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Special Project

In 2016, the Fanshawe College Fine Art Program was commissioned by the Royal Canadian Legion to create artwork to mark Canada's celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. A group of 15 second year students were tasked with producing a project that could occupy floor space. The resulting mixed media installation of three large-scale WW1 era bell tents, and an installation of over 300 hand-printed sand bags, which was researched and produced in the Visual Research 1 & 2 courses (under Joscelyn Gardner), and the Fine Art Studio 4 course (under Gary Spearin)  speaks to the conflicting feelings of horror and pride associated with the Great War. With their contemporary perspectives, students explored ideas and artwork developed from artifacts and research at the Royal Canadian Regiment Museum in London, and WW1 European and Canadian war artists' images. This work was exhibited at The Arts Project (203 Dundas Street) and later, as part of the military veterans' VIMY100 celebration at the London Convention Centre on April 1st, 2017.


The students who worked on this project were Anthony Di Fazio, Cailean Forder, Monica Grunwald,Elizabeth Hardman, Memengwaana Ireland, Avalon McLaughlin, Dana Mero, Rose Oliver, Tommy Pham, Johny Pham, Samantha Picken, Hanna Storms, William Tillman, and Shannon Williston. 

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