Local Artists Respond to COVID-19 through New Temporary Public Art Project

Published on: 2021/08/11 - in Releases

RELEASE — Art all Around is a new public art project featuring 20 local artists who have captured and reflected on life during the COVID-19 pandemic in Kingston. The Art all Around installation can be found on Kingston Transit bus stations at 16 different locations across the city. Kingston artists representing different disciplines – including the visual arts, music, theatre, dance, writing – were commissioned to respond to the question: “Where do we go from here?” The result is the creation of a series of powerful textual responses combined with unique visuals that speak to a diversity of thought in this complex moment.

“Through this public art project, we wanted to engage local artists in the conversation of city-building, resiliency, and recovery post-COVID-19,” says Danika Lochhead, Manager, Arts and Sector Development. “Artists and creativity have a critical role to play in our community as we move towards reopening, reflect on what’s happened over the last 18 months, and find a good path forward.”

As part of this project, residents are also being invited to share their response to the question “Where do we go from here?” using the hashtag #WhereFromHere on Instagram and Twitter.

Featured Artists

Céline Klein, Chantal Thompson, Deb St. Amant, Elizabeth Morris with Alistair Morris, Eric Williams, Kayla MacLean and Luca Tucker with Erin Ball, Jill Glatt with Mutual Aid Katarokwi-Kingston, Kingston Freestyle Dance Collective, Leah Riddell, Liz Turner, Mo Horner and Grace Dixon, Roots and Wings, Ryan Lewis, Sadaf Amini, Sadiqa de Meijer, William Carroll, Yessica Rivera Belsham.

To find the artworks’ locations and more information on the artists, visit the City of Kingston Public Art webpage.

Release | Image: City of Kingston