Antigonight: Art After Dark 2017

The eighth annual Antigonight: Art After Dark festival is underway. Ceramist and sculptor Fenn Martin is this year’s artistic director. Fenn also works as an instructor with the StFX Art Department.

The Beacon recently spoke to Fenn regarding the festival’s relationship with the StFXAUT. Fenn noted that members of the StFX Art Department Faculty were critical to the festival getting of the ground. Faculty representatives, along with the board of directors of Antigonish Culture Alive (formerly GAPACC — Guysborough Antigonish Pictou Arts and Culture Council) identified the need for Antigonish to have an open, accessible nighttime art festival. Antigonight: Art After Dark was launched and it continues to grow.

In addition to helping to create the festival, StFXAUT members been integral to its ongoing success. In addition to the involvement of Art Department personnel, members of the Music Department have performed at a number of the festivals. Education Department faculty and students have demonstrated projects at past Antigonights. A 2012 project “One Giant Leap for Art” was a collaboration involving the Physics Department and the Art Department. Librarians, Writing Centre staff, and StFX students have been featured as artists.

The collaboration continues throughout this year’s festival: Pamela Johnson, Program Teaching Staff with the Coady International Institute’s International Centre for Women’s Leadership, exhibited a multimedia installation at the People’s Place Library this past Friday; Abena Amoako-Tuffour, who is the International Student Engagement Coordinator with the StFX Department of Internationalization, will be reading selections from her upcoming book, The Way We Hold On at the Waffle Bus Stop next Friday night; and, “Print Prospects” takes place in the StFX Art Department’s printmaking and painting studios and will feature the work of various faculty.

In addition to leading projects, StFXAUT members will also be volunteering. This is the second straight year that Rhonda Semple has volunteered. Dr. Semple believes that the festival plays an important role bringing together the town and the university. Besides allowing StFX faculty, staff, and students an opportunity to meet people that they might not normally meet, it’s also a chance for the university to give something back to the community. It’s good for the students to see that Antigonish is, as Dr. Semple puts it “a real town’.

Rachel Power, StFX class of 2004 (BEd) and 2015 (MEd), is an instructor with the StFX Education Department. She also works as Arts Coordinator with Antigonish Culture Alive. Rachel echoed Rhonda’s statement concerning the importance of having have StFXAUT members connect with members of the community. Rachel described the festival as “transformative” and how Antigonight “invigorates and excites creative minds on campus”.

Antigonight activities continue this week including Tuesday evening’s screening of Weirdos in the Coady Gardens; an artist talk by Antigonight headliner Jessica Mensch artist takes places Tuesday at 630pm at the StFX Art Gallery; and Saturday night features multiple projects throughout downtown Antigonish as well as inside the Art Department studios. Below is the schedule of events:

More information can be found on the Antigonish Culture Alive website.

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