Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

November 16, 2009 15:55 ET

Media Advisory: Canadian Forces Artists Program Exhibit

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 16, 2009) - Artwork created through the Canadian Forces Artists Program (CFAP) will be on display at National Defence Headquarters on Tuesday, November 17, 2009.

CFAP will be unveiling works of art created by five artists in the program from 2005-2007: Allen Ball, Karen Bailey, William MacDonnell, Scott Waters and Catherine Jones. Through CFAP, these artists were provided with 7-14 day experiences with the Canadian Forces and produced exceptional art that represent the accomplishments of our men and women in uniform.

Artists will be on location throughout the morning to meet with the media and speak about their experiences with CFAP and their art.

WHEN: Tuesday, November 17, 2009

TIME: 9:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
A presentation will be held at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: National Defence Headquarters Concourse (main corridor)
101 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa

Members of the media who plan to attend should contact Linda Coleman, Public Affairs Advisor at (613) 992-4452 or at no later than 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, 17 November to RSVP. Media are to bring agency identification and will be escorted while in the building.

For more information on CFAP, please visit the following website:



The Canadian Forces Artists Program allows Canadian artists the opportunity to record Canada's soldiers in Canada and around the world. It follows the tradition of the war artists and it is designed to portray today's Canadian military experience through art while providing artists with a taste of military life. These artists, all volunteers, are helping usher in a new era of Canadian military art.

The Canadian Forces Artists Program was officially announced and established in June 2001, by then Chief of Defence Staff, General Maurice Baril. It is operated out of the Directorate of History & Heritage at the Department of National Defence. An initial cadre of three artists was the first to enter the program in 2001. A second competition yielded 21 new artists, who were with the program from 2003 to 2005. A third group was selected from 2005-2007, including the five artists whose works are being exhibited in the concourse of National Defence Headquarters (NDHQ) on November 17, 2009. A fourth competition resulted in five other artists being selected including three writers and two photographers.

New Competition closing November 30, 2009

A new competition is currently being held for the selection of a new group of Canadian Artists who wish to participate in the program. Selected artists will be able to participate in a military related exercise for a period of approximately seven to ten days. This opportunity is designed to springboard their creativity, create works of art depicting military life and to provide memorable military experiences.

There is no payment for artists, who in turn are not required to provide works to the program. However, artists may be asked to lend some works for promotional art tours or other uses.

Deadline for applications is November 30, 2009.

More information can be found at the Canadian Forces Artist Program website:

Way ahead for the Canadian Forces Artists Program

The art exhibit in the concourse of NDHQ provides an opportunity for Canadian Forces personnel and Department of National Defence employees to see the creations by artists from the Canadian Forces Artist Program, which represent the accomplishments of our men and women in uniform. It is also a means to communicate the current and upcoming activities of the Canadian Forces Artists Program. These activities include outlining the experiences of the current five artists, the new competition for future artists and the military art tour of 2009-12 that is co-sponsored by the Directorate of History & Heritage and the Canadian War Museum (CWM), stopping in February at the CWM.

This cross-country tour is providing an opportunity for the general public to see selected works of the Canadian Forces Artists Program, combined with works created during the previous Department of National Defence program (1968-1995) that are now stored at the CWM.

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