City of Magpies
Digital photographs documenting City of Magpies, an exhibition facilitated by This is My City, a collaborative partnership between social services and arts organizations arranged by the City of Calgary Community Cultural Development initative. This installation of sculptural works was shown in The New Gallery's +15 Window located in the Epcor Centre, Calgary. The show ran from November 2 to December 21, 2009.

The works shown in City of Magpies were the result of assemblage workshops conducted with homeless citizens of Calgary. Intended to creatively engage people who access shelter services, the exhibition drew upon the artistic processes of collecting, scavenging, compiling, and reassembling. Facilitators Linda Hawke, Tomas Jonsson, and Eveline Kolijn note that Calgary has a long history of artistic activity that involves the reuse of found objects in collaborative ways. They cite Graceland (a patch of land where artists freely shaped their environment), Artist Trading Cards, Space for Space, and the artistic practices of artists such as Jeff Viner and the Arbour Lake Sghool as previous examples of such activity.1

In writing about the project, Hawke, Jonsson and Kolijn note that "...the project did not propose an end to homelessness, or offer transferable skill sets. Instead, the project represented a space for us to understand and share a common situation, free of ideology and prescriptive purpose, to explore and create."2

You can see additional material related to this exhibition on TNG's archived webpage, available here:

Description Sources
1. Linda Hawke, Tomas Jonsson, and Eveline Kolijn. Essay to accompany City of Magpies, 2009.
2. Ibidem.
Id number
exhibition image > digital photograph
Year 2009
Coverage (yyyy-mm-dd) November 02 to December 31 2009
Credit line Images from the collection of The New Gallery
Related entities
The New Gallery, gallery (was photographed by)
This is My City, corporation (was created by)
The City of Calgary (was facilitated by)
Linda Hawke, individual (was facilitated by)
Tomas Jonsson, individual (was facilitated by)
Eveline Kolijn, individual (was facilitated by)
Related places
Window (was exhibited in)