Canada, From Weapons to Art

Date: 
Sunday, November 5, 2000 - 17:00 - Thursday, November 16, 2000 - 19:00

From Weapons to Art is a unique collection of sculpture that is presented in Montreal as part of a national tour.

Fourteen sculptures made of welded fragments of weapons will be exposed to in Montreal. The accompanying photographs show the Mozambican artists and arms exchange program through which weapons were collected.

This is the first exhibition of the importance of African art made outside of Mozambique. His cross-country tour aims to raise awareness, promote peace and nonviolence and promote the active role played by the Canadian government organizations and initiatives in peacebuilding.

The tour From Weapons to art is funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT).

* CIDA is proud to support the work of Mozambican artists and support their efforts for lasting peace in their country, said Maria Minna, Minister responsible for International Cooperation. This exhibition will help raise awareness and understanding of Canadians about the negative effects of small arms proliferation in a society devastated by war and civil unrest.

Opened in Winnipeg on the occasion of the International Conference on children affected by war, the exhibition is presented in Toronto in October, then to Ottawa, Montreal, Moncton, Saskatoon and Vancouver in December last. A Mozambican delegation, including artists, will accompany him in Toronto.

* Artists have an important role to play in world peace and human security, said Mr. Axworthy, Minister of Foreign Affairs. This is a message that wants to communicate this sculpture exhibition of weapons that contributes to Canada's efforts in support of peacebuilding.

Participants in the tour hopes to visit schools and community organizations in each city to promote the resolution and conflict prevention initiatives and discuss peacebuilding.

For more information: Michael Adams, adamsbrunt@sympatico.ca