Presented in partnership with The Sarjeant Company
The Sarjeant Co. Design Project 2021
This exhibition features outcomes from youth workshops completed in 2020 and 2021, led by regional artists Bernadette Wells and Kim Brett.
During these workshops, students from Elmvale District High School (Elmvale), St. Theresa’s Catholic High School (Midland), Twin Lakes Secondary School (Orillia), Nantyr Shores Secondary School (Innisfil) and Parry Sound High School (Parry Sound) were asked to create unique rotational designs that will be on display at the MacLaren Art Centre and in this virtual exhibition, below. This year, five winning designs – one from each school – will be transferred onto the drums of Sarjeant Company concrete trucks.
Elmvale District High School, 2020
St. Theresa’s Catholic High School, 2020
Twin Lakes Secondary School, 2020
Parry Sound High School, 2021
Nantyr Shores Secondary School, 2021
Since 2011, the MacLaren Art Centre has partnered with The Sarjeant Company annually for The Sarjeant Co. Design Project. Through this programme, regional high school art students are invited to create unique rotational designs to decorate the drums of a Sarjeant Company concrete trucks. Each year, one winning design from each participating school is selected. So far, more than 650 students have entered their artwork into the competition, with 34 designs featured on the Sarjeant’s fleet of concrete trucks. Due to COVID-19, this year the Sarjeant Company will add five winning designs to their fleet, one from each school that participated in 2020 and 2021.
As part of the programme, the MacLaren recruits professional artists from the region to assist students in creating artwork that is suitable for the competition. Under their guidance, students learn how to create a vibrant 360 degree design that will work on a rotating drum. In 2020 Bernadette Wells led students through the art-making process, and in 2021 Kim Brett facilitated the workshops in virtual classrooms. Afterward, a jury comprised of staff from the MacLaren and the Sarjeant Company select the winning designs. All artworks entered the competition are customarily displayed in the MacLaren’s Molson Community Gallery.
2021 marks eleven creative years of partnership between The Sarjeant Company and the MacLaren on the The Sarjeant Co. Design Project.