Funding in the amount of $110,000 was received from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs for use in Clarington’s four downtown areas. Council directed the funding be used for public art by approving FND-007-18. During 2018 the concepts for the different art installations where discussed and refined with the input of the Community Improvement Plan liaison groups, Business Improvement Associations, the Visual Arts Centre of Clarington staff, a representative of the Gift of Art, and the various groups involved in the site locations. Throughout 2019, terms of reference were developed for each project and requests for proposals were issued. Artists’ submissions were evaluated in October in accordance with the Purchasing By-law. An artist was selected for each project, as outlined below. In accordance with the terms of the provincial grant, funds are to be expended in spring of 2020. 

James C. Smith has been selected to create a series of sculptures that will be installed in gardens in downtown Newcastle (adjacent to the street). Samples of proposed sculptures are included below. Sculpture sites include the gardens at the Newcastle Community Hall, the Newcastle Library Branch, the Massey Building and A Gift of Art (both locations in the right-of-way). The artist will incorporate a treasure hunt element into the sculptures in the form of subtle, intricate elements to be discovered upon close examination. The Newcastle Community Hall Board, Horticultural Society, the owners of the Massey/Foodland and A Gift of Art properties have been consulted with respect to the sculptures intended for their gardens. The sculptures will be created over the next few months and installation will take place in the spring. www.jamescsmith.ca

Photos of sculpture installation by Ann-marie Harley.

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