logoApril 25 - May 31, 2014
A Festival of International Workers' Solidarity, Social Justice and Community Cultural Projects

Please visit our MayWorks Windsor section, for the most upt-to-date listings and information about 2014 events, past MayWorks and more!

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For MayWorks 2014, Windsor Ontario's labour and arts communities join with other cities across Canada
to present our third annual labour-focused cultural MayWorks festival in Windsor.
Artists, workers, and students have met over many months to organize a collection of exhibitions, projects,
events, a rally and a parade, to celebrate our creativity as a community, our dedication to the values
of workers' solidarity, social justice and human rights.

The various activities will highlight our support for our city and our history
of solidarity, concern for social justice and our tradition of labour arts.
2014 will mark our fifth annual MayWorks celebrations and follows in the ten year
tradition of past Artcite/ University of Windsor Labour Studies program
Labour Arts Festivals that took place during February from 2002 on.

Visit our MayWorks Windsor site for a full listing of the full month of MayWorks Windsor 2014 events!

and the Facebook Group:

and Facebook page (friend to get notices)

logoApril 25 - May 31, 2014
Dan Bergeron (Toronto ON)
Vince Kogut (Windsor ON)
Dulce Pinzón (San Andrés Cholula Puebla, Mexico)

An invitational group exhibition as part of MayWorks Windsor 2014

In defiance of the "erasure" of aspirational images of working people, The Dignity of Work aims to re-affirm the importance the representation of workers.

Dan Bergeron (Toronto ON), is a photographer and street artist who photographed and reproduced on a gigantic scale, the images of the workers at the Papiers Gaspesia mill in Chandler Quebec, which closed in 1999 despite a government-sponsored infusion of nearly 400 million dollars, causing Chandler to lose more than half of its population. The site is now slated for destruction. A Vietnamese company is dismantling most of the mill’s machinery to send to Vietnam.

BergeronDetail from documentation of the "Gaspesia: Les portraits en papier" series, Dan Bergeron (2011)

Vince Kogut (Windsor ON) " I'm from Windsor, Ontario, Canada where the only jobs are factory work. It's a culture around here as it is in Detroit. I used laborers in my work due to their relevance to the culture, but my main focus is to take subjects that may be overlooked or unappreciated and depict them in a heroic or romantic manner. Most of the subjects that were in Proletariat were my friends and family that are involved in that line of work. They were all pretty stoked on being involved in an exhibition and it was awesome to see the arts culture mesh with the labor culture. Bringing groups of people together that wouldn't usually be was the most rewarding thing for me. Breaking down cultural barriers between groups of viewers is an aspect of my work I hope to keep developing." Vince Kogut interview frank151.com

Vincent Kogut: "And They Remain Steadfast 1"

Dulce Pinzón's (Brooklyn NY, USA/ San Andrés Cholula Puebla, Mexico) “The Real Story of the Superheroes” introduces the Mexican immigrant in New York in a satirical documentary style featuring ordinary men and women in their work environment donning superhero garb, thus raising questions of both our definition of heroism and our ignorance of and indifference to the workforce that fuels our ever-consuming economy.

PAULINO CARDOZO from the State of Guerrero works in a greengrocer loading trucks. He Sends 300 dollars a week. By Dulce Pinzón, "The Real Story of the superheroes" (2011)

logoSummer 2013 through 2015
Curated and organized by Dan (D3N!@L) Bombardier (Windsor ON)

Read The Windsor Star's coverage of the project:

Read TheMetroPlex coverage: http://themediaplex.com/ward-3-coun-fulvio-valentinis-said-thats-not-graffiti-that-is-art/

Juxtapose: "FREE 4 ALL WALLS" PROJECT IN WINDSOR, CANADA" http://www.juxtapoz.com/street-art/free-4-all-walls-project-windsor-canada
and the earlier:

More coverage from the Street Art press: http://www.fecalface.com/SF/good-stuff/5803-qfree-for-all-wallsq-canada

dan wall pre web
The test wall for the street art project - looks impressive!

see also http://www.freeforallwalls.com/#about

F4AW (Free For All Walls) is a large-scale public mural project that will commence during the summer of 2013 in Windsor, Ontario.

