ArtworxTO: A Longer Story | Artist Spotlight | Carnival Workshop | Over Floe | and more

ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021-2022 is a celebration of Toronto’s incredible collection of public art and the artists behind it, creating more opportunities for the public to connect and engage with artwork in their everyday lives.

Working closely with artists and Toronto’s arts institutions, ArtworxTO is working to address gaps in the collection, such as the under-representation of equity-deserving communities and their histories, as well as geographic areas of the city where there are fewer public art works.

From fall 2021 to fall 2022 the City of Toronto is helping to deliver more than 350 new murals, installations, exhibitions, art events, performances and productions, citywide. This year, explore your city and discover creativity and community–everywhere.

This week’s ArtworxTO Highlights:

Saturday Workshop Series at Carnival Portal
ArtworxTO has partnered with Art Starts to produce a series of workshops exploring different facets of Carnival, running every Saturday in July from 2 – 4pm at the ArtworxTO Pop Up Hub: Carnival Portal (Yorkdale Shopping Centre, 3401 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON).

Don’t miss the last workshop of the series, Toronto Carnival Make-up Tutorial with Asha taking place July 23rd. This workshop will help participants get ready for Carnival with this makeup tutorial led by certified Make-up Artist and Loctician Asha Emmanuel.


Introduction to Rendering Images with Maya Workshop – July 23rd
Join technologist Luke Garwood on July 23rd at the ArtworxTO Hub WEST: Cloverdale Common (250 The East Mall, Toronto) for a hands-on, 2-hour workshop leading you through rendering images in Maya (a 3D modelling and animation software).

This workshop will teach the three key principles to set up your scenes: cameras, lights, and materials.

Register today for Introduction to Rendering Images with Maya Workshop


Image of Ness Lee’s mural sketches alongside other ALLSTYLE mural artists sketches

Listen. Learn. Act. Zine Artist Spotlight: Ness Lee
In the third edition of Listen. Learn. Act., ALLSTYLES (2021) artist Ness Lee describes her process of creating large-scale murals. Ness’ process for creating the final design for a mural involves a lot of drawing, sketches, rearranging, redrawing shapes and superimposing them together to play around with what could be. Ness Lee’s mural will be featured as part of the ALLSTYLES mural located at Downsview Park as part of the ArtworxTO Hub North: Downsview

Discover more about ArtworxTO hub exhibitions in the third issue of Listen. Learn. Act., an educational toolkit/zine that invites the public to take a deep dive into the conceptual underpinnings of projects and programs at ArtworxTO hub exhibitions. Pick up your Listen. Learn. Act. Issue 003 (May – October 2022) today at any Hub location or download online.

Read the Listen. Learn. Act. Zine Artist Spotlight: Ness Lee


A Longer Story, installed at Todmorden Mills, 67 Pottery Rd, Toronto

A Longer Story Now on View
A Longer Story by Lauren Piriem, Emma Chorostecki, P.A. Pax and Natalie Bousteadis is now on view at Todmorden Mills (67 Pottery Rd, Toronto) until August 31, 2022. A Longer Story is a collaborative installation, incorporating a sculptural planter structure with illuminated soft sculptural elements. A Longer Story seeks to illuminate inherent interconnectedness—between human and human and to our shared environment—and at the same time, a yearning for connection.

Learn more about A Longer Story


Over Floe by John Notten Now on View at Mel Lastman Square
Over Floe by John Notten (2021) has floated over to Mel Lastman Square. Animated by the gentle breeze of the square, this grouping of five small icebergs presents a mystery: viewed from all sides it becomes clear that they are more than merely chunks of ice floating in the hot sun.

Over Floe is on view at Mel Lastman Square (5100 Yonge St, North York).

Learn more about Over Floe


Actors performing MASHUP PON DI ROAD

MASHUP PON DI ROAD – July 21-23 & 27th
MASHUP PON DI ROAD is a bashment circus on a big truck—an outdoor, caribbean musical comedy, written by Bahia Watson, pulling up on city streets (July 21-23 at 1531 Eglinton Ave. W. and July 27 at The Bentway – 250 Fort York Blvd).

MASHUP PON DI ROAD produced by paul watson productions and Why Not Theatre Event fuses raucous humour with whip-smart cultural critique, poking fun at the constraints of the patriarchy, the expectations of womanhood, and the end of the world as we know it.

Register for your free performance ticket


The Three Sisters by Paula Tikay and Aner Urra (2017) on view as part of the Dundas West Open Air Museum Walking Tour.

Self-Guided Tours via Driftscape
Explore free self-guided public art walking tours today! ArtworxTO has partnered with Driftscape, local community artists and arts organizations to curate free public art tours all across the City. The tours include bonus media materials, artist interviews and features pieces from the City’s various divisions: StreetARToronto, Percent for Public Art, and the Public Art & Monuments Collection.

Explore public art in your neighbourhood now


Help Shape the Future of Public Art in Toronto!
Have your say on Toronto public art and help shape the future! Share your experience with ArtworxTO public art, programming, and events by taking this quick feedback survey below and have a chance to receive a free ArtworxTO T-shirt. The results of this survey will be analyzed at the group level and will be used towards the evaluation of the overall ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021-2022 program. This survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete.

Take the ArtworxTO Program Evaluation Survey


Each week ArtworxTO offers several new programs, exhibits, performances, talks, workshops and more. Bookmark artworxTO.ca and check back often!

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