More than thirty years in the making, the 200-acre Jeffrey Rubinoff Sculpture Park is home to over a hundred steel sculptures – artist Jeffrey Rubinoff’s life’s work.

2024 Park Openings Dates and Concert Performances

Jeffrey Rubinoff wanted the Park to be a place for the appreciation of non-commodity values of art. As such, there is no charge for admittance, or for tours, concerts, or events. The sculptures are permanently sited. They are not for sale, and cannot be shown in another museum or any other context.

2024 Public openings are 9:30 am to 1:30 pm on the following days
• Guided Tours depart at 10am (some event days are excluded)
• Self-guided audio tour guides available

Tuesday July 16
Thursday July 18

Tuesday July 23
Thursday July 25 – Royce Rich performs solo violin works and duets with pianist Joseph Stacy
Friday July 26 – Royce Rich performs solo violin works and duets with pianist Joseph Stacy
[ Concerts at 12 noon ]

Tuesday July 30 – Site specific Sound Art Compositions by Daniela O’Fee
Thursday Aug 1 – Site specific Sound Art Composition by Jess Conn Potegal
[ Artist talk at 1130 am – Listening sessions every 30 min  from 10:30 am – noon]

Tuesday Aug 6 –  Borealis String Quartet
Thursday Aug 8 – Borealis String Quartet
[ Concert at 12 noon ]

Tuesday Aug 13
Thursday Aug 15

Masters of Counterpoint Series August 6th and August 8th, 2024
Tuesday August 6 @ 12pm
Thursday August 8 @ 12pm

The Borealis String Quartet will perform the selected repertoire to highlight the connection between counterpoint in musical and sculptural form.

Please bring a blanket or folding chairs and enjoy the performance outdoors in our amphitheatre. We encourage visitors to arrive early, reserve a spot, and then peruse the park. We also encourage visitors to bring sunscreen and water, it will be a hot day. Washrooms will not be available during the concert.

Guided Tours
Custom Tours can be booked on any opening day, other than concert openings. Tours generally depart around 10am

Please email curator@rubinoffsculpturepark.org to book a spot on the tour.

2024 Forum on Art and Artificial Intelligence

‘I think of art, as its most significant, as a Distant Early Warning System that can always be relied on tell the old culture what is beginning to happen to it’ —Marshall McLuhan

Art and technology have been intertwined for hundreds of years. From the printing press and the camera obscura to photography and cinema, artists have always sought new ways to create and disseminate their images. The digital revolution has only intensified this process. Recent years have witnessed a proliferation of new platforms for making, showing and selling art, including robotics and 3D printing, virtual and augmented realities. Of all these rapidly evolving technologies, none has wider implications than Artificial Intelligence.

In the last few years AI has gone from being a fringe fantasy to an inescapable reality. Its impact on visual art has proved particularly significant. A growing number of artists are now using AI systems to generate and manipulate increasingly sophisticated images, some of which have met with great critical and commercial success. But the rise of AI also raises profound questions about the nature and future of art itself.

Art-making has long been considered an inherently human act, grounded in an individual’s identity and morality. Jeffrey Rubinoff, whose ideas are the genesis of all of our events, famously defined art as a ‘map of the human soul’ and ‘an act of will in accord with a mature conscience’. How do such assumptions fare in the AI age?

At this year’s Forum, we will explore the complex and already controversial relationship between visual art and AI. Over two days, delegates will interrogate a cluster of related questions: are new algorithmic platforms genuinely transforming the basis of creativity? Will they undermine or empower artists? And how might they change the history and future of art? 

Click here for the full 2024 Company of Ideas Forum Web Brochure

Art and Knowledge after 1900: Interactions between modern art and thought

Jeffrey Rubinoff considered the value of Art as a Source of Knowledge to be central to his work stating: “The purpose of the work is to extend the ancient narrative of art and consequently rekindle the historical spirit of modernism. In addition to viewing the work, which includes the Sculpture Park itself, the goal is to revive the interdisciplinary creative impetus of early modernism and to attain the understanding of art as a serious and credible source of special insight for the evolution of ideas.”

Near the end of his life, he endowed the JRSP Educational Programme with the aim of expanding the perception of art as a source of knowledge through a major publication series. Dr. James Fox and Dr. Vid Simoniti’s Art and Knowledge After 1900 is the first in this series and a major milestone in what we hope will be a fruitful field of study. The book is available now for pre-order.

Art and Knowledge After 1900 is available on Amazon for pre-order and will ship December 5th.

Synopsis: “This ground-breaking new history of modern art explores the relationship between art and knowledge from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present day. Each chapter examines artistic responses to a particular discipline of knowledge, from quantum theory and theosophy to cybernetics and ethnic futurisms. The authors argue that art’s incursion into other intellectual disciplines is a defining characteristic of both modernism and postmodernism. Throughout, the volume poses a series of larger questions: is art a source of knowledge? If so, what kind of knowledge? And, ultimately, can it contribute to our understanding of the world in ways that thinkers from other fields should take seriously?”

2023 Forum on Art and Music - Proceedings on You Tube

ABOUT THE 2023 COMPANY OF IDEAS FORUM ON ART AND MUSIC
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The arts have been compared for thousands of years. From Horace’s notion of ‘ut pictura poesis’ and the paragone debates of the Renaissance, theorists and practitioners have long been fascinated by the similarities and differences between painting and sculpture, poetry and music. Some, such as Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, believed these disciplines were fundamentally different: the former being ‘spatial’ while the latter being ‘temporal’. Others instead stressed their affinities: at the end of the nineteenth century, Walter Pater famously claimed that ‘all art constantly aspires to the condition of music’.

