Cameron Cartiere and the chART collective’s, For All Is For Yourself explores ways of increasing sustainable habitat for bees. Cameron will talk about the developement of the installation, the Richmond and Kelowna Bee Pastures, and how these can contribute to helping our wild bee populations.
Dr. Cameron Cartiere is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Culture + Community at Emily Carr University of Art & Design. She is a practitioner, writer and researcher specializing in public art, curatorial practice, urban renewal, sculpture and sculpture parks. She is the author of RE/Placing Public Art, co-editor of The Practice of Public Art, and co-author of the Manifesto of Possibilities: Commissioning Public Art in the Urban Environment. Her current book (with Martin Zebracki, University of Leeds, UK) is The Everyday Practice of Public Art: Art, Space, and Social Inclusion.
Dr. Cartiere recently completed the SSHRC funded research project chART: Public Art Marpole. The project supports public art and community engagement through creativity and innovation and is a collaboration between Emily Carr University of Art + Design and the Marpole BIA, Public Art Vancouver, Translink, SFU, the Downtown BIA, the Vancouver Public Library, local schools and community groups.
Building on the success of the chART research, Dr. Cartiere is collaborating with a multidisciplinary team of artists, writers, scientists, and new media researchers to convert neglected greenways and brown-field sites into native pollinator pastures using public art as the driving force for positive sustainable environmental change. This new SSHRC funded research, “Public art pollinator pastures: new models of creative community engagement for sustainable environmental impact” is based in Richmond and Kelowna in conjunction with Nancy Holmes of UBC Okanagan. Richmond city partners include the Sustainability Unit, Public Art and Parks departments. Kelowna city partners include the Public Art and Parks departments. The Richmond Pollinator Pasture is located in Bridgeport Industrial Park. The Kelowna Pollinator Pasture is located in Brent’s Grist Mill.
The chART research also inspired the collective. The chART Collective is not really a “who” but more of a “what” – a method of working cooperatively towards shared aspirations and objectives. The current focus of the collective is community engagement on environmental issues through art and ecology. To this end, the collective includes a broad spectrum of talented individuals who bring together a variety of skills and expertise including communication design, beekeeping, creative writing, project management, illustration, carpology, visual arts, community engagement, garden design, industrial design, strategic planning and ecology. Members of the collective include: Brian Campbell, Geoff Campbell, Angeles Hernandez Correa, Ashley Guindon, Jen Hibert, Evan Hutchinson, Jaymie Johnson, Megan Smetzer, Lily Smetzer, Nick Strauss and Durwin Talon.