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Kingstonians invited to get creative for #MyDoorYGK

Marney McDiarmid installing Flora & Fauna #2, a collaboration with Grace MacDonald on view as part of Next Door. Photo by Chris Miner.

The Union Gallery and Skeleton Park Arts Festival are inviting Kingston residents to create works of art in front of their homes in a city-wide community art initiative. Inspired by ‘Next Door: A Skeleton Park Neighbourhood Art Project,’ organizers are asking participants to share their work using the hashtag #MyDoorYGK

According to the Union Gallery, many creative individuals in the city began to display artwork from their homes at the start of the pandemic —on front doors, from windows, across balconies, porches and lawns. This motivated the project Next Door, a temporary public art exhibition in the Skeleton Park neighbourhood featuring sixteen original works of art by local artists dispersed throughout the area.

“Art became an even more powerful way to connect, inspire and bring hope during a moment when we were all so suddenly disconnected from one another — and to engage with art in an open space, at a safe distance and at one’s own pace,” said a statement from the Union Gallery.

“All members of the community are encouraged to participate in this collective action by creating a work of art and displaying it to the public from their residence. #MyDoorYGK is about expressing creativity and responding to Next Door artist projects — artworks can take any form you wish, using whatever materials are available to you,” the statement said.

Participants are invited to share their artwork by tagging the Union Gallery and Skeleton Park Arts Festival in social media posts and including the hashtag #MyDoorYGK. Photos can also be emailed to the Union Gallery at [email protected], or sent through direct messaging on social media.

Participants are asked to practice social distancing and follow all municipal mandates in place at the time of creation and display of their artwork; to avoid creating enclosed spaces or work that promotes physical contact; to present artworks that are viewable from the street or sidewalk; not to include any hate speech or derogatory images; to keep their artwork on the property of the creator, who is solely responsible it; to use materials that are non-hazardous; and to not disrupt sidewalks, public spaces or other’s property without permission.

Guidelines and more details can be found at : uniongallery.queensu.ca and skeletonparkartsfest.ca.

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Samantha Butler-Hassan

Samantha Butler-Hassan is a staff writer and life-long Kingston resident. She is a news junkie and mom who loves reading and exploring the community. This article has been made possible with the support of the Local Journalism Initiative.

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