Carleton University’s Prof. John Walsh, of the Department of History, and project manager Christina Williamson, PhD candidate at the Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture, will co-host the Ottawa inauguration of the public art installation From the North to Ottawa’s Southway Inn. Created by artist Couzyn van Heuvelen, the installation will take place at Ottawa’s Waterford Retirement Community, formerly the Southway Inn.
When: Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 at 4 p.m.
Where: Waterford Retirement Community, 2431 Bank St, Ottawa Van Heuvelen’s work tells the story of how this hotel near the airport became a cherished place for Inuit men, women and children travelling to and from the Arctic for work, school, health care and political purposes. As a “home away from home,” the Southway served as a distinctive space that linked families, friends and communities.
This public art project is part of the Lost Stories Project, a Canada 150 event based at Concordia University.
About Couzyn van Heuvelen
Van Heuvelen is a Canadian Inuk sculptor. Born in Iqaluit, Nunavut, but living in Southern Ontario for most of his life, his work explores Inuit culture and identity, new and old technologies, and personal narratives. While rooted in the history and traditions of Inuit art, his work strays from established Inuit art-making methods and explores a range of fabrication processes. Van Heuvelen holds a BFA from York University and an MFA from NSCAD University.
About the Lost Stories Project
The Lost Stories Project collects little-known episodes from Canada’s past, transforms them into works of public art and documents the process through film. This particular story will form the basis of a forthcoming documentary film by Ottawa-based filmmaker Mosha Folger.
For more information, please visit the Lost Stories website.