Locals Only Artists

Cate Francis

Saskatoon, SK

Cate is a printmaker and illustrator living in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She holds a BFA from the University of Saskatchewan (2008), an MFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (2014), and a Prairie Horticulture Certificate from the University of Saskatchewan CCDE (2015). Her recent practice focuses on combining her interests in art and ecology into collaborative, community-engaged art projects and public murals. The bulk of her public art is carried out under the umbrella of her Paper Wildlife Conservancy (PWC).

In 2016, she implemented a Saskatoon-wide wheat paste campaign, engaging residents with local ecology and architecture while fostering a positive awareness of street art in the city. The PWC has since undertaken several hands-on educational projects at: Street Meet (2016), Sherbrooke Community Centre (2016), Nuit Blanche Saskatoon (2016, 2017), and Centennial Collegiate (2017). A gallery component of the project was accepted into the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils’ touring program where it has been encouraging residents across Saskatchewan to engage with the work of the PWC. In addition to her public art practice, Cate is an educator that delivers printmaking courses at a variety of institutions across Canada. Currently, she is a Silkscreen Instructor at Void Gallery and a Drawing Instructor for the University of Saskatchewan’s Certificate of Art and Design program.

Project:

Locals Only

Developed by Justin Langlois, for AKA in collaboration with CHEP Good Food Inc., Locals Only is a large-scale multi-year project that explores food security, community-based artworks, and intergenerational exchange in Saskatoon’s core neighbourhoods.

Locals Only deploys local knowledge and long-form hospitality through socially engaged art to link public engagement, youth leadership, and elder stewardship, cultivating a community-based exploration of reciprocity and change. We call it Locals Only to draw attention to the community context of core neighbourhoods and identify the project’s ambition to respond to long-time residents and intergenerational affinities.

Locals Only will operate as an elder-guided, artist-designed, and youth-operated mobile programming space, and will serve as a platform for intercultural dialogue and intergenerational capacity building by sharing traditional knowledge around food, hospitality, and community development. Beginning in 2017, the project extends until June 2019, and will encourage meaningful participation from community-based youth and elders, as well as deep collaboration with local and national artists.