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SAW City Debate

Renewal of Ottawa’s Art House
Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015, 7 PM, Club SAW (67 Nicholas Street, Ottawa)
Presented by SAW Video Media Art Centre, Ottawa Architecture Week and Galerie SAW Gallery

Panelists:
Rachel Kalpana James (Visual Artist and Arts Administrator)
Kwende Kefentse (Cultural Developer, City of Ottawa + Other)
Barry Padolsky (Architect, Barry Padolsky Associates Inc.)
Leah Snyder (Editor of Mixed Bag Mag and Convener for We Are Cities)

Moderator: Penny McCann (Media Artist and SAW Video Director)

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As part of Ottawa Architecture Week 2015, the next SAW City Debate will pick up key points of last editions’ discussion about the future of Ottawa’s cultural spaces. Starting from the Ottawa Art Gallery Expansion and Arts Court Redevelopment the panelists will discuss the project’s implications for the local arts and cultural scene, as well as its larger impact on a regional and national level.

In an effort to further promote Ottawa as a vibrant centre for the arts, Arts Court is about to undergo significant renewal over the next two years. In addition to providing expanded and enhanced spaces for the professional artists and arts organizations that call the building their home, redevelopment will include a hotel, residences and space for the University of Ottawa’s Theatre Department. Envisioned as a key part of Ottawa’s Renewed Action Plan for Arts, Heritage and Culture, will this work better promote and grow the city’s arts and cultural scene?

What impacts will this redevelopment have on the ecology of the surrounding neighbourhood? How can the enhancement of Ottawa’s key municipal cultural centre work to foster artists, arts organizations and dialogue on the arts in a context where large federal cultural institutions like the National Gallery of Canada and the National Arts Centre often take centre stage in the lives of local and visiting patrons of the arts?

Following the debate, the audience will be invited to join the conversation with questions and ideas. All are welcome to stay afterwards to network informally with our guests over drinks.

Galerie SAW Gallery: www.galeriesawgallery.com
Ottawa Architecture Week: ottawaarchitectureweek.com
SAW Video Media Art Centre: www.sawvideo.com

Photo by Melody McKiver