It was announced last week that the City of Whitehorse will spend up to $400,000 on public art in 2020, with artist’s submissions being accepted from now until February 28th of the upcoming year.
Under the City’s public art policy, 1% of the capital construction cost for any city-owned public building or facility must be allocated to public artwork. Most of the art will be displayed at the City’s new operations building – where funding for this project came from, but after a vote in 2016 relating to the display of public art, other locations around the city will also be chosen based on cost and value to the public. The City is hoping to receive submissions from artists in a variety of disciplines. Right now, you can pick up a visual arts guide at the Visitor Information Centre info desk and check out all the public art displays around the city. What would you like to see next year, and where would you like to see it?
Artists can register here: www.whitehorse.ca/procurement
Find public art right now at the following locations:
Law Centre art collection: “The Conversation”, a five-piece sculpture by Whitehorse artist Alyx Jones, stands outside the main entrance. You can view a large collection of additional art in public areas on all three levels of the building
Beringia Centre: Appreciate large murals by Halin de Repentigny, “Crow Makes the World” by Keith Wolfe Smarch,
Yukon College: displays a large public art collection with works by many well-known Yukon artists. The Hilltop Bistro, a fine dining training facility, showcases a new artist each semester.
Visitor Information Centre: Works by Yukon artists are on display both inside and outside of the building.