Sidney, BC.; The Town of Sidney and ArtSea Community Arts Council have recently entered into a Memorandum of Understanding that will provide ArtSea annual funding to take on the administration and revitalization of Sidney’s Seaside Sculpture Walk.
Wayne McNiven, who will chair an ArtSea Sculpture Walk Committee states, “We are pleased to receive the annual funding for the administration of the Sculpture Walk and welcome the opportunity to work with the Town to ensure the long-term sustainability of this valuable community arts asset. ArtSea will form a committee of interested people and begin the process of revitalizing the cultural walk.”
A passionate group of local arts enthusiasts initiated the Sidney Sculpture Walk in 2011. The original vision was to support Sidney’s development as a creative community and was fashioned after the San Juan Islands Sculpture Park.
The Sidney Sculpture Walk opened with great fanfare in the summer of 2012 with twelve individual pieces exhibited in Beacon Park and along the waterfront walkway. Since that time, the original working group disbanded and the Town has been seeking a new champion to administer the Sculpture Walk and ensure it remains in the community as both an attraction and opportunity for artists to promote their work in a unique open-air gallery.
Mayor Cliff McNeil-Smith stated, “The Town is pleased that ArtSea has agreed to renew and revitalize this valued community cultural and creative asset. We are confident that ArtSea will do great things with the Sculpture Walk and we look forward to supporting their efforts.”
There are currently ten remaining sculptures of the original twelve; two of which have been purchased and are now part of the Town’s permanent collection. This includes Sea Otter Plaque by Fred Dobbs located in Beacon Park, which was selected as the “People’s Choice”, and “Ollie the Board Dog” by Paul Harder, which was purchase for the new skatepark through a community fundraising initiative during Canada 150.
If you are interested in being a part of the Sculpture Walk, ArtSea welcomes individuals who would like to work with the new committee. Please contact Wayne at firstname.lastname@example.org.