Queen’s Centre gets some colour

Installations from the Bader Centre and the Four Directions Aboriginal Centre are already present

The Bader Centre members painted a mural of their own building, while a three dimensional dream catcher is part of the Four Directions Aboriginal Centre’s installation.
The Bader Centre members painted a mural of their own building, while a three dimensional dream catcher is part of the Four Directions Aboriginal Centre’s installation.
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Amidst the hustle and bustle of the Queen’s Centre, patrons can now enjoy the original artwork of the Ban Righ Centre situated on the first floor near the vending machines. The artwork is one of two installations that have been put up inside the Queen’s Centre.

The mural on the first floor, a detailed sketch of the Ban Righ Centre building, is a project that the group has been working on since last year, said Student Centre Officer Derrick Dodgson.

A second installation is located on the second floor of the Queen’s Centre in the Fireside Lounge.

It was created by the Four Directions Aboriginal Centre and is encompassed in several pieces. The installation includes a three dimensional dream catcher that has several muted colours and four framed photographs of Aboriginal elders in traditional dress.

Dodgson said the location of this particular installation worked out well.

“We felt it would be a good fit for the space since the Four Directions Aboriginal Centre is doing drum circles in the Fireside Lounge.”

He added there are other spots in the building where student groups can request to put up their own addition to the artistic mural of the Queen’s Centre, like the south walls of the cafeteria and the walls near the second floor meeting rooms.

“We don’t want to tell people how to use the space — anything that is proposed, we’ll reflect on and think about how it’s going to affect the space as a whole.” Groups can submit proposals to the Student Life Centre Office with a description of how they would like to use their planned space.

Dodgson said faculty societies will be the first groups to be approached to put up their own murals on the walls of the Queen’s Centre. Four groups have already expressed interest, Arts and Sciences, Engineering Society, Physical and Health Education and Kinesiology Student Association and the Queen’s Faculty Association.

He also said he hopes to add a lot more to the two installations that are already up, totalling up to six by the end of the school year “In a lot of ways, the Queen’s Centre feels like a mall rather than a university life building. We want to bring that university and student culture into the building.”

So the next time you are in the ARC for your daily Booster Juice fix or to have a study session at Common Ground, take a look at the walls around you.

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