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  • Carveable wood

    Location: Cranbrook, BC

    Hello my name is Bruce I live in Cranbrook. I have a 100..
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  • Studio on 20th Open Studio

    Location: Saskatoon, SK

    Open Studio & Art Sale Sunday, 25 November (Mark your Calendar!) 11 - 5pm We..
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  • Call for artists: 13th Arte Laguna Prize

    Location: Venice,

    ENTRIES ARE OPEN FOR THE 13th ARTE LAGUNA PRIZE international art award | free..
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  • North Van Arts needs your help!

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    North Van Arts is in need of organized, thorough, and active distribution +..
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  • The Camera Doesn't Get The Last Word

    Location: Saskatoon, SK

    I am doing a workshop at Reflections OF Nature Art Show on October..
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  • 25th Annual Annesley Exhibition

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    Thursday, November 8, 5-10 p.m. For the past 25 years, Jennifer has..
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  • Exhibition: Untouched by Doris Charest

    Location: Calgary, AB

    Doris Charest HUB @ 302 Exhibition: Untouched by Doris Charest The Alberta Society of..
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  • Reception: 3D – Alberta Sculptors

    Location: Drumheller, AB

    The Alberta Society of Artists invites you to our upcoming exhibit 3D Where..
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  • OPEN CALL FOR ARTISTS: CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2018

    Location: Venice (ITALY) ,

    ITSLIQUID International Art Show THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space, Venice |..
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  • Mix Artist Collective Fall Into Art 2018

    Location: Saskatoon, SK

    Fall Into Art 2018 Mix Artist Collective. Art show at the Refinery,..
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  • Public Art - Call for Sumbissions

    Location: Russell, MB

    Russell Arches Artwork Call for Submissions: Public Art Opportunity Russell Manitoba is revitalizing its downtown,..
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  • Health Insurance Made Easy

    Location: Toronto, ON

    The Arts & Entertainment Plan® is an affordable health insurance plan designed by..
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  • Art Vancouver Open Call for Exhibitors

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    Vancouver Visual Art Foundation is pleased to announce an open call for the..
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  • ArtTreasury Collector’s Annual Call For Artists – Earlybird Deadline November 30, 2018

    Location: Toronto, ON

    ArtTreasury is a brand new magazine that will become an annual treasure box..
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  • Traditional Oil Painting Workshop

    Location: Düsseldorf ,

    During the workshop students will enjoy the opportunity to study and to be..
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  • Invisible Wings - Call for Submission

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Invisible Wings Call for Submission Queen Gallery is now calling for submissions for..
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  • Art Rental Programme 2019 Call for Artists

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    The North Vancouver Community Arts Council seeks visual artists to participate in..
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  • 4th Annual Figures & Faces Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 4th Annual Figures & Faces art competition. For..
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  • EMPYREAN | EMPYRÉE

    Location: Ottawa, ON

    The Ottawa Art Gallery is pleased to present Empyrean, new works by Ottawa..
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  • EMPYREAN

    Location: Ottawa, ON

    The Ottawa Art Gallery is pleased to present Empyrean, new works by Ottawa..
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  • CALL FOR ARTISTS: CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2018

    Location: Venice (ITALY) ,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS: CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2018 ITSLIQUID International Art Show | December 05 2018..
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  • Nature in Me Process Painting Retreat

    Location: Swift Current, SK

    Have you always wanted to paint but didn’t know how to begin? Are..
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  • Call for Artists: KIRA 2019

    Location: St Andrews, NB

    CALL FOR ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE: KIRA 2019 SUMMER Call open October 15-December 15,2018 Winning artists will..
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  • “Yellow” International Call For Artists and Writers by ArtAscent - Deadline October 31, 2018

    Location: Toronto, ON

    | Theme: Yellow, the color between orange and green on the spectrum of..
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  • Overzealous Fine Art Exhibition - Call for Entries

