APAN Summit 2019
FRI Sept 13 - SUN Sept 15

Key-Note Speaker
SAT Sept 14 | 8 PM

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David Garneau – Uncommon in the Commons: Non-Colonial Public Art

September 13, 2019 - September 15, 2019

Keynote Speaker: David Garneau 

Uncommon in the Commons: Non-Colonial Public Art

Public art is a relationship between people and special things in public spaces. It is a moment when a mere real thing becomes animated by attention and care, and where individuals become social beings. Public art is the expression of shared desires and aspirations. This talk looks at how public art might perform and inspire non-colonial, non-patriarchal, and non-capitalist social spaces, beings, and relations.

David Garneau (Métis) is a Visual Arts Professor at the University of Regina. His practice includes painting, curation, and critical writing. Garneau has recently given keynote talks in Australia, New Zealand, the United States, and throughout Canada. He is part of the curatorial research project Creative Conciliation; Sensory Entanglements, a 5-year, Australia/Canada, SSHRC-funded creative research project; and is working on the Tawatina Bridge project, a large public art work for the City of Edmonton. His paintings are in numerous public and private collections.

The public are invited to attend the keynote speaker presentation by David Garneau in the Esplanade Studio Theatre on Saturday, September 14 at 8 PM. Tickets are available in advance at

APAN 2019 will explore where and how public art can change, be reconsidered, refocused and reconstituted. By exploring current issues, we’ll examine the relationship between public art and our contemporary context, public art’s responsiveness and importance to our everyday lives.

Come together in Medicine Hat with artists, curators, and administrators to reflect on processes and structures in public art, and to support more critical ways of thinking and working.