Sheridan Visual Merchandising Arts Students install at The Small Arms Inspection Building
Students from Sheridan’s second-year Visual Merchandising Arts (VMA) program, Rizva Ahmed, Emma Lewis, Qui Lan Song, and Chun-Yi Wu, with their faculty advisors Karen Kritzer, Louise Franklin, Scott Rogers, and Rob Bailey worked in partnership with CreativeHub 1352 and the Small Arms Society (SAS) for an installation at Mississauga’s the Small Arms Inspection Building – and displayed during the In-Situ Multi Arts Festival 2018.
Contributing to In-Situ’s theme of “Making Space. Making Place.” VMA students designed a space with advisors Diane LaPointe, Mike Scholz, Kat Runnalls, and Don McVie. The festival’s mission was to “celebrate the potency of creativity in defining place – an opportunity to reconsider, redefine, and reclaim.” The multi-arts festival ran from November 8-10, 2018.
The CreativeHub 1352 installation by Sheridan Visual Merchandising Arts program students was a special opportunity for advisors, festival-goers, and community members to think about how to continue the history of the Small Arms Inspection Building as a community space. The installation included a surface with the question “How do You Thrive” and invited attendees to write their answers.
The installation also incorporated a reflection on the building’s past, through the use of viewing boxes. Inside the viewing boxes, visitors could read about the history of the Small Arms Inspection Building and view historic images. The boxes provided context about the building and its location on the land of the Anishinaabe, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee, and Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. The use of text, images, and interactive elements were used to reflect on the history of the building as both a place and space, and as an important part of Canada’s and Lakeview’s military history.
Photograph courtesy of Louise Franklin