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    Come and Play at the Art Bank: Paper, Contour and Colour

    By Anna Paluch
    Bernadette Phan, Words and Pictures (2000)

    "The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct" - Carl Jung  Join us for Culture Days! Be an artist for a day and come and play at the Canada Council Art Bank on September 26 from 10 am to 4 pm! Artists play – their work shows that. In fact, artists start by playing, coming up with an idea, gathering tools, and then figuring out how they all come together to create the final piece. They play with ideas, words, colour, te...

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    The Art Bank – Behind the Scenes at a Warehouse of Visual Delights

    By Danielle Havimaki

    Visit for the Canada Council Art Bank on September 26, 2015, from 10 am to 4 pm, as part of Culture Days. In August, as a summer student at the Canada Council, I had the opportunity to tour its Art Bank, home to over 17,000 artworks by 3,000+ acclaimed Canadian artists. At any time one-third of the collection is on view, either through loans or rentals to public and private organizations across Canada. Upon entering the Canada Council’s Art Bank, I was greeted by staff an...

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    Meet the latest winners of Canada Council prizes

    By Blog Editors

      Music Virginia Parker Prize: Yolanda Bruno The Virginia Parker Prize ($25,000) recognizes an outstanding young classical musician (singer, instrumentalist or conductor) who has been a recipient of Canada Council grants. Violinist Yolanda Bruno has been praised for her "total control of her instrument, articulation and perfect intonation with infinite variety in the sound palette" (La Presse). She has performed across North America and Europe, was named one of CBC’s...

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    On Leaving the Art Bank

    By Victoria Henry
    Vicki Henry, outgoing Director of the Canada Council Art Bank (centre) with artists participating in the exhibition Dezhan Ejan at the National Museum of the American Indian, 2004. Photo: Jeff Thomas

    How does one say goodbye to the best job in the federal government? Answer: With an enormous sense of loss and immense gratitude. Forty-four years ago a group of wise individuals proffered and supported the idea of purchasing art from Canadian artists across Canada and creating a rental program to install the purchases in government offices. Though many things have changed since then: the web, social media, new techniques, a wider world view – the kernel of the idea is still valid. Over ...

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    Summer Students Make Valuable Contributions

    By Danielle Havimaki
    The Canada Council's 2015 summer students: Anna Paluch, Danielle Havimaki, Jenny Laviolette and Vivien Leung

    Back to school – It’s a time of excitement and anticipation. And at the Canada Council, it’s a time when we say farewell and a huge thank you to our talented summer students. Each year summer students bring their energy, enthusiasm and new perspectives to our offices. In turn, the Council provides them a valuable work experience in a professional (but fun!), arts-loving environment. Danielle Havimaki interviewed her fellow summer students about the projects they wor...

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    Easing into the Future in Woody Point, Newfoundland

    By Claude Schryer
    Canada Council Inter-Arts Office Coordinator Claude Schryer presenting the Council’s New Funding Model at Bonne Bay Marine Station, Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland, July 17, 2015. Photo: Tom Cochrane, Old Crow Magazine

    From July 15 to 18, 2015, I had the privilege of participating in Liminus a gathering of some 60 artists, health care professionals, scientists, strategists, institutional workers and community members. The aim of this visioning workshop and festival was to develop an interdisciplinary retreat, conference, and workshop facility in Woody Point (population c. 400) on the shores of Bonne Bay in Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site in Western Newfoundland. Part music/inter-ar...

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