Artist's Statement: There is a disconnect between people’s everyday lived experience and their conception of nature as something external and removed. This leads to a concern that we will have no inclination for protecting the biodiversity with which we engage every day. Given that 81% of Canadians reside it urban centres (Statistics Canada, 2011), it is important to understand how city dwellers define and interact with urban wildlife and wilderness.Through an investigation into the urban ecology of Lethbridge, my aim is to challenge people to rethink their conceptions of nature as detached from our daily lives. One of the intended outcomes of my research is to increase awareness of, and the need for, engagement with urban ecologies as spaces in which humans and other species must live and thrive together.
Backyard Wilderness, a public billboard art project by Leila Armstrong.
Backyard Wilderness will appear on 6 billboards throughout Lethbridge from September 9 – October 6, 2019.
4 Avenue South and 4 Street South
13 Street South and 2 Avenue South
Mayor Magrath Drive South and 5 Avenue South
Stafford Drive North and 5 Avenue North
13 Street North and 7 Avenue North
Mayor Magrath Drive North and 2 Avenue North
Backyard Wilderness, an exhibition by Leila Armstrong.
Backyard Wilderness will appear at the Helen Schuler Nature Centre Community Art Gallery from Tuesday, August 26 – Saturday, September 28, 2019.
Nature Centre's Location: 300 Indian Battle Road South Lethbridge, Alberta
Backyard Wilderness, an exhibition of digital photography by Leila Armstrong.
Backyard Wilderness will appear on the indoor digital screen located in the lobby at Casa from September 7 - October 19, 2019.
230 8th Street, South Lethbridge, Alberta
These projects are made possible through support from the City of Lethbridge Public Art Small Projects Program, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Casa Artist Residency Program, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Discovery Grants Program, the Canada Research Chairs Program, and PATTISON Outdoor Advertising.
Call for Submissions for Cabinet of Queeriosities IV
The Gallery at Casa is hosting Cabinet of Queeriosities IV. This is the 4th in a series of exhibitions celebrating LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, queer) history, identity, culture, and pride through a diverse range of subject matters and approaches. In the past, works shown as part of Cabinet of Queeriosities have included video, photography, mixed media, painting, drawing, ceramics, found objects, altered objects, assemblages and people’s collections of LGBTQ themed items (such a beefcake playing cards and beaver ornaments). The Gallery at Casa is a multi-use facility, and submissions should consider diverse audiences and ages.
This call is open to all artists. You need not identify as LGBTQ but submissions should in some way address LGBTQ history, identity, culture and/or pride. Each artist, or group of collaborators, may submit up to 3 works. This exhibition is curated and artists chosen will be paid an honorarium for participating ($25 - $150, depending on the number of artists included). Artists must cover cost of shipping, if applicable. Please include name, medium, year, and insurance value when dropping off work to Casa. You may also include a cv and brief statement, not exceeding 250 words.
Drop off your work in person between June 10 and 13, 2017. If you are submitting from out of town, ensure your shipped work arrives at Casa before June 13, 2017. The exhibition opens June 24 and runs until August 25, 2017. There will be an opening reception on June 24, 2017.
For more information, please contact guest curators and coordinator Leila Armstrong at firstname.lastname@example.org Megan Morman email@example.com or Casa Curator Darcy Logan at firstname.lastname@example.org