The Public Art Advisory Committee was first appointed by Council in 2006, to respond to interest expressed by the community in acquiring and displaying art to culturally enrich public spaces, including those in new developments.
After completing several public art projects, the Committee was eventually disbanded and does not currently exist.
However, it is not forgotten and some past members have expressed interest in seeing it re-established. Additionally, the Town’s new Strategic Plan recognizes the importance of public art and there is increased opportunity to acquire public art that will help to distinguish our community and to foster a sense of pride and attachment to public spaces and buildings.
On December 17, 2019, a report by Mayor Bill Beamish on reconvening a Public Art Advisory Committee was received by Council, with the recommendations:
- That Council invite members of the community to apply for the appointment to the Public Art Advisory Committee pursuant to Council Policy 6.6 – Public Art in Public Spaces
- That the board of the Gibsons Public Art Gallery by invited to appoint one member to the Committee; and
- That Council Policy 6.6 – Public Art in Public Spaces be reviewed and updated with assistance and input from the Public Art Advisory Committee.
Council accepted these recommendations, and Terms of Reference for the formation of the Committee are currently being developed.
We expect to ask people who may be interested in joining the Public Art Advisory Committee to submit their expressions of interest in January 2020.
Please stay tuned for further updates in the New Year.