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Garthercoles Arch

Saskatoon's permanent collection numbers 40 outdoor works of art, most of which were acquired by donation. Several major pieces were commissioned and purchased with funding from the Government of Canada as a result of Saskatoon being named a Cultural Capital of Canada in 2006.

For more information, contact the City's Arts and Culture Consultant at 306-657-8671.

Browse the collection with our public art iMap

Upcoming Events: Public Art Talk and Workshop for Artists

The City’s Public Art Advisory Committee is hosting two free public art events in November featuring Barbara Cole, a Vancouver-based artist, curator, educator and curatorial consultant of public art.  

Public Art Now: A Vancouver Perspective with Barbara Cole

Thursday, November 30, 2017
7 p.m., reception to follow
Frances Morrison Library (Auditorium), 311-23rd Street East

Barbara Cole is recognized for her contributions to the advancement of public art in Vancouver. In this free public talk she will discuss the challenges, joys, and rewards of commissioning and producing art in public space. Through references to a diverse range of innovative temporary and permanent public art projects she will address the ways that art in the public domain engages in the aesthetic, communal, economic and regulatory conditions of public places and public life.

Public Art Conversational Forum and Workshop for Artists with Barbara Cole                                                                                    

Saturday, December 02, 2017                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
City Hall (Committee Room E), 222-3rd Avenue North

**Registration is required by November 28, 2017, to attend the Workshop for Artists. Space for 20 participants. To register please email grants@saskatoon.ca.  

This free workshop is designed for local artists interested in public art and the conceptual and practical aspects of submitting a site-specific public art proposal. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss the challenges and rewards of working in the public domain, and explore approaches to specific sites, situations, and conditions within Saskatoon. 

Placemaker Program

The City, in partnership with the Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), manages the Placemaker Program  to add significance to civic spaces through temporary public art.  These temporary exhibits transform public spaces and engage with audiences to promote an appreciation for contemporary art practices. All artwork is considered annually and selected by the Public Art Advisory Committee.  Artists can submit any medium.  Preference is given to submissions by emerging artists and pieces that reflect Saskatoon's unique sense of place through its people, history, culture or landform.   

For more information, contact Jonathan Epp, Urban Design, at jonathan.epp@saskatoon.ca

Browse the collection with our Placemaker Program iMap 

2017 Placemaker Projects

We are the River, Susan Shantz and Barbara Reimer, Downtown & Riversdale 
This art project aims to highlight the vital connection between Saskatoon residents and the South Saskatchewan River.  Photos of people holding statements about their personal and collective relationship with the river have been taken at various events throughout the summer and are being displayed on billboards in the downtown and Riversdale areas, as well as on social media.

Untitled, Emmanuel Jarus, First Nations Bank (224 - 4th Avenue South)  
The concept of the mural is being developed in collaboration with the Yellow Quill First Nation, who owns the building.  The mural will be installed later in August.

For more information, please contact Jonathan Epp, Urban Design, at jonathan.epp@saskatoon.ca

2016 Placemaker Projects
  • Birdo, River Reflection, River Landing
  • Craig Campbell, Priscilla, Queen of the Prairies, Broadway
  • Heike Fink, Catch YOUR Dream, 33rd Street
  • Cate Francis, The Paper Wildlife Conservancy, throughout all BIDs
  • Jason Gress, Coming Soon (Stoon), Broadway & Downtown
  • Darren Gowan, Untitled, Sutherland
  • Josh Jacobson, Habitual Synthesis, Downtown
  • Jeremy Tsang, An Eastern Dream of the West, Riversdale

Archive Placemaker Program Portfolio

On March 10, 2017 the City unveiled its 20th Anniversary Placemaker Artwork Catalogue!   This catalogue showcases the collection of temporary public artworks that were part of the City's Placemaker Program from 1994 to 2015.  It is available online and at every Saskatoon Public Library branch. 

2015:

  66 Physiognomies Artwork by Jinzhe Cui

 Summary by Jinzhe Cui

  66 Physiognomies by Jinzhe Cui 

 

2014:

 Der Vogelhandler by Mark Prier

 Der Vogelhandler by Mark Prier

 

 The Faces by Adrian Bica and Dimitri Karopoulos

 Like a Rolling Stone - Be Part of Art by Heike Fink

 We Are All Linked by Monique Martin 

 

2013:

 ​Cacher pour mieux montrer by Sans façon
 Found Compressions One & Two by Keeley Haftner

Community Art

The City, in partnership with the Riversdale Business Improvement District, invited artists to submit proposals to create works of art for the 20th Street West traffic signal cabinets. Proposals were submitted for new work, in any appropriate media, to enhance the traffic cabinets and enliven public space along 20th Street West. Innovative proposals were high-quality and original, from emerging and established artists that interpreted the importance of Riversdale’s past, present and future. Please see the Request for Proposals for more information.

To see an example of one of the completed cabinets, drawn and painted by artist Jinzhe Cui, please click here

Commemorations and Monuments

 

A commemoration is the honouring of the memory of a person, place, event, or idea. Generally speaking, commemorations are public, tangible and of significant interest or meaning to residents of Saskatoon. In 2013, Saskatoon City Council adopted a comprehensive policy to govern requests for commemorative art, statues, and monuments in Saskatoon.

 

Individuals and organizations interested in funding, designing and donating a public commemoration or monument are strongly encouraged to first read the Step by Step Guide to Commemorations in Saskatoon and then contact the City's Arts and Culture Consultant at 306-657-8671.

 

 Step by Step Guide to Commemorations