November 21, 2014 to January 18, 2015
The Okanagan Steamfest is a project being spearheaded by the Penticton Museum in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the Kettle Valley Railway and the launching of the steam-driven paddle wheeler, the SS Sicamous.
In considering the role the railway has historically played Canada in terms of “Nation Building”, one can’t dispute the cultural, social, economic and environmental impact the railway and inland steam ships have had on the landscape, its original inhabitants and the flora and fauna adversely impacting and altering them forever. It’s also largely a European driven history, save for the thousands of Chinese migrant workers who lost their lives doing the work the no one else wanted to do. These railway companies were also granted huge tracts of land by the Crown which superseded the rights of our existing First Nations communities and are still the subject of countless lawsuits and settlements.
So as the Penticton Museum looks to mark the centenary of the arrival of the first steam train to Penticton the Penticton Art Gallery invites all artists regardless of nationality, race or gender and working in all media to examine the role the railway as played in the history of Canada over the past 148 years. What are the lasting legacies which remain and how does this impact the way our government works with private and corporate interests, all in the name of economic development and sovereignty. It’s an incredible history which encompasses so much of our nation’s identity, resilience, ingenuity, heartbreak, diplomacy, opportunities gained and lost, greed and so much more which remains untold and unexplored. This is your opportunity to examine this history and how it has impacted and affected your life today and the lives of your families, communities along with the world they once knew and what could have been.
Artist statements outlining your proposal need to be received by e-mail no later than Friday, February 27th.
Please send your artist statements with the subject headline Steam Rolled Artist Submission to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Artist Submission Deadlines:
Deadline for expressions of interest and artist statement: Friday February 27th, 2015
Deadline for work to arrive at the Penticton Art Gallery:
Works must arrive no later than 4:00 p.m. Sunday March 15, 2015
March 20th - May 10th, 2015
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