Prince Charles and Sahra Campbell
On May 4th, Willowbank was pleased to announce a Memorandum of Understanding with the Prince's Foundation for Building Community. The announcement was made the same week as our Alumni Sahra Campbell (Class of 2015) and Friend of Willowbank John Klassen met His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales at Canada House in London.

May 2016 – Newsletter



Summer Tidings

We've got big plans for the summer season, we'll be building on our relationship with the Prince's Foundation for Building Community, we'll be hosting an exhibit in conjunction with the Niagara Society of Architects and we are launching a Docent Program!


Willowbank signs Agreement with The Prince's Foundation for Building Community

At the beginning of May, Willowbank was pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community, a non-profit organization in the United Kingdom which has been teaching and demonstrating sustainable development through community engagement, as well as providing training in traditional building skills for over 20 years. The charity was founded by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, Patron of Willowbank. The agreement with The Prince’s Foundation outlines the common goals of both institutions through education and training programmes which transform lives by building resilient communities. Both organizations promote ecological and integrated approaches to design and development that are based on traditional knowledge, innovative sustainable building techniques and best practices in urban design, architecture, planning and construction. The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community runs several courses that aim to address the growing lack of craftspeople skilled in traditional building crafts. Their education work focuses as well on sustainable planning skills, offering both an MA and an MSc in these areas. Both institutions have agreed to collaborate on research and projects and exchange students, faculty and alumni when possible. “This collaboration with the Prince’s established initiative is the perfect opportunity to strengthen our approaches to fostering resilient communities,” said Vikki Broer, Chair of Willowbank’s Board of Directors, “It enriches Willowbank’s role on the world stage as our school programme is about to mark its first decade.” “We are delighted to announce our collaboration with Willowbank,” said Simon Sadinsky, Head of Education. “We share the same vision ­ of transforming lives by building resilient places – and we hope this relationship will help inspire and develop the next generation of craftspeople, architects and others working in the built environment who will help preserve and shape the beautiful, resilient places of tomorrow.” Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2016, the Willowbank School offers an integrative and innovative three-year Diploma in Heritage Conservation that combines the theory and practice of conservation. Its Centre for Cultural Landscape, which builds on the experience of Canada’s First Nations and rich multi-cultural reality of contemporary Canada, also offers field schools, short courses and public lectures. The Prince of Wales became Willowbank’s Patron in 2014.

The Prince of Wales meets a Willowbank graduate for the first time, at Canada House

The announcement of the MOU between PFBC and Willowbank was made on the same day The Prince of Wales visited Canada House in London, home of the Canadian High Commission in the UK. During the visit, which was organized by The Prince's Charities Canada to highlight His Royal Highness's charitable interests in Canada, The Prince of Wales met Sahra Campbell, a graduate of Willowbank's class of 2015 who is working in the conservation field in London Like other Willowbank graduates finding immediate successes across a range of careers, from skilled trades to design firms to community development, Sahra Campbell has made a successful transition to the conservation of historic materials. As part of her Willowbank internship in the United Kingdom, she headed the documentation team for the restoration of the Temperate House at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the world’s largest surviving glasshouse of its time, and she is currently conserving the Victorian interiors of Delapré Abbey in Northampton.
Shaw Street Collective

Portrait of the Grasslands: The Shaw Street Collective Live in Concert May 29th, 2PM, Bright Parlour

The Willowbank Centre is pleased to present a live concert by The Shaw Street Collective in the Bright Parlour on May 29th at 2PM. The concert, entitled Portrait of the Grasslands was conceptualized during an artist residency in the village of Val Marie, Saskatchewan, which borders the Grasslands National Park – 900 square kilometres of bison, badlands, and breathtaking vastness. It is inhabited by people who understand and love where they live. The Shaw Street Collective, which is based out of Toronto, arrived in the prairies last fall with the expectation of beauty, approaching the community and the landscape as indivisible from one another. By combining their visual and musical experience of this unfamiliar space, they were able to enter into an exploration of what it means to take beauty seriously every day. The fruit of this was Portrait of the Grasslands, a show which they toured at venues across Central Canada on the way back to Ontario. The concert performed at Willowbank will include music by Arvo Pärt, Chick Corea, and others, and will also feature some new material and original arrangements and compositions by the group's members. The Shaw Street Collective is a New Classical ensemble made up of trumpet, trombone, marimba, and cello, and will be performing Portrait of the Grasslands in conjunction with the recent release of their EP, Grasslands. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online or at the door.

Yates Street House Domestic Gems: The Architecture of Nicholson and Macbeth Presented in association with the Niagara Society of Architects

This exhibition celebrates the influence of two prominent St. Catharines Architects, Arthur Edwin Nicholson (1881-1945) and Robert Ian MacBeth (1891-1978), on the built landscape of the Niagara Peninsula. Whether working together as the firm of Nicholson and Macbeth (circa 1918 to 1930) or independently, these two men were responsible for much of the region’s best architecture. In the 1930s A.E. Nicholson was responsible for major alterations to Willowbank for the Bright family and for restoring the home of William Lyon Mackenzie, both in Queenston. Opening reception June 11th 6-9 pm.

Willowbank Summer Docent Program Willowbank is looking for Volunteers!

As a not-for-profit organization and National Historic Site we are looking for individuals who are interested in volunteering their time to help share the story of Willowbank through exhibition tours, archive organization and event assistance. Training sessions will be held on June 6, 13 and 20, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Lunch will be provided. Please contact Shelley Glica at 905-262-1239 ext. 24 or at: shelley.glica@willowbank.ca.
Plane and plan

Infrastructure Upgrades - UPDATE

Throughout the summer, we'll be keeping you posted as our infrastructure upgrades progress. We will be upgrading the water and electrical services and increasing the services within the building. Our ultimate goal is to be able to invite our students, and guests to the Willowbank Estate House all year round for special events. Stay tuned for more updates! All upgrades have been generously supported through private donations for this capital project. If you'd like to make a contribution to these capital upgrades please contact our Director of Operations and Capital Projects, Crystal Bossio at crystal.bossio@willowbank.ca or online here.
Upcoming Events
  • May 29th, 2pm, 2016, Bright Parlour, Shaw Street Collective Live In Concert, Portrait of the Grasslands, Featuring music from their new EP Grasslands - Tickets: $20 - available at the door or online.
  • June 6 - August 26th, 10am-4pm, Monday - Saturday, 5 Walnut St, Queenston, Exhibit - Domestic Gems: The Architecture of Nicholson and Macbeth, free admission - donations appreciated!
  • June 6, 13, 20, Docent Training Days, call Shelley Glica at 905-262-1239 ext. 24 to book your training and become a Willowbank Volunteer today!
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