The International Garden Festival has issued a call for proposals for its 21st edition, to be held at the Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens in the Gaspésie region of Québec, Canada. Selected designers will create the new temporary gardens that will be presented from June 19, 2020.
For its 21st edition, the Festival has chosen Métissages as its theme. Continuing the exploration of new ideas and new realms, the Festival is seeking to connect designers from various fields to favor a crossbreeding of practices and professions.
Métissages has historically had negative connotations. In the Canadian context, Métis were often looked down upon as an inappropriate crossing of hard borders of race and religion. In the inter-racial and inter-disciplinary culture of the 21st century, métissages can create unique forms of beauty. The interplay of practitioners and practices can confront differences and foster creativity. The physical and cultural cross-breeding enlivens and encourages the emergence of new practices and projects.
Cross-breeding in the context of contemporary gardens can be of practices (landscape architecture, garden design, architecture, visual arts, industrial design, cuisine and other fields of creative expression), plants (native or exotic) and materials (natural and manufactured). This mix of approaches enriches and excites, creating new opportunities for exploration.
This call for proposals is open to all landscape architects, architects, artists and multidisciplinary teams from Canada and abroad. The Festival encourages participants to form multidisciplinary teams. Applicants are limited to one proposal, either as individuals or as a team. Participants can be from a single city or country or cross international boundaries.
The deadline for submissions is November 25, 2019.
Photo: Jean-Christophe Lemay