Willowbank Photo Exhibition – Call for Submissions
Submission Time: Friday, January 22, 2016 until Monday, February 1, 2016
Public Exhibition Time: February 27th.
Location: 14487 Niagara Parkway
Contact Information: T Felicetti – Phone: 905-262-1239. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Let’s celebrate authenticity and imagination! “Raw and Re-imagined” calls for you to explore our buildings, spaces and communities in their current ‘Raw’ state, layered with history; or as a canvas for a ‘re-imagined’ future! Submit your photo for selection by February 1st. Public exhibition to be held at Willowbank on February 27th.
Willowbank is an independent and innovative educational institution in the cultural heritage field, operating within a dramatic historic setting. It is at the cutting edge of a global shift towards a more ecological and sustainable approach to heritage conservation. This is a move from the object-centred focus of the 20th Century – historic buildings, landscapes and artifacts in isolation – towards a more holistic view of their interconnectedness and the rituals that sustain them. It is an approach that is dynamic rather than static, and that celebrates the creative continuity of all cultural traditions.
Willowbank uses a cultural landscape framework for its work.
It defines cultural landscapes – whether in urban, rural or wilderness settings – as the embodiment of cultural practice. These places reflect the cultural knowledge and aspirations of their inhabitants. The cultural landscapes of different cultural groups and sub-groups often overlap, creating a richness and diversity that needs to be celebrated and nurtured. Willowbank’s approach reflects insights drawn in part from its First Nations faculty and associates.
Willowbank believes that theory and practice are inseparable.
This sets it apart from most academic institutions, which privilege abstract theory and the classification of knowledge. It also differentiates it from many skill-training programs, which downplay the academic component. Willowbank gives equal weight to hands-on skills and academic performance, and this is central to all its programs. It also welcomes the intersection of the traditional and the contemporary – the study and practice of appropriate contemporary design and craftsmanship skills is part of its mission.
Willowbank has three primary components, which are intimately interconnected.
It is a beautiful 13-acre National Historic Site with an impressive 1830s mansion and a richly-layered landscape with 8,000 years of continuous human habitation. It is a School of Restoration Arts, which grants a Diploma in Heritage Conservation to graduates of its intense three-year program. And it is a Centre for Cultural Landscape, which serves as a focus of research, workshops, lecture series, conferences, short courses, and consulting activities related to its mission. The Centre also runs the annual Willowbank Field School in northern Italy.
Willowbank has a highly-regarded staff, led by well-known architect, scholar and educator Julian Smith; an outstanding international faculty; a distinguished Board of Directors; and a rich set of volunteers. Its graduates are leaders and innovators in the field.
The Willowbank community is broad and diverse. It is united in believing that understanding and nurturing cultural heritage is an essential part of a shared and sustainable future.