Renfrew County Public Art Response

Graphic image of an abstract map with a map location icon. Text reads, "Renfrew County Inquest Engagement & Public Art Commission"

On September 22, 2015, Anastasia Kuzyk, 36, Nathalie Warmerdam, 48, and Carol Culleton, 66 were murdered in and around Wilno, Ontario, in the Ottawa Valley. In 2017, Basil Borutski was convicted of the murders of the three women, all of whom had been his partner at different times. In the summer of 2022, The Chief Coroner of Ontario will hold an inquest to investigate how and where systemic change could prevent such murders in the future. 

End Violence Against Women Renfrew County (EVA) & the Women’s Sexual Assault Centre of Renfrew County (WSAC) have been involved in this case since the day of the murders, providing support to family members as well as offering opportunities for communities to come together to grieve and talk. EVA has sought standing at the inquest to continue to raise the concerns and interests of the community; to that end, EVA/WSAC will engage the community through forums, one-on-one interviews and conversations in winter/spring 2022, as well as the creation of a commissioned public artwork. 

Visual artist Anna Camilleri is honoured to accept the invitation to design and create a public artwork at the service of the families and communities so deeply impacted by gender-based violence. Anna Camilleri is Lead Artist for the Countdown Public Art Project, a province-wide multidisciplinary arts initiative that creates monuments in public spaces to increase the public’s awareness of gender-based violence. Since 2016, 10 public art monuments have been collaboratively created in Bancroft / Kijicho Manito Madaouskarini Algonquin First Nation, Almonte, Pembroke, Eganville, Killaloe, Pikwàkanagàn First Nation, Peterborough-Nogojiwanong, North Bay, Carleton Place and Brantford.