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Overzealous 2018 Open Juried Art Show & Sale (Calls for Artists) Overzealous 2018 Open..
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  • Palette Knives painting technique & application

    Location: South Surrey,, BC

    Palette Knives painting technique & application November 17 & 18..
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  • 'A Symphony in Watercolour' International Art Exhibition

    Location: Richmond Hill, ON

    At the end of September, watercolour artists from all over the globe will..
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  • Scholarship Opportunity 2019 Alberta Society of Artists

    Location: All of Alberta, AB

    Art Scholarships 2019 The Alberta Society of Artists is pleased to introduce the..
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  • North Shore International Film Series | Fall 2018 Passes Now Available!

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    The North Shore International Film Series is presented by North Van Arts in..
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  • Janet Strayer: Flow Exhibition

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    September 19 - November 5 Flow is a collection of abstract paintings expressing the..
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  • FCA Workshop - Painting as an Extension of Basic Drawing Principles

    Location: Surrey, BC

    INSTRUCTOR: Rick McDiarmid, SFCA MEDIUM: Acrylic, Oil or Watercolour (choose one) LEVEL: ..
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  • FCA Workshop - Drawing for Painting:The Art of Seeing

    Location: Surrey, BC

    INSTRUCTOR: Mark Anthony MEDIUM: Drawing (for all painters) LEVEL: Beginner & Intermediate DAY:..
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  • FCA Workshop - Painting the Portrait

    Location: Surrey, BC

    INSTRUCTOR: Doug Levitt, SFCA MEDIUM: Oil LEVEL: Intermediate and Advanced DAY: ..
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  • Annual Anonymous Art Show – Artist Call 2018

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    The North Vancouver Community Arts Council & CityScape Community Art Space are very..
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Peter von Tiesenhausen uses copyright to thwart Oil Pipeline development

By June 9, 2018

This Canadian Artist Halted Pipeline Development by Copyrighting His Land as a Work of Art

Peter von Tiesenhausen has a novel approach to dealing with assholes from oil companies—he claims his land counts as copyrighted art and charges them $500 an hour to meet with them.

It's no secret the Canadian energy industry's pipeline development is rife with controversy. Enbridge, the company behind the prime minister–approved Northern Gateway Pipeline and the controversial Line 9, commits an average of 73 hydrocarbon spills per year. An internal memo from Natural Resources Canada conceded that tailing ponds from oil sands production are leaking into Alberta groundwater, while Enbridge's Line 9 pipeline has a "high risk of rupture."

Many of the proposed or existing pipelines run through, or nearby, protected First Nations land, which bears the environmental and cultural brunt of their construction. Despite rulings issued by Canadian courts, the federal government continues to issue permits, without consultation, on unsurrendered First Nations land. And in June 2014, Vancouver police performed an armed raid of the home of anti-pipeline Kwakwaka'wakw activists for suspicion of "graffiti vandalism paraphernalia." Plus, in Alberta, thousands of workers employed by oil companies are facing a housing crisis.

Anti-pipeline tactics, like the 700-kilometer march across Canada, indigenous lawsuits, and encampments that stand directly in the path of pipeline development, have helped inspiring people across Canada to act. One such Canadian is artist Peter von Tiesenhausen, an artist based in Demmitt, Alberta, who has managed to keep pipeline developers off his land for 17 years through a combination of art and legal acrobatics.

In 1996, Peter claimed legal copyright over his land as a work of art, forcing pipeline developers to do expensive rerouting around it. To meet with him, he charges land developers $500 an hour. When I heard about Peter's clever and inspiring pushback against the pipelining giants, I had to know more. So I reached out to him over the phone to learn what it's like to beat industry conglomerates at their own bureaucratic game with your art, and where it fits in to the larger picture of the Canadian pipelining conflict.

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We all need to make a stand in our lives including artists. Peter von Tiesenhausen uses his art copyright and thwarts the big oil pipeline companies, well worth the read.

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