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12th Canadian National Murals Symposium - October 16th - 18th

12th National Mural Symposium: A mural art gathering for artists and arts administrators

Changing the Landscape: 12th National Mural Symposium (Canada)
- presented by Mural Routes, in partnership with Downtown Midland BIA, October 16 - 18, 2009
Best Western Highland Inn & Conference Centre,
924 King Street, Midland Ontario, Canada

This is a last Call to all Global Murals Association members to be there if they can. Mural Routes are pace setters for us all, and this 12th Canadian National Mural Symposium 2009 is a unique professional development opportunity for artists, arts administrators, arts educators, public art consultants and creative developers of community space.

This year, Mural Routes 12th Annual Symposium is hosted in Midland, Ontario, home of North Americaís largest outdoor historic mural, and 34 heritage murals in the downtown area. LINK HERE.

Featured keynote address on Saturday October 17 - UK/Berlin artist Mat Hand.
Mat Hand has established a reputation as a professional artist and mentor with a passion for public art. His bold site-specific murals create dynamic living, learning and working environments. As a public performance artist, Mat's public art performances have earned several titles in the Guinness World Record Book. . Matís address will reference his arts practice in order to explore portraiture within the public realm, the possibility of working off the wall with non-traditional media and the merits of temporary murals.

Other sessions include

The Big Picture: Current Trends in Wall Art, looking at todayís international murals with Karin Eaton, Executive Director, Mural Routes

Walking Tour of Midlandís historic murals with Bill Smith (author of Midland on Georgian Bay)

From the Corner of Your Eye to the Back of Your Mind, the importance of type and lettering on murals, with Cameron Stewart, Sign Specialist, District of North Vancouver

The Entrepreneur and Mural Making, a look inside the not-for-profit organization M.U.R.I.R.S. and its popular mural program in Sherbrooke QC, with Serge Malenfant, President

The Fellowship of the Wall, building your mural team, streamlining the project process and clarifying roles for organizers, artists, property owners and funders - an interactive session for administrators

Working on Alternative Surfaces, an introduction to painting on non-woven material and working on utility boxes.

Understanding the Graffiti Art Culture, its history, current context and a hands-on workshop to create your own tag

Our Space, Our Stories, your chance to share project news and ask questions of the delegation

Special room rates are available for registrants at the Best Western Highland Inn & Conference Centre, King St. & Hwy. 12 in Midland ON.

For information or for secure online registration, see or contact the Mural Routes office.

12th National Mural Symposium is presented by Mural Routes in partnership with Downtown Midland BIA, and generously supported by The Ontario Trillium Foundation and Ontario Arts Council.

Published Date: October 15th 2009

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