Many Hands Make Light Work

Goings On

Dear Readers, Creative People, and Change-makers,

We haven’t posted here in a while but things haven’t been quiet at Red Dress Productions. We’ve been working with partners on imagining the framework for three new interdisciplinary projects — one of which is beginning this fall — we’re entering a mentorship with a York University Community Arts student, and we’ve been grant writing to support our creative endeavours.

We’ve also been widening our view to more deeply consider how to sustain our work —

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The Sherbourne Health Centre Mosaic

MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK

June 2011
18’ long x 8’ high

Many Hands Make Light Work: a partnership between Sherbourne Health Centre and Red Dress Productions. 300+ community members contributed to the conceptual development and building of this mosaic between January and June 2011. At 12 community consultations, we brainstormed, we told stories, and we made art with a range of materials including pastel and foam plate printing on fabric and paper. At the end of each consultation,

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Photos from our Unveiling and Reception on June 21, 2011

200+ contributors and community members celebrated the unveiling of the Sherbourne Health Centre Mosaic. Thanks for making it such a joyous occasion. A plaque recognizing the artwork’s title, and all project contributors and supporters will be installed in September 2011.
Thanks to Heidi Cho and Boyd Kodak for unveiling and reception still photography (pictured in this post); gracious event host Clare Nobbs; speakers Skye Louis (Neighbourhood Arts Network), Loree Lawrence (Ontario Arts Council), and Doug Kerr and Suzanne Boggild (Sherbourne Health Centre);

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Neighbourhood Arts Network features Sherbourne Health Centre Mosaic

Thanks to the Skye Louis and Amy Goudge at Neighbourhood Arts Network for featuring the Sherbourne Health Centre Mosaic Project. We appreciate NAN’s work on behalf of artists working in collaborative and community engaged practices!

Here’s the link:
http://neighbourhoodarts.wordpress.com/2011/06/09/sherbourne-health-centre-mosaic/

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Communities Activate to Make Change

Alvaro Orozco – a young artist who contributed to the Sherbourne Health Centre Mosaic Project – is released from immigration detention on humanitarian and compassionate grounds!

Alvaro is a talented, passionate and motivated visual artist and photographer, dedicated advocate for queer and newcomer youth and recipient of the 2010 Street-Level Advocate Award from the Toronto Youth Cabinet and City of Toronto. Alvaro was arrested on May 13th, as an undocumented resident, and faced deportation to Nicaragua.

“Thank you. To all the people that signed petitions,

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Final Week of Open Studio at the Sherbourne Health Centre

Tomorrow (Thursday, June 9th) is our last day of open studio at the Sherbourne Health Centre, and we’re already lamenting packing up the studio. The project has been heaps of fun, and is worthy of a raucous celebration. We hope that each and every one of you (300+) contributors comes out to the unveiling and reception of this new public artwork on June 21st with your friends, family, and allies.

Many folks have asked what happens between now and June 21st .

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Unveiling and Reception Party on Tuesday June 21, 2011 @ 7pm

More than 300 community members joined together over several months to create the Sherbourne Health Centre Mosaic. Please join us in celebrating this new public artwork led by artists Anna Camilleri and Tristan R. Whiston of Red Dress Productions, with apprentices Heidi Cho, Rafaela Dominici Vidinha, Daniel Ellis, and Jay Stewart.

Unveiling & Reception
7pm, Tuesday June 21, 2011
The Sherbourne Health Centre, 333 Sherbourne Street

Refreshments & Special Guests
+ an opportunity to suggest a title for this new work

The Sherbourne Health Centre Mosaic Project – a partnership between Red Dress Productions and Sherbourne Health Centre – has been made possible thanks to the Toronto Arts Council,

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Week 8 of Open Studio at the Sherbourne Health Centre

Details from the “access 4 all” panel.
To give you sense of how many contributors are involved, the following built elements of the “dignity” photo detail to the left (a 24″X 8″ area):
Katie Yealland
Tristan R. Whiston
Rafaela Dominici Vidinha
Chantelle Gobeil
Jay Stewart
Richard Burns
Jade Reid
Anna Campbell
Heidi Cho
Anna Camilleri

Details from the “welcome”

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