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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Call for Submissions - Hot Box project

November 10th, 2009 will be the 30th anniversary of the Mississauga train derailment and evacuation. I'm collaborating with groups and the people of the community to create exhibitions in memory of this event. The Hot Box project is inviting the people to submit their memories of the Train derailment and evacuation of 240,000 residents.
-Sonja Hidas

Call for Submissions:

The “Hot Box” project is a community art project currently accepting submissions for a 2009 exhibition. Please forward memories of the Mississauga train derailment and evacuation of November 1979. All media are accepted (letters, Photographs, objects…). Please included contact information.
Deliver or mail your entry to:
Heritage Mississauga c/o Hot Box
1921 Dundas Street West
Mississauga Ontario L5K 1R2

or email us at

Green Youth Showcase!

Get into the "limelight" and submit your work for the

Are you a young visual artist who wants to effect positive change? Are you a spoken-word
artist with a message to share about the quality of the air we breathe and pollution in our city?
The Mississauga Arts Council is now accepting applications from artists between the ages of
13 and 24 to participate in the Green Youth Showcase. The event is an evening of visual and
performing arts exploring environmental awareness in Mississauga.

Formally known as the Mississauga Youth Arts Showcase, this dynamic event has been
presented annually for the past seven years by the Mayor's Youth Advisory Committee in
collaboration with the Mississauga Arts Council. The Green Youth Showcase takes place on
Thursday, May 7, 2009 at the Clarke Hall in Port Credit. The event kicks off with a visual art
exhibition at 7 p.m. followed by a performing arts showcase at 8 p.m.

Ingrid Gardiner, Development Director of the Mississauga Arts Council believes the Green
Showcase is a great opportunity for youth to express their feelings about the environment and
transportation options in the future. “Linking visual art with an environmental message is not
just subliminal. Youth’s vision can convert good intentions into real action. We can change our
choices: - we can use our cars less, we can carpool and we can use our bikes more often.
Together we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The art display will tap into how youth
feel about their local environment, how it affects their future and how they can send a positive
message to their fellow citizens.”

Submissions for the showcase must be dropped off at the Mississauga Arts Council office by
Friday, April 17, 2009 at 4 p.m. For application forms and additional information, please visit or call 905-615-4278.

Media Contact: Heather Brissenden, Communications Officer
Mississauga Arts Council
Tel: 905-615-4212 Fax: 905-615-4171

Download the application from the website here

Friday, March 13, 2009

Canadian Conference of the Arts

What is the Canadian Conference of the Arts?
The Canadian Conference of the Arts (CCA) is the national forum for the arts and cultural community in Canada. It provides research, analysis and consultations on public policies affecting the arts and the Canadian cultural institutions and industries. The CCA fosters informed public debate on policy issues and seeks to advance the cultural rights of Canadians.

What have they been up to?
Conference of the Arts is pleased to announce the National Cultural Strategy Workshop – a Chalmers Event and the CCA Awards Ceremony to be held in Ottawa on March 12, 2009.
Against the backdrop of recent cuts to arts and cultural programs, an election campaign where the arts and culture featured as a key national issue, and an international crisis the Canadian economy in jeopardy, this Workshop will present an opportunity to address some of the short-term and long-term challenges now facing the sector.

Following an extensive nation-wide consultation with the arts and cultural sector, the CCA’s National Director, Alain Pineau, will present a Report on the CCA Regional Forums. The report will inform this National Cultural Strategy Workshop so that our sector may begin mapping out the path to achieving our goals.

Anne L’Ecuyer, of Americans for the Arts (AFTA), will share the experiences of the American arts community as it moved from disarray to a strong, coherent, and effective national political voice. She will then conduct a workshop systematizing a five-stage approach to gaining consensus and strategies to help move the sector into a coordinated future direction.

After completing the strategy workshop, the CCA will invite participants to celebrate the artistic achievements of the sector by attending the evening CCA Awards Ceremony. The most notable award is the Diplôme d’honneur, first presented in 1954 to Vincent Massey in recognition for his work on developing Canada’s fledgling arts policies. Past recipients include such noted Canadians as Joe Fafard, Bluma Appel, and renowned Canadian author, Roch Carrier. The second award to be presented is the Keith Kelly Award for Cultural Leadership, named after a past National Director of the CCA who distinguished himself as a strong advocate for the arts in Canada.

Read a re-cap, (live blogged at the time of the Workshop) and make your comments here

Friday, February 13, 2009

Couch Surfing + Illunating Peace

On view until March 22 at the Art Gallery of Mississauga

Couch surfing in Mississauga/Couch surfing in Syracuse
Alison S.M. Kobayashi and Christina Kolozsvary
Curated by Su-Ying Lee with co-operation from Emily Vey Duke & Cooper Battersby

Two emerging artists were invited to become hosts and guests, guiding the other through the mundane, peculiar and fantastic aspects of life where they reside, in the periphery of a major city. Raised in Mississauga, Alison S.M. Kobayashi studies Art and Art History at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Christina Kolozsvary, originally from Miami, Florida, lives in Syracuse where she studies Art Video at Syracuse University.

