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CINDY STELMACKOWICH
THE ART OF MOURNING IN OTTAWA:
REVISIONING VICTORIAN BEREAVEMENT ARTEFACTS

APRIL 30, 2011
2 P.M.

Saskatchewan-born, Ottawa-based artist and academic Cindy Stelmackowich will present the findings of her artist-in-residence project in a public talk (in English) at the Bytown Museum. During the winter of 2011, Ms. Stelmackowich unearthed and researched a wide range of Victorian mourning artefacts from the Museum’s collection. From her study of these artefacts she intends to create new artworks that will highlight the intimately charged visual languages of mourning, mortality, beauty and death.

Mourning artefacts in the Bytown Museum’s collection comprise a wide range of decorative, domestic and public memorabilia, and include hair wreaths, veils, clothing, jewelry such as lockets, bracelets and earrings which incorporate hair, and decorative items such as memory ware jugs.

The Bytown Museum’s acting curator, Judith Parker, inaugurated the residency program in 2011 to facilitate access to the Museum’s significant collection. The residency program supports innovative research and creative interpretation of this important cultural repository that reflects Ottawa’s early history.

The public talk is not an ongoing event and is scheduled only on April 30, 2011 at 2:00 pm.

ABOUT THE BYTOWN MUSEUM
Located in the heart downtown Ottawa, the Bytown Museum explores the stories of an evolving city and its residents from its early days as Bytown to present day Ottawa. The Museum is located at the Rideau Canal locks between Parliament Hill and the Château Laurier hotel - one of the most picturesque sites in the city.

Winter / Spring Hours:

Open Tuesday to Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm
Closed Mondays
Easter weekend; open Good Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Telephone: 613.234.4570

Address: 1 Canal Lane

For more information: http://www.bytownmuseum.com

ABOUT PRAIRIE SCENE
From April 26 to May 8, 2011, Canada’s National Arts Centre will present Prairie Scene, the fifth in a series of national Scene festivals celebrating and showcasing our country’s finest established and emerging artists.

Prairie Scene will invite more than 500 Saskatchewan and Manitoba artists to take over the nation’s capital. Musicians, actors, choreographers, visual and media artists, filmmakers, writers and master chefs will be bringing their unique talents to audiences in concert halls, theatres, galleries, bars, clubs, museums and restaurants throughout the region – a virtual Prairie invasion!

Prairie Scene will also offer a chance for 70 national and international presenters to discover the best of Prairie culture, creating new performance opportunities for Prairie artists across the country and around the world.

Prairie Scene will present a vast living portrait of the region – combining rural and urban, traditional and contemporary, shaking stereotypes and celebrating new voices. Don’t miss it!