ARTCON 2021: Online Conference for Creative People and Emerging Artists


We invite you to ARTCON!

June 22 – 26, 2021

ARTCON is a globally accessible, student run conference for creative people and emerging artists presented by the Etobicoke School of the Arts Contemporary Art Department.

Guest speakers include the Director of the National Gallery of Canada Alexandra Suda and internationally exhibiting Canadian artist Brendan Fernandes. ARTCON is free and registration is available at


June 23 7pm ET

The Importance of the Arts in Diverse Fields
Join ESACA graduates following non-art education and career pathways discussing how creativity, community, and an artistic practice can amplify disciplines such as cognitive science, astrophysics, engineering, neuroscience and mathematics. Hosted by Rivka Mitchell who earned her undergraduate and masters degrees in Mathematics at McGill University.

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June 24 7pm ET

The Positive Value of Community in Art and Life
Join host – artist and author Luca Soldovieri in a discussion on the significance of a community, vulnerability, empathy and love in all of life’s endeavours.

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June 25th 6pm ET

Stephanie Cristello and Brendan Fernandes
International curator, writer, Artistic Director of Expo Chicago and Director of Chicago Manual Style ESACA graduate Stephanie Cristello interviews Canadian contemporary artist Brendan Fernandes about his work addressing issues of race, queer culture, migration, and cultural displacement through visual art and dance.

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June 25th 8pm ET

An Interview with Sasha Suda
Director of the National Gallery of Canada, Sasha Suda, in conversation with grade 12 student Calla Soderholm

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June 26th 6pm ET

Art Talk 14
Art Talk 14 goes live on our YouTube Channel ESA Contemporary Art

Registration is Free!

Art Sale
We invite you to peruse our annual end of year ART SALE beginning June 22. This is our one annual fundraiser and sales are split between the program and the artist. The sale is accessible here:


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For information please contact Matthew Varey
416 892 1945