Olivia’s work in visual art and creative writing has been presented internationally at various venues including the Berlin Biennale 8, Girls Like Us, Flash Art, C Magazine and Kunsthalle Freiburg. In their academic work, Olivia seeks out diverse accounts of time and place in order to engage queer temporalities and alternative sites. At SRI, Olivia leads research and development during the proposal stage and is responsible for the written elements of each project, from expression of interest to permanent installation. Olivia’s background and interest in queer theory brings an attention to social justice that facilitates SRI’s engagement with alternative histories in the context of site responsive work.
Emma completed the International Exchange: New Artistic Strategies at Bauhaus-Universität in Weimar, Germany and holds a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Open Media from Concordia University in Montreal. Emma completed a residency at Kunstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin and is currently a performer with Lundohl & Seitl. At SRI Emma oversees maquette development and sculpture visualization. Emma’s skills and background in movement and dance bring a unique perspective to public sculpture, allowing SRI to conceptualize embodiment as a public practice.
More of Emma’s work can be found online at www.emmawaltraudhowes.com
Maxwell received an MA in Media Philosophy from the European Graduate School and has over 30 years of experience working as a professional musician and contemporary artist. Maxwell has collaborated with other artists in contemporary art, music and sound, opera, dance, performance, writing, and set design. He is also interested in artist consultancy and teaching. Maxwell’s collaborative works have been exhibited and performed at international venues including Artspeak, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Smart Project Space, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the National Gallery of Canada, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, La Kunsthalle Mulhouse, Witte de With, the 4th Marrakech Biennale and the 19th Biennale of Sydney. As Creative Director at SRI, Maxwell is responsible for conceiving, researching and creating artwork for diverse sites and audiences. Maxwell is interested in the cross-pollination and development of the social, political and artistic processes that inform public art and contemporary artistic practice.
Hadley was initially inspired to make permanent public work in 1997 when she studied Art in Public Spaces at Chelsea College in London and interned with muf architecture/art while they were working on the "Shared Ground Southwark Street" project. Since then, Hadley has gained extensive experience as a visual artist and writer working in collaboration with artists, singers, dancers, and poets, and has performed, published and exhibited at various venues including the 4th Marrakech Biennale, the 19th Biennale of Sydney, the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, the National Gallery of Canada, Art Metropole, and Le Centre National d'Art Contemporain de Grenoble. As Creative Director at SRI, Hadley is responsible for conceiving, researching and creating artwork for diverse sites and audiences. Hadley imagines public art as an opportunity for more people to gain a sense of freedom, wonder, and belonging through everyday encounters.
TK is an award winning events producer, music & culture programmer, community engagement specialist, project manager, electronic music producer and arts advocate with over a decade of diverse experience in conceptualizing, managing and evaluating a range of programs and initiatives. TK is the former Arts & Culture Program Manager and Trans Community Coordinator for Pride Toronto. At SRI, TK oversees the maintenance and co-ordination of production from community outreach to fabrication and logistics.
Sara is an expert cultural producer and project manager with 10 years of experience specializing in large-scale outdoor events. Her credits include LandMarks2017, WorldPride, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, Toronto International Film Festival and the Olympic Torch Relay. Sara has produced concerts with multiple Grammy and Juno award-winning artists. At SRI, Sara manages all projects, engaging diverse stakeholders including artists, venues, commissioners, sponsors and government partners to realize large scale public art projects from concept and design to production and installation.
Studio of Received Ideas began as a collaboration between artists Hadley Howes and Maxwell Stephens in 2013, and has since evolved into a public art initiative that spans the concept, design, management and installation of permanent public works. SRI works with artists, architects, public institutions and diverse communities to create public art that encourages reflection and imagination, and places viewers at the centre of the creative process.
At the core of SRI is a commitment to collaboration, from initial site visit to final installation, we are dedicated to the realization of diverse perspectives. The wide ranging skills of our team allow us to respond to the divergent aspects of site and circumstance with sensitivity, creativity and innovation.