Sunday, July 31, 2011

Art on Pavement, Street Expressions in Chalk Engage Public at Wortley Village London

Street painting has been recorded throughout Europe since the 16th century. Street painters in Italy were often commissioned to create votos and ex-votos, and it was said after the festivities or with the first rain, both the painting and painter would vanish.

But an early rain did not dampen optimism for chalk fest artists at the Expressions in Chalk street-painting festival on Sunday in Wortley Village, London. When I arrived about noon artists were very much visible redoing and restoring their colourful street drawings as visitors watched and asked questions about their work.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Introducing Editors Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice CAIP Research Series


Cheryl McLean MA from London, Ontario is an independent scholar and educator and Founder, Publisher and Executive Editor of The International Journal of The Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice IJCAIP and Editor of The CAIP Research Series and books, "Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice Inquiries for Hope and Change" (August 2010) and "Creative Arts in Research for Community and Cultural Change" (for release Sept. 2011) Associate Editor, Dr. Robert Kelly, University of Calgary, Published by Detselig Enterprises Inc., Calgary, Alberta).

Cheryl McLean has a background in journalism, social science, the arts and adult and community education (BA, Social Science, University of Western Ontario, London) (MA , Creative Arts Therapies, Faculty of Fine Art, Concordia University, Montreal). As an actor she also studied and worked in projects for two years (Stanislavski,realism) under the mentorship of Dr. Muriel Gold, formerly the Artistic Director of the Saidye Bronfman Theatre, Montreal. Her research took place with low income seniors in an "over 60 community mental health programme" at Maimonides Jewish Geriatric Hospital and the Rene Cassin Institute of Social Gerontology. She wrote and performed the "ethnodrama" "Remember Me for Birds" based
on data gathered in research and true stories (a number of her clients were Holocaust survivors) and toured the performance as an actor raising awareness about aging, mental health and autonomy in keynote solo presentations for national conferences, universities and medical schools in Canada and the U.S. The work was produced as an educational film in 2006.

An agent of change
and longtime arts advocate, as publisher of IJCAIP and Editor of the CAIP Research Series, Cheryl McLean continues to publish new research in the creative arts in interdisciplinary practice and has presented to audiences across Canada contributing to education and knowledge in the emerging international field raising awareness about the vital role the arts have to play for hope and change in communities worldwide. She has taught the course "
Creative Responses to Death and Bereavement" at The University of Western Ontario, London and facilitates creative arts for community change workshops (Creating and Living Stories for Hope and Change) for professionals across disciplines at The Windermere Manor (UWO), London. She continues to be an active member of the London arts community with special interests in writing, acting and contemporary theatre.
She is researching and writing the third volume of the CAIP research series, VOICE,
Transforming cities through citizen stories and the arts in action

Associate Editor

Robert Kelly Ph.D., Associate Editor CAIP Research series is a recognized leader in Canada in creativity in practice in education, an artist and educator as well as an author writing about creativity processes in action. Robert Kelly is an associate professor in the Faculty of Fine Arts, and an adjunct associate professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Calgary where he teaches creativity theory and practice, studio art and curriculum theory and design. Of particular research interest is the nature of idea generation and the development of supporting environments and practice. His recent book Creative Expression, Creative Education (co-edited with Carl Leggo, University of British Columbia) presents the case for creativity as a primary rationale for education. His next book, "Educating for Creativity" will be released in December 2011.

His creativity research, through his Creativity Education Project, extends to the development of courses on creativity and educational practice and personal creative development for graduate and undergraduate students and the general public.

Robert received his undergraduate training in education at the University of Western Ontario followed by master’s graduate work in art education at the University of Victoria and doctoral work in education at the University of Calgary.

Robert Kelly has been a featured keynote speaker at lectures and workshops across Canada speaking on creativity theory and practice across disciplines.Visit Robert Kelly's website

Friday, July 15, 2011

A/r/tography Call for Papers

Visual Arts Research Special Issue on A/r/tography

(Deadline extended to October 21, 2011: early submissions encouraged)

Guest edited by Rita L. Irwin and Anita Sinner

Call for Submissions

To be engaged in the practice of a/r/tography means to inquire in the world through an ongoing process of art making in any art form and writing not separate or illustrative of each other but interconnected and woven through each other to create additional and/or enhanced meanings. A/r/tographical work are often rendered through the methodological concepts of contiguity, living inquiry, openings, metaphor/metonymy, reverberations and excess, which are enacted and presented/performed when a relational aesthetic inquiry condition is envisioned as embodied understandings and exchanges between art and text, and between and among the broadly conceived identities of artist/researcher/teacher. A/r/tography is inherently about self as artist/researcher/teacher yet it is also social when groups or communities of a/r/tographers come together to engage in shared inquiries, act as critical friends, articulate an evolution of research questions, and present their collective evocative/provocative works to others (see

This special issue of Visual Arts Research (VAR) invites original creative and scholarly inquiry that engages in critical debates and issues regarding a/r/tographical methodologies; are exemplars of critical approaches to a/r/tographical research; and/or extend the boundaries of inquiry-based research. Submissions can be either research papers of approximately 4,500 words including references, or ‘interludes’ which will appear as either images, poetry, scripts, or even url links to video and sound files. Images should be submitted at 300 DPI, approximately 4 inches by 5 inches in dimensions (or whatever dimensions are close), and TIFF or JPEG format. Research papers should follow APA submission guidelines. Interlude submissions should have a 250-word abstract/description that accompanies the art form. Please consult the VAR website for additional submission guidelines (

Deadline for submissions is October 21st, 2011. Submissions should be emailed as doc files (for paper submissions) or as TIFF or jpeg files to and All inquiries and submissions about this special issue of Visual Arts Research should be directed to the guest editors Rita L. Irwin and Anita Sinner.

Visual Arts Research, now in it’s 40th year, is published twice a year by the University of Illinois Press, through the Art Education Division at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. For information about subscriptions to VAR please see General questions about the journal may also be sent to the Editor, Elizabeth Delacruz,

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Grit Uplifted Writing Group London Ontario features art by homeless

Please join us in celebrating poetry and visual art by people with lived experience of homelessness at the

Grit Uplifted Creative Writing & Arts Magazine Launch Party!

(Co-hosted by the London InterCommunity Health Centre with the support of London Community Foundation and London Homelessness Outreach Network)

When: Friday July 22, 2011

Doors open 7:30pm

Poetry Reading by members of Grit Uplifted 8:00pm

Musical entertainment to follow, featuring Henry Eastabrook, DJ Sope, The Raspberry Heaven and The Ending To This Story

Art exhibit featuring work by The New School of Colour and other magazine contributors

Admission by donation/ pay what you can

Where: apk live, 340 Wellington Street @ York Street (York Street entrance) London, Ontario N6A 3N8

** apk live will be donating 10 % of all food revenue to the cause. Please come try out our new apk plates menu, enjoy our wonderful patio and help marginalized voices to be heard. Our chef Sonya Gammal will be preparing special features for the night. Please call 519.601.5483 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 519.601.5483 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or email Marc Gammal at for reservations.

For more information, please visit or contact Kelly using the contact info listed below.