Medium 2020 10 08 01

New work of art installed at Mount Carleton Lodge

October 08, 2020

FREDERICTON (GNB) – The Place We Gather, a work of art created by Indigenous artists Charlie Gaffney and Brandon Mitchell, was recently installed at the new Mount Carleton Lodge in keeping with the New Brunswick Public Art Policy.

“I am so happy that the provincial government is supporting New Brunswick artists, particularly from Aboriginal communities, through the Public Art Policy in order to reflect our diverse cultural heritage,” said Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister Tammy Scott-Wallace.

Established in 2018, the policy ensures that a percentage of the construction budget for all new provincial government building projects is allocated towards the commission of public art for the new building.

To date, two schools have benefited from the policy and two more schools will have public art elements included in their facilities. The lodge at Mount Carleton is the first new building in a provincial park to have an art piece commissioned and installed.

In the fall of 2019, the department issued a call for proposals from Indigenous artists for the creation of a public art piece with a budget of $31,500. Several artists submitted proposals and the team of Gaffney and Mitchell were selected.

Gaffney is a Wolastoqiyik visual artist and educator who has been wood carving since 1988. He was originally taught by master carver Ned Bear. Mitchell is a Mi’gmaq visual artist and writer and is the founder of Birch Bark Comics and creator of the Sacred Circles comic series.

The two artists collaborated on the design and production of a large wood piece featuring 16 paddles carved and painted to showcase Mi’gmaq and Wolastoqiyik imagery and hieroglyphs telling the story of Mount Carleton. The piece also incorporates a wooden depiction of the Sun, Mount Carleton, a Wolastoqiyik canoe, a Mi’gmaq canoe, and the Tobique and Nepisiguit rivers.

“This art piece highlights the cultural, historical and traditional significance of Sagamook Peak in the traditional territory of the Mi’gmaq and Wolastoqiyik,” said Gaffney. “This gathering place is connected by Tobique River and Nepisiguit River.”

“The inspiration for the piece was to combine traditional forms with modern media styles to demonstrate the link between past and future in Aboriginal culture,” said Mitchell.

In addition to celebrating New Brunswick’s living heritage, the goals of the Public Art Policy in provincial buildings include:

  •  enabling individual New Brunswickers and the public to engage with and enjoy artwork in public spaces;
  •  stimulating and supporting economic, tourism and cultural development;
  •  supporting professional artists through opportunities for career development and visibility;
  •  reflecting an engagement between artists, the community and public buildings or sites; and
  •  increasing the value of government assets.

Frequently Ask Questions

If your project is no longer taking place, it’s critical that you contact the program officer as soon as possible to notify us. Depending on the situation, we can advise you of next steps. To proceed with withdrawing the project, you will need to send a cheque for the grant amount made payable to “Minister of Finance” no later than March 1. Indicate on the cheque memo or attach a letter for what program the amount is for and mail to:

Arts and Cultural Industries Branch

Dept. of Tourism, Heritage and Culture

Attention: Janey Johnston

Marysville Place (4th floor)

P. O. Box 6000 Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1

Application forms no longer require a written signature. However, in lieu of this, applicants must check the box at the end of the application form to acknowledge that the information provided in the application is accurate and complete.

For non-jury programs:

Typically for completed applications, applicants will be notified of their results by email within 7 weeks from the deadline date.

For jury programs:

Typically for completed applications, applicants will be notified of their results by email within 11 weeks from the deadline date.

Note: Incomplete or late applications may delay results and/or not be accepted.

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