Mutt Art Start

Recently The Drawing Room sent out a call for participants in an initiative entitled Mutt Art; a site-specific outdoor exhibition, taking place this August at the Muttart Lands in North East Edmonton. In late July on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, a group of local visual artists answered our call, and joined together at the project site to get creating!

Photo by Chelsea Boos. 

Photo by Chelsea Boos. 

Sara French and Patrick Ares-Pilon check out the site. Photo by Ana Ruiz.

Sara French and Patrick Ares-Pilon check out the site. Photo by Ana Ruiz.

Artists touring the property. Photo by Ana Ruiz.

Artists touring the property. Photo by Ana Ruiz.

These lands have a long and influential history in Edmonton, one that will be intrinsically linked to the upcoming exhibition and reflected in the artists’ works. A notable Edmonton locale, the Muttart Lands have witnessed the growing of our city and contributed to it, from housing Muttart Lumber in the mid-20th century, to playing a part in the lesser known heritage of the area.

Danielle exploring the site. Photo by Ana Ruiz.

Danielle exploring the site. Photo by Ana Ruiz.

One of the previous uses of the property was a self storage yard. Photo by Ana Ruiz. 

One of the previous uses of the property was a self storage yard. Photo by Ana Ruiz. 

A walk around the area led us past the Lafarge concrete factory, one of the industrial buildings nearby.  Photo by Chelsea Boos 

A walk around the area led us past the Lafarge concrete factory, one of the industrial buildings nearby.  Photo by Chelsea Boos 

 While the memories contained within the land will inform Mutt Art, artists and organizers alike envision the upcoming show as a bridge between the past of the site and its future.

In our effort to do something meaningful, we invited Bob Cardinal and his helper Dr. Dwayne Donald to visit the Mutt Art site, and were so honoured they gave this project their blessing. Together we prayed and smudged the site.

Preparing for the ceremony.

Preparing for the ceremony.

We would like to acknowledge that we are working on Treaty 6 territory, an area with a history of colonial displacement, erasure and violence. Our hope is to honour the Indigenous people of these ancestral lands, and will do our best to produce an event that is sensitive and respectful of Indigenous knowledges and traditions, while creating respectful relationships between the diverse people that call this city home. 

Collaborators Carson and Hideki getting down to business. Photo by Chelsea Boos. 

Collaborators Carson and Hideki getting down to business. Photo by Chelsea Boos. 

Cooperation and community is a big part of this project. If you'd like to get involved, contact us at muttartproject@gmail.com. Please check the facebook page Mutt Art to stay up to date! More details about our event schedule is coming soon!