Arts Top 10: Volume 8

Wrapping up 2016 with a few roundups, reflections and highlights...


Taking the risk for art: National Arts Centre unveils details of new $25M National Creation Fund (CBC)

"The National Arts Centre is ready to take a bold step towards funding brand new, innovative Canadian artistic creations. Details of its new National Creation Fund will be revealed in Ottawa on Thursday morning.

If culture is too expensive for most, everyone pays a price (Aeon)

"It was in 2012 that Major League Baseball ran an ad showing generations of parents sharing the beloved American pastime with their kids. But it was already too late: in 2012, the average price for tickets to the World Series was nearly $1,000 – compared with just $2 for the same seats in 1963. Cost for two to attend even a run-of-the mill baseball game in 2016 is nearly $80, what with $6 per beer, almost $5 for a hot dog, and $16 to park the car."

Wanuskewin Seasonal Store brings Indigenous art to Broadway (Saskatoon StarPhoenix)

"For the past two years, June Gareau has been tirelessly perfecting her skills in the sacred craft of birchbark biting: an Indigenous art form where thin sheets of birch bark are folded four to six times before the artist bites down on the page."

A Sneak Peek at the Costume Institute’s New Show, “Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion” (Vogue)

"'Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion,' opening Friday at the Costume Institute, offers an inside look at how the Met’s curators are expanding and illuminating the museum’s holdings. Spoiler alert: It’s nothing like wardrobe building. While there might be room for a fashion flub, or three, in your closet, there is none in a museum collection, especially not one of this caliber."

Behind The Script: How Pedro Almodóvar Turned Alice Munro Short Stories Into "Julieta" (Co.Create)

"Pedro Almodóvar's visual imagination ran wild while he was reading Alice Munro's short story 'Chance' during a vacation in the Dominican Republic seven years ago. The story, which is featured in the Canadian author's 2004 short story collection Runaway, focuses on a fateful train trip from Toronto to Vancouver during which a young PhD student named Juliet is confronted with death and encounters a man with whom she will fall in love and have a child. 'I remember I was completely hooked with the part on the train, what happens on the train. I was very surprised by that section in that story, and I found it particularly cinematic,' the director and screenwriter tells Co.Create during an interview at the Peninsula Hotel in New York City, noting that he has long aspired to shoot a train sequence akin to the memorable ones captured on film by Alfred Hitchcock in Strangers On a Train, The Lady Vanishes and North By Northwest."

Spanish civil war art to be shown in London (The Guardian)

"An exhibition coming to London in January will attempt to recreate the impact of the Spanish pavilion of 1937, a little gallery built as cheaply as possible at the Paris International Exposition by Spain’s republican government at the height of the civil war."

Virtual Reality Is A Renegade Technology That's Disrupting The Creative Process (Co.Create)

"I'm far from the first person to suggest that creative companies are currently at a crossroads. Everything around us is shifting, from the media and platforms we’re expected to navigate, to the kinds of ideas our clients expect from us. And it seems that increasingly, we’re falling short of those expectations. Why? A failure on our part for not changing the creative ways we work with technologists and partners to come up with fresh ideas."

Vancouver's live-work studio program helps artists in a city short on space (The Globe and Mail)

"Nobody decides to become an artist for the money, but being able to make the rent would be nice.

In a city such as Vancouver, high rents and a low vacancy rate do not paint a pretty picture – particularly for artists, who need a place to live as well as a studio space in which to work. Solutions can be trying and not always conducive to one’s artistic practice – finding a roommate, sharing a studio, getting a day job or, yes, leaving town. And size restrictions imposed by space issues can also limit the kind of work an artist produces."

Magic from the madness: On black disabled activists and artists making change in 2016 (CBC Arts)

"This is part of a series of personal essays in which CBC Arts asked Canadian artists to reflect back on the year that was. This essay is by artist, activist and researcher Syrus Marcus Ware..."

'A bright and shimmering expanse of hope': Celebrating the voices of trans women in 2016 (CBC Arts)

"This is part of a series of personal essays in which CBC Arts asked Canadian artists to reflect back on the year that was. This essay is by award-winning author and poet Gwen Benaway..."