Works Art & Design Festival
The Works Visual Art and Design Festival will be going
into its 19th year in the summer of 2004. The annual celebration produced
by The Works International Visual Arts Society is the largest art and
design festival in North America and spans from the end of June to the
beginning of July.
Churchill Square and some other core Edmonton locations
within the eight-block Arts District provide venues for the busy event. In
previous years, over 200 exhibits and special events have taken place
within the downtown radius.
Tony Dillon-Davis speaks briefly on The Works Art
and Design Festival. Listen Now
Festivities at the community-oriented festival consist
of both indoor and outdoor visual art exhibitions, a children's tent where
they can create pieces, the newly created Design Pavilion speaking to the
impact of design on everyday living, the Works Street Market where artist
vendors can sell their work, and general revelry basics such as crowds,
food and music.
Presenting an eclectic array of art, the Works attracts
emerging and established artists, patrons, and general members of the
public from across Canada and the world. Recent festivals have seen about
250,000 people arriving to interact with the numerous persons and groups
who present their creations.
At the 2003 Works, 585 artists were representedfrom
burgeoning child artists to art students, to older and nationally
recognized individuals. Festival goers also come from diverse contexts
ranging from art savvy to general distance from other arts events.
Chris Allen talks about the fourth Works festival.
Visitors to the festival see paintings, prints, hand
crafted fine jewellery, soapstone carvings, photos, marionettes, comic
strips, metal sculptures, installations and rogue graffiti art. With each
festival's list of artists, the festival is bursting with different things
to be seen.
The Works serves to provide artists with exhibition
experiences and make the far-reaching influence of art accessible to the