On The Ground

Take part in creative activities that will help you Share the Love across Mississauga. Look for our Artists-In-Ward at pop up art happenings across the city.

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Dance in the Fountain
by Frog In Hand

Mississauga Celebration Square Fountain
5:40 – 5:50 pm

Project Description:

Four dancers joyously splash through the Celebration Square fountain to the brass/house sound of musicians Too Many Zoos.

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A Different Type of Portrait
by Kerryn Graham

9:00 am – noon
Port Credit Farmer’s Market
Elmwood Ave. Parking Lot, 9 Elmwood Avenue North, Port Credit, ON L5G 3J9

2:00 – 5:00 pm
Music of the Port Street Market
Port Street Market, 132 Lakeshore Rd East, Port Credit, ON L5G 1E6

Project Description:

Participants involved in A Different Type of Portrait can choose to be either “artists” or “models”. Artists will be blindfolded and asked to paint a “portrait” of the model. The inspiration for their creation however, will be derived from the WORDS of the model (i.e. what the model sounds like -not what the model looks like.) Three elements – the basic words emanating from the model, the hidden or implied meaning behind the words, and the artist’s own interpretation of those words will create a very different portrait of the model from the ones seen in public spaces normally. From previous experience this method of painting results in unique and highly symbolic portraits of people and proves to be very illuminating on many different levels for both the artist and the model. Unencumbered by visual conventions the artist’s rendering is the embodiment of the model’s thoughts divulged through the spoken word. In our visually dominated world this small intervention upends the idea that a portrait is based purely on what a person looks like.

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A Different Type of Portrait
by Kerryn Graham

2:00 – 4:00 pm
Lake Aquitaine Summer Series
2750 Aquitaine Ave., Mississauga, Ontario L5N 3S6
east side of park, by soccer field, off of Montevideo Ave.

Project Description:

Participants involved in A Different Type of Portrait can choose to be either “artists” or “models”. Artists will be blindfolded and asked to paint a “portrait” of the model. The inspiration for their creation however, will be derived from the WORDS of the model (i.e. what the model sounds like -not what the model looks like.) Three elements – the basic words emanating from the model, the hidden or implied meaning behind the words, and the artist’s own interpretation of those words will create a very different portrait of the model from the ones seen in public spaces normally. From previous experience this method of painting results in unique and highly symbolic portraits of people and proves to be very illuminating on many different levels for both the artist and the model. Unencumbered by visual conventions the artist’s rendering is the embodiment of the model’s thoughts divulged through the spoken word. In our visually dominated world this small intervention upends the idea that a portrait is based purely on what a person looks like.

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Neighbourhood Fan Mail
by Sarah Couture mcPhail

Artist led workshop with summer camps
Rivergrove Community Centre
Rivergrove Community Kids – What’s Up

Project Description:

Imagine handwritten fan letters to local shops, restaurants, neighbours and friends – letting them know how they are appreciated. Sigh, wouldn’t you want one? Or better yet, don’t you know someone deserving in your hood? Neighbourhood Fan Mail encourages participants to exercise the atrophying muscle of hand writing letters by writing to people who are worth championing in their community, all while getting to know each other by writing letters side by side and delivering fellow participants’ mail.

First Rule of Neighbourhood Fan Mail: In order to write a fan mail people MUST FIRST PROMISE to deliver someone else’s fan letter. Once this commitment is made, participants write/draw/decorate their fan letter. When they are finished, they drop their letter off in “Outgoing Mail”, where they pick up someone else’s mail. Then they are expected to deliver the mail while they are walking through the neighbourhood. Keep it positive. Be creative. Have fun. For more info visit: www.neighbourhoodfanmail.com.

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Big Love Ball
by Wendy Williams Watt

Time TBD
Burnhamthorpe Community Centre

Project Description:

Big Love Ball is the creation of Vancouver artist, Wendy Williams Watt. The Big Love Ball project has been photographed all over the world. Big Love Ball is a buoyant, bouncing piece of visual art that represents inclusion, connection and love.

You can write on the ball with permanent marker! It makes a beautiful blank canvas for creative artwork.

