Joi Arcand, Heather Benning & Tim Moore, Ruth Cuthand, Babak Golkar, Michel Huneault, Eleanor King, Justin Langlois, Kelly Litzenberger, Dr. Mary Longman, Divya Mehra, Barbara Meneley, Alison Norlen, Dominique Pétrin, Lionel Peyachew, Vicky Sabourin, Laura St.Pierre, Karen Tam, Kara Uzelman, and Couzyn van Heuvelen
Organized by Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina Public Library in partnership with Sâkêwêwak First Nations Artists' Collective Inc., AKA Gallery Inc., Art Gallery of Regina, Estevan Art Gallery & Museum, Godfrey Dean Art Gallery Inc., Mann Art Gallery, Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery, PAVED Arts, and Allen Sapp Gallery
Roadside Attractions is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts New Chapter initiative. With this $35M initiative, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada. Additional funding for Roadside Attractions is provided by Tourism Saskatchewan’s Event Hosting Program for Special Tourism Projects.
Saskatchewan is geographically diffuse. While half of the province resides in urban centres, the other half are spread across small communities and reserves on Treaty 4, Treaty 6 and Treaty 10 territories. This Prairie sprawl, along with the ”boom and bust” rhythm of its resource-based economies, has shaped Saskatchewan people’s ways of life and ways of thinking about working with the land.. The free public services offered by libraries, museums and cultural centres, often situated in within the downtown cores of Saskatchewan’s many cities and small towns are critically important services serving as spaces for cultural exchange and participation.
Roadside Attractions, organized by Dunlop Art Gallery, presents a network of contemporary art commissions across Saskatchewan during the summer of 2018. Each artist participating in Roadside Attractions considers the unique histories, geographies, and populations of various locations – factors that have shaped dozens of Saskatchewan spaces into meaningful places.
While emphasizing the importance of historic downtowns and public institutions in place-making, Roadside Attractions also seeks to encourage a sense of discovery among viewers. Original artworks positioned along a 20+ hour scenic Prairie road trip create a network of unique experiences with art across the Saskatchewan Prairie – encounters range from public sculptures and site-specific installations to sound art pieces that accompany viewers as they journey through the province.
Check out https://www.skroadsideattractions.com/ for more information.
Eleanor King, Rocky Point (detail), Site-specific wall painting for Somewheres, Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Photography: Becka Viau and Amanda Dawn Christie, courtesy of the artist