Heritage Ottawa Announces the Recipients of 2021 Gordon Cullingham Grants

Friday, August 6, 2021

HERITAGE OTTAWA

Heritage Ottawa is pleased to announce the awarding of three Gordon Cullingham Research and Publication Grants.

The Friends of the Central Experimental Farm, a charitable volunteer group created to protect the public areas of the Farm, is overseeing a new publication, Building Canada’s Farm: An Illustrated Guide to Buildings at the Central Experimental Farm.

The Farm’s architectural heritage encompasses a range of building types, from ornate residences to offices, labs, greenhouses and barns. The authors, historian Patricia Jasen and journalist and photographer Richard Hinchcliff, are looking at some three dozen buildings dating from 1886 to the 1930s with a focus on design features, architectural trends of the era, associated research accomplishments, and the men and women who worked and in some cases lived in these buildings.

Carleton University professors Tonya Davidson and David Deans are undertaking a scholarly yet highly accessible re-thinking of the roles of statues and monuments in Canada’s collective memory. Monumental Memories: A Critical Reading of Memorials, Monuments, and Statues in Canada’s Capital Region will catalogue 149 monuments. The entries, written by historians, sociologists, urban planners, artists, musicians, and descendants of the figures commemorated will offer a diversity of perspectives.

The editors’ objectives are to present an introduction of the area’s monuments in terms of what they reveal about Canadian history, identity and forms of belonging and in so doing, to shed light on them as art objects, as policy dilemmas, as artistic interventions, and more.

Local artist Karen Bailey who describes herself as “a visual storyteller” was awarded a grant in support of her publication project The Last Stable in Lowertown: Cundell Stables, Ottawa, which combines both fine art and local history. Located at 113-115 York Street, Cundell Stables is the last remaining vestige of Lowertown’s equine history. Karen created a series of acrylic paintings that record the lived experiences of the Cundell family and its horse stabling business. She partnered with researcher and writer Marc Aubin who is contributing the written component of the project. The resulting publication will be an illustrated history of the Cundell family within the context of Lowertown.

The selection committee was unanimous in choosing these worthwhile projects for their contribution to Ottawa’s history and heritage and their strong potential for public engagement.

The Gordon Cullingham Research and Publication Grant was established by Heritage Ottawa in 2008 in honour of the late Gordon Cullingham, journalist, broadcaster, editor and heritage activist.

Heritage Ottawa is pleased to support these projects that will serve to broaden our appreciation of Ottawa’s architectural, social and cultural history. Congratulations to this year’s grant recipients!