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Murals for Manitoba's 150

By: Harry Callaghan
Posted: November 13, 2019 07:34

Image: BNB Studios and Wall-to-Wall Mural & Cultural Festival

In celebration of Manitoba’s 150th anniversary, communities across the province have a chance to apply to receive a contemporary, accessible, and public-facing work of art in 2020.

“Manitoba artists will travel to destinations across the province and create striking pieces of art that reflect and celebrate our history, our people, our culture, and our beauty,” said Stuart Murray, Co-Chair of The Manitoba 150 Host Committee.

Up to five Manitoba communities will receive a subsidy for the creation of a contemporary mural curated by Synonym Art Consultation that will highlight the local community, spark conversations, and inspire engagement. Communities that face barriers to accessing art, especially those in Northern Manitoba and Indigenous communities, will be given priority in receiving art and art-related workshops.

“We have so much to celebrate in Manitoba, and Mural 150 gives local artists the chance to shine while sharing our unique stories and promoting the rich diversity of our communities,” said Cathy Cox, Minister of Sport, Culture and Heritage.

“With a broad presence across the province, CWB National Leasing is proud to sponsor Mural 150, which will highlight the natural beauty of our communities. We believe that every community in our province is worthy of attention, and this initiative will inspire greater tourism, and fantastic local pride,” said Michael Dubowec, President  & CEO of CWB National Leasing.

Synonym, part of the curatorial team of Wall-to-Wall, will oversee the submissions process, ensuring that the selected artists and communities flourish in unity. “After a successful pilot year in 2019, our team is thrilled to be expanding this project into more communities across Manitoba. We strongly believe all people should have equal access to public arts and arts programming and we’re excited to see and hear the impact these murals will have in each community,” said Andrew Eastman, co-founder and co-curator of Synonym Art Consultation.

Mural 150 is a celebration of the diverse communities that make Manitoba unique. 
“The rich history of storytelling through art dates back thousands of years. Mural 150 is a fantastic way to create a lasting legacy for up to five communities across the province. Each piece will tell the story of the community in which it resides, and will inspire art, storytelling, and pride of place for all who see and visit the murals in 2020 and well after Manitoba 150 celebrations are over,” said Monique LaCoste, Co-Chair of The Manitoba 150 Host Committee.

Submissions to Mural 150 are open until January 31, 2020.

Applications as well as additional information on Manitoba 150 can be found at www.Manitoba150.com.

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