Omen 514 / Denial - Free For All Walls Project. Also at: http://youtu.be/anjHdJuMf5o

Nychos paints! Also at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/98108432@N04/sets/72157634363809068

Artcite Inc., Windsor's artist-run center and gallery for the contemporary arts will host a project curated and organized by local entrepreneur/artist Daniel (D3N!@L) Bombardier to feature, fifteen street-art murals that will be created in Windsor’s downtown core (and surrounding areas).

Dynamic murals will replace dull walls that were subject to vandalism (or ‘tagging’), neglect or disrepair. Works will be completed in high traffic, high visibility areas to be experienced by the largest audience possible. Each work will be geographically dependent, reflecting the individual site and a specific community. These works created by internationally recognized street-art muralists will serve as positive gestures to the community, bringing long lasting character, energy and beauty to the city, and placing Windsor on the forefront of the international street-art movement.

F4AW Lead Artists so far:

NYCHOS - Austria - http://www.rabbiteyemovement.at/ Tentative paint date: June 22, 2013
BASK - Florida, USA - http://www.knownasbask.com/bask/ Tentative paint date: July 16, 2013 ( site: Alley North of Maiden Lane between Pelissier and Ouellette Ave.)
SIZEO & GLOBE - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ht9zbJcN4to Tentative paint date: July 11, 2013
Ben Frost - Australia - http://benfrostisdead.com/ Tentative paint date: August 1, 2013
XRAY - Montreal - https://www.facebook.com/misterxray?fref=ts Tentative paint date: July 15, 2013
ELICSER - Toronto - http://www.elicser.com/ Tentative paint date: August 15, 2013
DENIAL - Windsor/Detroit - http://www.enjoydenial.com
HIGH5 - Toronto - https://www.facebook.com/jasondearyart
ABOVE - USA - http://www.goabove.com/ Tentative paint date: October 15, 2013
OMEN - Montreal - http://omen514.com/ Tentative paint date: August 9, 2013
David Ross (PERSUE) & Nykolai Burke (NEKOES) - San Diego - http://cargocollective.com/nekoburke Tentative paint date: October 1, 2013
NOSEGO - Philadelphia, USA - http://www.nosego.com/
KWEST - Toronto ON - http://www.flickr.com/photos/torontostreetart/9060799500/
GAIA - Baltimore, MD/ Brooklyn, NY. USA - http://gaiastreetart.com/
CZRRZR - Stone Park Il, USA - http://czrprz.com/
SPUD - New York USA - https://www.facebook.com/SpudBomb
LABRONA - Montreal PQ - http://www.labrona.net/
EARTHCRUSHER - Montreal PQ - https://www.facebook.com/theearthcrusher

Newest roster of confirmed artists updates HERE: http://www.freeforallwalls.com/#joinRoster

Call for participation - Yes, you can still be a part of F4AW!

Interested in being a part of this project? Great! Applications are open to everyone, but we’re specifically looking for artists with experience in alternative forms of public art. Applications are not limited to individuals, groups or collectives are encouraged.

Applicants will be required to demonstrate experience working on large scale, outdoor pieces.

VISIT: http://www.freeforallwalls.com/#join for more information!

Presented by ARTCITE INC.; D3N!@L; I Was Here and Twentieth Century Design Co. with generous project support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.


Artcite also acknowledges the generous support of

Canada Council


We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $157 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L'an dernier, le Conseil a investi 157 millions de dollars pour mettre de l'art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.


the Ontario Arts Council

The City of Windsor

. . . and members and volunteers like you!

