ArtworxTO: Artist Talk | Project Reframed | SummerWorks on Now | King and Queen Showcase | 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:

In My Element: Tero – Earth Guest Speaker
In this conversation, Veronica Jhonny takes us on a journey where she gently reminds us to care for the “Earth as our spaceship.” During this conversation led by Julián Carvajal, Veronica questions – When was the last time we walked gently on the earth? When was the last time we connected with the natural world? When was the last time you said thank you to the water?

Watch In My Element: Tero – Earth with Veronica Jhonny

Billboard featuring art by Malik McKoy as part of Project Reframed on view at 940 Markham Road

Project Reframed
A series of Outfront Media billboards featuring art by emerging Toronto artists have been erected across the City as part of Project Refrarmed:

Bianca Roco (288 Lawerence Ave W)
Isabel Okoro (535 Queen St E)
Jenga Delisca (772 Warden Ave)
Joshua Advincula (1573 Bayview Ave)
Kadine Lindsay (50M Martin Grove Rd)
Malik McKoy (920 Markham Rd)
Natalie King (North Queen St / Highway 427)
Sy Blake (2928 Dufferin St)

Project Reframed seeks to provide visibility for emerging artists of colour, and to challenge notions of belonging in traditional art spaces. Taking shape as a versatile multi-platform experience spanning print, digital, web and social platforms, the initiative creates avenues for culture and connection – especially significant during this time.

Learn more about Project Reframed

Image of Health & Safety Notes installation by Mark Reinhart. Photo by Mark Reinhart

SummerWorks Public Works on View Now
Don’t miss the special ArtworxTO SummerWorks projects running until August 14th as part of this year’s SummerWorks Festival.

SummerWorks presents three large-scale multidisciplinary, community-centred Public Works projects across the City by Action Hero, Mia & Eric, Mark Reinhart and Switch Collective as part of ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021-2022.

Check out:
Switching Queens, by Switch Collective
Future Perfect by Action Hero, Mia & Eric
Health & Safety Notes by Mark Reinhart

Sketch of BEHOLD (King) by the SugaCayne Collective on view August 10th onward at ArtworxTO Pop Up Hub: Carnival Portal at Yorkdale Shopping Centre (3401 Dufferin St., Toronto)

King and Queen Showcase on View – Aug 10th
The King and Queen Showcase by SugaCayne Collective will be on display at the ArtworxTO Pop Up Hub: Carnival Portal at Yorkdale Shopping Centre (3401 Dufferin St., Toronto) beginning August 10th.

The King and Queen show has traditionally kicked off the Toronto Caribbean Carnival every year. The event is a spectacular display of creativity and pageantry featuring over fifty elaborate, enormous costumes centred on different themes. Male and female competitors are judged on the details of their costumes and how that costume represents the respective themes of the Mas Bands.

Learn more about the King and Queen Showcase

Dwayne Morgan and Ashley Regnier, Checking In, 2022. Photograph on view at ArtworxTO Hub EAST: Scarborough Town Centre (300 Borough Dr, Scarborough)

Checking In by Ashley Regnier and Dwayne Morgan (2022)
Checking In is a photograph collaboration series by make up artist Ashley Regnier and curator and photographer Dwayne Morgan on view until August 15th at ArtworxTO Hub EAST: Scarborough Town Centre (300 Borough Dr, Scarborough)

Checking-in with one’s community came as a result of mandated physical distancing and the concern for another’s well being whether it be their mental health, ensuring loved ones had necessary supplies, and to combat loneliness. A large, interactive writing surface is available onsite and invites participants to share their feelings with community.

Learn more about Checking In

Learn About the Public Art Located in TTC Stations
Travel along the TTC subway lines and discover public art installed in and around Toronto’s subway system with the ArtworxTO self-guided tours sponsored by Stella Artois.

Using the Driftscape App, explore six different tours along lines 1, 2 and 4 and transform your otherwise ordinary subway ride into something memorable. The tours include bonus media materials, artist interviews and features pieces from the City’s collection.

Explore the Tours today (by adding TTC to the filter search)

Listen. Learn. Act. Zine Hub Attendant Spotlight
The third edition of Listen. Learn. Act. gratefully acknowledges the ArtworxTO Hub Attendants who have kept the ArtworxTO hubs open during a year of shifting restrictions and lockdowns, providing tours and facilitating programs to ensure Torontonians discover creativity and community – everywhere. This piece features a selection of artwork created by the Hub Attendant team.

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 Hub Attendant Spotlight

XOXO Downsview Walk – August 21st
Join Jane Farrow and special guests on Saturday, August 21st for a tour showcasing the murals and installation works featured in XOXO Downsview and ArtworxTO Hub NORTH: Downsview (70 Canuck Avenue, North York).

This tour, presented by id8 Downsview, highlights the bold, vital spirit of Downsview. You’ll learn about the compelling and surprising history of music, art, heritage architecture, aviation and performance here – and how it all connects with the present day and plans for the future.

Learn more about XOXO Downsview Walk

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

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