February 12, 2009
by Canadian Architect
For 13 days this summer – from June 19 to July 1, 2009, The Works Art & Design Festival will present “HEAT.” The Works is the first festival of Edmonton’s summer season with world-renowned mind-altering art exhibits. The Works, the largest free outdoor art and design festival of its kind in North America, is a spectacular event that showcases the best in cutting-edge design, digital art and new media technology alongside traditional visual art mediums. The Works is open to the general public, where anyone can take advantage of the free art programs in which they can create their own artworks, witness artists-at-work demonstrations, and attend featured artists lectures and events – all while enjoying Canadian performers on The Works Street Stage, a vibrant artisan market, and the world-class Works Food Street.
Over the next two years, The Works will feature themed exhibits that focus on sustainability and environmental consciousness. With the idea that awareness leads to positive change, the exhibits will bring together art, sustainability and social responsibility in an exciting way, all while provoking discussion. “It’s great seeing the themes play out in all different kinds of media, from painting to sound to video artists,” says Dawn Saunders Dahl, Director of Programs and Marketing. The feature themed program for the 2009 Festival will be HEAT and for the 2010 Festival, EARTH.
More than two decades later, The Works Art & Design Festival continues to transform Edmonton’s downtown public spaces into alternative galleries attracting artists and patrons from around the world, while boosting the energy and imagination of Alberta’s capital city every summer. It continually challenges the boundaries of contemporary art and design in regional, national and international milieus, offering a plethora of exciting exhibits and special events to the public. Formed in 1981, The Works International Visual Arts Society, a registered, charitable organization, produced the first The Works Art & Design Festival in 1986.
For more information, please visit www.theworks.ab.ca.