LOGOJune 6 - August 2, 2014
“aswemaythink” Scott Carruthers (Toronto ON)
“CAPUT MORTUM” Sasha Opeiko (Windsor ON)
A double show to serve as the anchor exhibition for Artcite’s Summer Art Fest 2014

Reception June 6, 7:30 PM at Artcite

Detail from the work in progress

“aswemaythink” Scott Carruthers (Toronto ON)
An immersive drawing installation on large mylar sheets that reach to 7feet and wrap around the wall of the gallery. Although alluding to different forms of storytelling (manuscripts, codex, comics), the work itself is devoid of traditional narrativer structure; no beginning, ending or casual connection between images.

opeiko detail
Caput Mortum detail

“Caput Mortum” by Sasha Opeiko (Windsor ON)
Conjoined series of oil paintings on metal and painted found objects and their painted "skins". The alchemical term "Caput Mortuum" calls to mind a dead object that may still be revived or transformed into a new mode of existence.

logoJuly 18 - August 2, 2014
Located in sites throughout downtown Windsor!

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ARTCITE'S "SUMMER ART FEST" Located in sites throughout downtown Windsor!

Artcite Inc., Windsor's only non-profit, artist-run centre for the Contemporary Arts, presents its 7th annual ARTCITE'S SUMMER ART FEST (previously Visual Fringe) featuring the works from Windsor-Essex, Detroit area and U.S. artists in downtown galleries, businesses and storefronts from July 18 - August 2, 2014.

Setup up for Summer Art Fest 2013, our Flickr set can also be seen here:

For the seventh year , Artcite will bring area artists to businesses and storefronts in Downtown Windsor. We take in the works and place them into Downtown Windsor businesses in preparation for opening day on Friday, July 18.

We will make up a map/ brochure of events and participating venues, so that folks can keep their eyes peeled for works popping up in windows and on the walls of their favorite downtown businesses.

The following Saturday, July 26 the public will be invited to assemble at Artcite for our FREE Summer Art Fest 2014 walking Tours at 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM. During the tours they will be able to see the works in Summer Art Fest and talk with participating Artists!

Please note that our Children's workshops are now rescheduled for later in the month of August to coincide with the Downtown Windsor business Association's Balloonapalooza.

Become a Summer Art Fest Artist!

Bookmark this page and drop by for the official call for SAF 2014. While we are open to all manner of works,
we might pass on works that just can't hold up to being on public display on the walls of a local business and /or restaurant. Space for mature themed works (at the back of our offsite gallery) is limited.

This year Artcite's SAF is looking for video work, projections and light works. We hope to be staging a SPECIAL SHOWCASE of video work for SAF 2014.

Performance works, installation, sculpture, multimedia works are all welcome and encouraged!

SAF 2014 is an open call show - we regret that we cannot offer CARFAC fees, but we do provide installation and material assistance, documentation and complementary Artcite membership to all participants.

Become a Summer Art Fest Participating Venue:

Does your downtown Windsor business have a prominent window that needs "something new"? Would your walls care to play host to local artworks? Are you a landlord with a vacant retail space that needs some attention? Drop us a line!

We are also looking for second-floor windows - the larger the better - along Ouellette Ave this year. Folks from the DWBIA might have mentioned something about this to you already. In any case, contact us, and we'll fill you in on the details.

Here's what we do:

The Flickr set of last year's walking tours, also at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/artcite_2013/sets/72157634810627474/

Need more info?

Please visit our history pages to see details of our past SAF/VF events!

Summer Art Fest 2013

Summer Art Fest 2012

Visual fringe 2011

Visual Fringe 2010

Visual Fringe 2009

Visual Fringe 2008

logoSunday afternoon, August 17, 2014
downtown Windsor at Artcite and TBA, during Balloonapalooza

ARTCITE's FREE workshops for children are tentatively scheduled for
SUNDAY, AUGUST 17TH between 12-5PM at Artcite (with perhaps a second location - TBA):

See what we did last year:

Our Flickr set of the 2013 workshops, also available here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/artcite_2013/sets/72157635512123133/


Drop us a line and we'll fill you in on the details.

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We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $157 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 157 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays

. . . and members and volunteers like you