Many of the visitors to St. Clement’s School remark on the wonderful art that brightens almost every wall. Our girls’ paintings, sculptures, and photographs are displayed throughout the building from hallways and classrooms to offices and the Lassonde Library, but this year there’s something new at SCS: an art installation.
Located just off the foyer, “The Collaborative Café” is a Yayoi Kusama-inspired installation that invites onlookers to engage with a blank café ‘canvas’. By obliterating the white space with adhesive coloured dots, not only does the appearance of the piece continually change, but also the impact it has on anyone who views it, and the Clementines who assisted with its transformation.
This installation – and a soundscape in Powell Hall which had participants create and hear echoes as a reminder of the impact we all have on the spaces we occupy – is part of the MADDNESS Arts Banquet that took place on November 2, 2018.
The annual banquet celebrates all forms of creativity within the walls of St. Clement’s and each year the students come together to embrace their involvement, both current and future, in the arts. Combining visual, musical, and dramatic arts, the banquet invites staff and artists from the SCS community and beyond, to offer workshops for the students.
This year’s offerings saw the girls drumming with recycled drums, honing DJ skills, decorating cupcakes, Voguing, felting, mandala rock painting, drip painting, and engaging in theatre stage make-up. With each student able to attend two workshops, the girls were able to experience a wide range of creative activities.
The evening ended with a spectacular Retro Marché dinner, and everyone looking forward to next year’s event.