Cu­ra­tor im­pressed with level of support

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buildings in daily use. It’s about build­ing new au­di­ences.

“The no­tion is that peo­ple will be en­coun­ter­ing the art­work. They’ll also be en­coun­ter­ing this place and the peo­ple in it. Ev­ery en­counter gives the op­por­tu­nity for growth and change. “

Grat­tan ex­plained that with­out support from com­mu­ni­ties, the Bi­en­nale would not be pos­si­ble.

“We started by try­ing to iden­tify spa­ces in the com­mu­nity and or­ga­ni­za­tions that would let us use them, and I’m still as­ton­ished that so many were sup­port­ive. That helped us flesh out the idea and ap­ply for funding,” said Grat­tan.

The idea for the pro­ject ger­mi­nated in dis­cus­sions be­tween Grat­tan and Cather­ine Beaudette, direc­tor of 2 Rooms Con­tem­po­rary Art Projects in Dun­tara, and also cu­ra­tor of the Bon­av­ista Bi­en­nale.

“This is the im­petu­ous for the Bi­en­nale - this is the base,” said Beaudette of 2 Rooms Con­tem­pory Art Projects, as funding for the Bi­en­nale is chan­neled through the reg­is­tered, not-for­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Beaudette says projects such as the Bon­av­ista Bi­en­nale pro­mote art as an eco­nomic stim­u­la­tor.

And will the Bon­avsita Bi­en­nale, as the name in­di­cated, be re­turn­ing to the Bon­av­ista penin­sula in two years time?

“That re­mains to be seen,” said Grat­tan. “But at the very least, it’s draw­ing at­ten­tion.”

Laura St. Pierre and Jon Bath’s “Spec­tral Gar­den” in Bon­av­ista.

MARK SQUIBB/THE PACKET PHO­TOS

2 Rooms Con­tem­po­rary Art Projects in Dun­tara.

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