The Countdown Public Art Project is an Ontario-wide arts initiative that works with communities to create monuments in public spaces to honour those affected by gender-based violence and to imagine, or count down to, a world without gender-based violence.

Countdown was launched in 2016 after the Women’s Sexual Assault Centre of Renfrew County invited ReDefine Arts to bring its vision into being. Since then, over 2500 people have gathered in large and small groups to build 10 pebble mosaics across Ontario.

This year, the Countdown Public Art Project is returning to work with communities in Hastings Highlands & Lanark County towards the creation of two new pebble mosaic monuments, in continued partnership with Maggie’s/Tamarack Resource Centre & Lanark County Interval House & Community Support.

These two Countdown monuments will succeed the 10 others, collaboratively designed by Anna Camilleri and created with communities in Pembroke, Eganville, Killaloe, Pikwàkanagàn First Nation, Peterborough-Nogojiwanong, North Bay, Carleton Place, Brantford, Almonte & Bancroft since 2016.

Countdown is produced and led by ReDefine Arts with local leadership and community and civic partners. We gratefully acknowledge project funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, operating funding from the Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council, without which this work would not be possible.

COMING SOON: The Countdown Story website! This website will feature dedicated pages, galleries and credits for all monuments, as well as digital artwork produced with participants over the course of the project.

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