The Canada Council’s Art Bank Foregrounds the G7 Summit


The Canada Council’s Art Bank offers art rental and consultation services to enhance events, public and office spaces. For the 2018 G7 Summit, hosted by Canada, the Global Affairs Canada Summits Management Office selected the Art Bank to make sure the arts were showcased at this major international gathering.

Art speaks of G7 themes and Charlevoix landscape
Over 80 works from the Canada Council’s Art Bank foregrounded discussions between world leaders. Art Bank consultant Claudio Marzano curated the selection to emphasize the themes of the Summit—in particular “Advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment,” “Working together on climate change, oceans and clean energy,” and “Building a more peaceful and secure world.”

Marzano worked with Summit designers to make sure the works reflected the surrounding area—the picturesque region of Charlevoix, Quebec on the north shore of the Saint Lawrence River—and complemented the setting of the historic Manoir Richelieu hotel. That’s why his selection included works by Alfred Pellan, one of the best-known twentieth-century Quebec painters, who spent time in Charlevoix in the 1940s after he returned from training in Paris.

Two works by Alfred Pellan: Untitled/Sans titre (1960) on the far left; and Le Modèle (1943-47) on the far right.

The power of the arts
The arts have an important role to play in Canada’s presence on the international stage. They express the values of our country, foster conversations around topics that are important to Canadians, and offer shared experiences that develop connections between Canadians and citizens of other countries.

Take a look at some of the selected works that shared centre stage with the leaders at the Summit—and which are now available for rent.

Framing Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment
The Art Bank installation emphasized the Summit theme of gender equality with half of the works by men artists and half by women artists.

And the works lining the main hall—a central artery for the Summit—included those by prominent and pioneering women artists in Canadian and Quebecois art histories, including Marcelle Ferron, Lise Gervais and Rita Letendre.

Pioneering Quebec women artists in the main hall: Marcelle Ferron’s La rive et l’écorce (1973) on the far left; and Rita Letendre’s Vers Cythère (1961) third from the left.

Overlapping Themes
At the end of the main hall, the Art Bank installed a grouping of works that centre on Sedna (Inuktitut: ᓴᓐᓇ, Sanna), goddess of the sea and marine animals in Inuit mythology. This display brought together the themes of both women’s empowerment and climate change and oceans. It also drew important attention to Indigenous cultures in Canada—and, in fact, over 50 works by Indigenous artists from the Art Bank travelled to Charlevoix for the Summit, including works by Norval Morrisseau, Pitseolak Ashoona, and Pudlo Pudlat.

A grouping of Sedna-related works, clockwise from the top: Egevadluq Ragee’s Cape Dorset Series – Woman in the sea (1977); Lasalie Joanasie’s Mermaid (2000); Annie Pitsiulak’s Sedna Luring a Fish (2002); and, Looter Paneak’s Sedna (2002).

A Recent Acquisition Takes Centre Stage
For the mantelpiece in the main meeting room—a meeting space exclusive to the G7 leaders—the Art Bank installed one of its most recent acquisitions: Katharine Harvey’s The Catch (2017). Harvey’s painting emphasizes the continued vibrancy of women artists in Canada—whose work the Canada Council Art Bank has been collecting from its earliest days.

Art Bank technicians install Katharine Harvey’s The Catch (2017) .

Contact us to find out how a Canada Council Art Bank consultant can help you curate these works for your event or space.

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