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Neighbourhood Fan Mail
by Sarah Couture mcPhail

All Day
Streetsville Library

Project Description:

Imagine handwritten fan letters to local shops, restaurants, neighbours and friends – letting them know how they are appreciated. Sigh, wouldn’t you want one? Or better yet, don’t you know someone deserving in your hood? Neighbourhood Fan Mail encourages participants to exercise the atrophying muscle of hand writing letters by writing to people who are worth championing in their community, all while getting to know each other by writing letters side by side and delivering fellow participants’ mail.

First Rule of Neighbourhood Fan Mail: In order to write a fan mail people MUST FIRST PROMISE to deliver someone else’s fan letter. Once this commitment is made, participants write/draw/decorate their fan letter. When they are finished, they drop their letter off in “Outgoing Mail”, where they pick up someone else’s mail. Then they are expected to deliver the mail while they are walking through the neighbourhood. Keep it positive. Be creative. Have fun. For more info visit: www.neighbourhoodfanmail.com.

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CYOA Rhythms: Part 1
by Janine Ramlochan

noon – 1:00 pm
Mississauga Celebration Square
Twitter chat

Please join in on the Twitter chat from mid-July.

Project Description:

The Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM) will be tweetchatting with Share the Love artist Janine Ramlochan about her work CYOA Rhythms. This interactive artist talk will highlight themes of migration, culture and ideas of citizenship in the information age, as well as the work’s site-specific location on the screens located at Mississauga Celebration Square. Follow the AGM @AGMengage to join in the discussion! #ShareTheLoveSauga

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Iridescent Dome
by Aleks Bartosik

Exhibition date July 28 – 29
Mississauga Celebration Square

Due to extenuating circumstances the performance has been canceled.

Project Description:
Installation and performance by Aleks Bartosik, Mayumi Lashbrook and Raffaele Brereton.

Located on the grounds of the Mississauga Celebration Square is Aleks Bartosik’s installation (and performance) of her iridescent dome. Covered entirely in semi-transparent material that’s tinted in an iridescent stain, the dome is meant to both reflect and absorb light for the viewers to witness a spectrum of colour. Her installation aims to captivate the on-looker with its vastness and its alien-esque beauty within colour-utopia where performers emerge and playfully dance amongst its audience. Much like Monet sat and painted the hay stacks during different times of the 24-hour day span to reveal the interaction of light through different colours, the dome will exhibit similar qualities to Monet’s Impressionistic paintings as it transforms through colour depending on the time of the day witnessed. Come, play, enter, and enjoy the beauty inside and outside of the dome. Through the installation and the performance Bartosik invites the viewer to think about alternative knowledge, about emotions, and interaction with others – “I want to encourage the viewer to see and to experience a narrative that takes one to wander into a world of beautiful uncertainty, transition, and transformation. Allow me and the creatures (performers) to take you by the hand and lead you into a maze of pictorial creations and fantastical creatures that will take you to places you never been and show you things you never seen.”

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Big Love Ball
by Wendy Williams Watt

Time TBD
Malton Community Centre

Project Description:

Big Love Ball is the creation of Vancouver artist, Wendy Williams Watt. The Big Love Ball project has been photographed all over the world. Big Love Ball is a buoyant, bouncing piece of visual art that represents inclusion, connection and love.

You can write on the ball with permanent marker! It makes a beautiful blank canvas for creative artwork.

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Iridescent Dome
by Aleks Bartosik

Benares Historic House

Presented with the On the Verandah outdoor concert series, alongside Museums of Mississauga, Friends of the Museum and singer Laura Fernandez.
*Rain-date of August 1.

Project Description:
installation and performance by aleks Bartosik and Rebecca Anne Bobroviskis.

Due to extenuating circumstances the performance has been canceled.