Jeffrey Rubinoff was himself profoundly influenced by music. He aimed to give his sculpture ‘rhythm’, ‘harmony’, ‘melody’ and ‘syncopation’, and even nicknamed one series his ‘Brandenburg Concertos’. In many respects he worked like a classical composer: creating motifs then developing and recapitulating them sequentially. Above all, he drew on the musical notion of counterpoint. Just as a composer combines multiple voices in one work, so he attempted to create a conversation of visual polyphonies, within and between sculptures, and with the spectacular landscape that surrounds them.

Over the last hundred years, old distinctions between the arts have become increasingly blurred. From Luigi Russolo and Marcel Duchamp onwards, a number of modern and postmodern artists experimented with sound and music. Contemporary practitioners now move freely between disciplines, artforms and media, combining visual, aural and textual dimensions. Many no longer even use categories such as painting, sculpture, poetry or music, but speak of ‘sound art’, ‘audio art’, ‘sonic art’ and ‘transmedia’ or ‘multi-media’ practices.

At this year’s Forum, we’ll explore the complex and fascinating relationship between visual art and music. Over two days, delegates will interrogate a cluster of related questions. These include but are not limited to:

  • How have theorists compared art and music over the centuries?
  • How have visual artists used the dimension of time?
  • Did abstraction bring these artforms closer together?
  • How have visual artists and musicians collaborated?
  • How far have multi-media practices dissolved old cultural categories?
  • How have digital technologies altered the relationship between these and other artforms?
  • How have artists used sound to raise awareness about non-western cultural traditions, colonial histories and climate change?

 

DAY 1 PRESENTATIONS

Dr Vanessa Brassey, King’s College London
Time for Beauty

 Samantha Chang, University of Toronto
Listening to Painting: Music Inside the Painter’s Studio

 Dr Michelle Liu, Monash University
Abstract Art & Music

Seth Kim-Cohen, Art Institute of Chicago
We’re Trying To Get A Light On Him Now

Pascalle Ricard
Squeaking Chairs & Mechanical Clatter: The Puppets Forsaken, Sculpture Informed by Noise Music

Miranda Carroll
Art as Instrument: Exploring Urban Sonic Spaces in Étienne Paquette’s Instrument à Vent

Lewis Nicholson
The Sound of Clay: The Curious Life of The Ocarina

Shaylin Allison
Anishinaabe drumming and visual art: engagements and influences

 

DAY 2 PRESENTATIONS

Prof. Paul Walde (University of Victoria) in conversation with James Fox
Notating Nature: Reflections on Scoring Techniques

 Jess Conn-Potegal & Karun Koernig in conversation with Josh Fitzgerald
Sculpture in Elastic Space

Daniela O’Fee
Transmissions: Sonic Improvisations on the Sculptures of Jeffrey Rubinoff

 Vaughn Neville in conversation with James Fox
Making Paintings and Making Music

Vithória Konzen Dill
The S(ex) Tapes (2020): Conveying the Rawness and Vulnerability of Heartbreak Through Film and Music 

 McKaila Ferguson
“Raynershine”: Gordon Rayner, Abstract Expressionism, and The Artists’ Jazz Band

Megan Austin
Finding Rhythm: Melodic Interventions of the Body in Naamsa Tsabar’s Sculpture

Anna O’Meara
A Space Beyond Space: Arnold Schönberg, Isidore Isou & the Kabbalah

 

The Rubinoff sculpture collection

The  Jeffrey Rubinoff Sculpture Park is the permanent site for over a hundred works by sculptor Jeffrey Rubinoff. Rubinoff spent over three decades reshaping the land to best showcase his artistic output.

He established the Sculpture Park to ensure perpetual access to and interpretation of the collection. The Park was also founded to promote the study and understanding of art as a source of knowledge.

Rubinoff believed that ‘art was an act of will in accord with a mature conscience’, and that the knowledge it contained and expressed could play an important role in the evolution of ideas, as well as its viewers’ consciences.

Residency Awards | Educator Study Visit Awards - Application Open

Residency Award for a Creative Work Inspired by the Sculpture Collection – ONGOING
Each year one travel and residency award with a value of $7000 CAD will co-fund the costs of travel to the park, limited residency, and production costs for a creative professional who wishes to make a creative work inspired by Rubinoff’s sculpture or thought. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and are tailored to the circumstances of the creative proposal. To inquire please email: curator AT rubinoffsculpturepark.org

Educators Study Visit and Group Travel Support Awards – Ongoing
The Park will support applications by suitably qualified educators for financial support to visit to the park with the purpose of developing a workshop plan for tailored to a group they regularly convene, teach, or host. Travel subsidies are available as well to offset the costs of travel to Hornby Island for educational groups wishing to tour the park,  study the sculpture or undertake other educational events in relation to the sculpture collection. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and are tailored to the circumstances of  the proposal. To inquire please email: curator AT rubinoffsculpturepark.org

2024 Rubinoff Post-Doctoral Award for Research in Art as A Source of Knowledge CLOSED
Aimed at early career researchers anywhere in the world, Postdoctoral Awards offer $7,000 CAD (roughly $5,100 USD or £4,100) to support research leading to one or more publications on any subject relating to art and knowledge. Themes might include but are not limited to the connections between visual art and cognition/understanding; digital technology and artificial intelligence; ethical/political issues; other fields of knowledge; and the sacred or numinous. To apply, download the Postdoctoral Awards 2024 Application.

RUBINOFF COLLECTION OVERVIEW

Early Works

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Early Works

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