Queen’s Psychology issues public call for Indigenous art project

The Craine Building on Queen’s University campus is home to the Department of Psychology. Photo by Dominic Owens.

The Queen’s University Department of Psychology have invited Indigenous artists from Kingston and the surrounding area to submit qualifications for consideration to design, fabricate and install artwork. The work will be installed for permanent display in the lobby of Humphrey Hall/Craine Building during the summer of 2020.

The project is part of the Department of Psychology’s response to further the objectives of the Calls to Action outlined by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, as well as being a part of a greater initiative to increase the visibility of Indigenous art and culture and the recognition of Indigenous territory in spaces across Queen’s University campus. The aim of this project is to create a welcoming space for Indigenous peoples in the Department of Psychology, and to help promote awareness around historical/contemporary issues relevant to Indigenous peoples and psychology/mental health.

The commission will be awarded after a two-stage selection process. Qualifications will be evaluated by a sub-committee of faculty, staff, and student members of the Department of Psychology, as well as representatives from Indigenous initiatives and a member of the community. The committee will then meet with and select one of three shortlisted artists.

“I think it’s really important to have a space that reflects the diversity of our community,” said organizer and committee member Dr. Kate Harkness. “I also think that it’s very important to try to meet the goals of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the principal’s commitment to that.”

While no submissions had been received at time of press, Harkness said she hoped artists seized the “excellent opportunity to get their work seen.”

“The psychology department is one of the biggest departments on the university campus. There are probably a thousand people a day who pass through the place where we’re going to be putting it up, ” she said. “It’s going to be it’s going to have a lot of visibility and I think it’s going to make our space look so much nicer.”

Harkness described the project as “a win win for everybody.”

Submissions must be delivered to the Department of Psychology by 5:00pm on Monday, July 15, 2019.

For selection criteria and submission requirements, visit the Department of Psychology website or read the Call to Artists – Request for Qualifications.

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Kate Harkness
[email protected]

Eric Brousseau
613 533 6852
[email protected] 

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