Council of Arts launches PEI 2014 Sesquicentennial Public Art website

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Recently the P.E.I. Council of the Arts will be launching the official P.E.I. 2014 Sesquicentennial Public Art Commission’s website. This website accompanies the 23 pieces that will be produced by the artists as a blogging journey of the creation processes.

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The Council of the Arts has commissioned 23 artists (one for each Father of Confederation present at the Charlottetown Conference) who will work in all disciplines to create new works that celebrate the PEI 2014 Sesquicentennial. These works will then comprise the “PEI 2014 Sesquicentennial Public Art Collection” which will be available for display in provincial, municipal, federal and privately owned locations that are open to the public for the appreciation and enjoyment of Islanders and visitors.

Integral to the commissioning of the works is the documentation, by the commissioned artists, of the process of each works creation from start to finish. This will be accomplished by way of posts to a website (blogging) created for this purpose, leading to additional engagement in the project, and the artists involved, from the public at large, and the potential hosts for the works.

Many artists have already begun to blog about their individual projects.

The values of these commissions will range from $20,000 to $1,000 with all work being completed between Jan. 1 and May 20, ensuring the works are distributed to their display locations in time for the summer tourism audience.

This project began with "Who will be selected?" and will end with "Have you seen them all?" encouraging the public to be engaged in the project from inception to completion.

Each work, regardless of discipline, will be a unique, distinct, interpretation of Confederation as seen by contemporary Island artists and artisans.

The collection will be indefinitely available to rotate through participating locations for many years to come.

The 2014 Sesquicentennial Public Art Program is a project administered by the P.E.I. Council of the Arts with financial support from P.E.I. 2014.

This fund was established to support the 150th anniversary (Sesquicentennial) of the 1864 Charlottetown Conference.

The Council of the Arts applied to the P.E.I. 2014 program and received $135,000. Pairing this with $60,000 of council funds, the council was able to create a public art commissions program totalling nearly $200,000 with funds to cover the commissions, installations, and promotion of the art works.

To learn more about the P.E.I. Council of the Arts follow this link

To discover the many activities taking place in celebration of P.E.I. 2014 visit the P.E.I. 2014 website at



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