Wednesday, 4 December 2013


We'll be returning to Saskatoon on Friday to conclude Cacher pour mieux montrer by unveiling the 12 covered works. We have also been invited to give a talk about our work, making this project, and the public's response to date. The talk is open to the public.

Date: Friday, December 6
Time: 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Location: The Gallery at the Frances Morrison Central Library
311 - 23rd Street East, Saskatoon, Saskatchwan

Monday, 18 November 2013

Cacher pour mieux montrer

Last week we installed Cacher pour mieux montrer in Saskatoon. The temporary installation covers public art in the city for 3 weeks, bringing it back to attention and starting conversation about public art. The weather was very clement, considering the time of year, and the public's reaction was really positive and supportive. Here are a few pictures of the work in progress:

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

This week's talks

The first one is the Watershed+ artist in residence Rachel Duckhouse who will be talking about her work with the City of Calgary's Watershed + program. She will be joined for the talk by Twyla Hutchison, a Water Resources Engineer with Infrastructure Planning at the City of Calgary. Twyla is involved with river monitoring and forecasting, emergency response planning, design of erosion control and emergency mitigation as well as other development in the river valley. Together they will talk about Rachel’s work, data representation, collaboration between engineers and artists and complementarities of disciplines.

Date: Thursday, October 24
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Location: Faculty of Environmental Design
Kasian Gallery, Room 2145
Professional Faculties building, University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4

For the other talk we are very pleased to welcome Kevin Robert Perry from Urban Rain|Design for his first public presentation in Calgary. We first came across his work in a post in Pruned. Kevin will present his approach to green infrastructure visioning and planning developed through experience at the City of Portland’s Sustainable Stormwater Program. His innovative techniques to retrofit the urban fabric with sustainable stormwater management uses the landscape to not only manage stormwater, but to also create highly successful urban spaces.

Date: Friday 25th October
Time:: Coffee and pastries from 7.30, talk from 8 till 8.45 AM
Location: Bow Room @ the Water Centre
625 25 Ave SE, Calgary, Alberta T2G 4K8

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Urban Künste Ruhr

We've been invited by OSA Office for Subversive Architecture and Urban Künste Ruhr to be part of the Urban Lights Rhur Symposium, alongside the nice company of Marco Canevacci (Plastique Fantastique), Jan ehlen (RaumZeitPiraten), Alexander Stublic, and Mona El Khafif (CCA URBANlab).

A very nice series of presentations and discussions, looking forward to the rest of the day.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

BOW FLOW - Rachel Duckhouse Exhibition

Join us at the Kasian Gallery on Thursday October 24 @ 6.00 for the reception of Rachel Duckhouse's exhibition BOW FLOW! Rachel will be talking about her work and the reception will continue after.

Rachel has been working as an artist in residence through the Watershed+ program for the past year; she has had the privilege of working closely with the City's Water Resources', Water Services', and the Parks' staff and has developed something truly special. Among the works in progress is the pen and ink drawing diptych Bow Flow(2013), that maps sections of Calgary's Bow River as it travels through a treatment plant, and irrigation canal, and various bridges. By depicting only the water above ground and omitting surrounding architecture, Rachel reveals how the river adapts to creates a system around city infrastructure.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Tomorrow we're heading to Saskatoon for a new project. We're looking forward to the drive through the Prairie and to exploring this city for a couple of days. More on the project soon...

Monday, 17 June 2013

And whilst we're in Scotland we've also been invited by the exciting Velocity to do a presentation at the Lighthouse on our recent projects and our current work in Calgary, Watershed+, about the innovative integration of artists and creative practice in the City's departments.

VELOCITY presents a series of regular talks and conversations inviting international, UK and Scottish speakers to address issues arising from the VELOCITY programme. The events also offer networking opportunities for VELOCITY stakeholders: professionals working in city planning and urban regeneration, creative practitioners, artists, architects, designers, producers and arts professionals.

A walk at the edge of the world

We are currently developing another exciting new production with Magnetic North Theatre. We've been working with Magnetic North's Director Nick Bone and performer Ian Cameron in Edinburgh over the last 2 weeks and now heading to Mull to complete the first stage of development.