Located on the grounds of the Benares Museum is Aleks Bartosik’s installation (and performance) of her iridescent dome. Covered entirely in semi-transparent material that’s tinted in an iridescent stain, the dome is meant to both reflect and absorb light for the viewers to witness a spectrum of colour. Her installation aims to captivate the on-looker with its vastness and its alien-esque beauty within colour-utopia where performers emerge and playfully dance amongst its audience. Much like Monet sat and painted the hay stacks during different times of the 24-hour day span to reveal the interaction of light through different colours, the dome will exhibit similar qualities to Monet’s Impressionistic paintings as it transforms through colour depending on the time of the day witnessed. Come, play, enter, and enjoy the beauty inside and outside of the dome. Through the installation and the performance Bartosik invites the viewer to think about alternative knowledge, about emotions, and interaction with others – “I want to encourage the viewer to see and to experience a narrative that takes one to wander into a world of beautiful uncertainty, transition, and transformation. Allow me and the creatures (performers) to take you by the hand and lead you into a maze of pictorial creations and fantastical creatures that will take you to places you never been and show you things you never seen.”

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CYOA Rhythms: Part 2
by Janine Ramlochan

August 3
All Day

August 10
9:00 am – 8:00 pm

Mississauga Celebration Square
Silent video installation on the screens.

Please join in on the Twitter chat from mid-July.

Project Description:

The work follows ‘alien nation’ themes — aliens, alienation, alien integration — which characterized and catalyzed the mindscape and soundscape of the Caribbean and subsequently, Caribbean carnival cultures. Similar themes were mirrored in US-UK inner-city immigrant communities of the 70s – 80s, where rap and hip hop became the locus of inner-city social transformation. This installation work examines cyclical repetitions in migration, globalization, community friction and artistic intervention. ‘CYOA Rhythms’ was inspired by the ‘scratch video’ movement— video collage projections in 80s London-NYC nightclubs, constructed from popular TV, to create politically subversive meaning. The work encourages the audience to consider the history of migration experience (and to share the love) as they look toward geo-political shifts and structures shaping diasporic experiences around the world today.

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Book-in-a-Day
by Rob Santaguida

All Day
Erin Meadows Library

Project Description:

Have you ever dreamed of writing a book? Do you have a character or storyline that you are burning to see in print? The book-in-a-day project, led by artist Rob Santaguida, is a chance to write, design and illustrate a children’s book or graphic short story in less than a single day. As a part of the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games IGNITE event, the stories will focus on the participants love of their city.  All skill and experience levels welcome.

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Book-in-a-Day
by Rob Santaguida

10:00 am – 12:30 pm
1:00 – 3:30 pm
Cooksville Library

Project Description:

Have you ever dreamed of writing a book? Do you have a character or storyline that you are burning to see in print? The book-in-a-day project, led by artist Rob Santaguida, is a chance to write, design and illustrate a children’s book or graphic short story in less than a single day. As a part of the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games IGNITE event, the stories will focus on the participants love of their city.  All skill and experience levels welcome.

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First Hand
by Shannon Garden-Smith & Polina Teif

July 10 – October 1

Ward 8
UTM: Communications, Culture and Technology Building
View the installation here

Ward 10
Churchill Meadows Activity Centre

Project Description:

First Hand fancifully transmutes that which is human, intimate and bodily into the architectural framework of the City of Mississauga. Gigantesque vinyl decal hands appear to caress, press, push and otherwise explore or confound the screen-like windows of the University of Toronto Mississauga and the Churchill Meadows Public Library. A series of hands reach toward each other on the windows of the walkway between the CCT building and Hazel McCallion Academic Learning Centre (Library). From certain vantage points, the hands, which belong to inhabitants of the buildings, appear to make contact with each other, thus visually collapsing space and separateness. At the Churchill Meadows Activity Centre and Library, an array of hands–once again belonging to users of the space–spell out “share the love” in ASL. Vinyl hands placed strategically on doors and windows welcome and guide community members in and out of the building.

First Hand addresses the concept of “Share the Love” through the singular visual motif of gesturing hands that operate in the realm of human universality. Hands are the ultimate symbolic purveyors of expression and the basic medium for physical contact. The installation provides a platform for the confluence of the gestural and poetic capacity of human touch upon the architecture of the city.

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In The Air

How are you feeling today ‘Sauga? This real time data visualization uses Twitter to give you an up-to-date emotional map of the city. Best viewed in Google Chrome or Safari.