While the process this has lead to is not strictly collaborative, the artists have worked on the projects for this exhibition through co-operation, exchange and the spirit of partnership. Kobayashi and Kolozsvary have come upon converging concerns, both formal and conceptual, in their practices.

Alison Kobayshi's project, based on her early experiences as a Brownie and Girl Guide, invites viewers to DO GOOD, much as she was encouraged to do during her formative years. Kobayashi's work examines the inception of those "good" values and how they have since evolved.

Christina Kolozsvary addresses the implications of her early
childhood fixation with Elvis Presley in the installation King of My
. Kolozsvary examines the assimilation of her puerile attraction
two-fold, in both the idealization of Elvis as a romantic partner and the
of assuming his persona.

amy loewan Illuminating Peace
a collaboration with the Robert Mc Laughlin Gallery, Oshawa

"My art is the melding of Chinese painting sensibilities and western post-modernist art practices. My work is about the promotion of peace, harmony and understanding."-Amy Loewan

Eight large woven banners made from rice paper strips are suspended in the
Gallery space. On these strips written in calligraphy and computer generated
type, in over thirty languages are the values that Loewan sees as vital to world
peace; compassion kindness, tolerance, respect, understanding, patience,
gentleness and forgiveness.

Illuminating Peace adds a three dimensional component to The Peace Project. Using the same rice paper weaving and the eight values Loewan has committed to in her world vision of human relations she has created a column. This column is illuminated from within and transforms the Gallery into a contemplative sanctuary.

Amy was born in Hong Kong at the end of WWII and immigrated to Canada in the late 70s. She was trained and still practices as an occupational therapist but later studied art, receiving her Master's in Fine Art from the University of Alberta.

This exhibition is an extension of The Peace Project which has been exhibited in nine Canadian venues in the west as well as showings in Shanghai and Hong Kong. The AGM has collaborated on this exhibition with the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa and the Yukon Art Centre in Whitehorse.

Art Gallery of Mississauga
300 City Centre Drive, Ground Floor
Mississauga, Ontario
Canada L5B 3C1

Tel: 905 896 5088

Hours: M, T, W, F 10 am to 5 pm
Thursdays 10 am to 8 pm
Sat & Sun noon to 4 pm

Admission: Free

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Call for submissions - Living Arts Centre


The New Hybrids: A Juried Exhibition in Mixed Media

In a time when technological innovation races against the shrinking of the globe, artists seek refuge in an ever-growing palette of media. The New Hybrids is an exhibition searching for new and creative ways of combining media to give voice to a rapidly changing world.

The Living Arts Centre is accepting submissions from new and emerging artists for a juried art exhibition in mixed media. Selected works will be exhibited in the Living Art Centre’s on-site gallery from May 2nd - May 24th, 2009. All submissions must incorporate at least TWO media and have been completed within the last two years to be considered.

Submission Information:
-$20.00 application fee made out to the Living Arts Centre

-artist statement (max. 100 words)

-current CV

-2 submissions of current work (jpegs on CD), including: title, medium, size, date, artist’s name for each image. Artist’s name must be clearly labeled on the submission CD.

-SASE (self addressed and stamped envelope) – please ensure correct postage for return of CD (The Living Arts Centre assumes no responsibility for images sent without return postage)
**Email submissions will not be accepted

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, February 23rd, 2009 at 5 pm

Please send submissions to:

Studio Arts Living Arts Centre

4141 Living Arts DriveMississauga

ON L5B 4B8

For more information, please email or call 905.306.6161

Submissions will be reviewed by a selection committee.

Notification of Acceptance: Artists will be notified by phone or email on Monday, March 31st, 2009 if their piece has been selected to be in the exhibition. Only those accepted will be notified. Accepted artists will receive details pertaining to the exhibition including delivery of artwork, insurance coverage, opening reception and awards.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Professionalize your artistic practice!

Developing an Artist’s Statement

In this two hour hands-on workshop you will learn how to develop, articulate and write an effective artist’s statement. Come prepared to share your ideas and write. You will leave with a completed and effective artist’s statement. Space is limited.

The workshop will be facilitated by Tara Marshall, writer, educator and Outreach Coordinator at the Art Gallery of Mississauga.

