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Creative City Summit - October 1 to 3, 2019

The City of Saskatoon will be hosting the Creative City Network of Canada Summit from October 1 to 3, 2019.  This three day conference for municipal cultural workers provides an opportunity for Saskatoon to share knowledge and highlight its dynamic arts and culture scene.

Saskatoon filmmaker, Andrei Feheregyhazi, was selected to create a short animated film to promote the event.  His film, Saskatoon:  Where the Art Is, is sponsored by Saskatchewan's Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport and the City of Saskatoon.  The composition for the video was created by local musician, Dean Summach.

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.

PROJECT GOALS:

  • 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:

Call for Artists - The Bunkhouse Project 

This project is made possible through the generous support of the Saskatchewan Arts Board’s Artists in Communities program. 

Please contact kathy.allen@saskatoon.ca for more information

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.

Bunkhouse Location and Floor Plans 

Culture Days

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.

 Creating Community: A Brief History of Arts and Culture in Saskatoon