Arts & Culture Activities
Artists in Place: The Bunkhouse Project - Call for Artists
Deadline: 4:30 pm, October 1, 2018
CALL FOR ARTISTS
The City of Saskatoon invites professional, community engaged Saskatoon-based artists in all disciplines (including writers, composers, visual artists, musicians, theatre artist, video, multi-disciplinary, social practice, and performance artists) to submit proposals for a pilot project at the historic Bunkhouse at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo.
We welcome all extraordinary ideas that promote meaningful community engagement through artistic opportunities. Artists passionate about working with diverse communities are especially encouraged to apply.
Artists in Place: The Bunkhouse Project is a pilot program to revitalize the historic Bunkhouse at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo through a series of community engagement projects, and the development and implementation of an artist studio program.
- to reimagine and redesign the Bunkhouse as an artist space that will serve as an artist laboratory and incubator
- to develop a pilot project for artist studios at the Bunkhouse
- to actively engage Aboriginal artists and community in the project
- to animate the Bunkhouse and Park at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo through public art activities
Please refer to the Call for Artists for more information and submission details:
This project is made possible through the generous support of the Saskatchewan Arts Board’s Artists in Communities program.
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HISTORY OF THE BUNKHOUSE:
Built on Treaty Six Territory and the traditional homeland of the Metis; the Sutherland Forest Nursery Station opened in 1913 as a tree nursery station and model farm with landscaped grounds, a Superintendent’s residence, operational buildings, propagation fields, trial shelterbelts, and experimental plots. The Bunkhouse was built in 1916 and used as a residence for workers. The nursery closed in 1965 and a portion of the site was reopened as the Forestry Farm Park by the City of Saskatoon in 1966. The Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo opened in 1972. Since that time the Bunkhouse has been used as administrative offices, a veterinarian office, and, more recently, a storage facility. In 1990 the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo was designated a national historic in recognition of its role as a Forest Nursery Station.
Every year, in the last weekend of September, Culture Days activities are available in Saskatoon. Culture Days is a national event that is free to participants and involves hands-on experiences that provide the public “backstage” or “behind-the-scenes” access to share in how art is made.
It is an invitation to the public to connect, engage and co-create in an innovative way in the arts. There are many opportunities for engagement and participation. Local businesses and emerging artists are encouraged to host and collaborate with artistic troupes in diverse cultural practices.
This September 28, 29, and 30 features many exciting activities - from the celebrations at the University of Saskatchewan bowl, Métis Cultural Days at the Western Development Museum, the Saskatchewan Craft Council's cultural hub on Broadway, Prairie Prism at Confederation Park Mall to Nuit Blanche in the downtown - there is an abundance of culture to experience. Visit Culture Days for a complete schedule.
Creating Community: A Brief History of Arts and Culture in Saskatoon
Researched and written by Saskatoon writer Regine Haensel in 2011, this booklet traces the development of arts and heritage in Saskatoon. A cultural timeline of milestone events is also included. Printed copies are available by calling 306-975-3378.