Cate Francis

From July 6th to 31st, Void is showing new silkscreens by Cate Francis that depict urban wildlife native to Saskatoon. A reception will be held Saturday, July 23rd, from 7 to 9pm as part of Street Meet, Saskatoon's annual public, street, and graffiti art festival.

Cate has been discussing our interactions with animals through screen prints for a number of years. Her work has developed into the Paper Wildlife Conservancy, a project funded through the City of Saskatoon's Placemaker (public art) program. Throughout July, Cate will be installing approximately 100 screen printed wheat pastes of animals onto the buildings of business throughout Saskatoon who choose to participate as habitat providers. These prints will depict species that are native to the Saskatchewan River valley, have adapted to living in an urban environment, and are essential to the local ecosystem, asking us to consider how we interact with urban wildlife. Void Gallery will serve as headquarters for the Paper Wildlife Conservancy throughout July, showing works related thematically and providing further background and context for the project.

As part of Street Meet, Cate is holding a wheat paste workshop Saturday, July 23rd, from 1 to 4pm. Wheat pastes are silkscreens printed onto thin paper which can then be adhered to poster boards or other surfaces. Participants will have the opportunity to draw their own animal, screen print these, and then learn the technique for adhering them. The cost for the workshop is $15; registration and more information is available at: www.picatic.com/streetmeet2016.

Cate is a well-known printmaker and illustrator from Saskatoon. She obtained a BFA from the University of Saskatchewan in 2008. In 2012 she received a of 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 Community Arts and printmaking instructor at Creative Commons YXE. In addition to her personal art practise Cate also works as an award winning freelance illustrator for numerousclients in the Canadian arts and entertainment industry.