Commission for $80,000 permanent sculpture for Pickering Museum Village awarded

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Published May 29, 2023 at 12:54 pm

Artist Sarah Fuller of Bluff Studios

A visual artist who has been an artist-in-residence all over the world and a McMaster Fine Arts grad and artist, architect and playground designer have been awarded a $80,000 commission to create a permanent public sculpture for the Pickering Museum Village.

Pickering invited artists or artist teams last October to submit proposals for the sculpture to be installed at Millpond Meadow on the museum grounds. The project, envisioned as a community hub where people come together to learn and share stories, is intended to reflect the natural beauty and vibrancy of the meadow and surrounding area and celebrate the history of Pickering.

Bluff Studio artists Sean Procyk, who builds site-specific sculptures and has been exhibited in Hamilton, Calgary, Edmonton, Banff, Toronto and other communities, and Sarah Fuller, who has showcased her work recently in Hamilton, Banff, Winnipeg and elsewhere (and as served as an in-residence artist in Banff, Australia, Italy, Yukon and Iceland), won the bidding for the competition, with the decision made by public art jury comprised of city staff, practicing arts professionals, and community members.

Slightly more than $36,000 of the financial award will be provided through the Healthy Communities Initiative, Community Foundations of Canada fund.

The total budget for the project, including artist fees, materials, and installation is $80,000 and will be used to cover artist fees, all applicable taxes, detailed renderings, materials, technical consultations and approvals or other expertise as required, fabrication, installation, insurance, equipment, travel to meetings and to the site, and an artist statement for completed work.

Pickering also endorsed the commission of public art for the Pickering Museum Village log barn permanent exhibit be awarded to Oddside Arts in the amount of $38,000. The funds for this project will come from the federal Canadian Heritage, Digital Access to Heritage Grant.

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