A Walk at the Edge of the World is inspired by the act of walking. During the performance, the narrator leads the audience along the many paths his mind followed as he walked and the talk leaps from subject to subject, mirroring the way the mind works when there is time only to think. The hidden secrets of the landscape and the constantly shifting border between land and sea lead the narrator to understand that the past is always with us, whether we realise it or not.

Performances: Mull — June 29th and Iona — June 30th

Monday, 6 May 2013

Worcester Orchard developments

As well as the Bristol Promenade, the University Orchard in Worcester is getting near completion.
In this first phase of the works, the hard landscaping is pretty much finished and the seeding is taking place. The orchard terraces are now clearly visible, now just waiting for the tree planting at the next planting season.

Bristol promenade

After a few developments, our project for the end of the Brunel Mile in Britol is near completion!

It started life as an exploration of spaces and planes defining a public space, and later morphed into a design responding more precisely to the particular man-made conditions to create a landscape specific to the space.

The final design is a boardwalk promenade space along a meadowy landscape fed by the runoff rainwater from the adjacent building. In collaboration with Cullinan Studio Architects and Grants Associates the journey of the rainwater is celebrated with the visible drain pipes, collection dishes and open rills distributing the water onto the grassland slope.
The different growing conditions (slope, orientation, rainwater runoff) are highlighted by the use of a variety of biodiversity and habitats (grasses, damp grassland, marginal vegetation and woodland groundcover). Combined with these conditions the experience of the harbour side (ruderal plants and riparian habitat) is drawn up into the Promenade.

This project was commissioned by Crest Nicholson Regeneration as part of the Harbourside development.

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Worcester Orchard

Last week we were in Worcester visiting our project for the University which is under construction. Over the last year we worked with BCA Landscape architects to realise this project, a public orchard in the heart of Worcester. The works are well under way and the land is taking shape nicely, exciting!

Here are a few shots from the day.

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Limelight in Vancouver

For its first venue in 2013, Limelight: Saturday night will be in Vancouver this week end.
We're setting up the lights tonight in 2 different places along Grandville Street. The spotlight will be happening at the same time in these 2 locations on Friday night and Saturday night.
Look for the limelight on Hastings and Grandville and 68th and Granville this week end!

And on sunday night we will have an informal evening of conversation and dialogue about Limelight: Saturday night with Bryan Newson, Public Art Program Manager for the City of Vancouver and Dr. Cameron Cartiere, Dean of Graduate Studies at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.
Sunday 27th January, 17.00 till 19.00, at the Metro Theatre, 1370 SW Marine Dr, Vancouver, BC V6P 5Z9.
More info here

Hope to see you in the Limelight or at the discussion!

The installation of Limelight in Vancouver is part of chART: Public Art Marpole, a creative collaboration between Emily Carr University of Art + Design and the Marpole BIA. The project aims to support public art and community engagement through creativity and innovation. This collaboration is led by Dr. Cameron Cartiere, Dean of Graduate Studies at Emily Carr.

Limelight: Saturday Night in Vancouver is hosted by chART: Public Art Marpole, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Downtown Business Improvement Association, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Marpole Business Improvement Association and the City of Vancouver Public Art Program.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

A couple of updates

After some quiet months without any posts on this blog, here are a couple of updates on some of the events we are taking part of in the coming weeks whilst continuing our work on Watershed+.

On January 17th we will be leading a conversation about innovative artist residency programs around the globe and the potential for expanded residency programming at the Lawrence Arts Center with artist Yvonne Mullock, and Lawrence Arts Center executive director Susan Tate.

The following week we'll be in Vancouver installing Limelight: Saturday night on its first venue in 2013. In partnership with Emily Carr University, the City of Vancouver, the Downtown Vancouver BIA, Limelight: Saturday night will be installed at 2 locations similtaneously

We will also take part of the 2013 Lulu Series: Art in the City on January 23rd.

If you're around for any of these events we'd love to see you.