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TREX Events

Overview:

Our visiting artist program (TREX Events) provides several different options in which the artist can interact with our Southeastern communities.  Artist talks, exhibition receptions, and visiting artist workshops provide the opportunity for community members/participants to interact with the artist in a variety of ways. If your venue is interested in hosting a TREX event please contact TREX curator Xanthe Isbister via email at xanisb@medicinehat.ca.

Artist Talks and Exhibition Receptions:

TREX Southeast provides the advertising and promotional material for each venue in the form of event posters, postcard invites, and an event press release, as well as the artist’s fees and travel costs. The TREX manager attends each event, providing support to both venue coordinator and featured guest artist. Along with providing support, the TREX manager will present information to the audience about the Travelling Exhibition Program, as well as an introduction for the featured guest artist. The artist then speaks about their work, providing insight on their aesthetic, inspirations, medium, method, and studio practice. They are also available to answer any questions that may arise from the audience. After the artists talk and question period, a reception is held at the host venue, which provides the refreshments.

Visiting Artist Workshops:

The featured artist and TREX manager will travel to the scheduled host venue. Workshop guidelines and criteria vary, based on age range of participants. The visiting artist workshops will engage participants, providing an opportunity to create a piece based on the artist’s exhibition theme and medium. The featured artist will lead the workshop, beginning with an artist talk on the theme of the exhibition. They will then lead a Q and A session and a brainstorming session with participants on expanding their ideas beyond the featured artists’ concepts. The artist will then encourage and assist participants throughout the creation of their individual pieces. Towards the end of the workshop participants will discuss the outcome of the pieces they created.