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News / August 28, 2015

News in Brief: Richard Rhodes Departs, Access Gallery Heads to Sea, NEXT2015 Recipients Announced

This week, Richard Rhodes announced his departure from Canadian Art, Access Gallery secured funding and the NEXT2015 participants were announced.
Images clockwise from left: departing <em>Canadian Art</em> editor Richard Rhodes. Photo: Barbara Solowan; Tia Halliday, <em>The Modern Narrative 2 </em> (performance still), 2014; Access Gallery's <em>Twenty-Three Days at Sea</em> project. Images clockwise from left: departing Canadian Art editor Richard Rhodes. Photo: Barbara Solowan; Tia Halliday, The Modern Narrative 2 (performance still), 2014; Access Gallery's Twenty-Three Days at Sea project.

Our editors’ weekly roundup of Canadian art news.             

After nearly 20 years at the publication, Richard Rhodes is stepping down from his position as editor of Canadian Art on December 31, 2015. The Canadian Art Foundation board of directors announced that the magazine’s Winter 2015 issue will be Rhodes’s last one as editor; however, he will stay on as editor emeritus, writing for the magazine, lecturing at related events and more.

On Wednesday, Contemporary Calgary announced this year’s participants in NEXT2015, an annual residency sponsored by the RBC Emerging Artists Project. Each participant will have one month to work in the upper level of the gallery producing temporary, site-specific works. Jake Klein-Waller, Dana Buzzee, Tia Halliday and Quartet in Transit will all be participating, with the inaugural residency beginning in late August.

After a successful fundraising campaign, Access Gallery’s travelling artist residency, which will send artists cross the Pacific Ocean from Vancouver to Shanghai aboard cargo ships, is officially a go. The gallery raised more than $11,000 for the project, which saw its first participant, Elisa Ferrari, embark on her trip to Shanghai in June. The project will stretch over the next three years, culminating in a travelling exhibition and publication.

Edmonton’s Aboriginal Art Park, part of the project for the revitalized Queen Elizabeth Park, is gathering momentum. This week, the Edmonton Arts Council released a call for project proposals from Indigenous artists, signalling the beginning of the art selection. The plan for the Queen Elizabeth Park’s revival was approved in 2013, with hopes to open the art park in fall 2017.