Presentation for the Gravity lecture series

Tristan is speaking in the Gravity guest lecture series tomorrow afternoon, 16 February from 4:00-6:00pm. at Sheffield Hallam University.

The Gravity guest lecture series examines the process of making visual art, how encounters with objects can generate new work, methods and methodologies, philosophies and u-turns. Previous presenters include: Jeremy Deller, Karla Black, Malcolm Le Grice, Ian Kiaer, Simon Bill, Martin Boyce, Lizzie Fisher, Kim L. Pace and Edmund de Waal. 

Please stop by if you're in Sheffield, the lecture is open to the public.

For more information, please visit their website


UEP Phase II - Public Art Plan

This spring, Sans façon was selected to lead the development of the UEP Phase II public art plan for the City of Calgary with our multidisciplinary team; amery Calvelli, Hesse McGraw, Ciara McKeown, Josh Shelton, and Ben Spencer.

Phase II will provide a 10-year plan for the implementation of a diverse range of public art projects, events and experiences commissioned through the Utilities and Environmental Protection department (UEP), which encompasses Environmental & Safety Management, Waste and Recycling Services, and Water Resources and Water Services.

CSO Art Master Plan Presentation and Panel Discussion in Seattle

Thursday evening in Seattle, Sans façon will be presenting the CSO Art Master Plan curatorial framework, ethos, and opportunities for commissioned artists, for the next 15 years of public art for King County Wastewater Treatment Division, with 4Culture. We will also be participating in a panel discussion that will focus on artists' working in the context of water utilities and infrastructure.

Please stop by if you're in the Seattle area, the event will be taking place at:

Art + Water at Oxbow in Georgetown
June 16, 2016, 7:00—9:00 pm
6118 12th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98108

For more details follow this link.

Ciara's Public Art presentations


Over the last couple of weeks our lovely project manager Ciara McKeown was taking part in two events.

At the Esker gallery talking about public art for their Crash Course in Contemporary Art! Keep an eye out for registration for this free 8 month course on their website in the Fall.

She was also a panelist, speaking on a City of Calgary Public Art 101 panel, investigating the role of the public in public art at the Nickle Gallery in Calgary.


Artist talk in Laramie, WY

The Laramie University Art Museum in collaboration with the Art Department and the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, invited Sans façon to do a public lecture and site visit at the University of Wyoming. Delighted to be asked, we made our way down to Laramie, WY, where we had some really interesting discussions about the value of art in public places and interdisciplinary collaborations.

Dynamic Environment Lab Program Week

Our Dynamic Environment Lab Program Week was full of great discussions and learnings, presentations and site visits, and we had a full house at our public event, Dynamic Environment: Complimentary Perspectives, at the National Music Centre.

We are grateful to those who participated and came out in support, thank you!

The Future of Water

We’re just back from Topeka, Kansas where we took part in The Governor’s Water Conference.
The room full of legislators, water managers and scientists convened to discuss the Kansas
Water Vision. Our small contribution was to share a bit about the implementation of the City of
Calgary’s WATERSHED+ public art program.

Fifteen installations light up Hagen in October

In collaboration with Urbane Künste Ruhr's Creative Director, Katja Aßmann, Sans façon co-curated this year's festival of light in Hagen, Germany.
International artists, along with ourselves, have been invited to show works using, and speaking to, our relationship with light in the industrial city of Hagen, located in the Ruhr District. Some of the other artists include: Taturo Atzu (formely known as Tatsu Nishi). A Kassen. Simon Faithfull, Janice Kernel, Anna Rispoli, Shiny Toys (Jan Ehlen).

The Urban Lights Festival runs October 9-25, 2015.
Read more here and here.

image via: Volker Hartmann / Urbane Künste Ruhr

image via: Volker Hartmann / Urbane Künste Ruhr

Yale University radio interview

On July 2nd, we were invited to speak about our practice with Brainard Carey, host of Interviews from Yale University Radio WYBCX, a program that features conversations with artists, writers, curators and conservators in North America and Europe about the art world. This was a chance for us to delve into some of our recent projects, and particularly the work we’ve been doing with WATERSHED+ in Calgary. We talked about how artists can draw out stories and reveal what’s hidden in urban systems and underground infrastructure, and why a framework of embedding artists is so productive in our view. After all, this is an opportunity for art to connect people with where they live and how place is understood.

"How do you bring out elements that make a place special and unique, and share the pleasure of what’s around you?"

So cool to be among a great group of people on this program!


New Sans façon team member



Sans façon is pleased to announce the arrival of Ciara McKeown.
Ciara has been welcomed deep into the bosom of the Sans façon practice and will be working as our Project Manager, based at our Calgary studio.
Ciara has worked as a commissioner, director, and project manager in public art across Canada and the US, with a background in art history, arts management, and cultural policy (all of the good stuff).

If you would like to introduce yourself personally to Ciara, please contact her at: