Stronger Together

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“Stronger Together” is a truly unique piece, created by a collaboration of art students, Providence Healthcare patients and staff, during eight facilitated workshops. Inspired by Metis artist Christi Belcourt’s original painting “Offerings to Save the World”, which features The Tree of Life – a well-known spiritual symbol across many cultures and the theme of this body of work. “Stronger Together” symbolizes the value of a community, and demonstrates that the addition of one piece at a time can build together into a greater whole – one by one we can make a difference.

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Kate Kilty was inspired to launch the project after she attended a Banff Arts Centre fundraiser. The idea of collecting marks from many people in order to collectively create a work of art appealed to her, as did the concept of a collective experience of engaging artists with patients, their families and staff at a hospital to experience the art creation process and build a larger work that could raise funds for Providence Healthcare. A team of five artists from OCAD-U committed to work on the project – Kate Kilty ( ), Danielle Coleman ( , Kate Morris ( ), Suzanne Simoni and Bethany Davis. Each one of the artists had a hand in either leading one of the workshops or working with patients during the sessions. Funding for supplies  came from a $1,200 Ada Slaight grant through OCAD-U, while the artists donated their time and travel costs to run the workshops.

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The workshops produced almost 100 12” x 12” square canvasses, each embellished with paint using nature-themed stencils – mostly insects and florals. The small sized canvasses were chosen as they worked well in a Hospital environment and lent themselves to the workshops. A portion of these hand painted canvasses were then scanned, digitally adjusted and placed onto  a digitally painted Tree of Life. The tree bark consists of a combination of at least 20 scanned patient and staff created canvasses that were collaged together and connected by digital painting. The final painting is a triptych, with each panel measuring 23” x 76”. It took three months to complete the work.

Special thanks to “Jeremydoesartprints” who printed the work on large canvasses and provided a significant donation toward printing costs of this large triptych. Click here to contact him.

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