paris La Nuit, a restaged performance by Niagara Artists Centre (St. Catharines) of one of Tourbin’s painted plays, presented by Artspace and Public Energy in partnership with the Art Gallery of Peterborough.
An Evening of Poetry and Song with Daphne Molson
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
6:00PM to 8:00PM
Artspace | 378 Aylmer St. N.
Refreshments Served | Free
This year we are also pleased to announce media partnerships with KawarthaNow, PtboCanada, Peterborough This Week, and The Wire Magazine. Helping us get the word out to you!
Artsweek is managed by a volunteer subcommittee of the Arts, Culture, and Heritage Advisory Committee to the City of Peterborough. Artsweek is grateful to the City of Peterborough and the Department of Canadian Heritage for their financial support.