When the director of Evans Contemporary, Paolo Fortin, announced that the gallery and it’s sister galleries Star X and Coeur Nouveau were closing, he took the opportunity to discuss several issues. He wrote, “Unfortunately, we believe that continuing to operate galleries in the Commerce Building and mounting the First Friday Art Crawl presents an ethical dilemma – by staying in place we are in a sense enabling the gentrification of Peterborough through the use, and abuse of the arts. We fear the potential damage which First Fridays could cause, and are aware of its conceivable move in the direction of the art crawl of Hamilton, that is to say, the exploitation of art in order to focus on commerce.”
It’s a complicated issue with many intriguing perspectives, so we’ve taken the opportunity our live program on Trent Radio affords us, to host a phone-in program. On Jan 20, 2019 we heard from many people engaged with arts, culture, heritage and the downtown, including: Nick Taylor (who wrote this article for Arthur Newspaper), Leslie Menagh (owner of Madderhouse Textiles), Kate Story (author, playwright and actor), Dean Pappas (City Councillor for Town Ward), Jeff Macklin (owner of Jackson Creek Press), and Elisha Rubacha (a writer, poet and publisher).
Take a listen to the episode above. And to weigh in, you can always call in to Currents from 10-11:30 every Sunday morning on Trent Radio, or tweet us.