$20 Public (MAC & VAM members receive a 20% discount)
$15 Students and Art Gallery of Mississauga members
To register call Tara Marshall: 905-896-5507
or email

Date: Monday March 9th, 7- 9 pm

Art Gallery of Mississauga,
Main Floor, Mississauga Civic Centre
300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga, ON

Monday, January 19, 2009

I Served the King of England

The series, an initiative supported by the Art Gallery of Mississauga, Blackwood Gallery at the University of Toronto at Mississauga and the Living Arts Centre showcases international and independent cinema. Held at the Living Arts Centre's Hammerson Hall, the screenings are take place the last Tuesday of every month. Download your film series guide here

Film Series Tickets: available at the Living Arts Centre Box Office in person or by calling 905 306 6000. To order tickets online, visit
Admission: AGM Members/Students/Seniors: $10.00
General Admission: $12.00Series Pass: $30.00 (4 film package)

Screening Location: Living Arts Centre, Hammerson Hall, 4141 Living Arts Drive, Mississauga
Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at 8pm

I Served The King of England
Director: Jiri Menze, Czeck Republic, 2008
Language: Czech with English sub-titles
Running Time: 118 minutes
Rating: R for sexual content and nudity

Jan Dite is short in height, but high in ambition. To put it bluntly, the young provincial waiter wants to become a millionaire. And he knows just how to do it: by hearing everything, seeing everything, and creating opportunities at every turn. Armed with this knowledge and an irrepressible wish to please, he soon leaves his first place of employment, a pub, for a luxury brothel and finally moves onto an elegant Art Nouveau Prague restaurant. But by the late 1930s, things are changing. Hitler has taken the Sudetenland region and is breaking apart Czechoslovakia. Jan falls in love with Líza, a Sudeten German proud of her Aryan blood. They marry, and soon after Líza is sent to serve on the Polish front, while Jan remains behind to serve as a nurse in a Nazi SS Research Hospital, but when she returns,
she has a fortune in rare stamps that Jews had 'left behind.' After Lízaâ's less than heroic death, Jan sells the stamps and becomes a millionaire. But he only has three years to enjoy his fortune: the new Communist regime puts him behind bars for 15 years, one for each of his millions. Upon his release from jail, Jan is sent to live in a decrepit border town. Here Jan reflects on the events that have shaped his life--and to reflect on what might have happened if he had played a different role in these events.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Art's Birthday!

It's approaching Art's Birthday again! January 17th of each year.

What is Art's Birthday you ask? Read on...

In 1963, French artist, Robert Filliou declared "One million years ago, on January 17, Art was born...when someone dropped a dry sponge into a bucket of water. Modest beginnings, but look at us now. Close the schools and the factories! Let them eat cake and make art! And the next year let it be two days of holiday, then three days, then four, five, six and so on, until everyday is art's birthday, at which point we can all get on with life".The point Filliou was making concerns the making of art as an everyday activity accessible to everyone, not a rarefied object.Since then, a loose network of artists and organizations has celebrated Art's Birthday honouring the Fluxus spirit of art being made not to be bought, sold or traded as a commodity, but given "freely" as a gift.

Robert Filliou (b. January 17, 1926, Sauve, France d. 1987, Les Eyzies) a member of Fluxus, the 1960's performance group that specialized in esthetic non-events, believed that art didn't have to express itself in the form of objects. He saw it as a form of play that could even occur as unrealized notions. His minimal-impact works are apt to be made of string, cardboard and wood, the vehicles for stray, vaguely poetic ideas and images. Filliou's ephemeral works undermine heavy notions of what art is or should be.

How Mississauga will be celebrating Art's Birthday?

January 17, 2009
Noon to 8pm
Erin Meadows Community Centre & Library
2800 Erin Centre Blvd. Mississauga
Tel: 905-615-4750

The Art Gallery of Mississauga is participating in the Art's Birthday celebration presented by the Office of Arts and Culture, City of Mississauga. This year, Art's Birthday is an ecology-themed celebration. Activities include a Mississauga sound map, sound installation, underground garage sale, art trading-card craft, sound art listening gallery, art-on-air live, radio DJ demos, soundwalks, puppet musicians, underwater (pool) soundtrack, artist performances, open mic, children's workshops, happy birthday choral performance and birthday cake.

The Art Gallery of Mississauga will be presenting the work of Mississauga artists Alison S.M. Kobayashi and Gintas Tirilis who have both created dynamic site specific installations for the event.

Alison S. M. Kobayashi will be presenting two installations on the birthday theme. Her first installation can be viewed in an Erin Meadows Public Library book case beginning January 6th. The second, in the entrance of the Community Centre, is a playful multi-media installation inspired by the Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot music video Comic Strip. Kobayshi combines a retro future aesthetic, celebratory accoutrements and her own performance in a tribute to Art's Birthday.

Utilizing an unexpected combination of water and sound, Gintas Tirilis creates a site specific, participatory installation at the Erin Meadows Community Centre. Tirilis's Drip Machine allows visitors to the Centre to trigger and tune unique audio patterns and rhythms by adjusting the flow of water faucets. Each participant's faucet adjustment becomes an original "remix" which includes samples from varying radio stations and pre recorded audio.

View Art's Birthday flyer

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