Cate Francis is a printmaker and illustrator from Saskatoon Saskatchewan, she obtained a BFA from the University of Saskatchewan in 2008. In 2012 she received a SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier grant to pursue an MFA at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, which she completed in the spring of 2014.
She has shown work in galleries across Canada and the United States and her work has been published in numerous local and national publications including Applied Arts, Grain Magazine, and the Antigonish Review. She is currently serving as co-director of Finding City and printmaking instructor at Creative Commons YXE. In addition to her personal art practice, Cate also works as an award winning freelance illustrator for numerous clients in the Canadian arts and entertainment industry.
Cate Francis in collaboration with Void Gallery presents, Paper Wildlife Conservancy
PROJECT STATEMENT: The Paper Wildlife Conservancy (PWC) project is a pasted art campaign intended to examine and highlight the ways urban wildlife positively contributes to Saskatoon’s community identity. 100 hand drawn and hand printed animals will be installed in pre-negotiated urban “habitats” across Saskatoon. These animals will be monitored by the PWC as though they were a real captive bred wildlife population and the public will be encouraged to share their sightings via social media. Documentation and statistics on the health of the paper animal population will be uploaded to the website monthly. This project is unique in that it uses a humorous premise to involve public and private stakeholders from across Saskatoon as well as the general public in a discussion about the importance and place of both urban ecology and street level public art in the city. This project is supported by the City of Saskatoon’s Placemaker program.
The City of Saskatoon’s Placemaker Program adds significance to civic spaces, engaging with audiences and promoting an appreciation for contemporary art practices through temporary public art.
Finding City Community Arts Inc. is a public art organization that builds relationships between artists and the larger Saskatoon community through collaborative projects focused on the idea of city and the experience of contemporary urban living.
Void Gallery supports local artists, providing opportunities for them to show and develop their work. They display monthly exhibitions and host programming through Creative Commons YXE, their attached production space which houses a full printmaking studio, an event space, and workshops for beginners to practicing artists.