ArtworxTO: Artist Talk Video | Ration Market Special | Self-Guided TTC Tours | SummerWorks | 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 at ArtworxTO Hub West: Cloverdale Common
In this recorded conversation, Lindsey Lickers reminds us to reflect on the idea of Treaty when thinking about the Earth and the connection we have as spiritual beings during our embodied-human experience. Lindsey also explores some of the questions around our connection to the land, even when we feel like we are not connected to it; to the water, to the animals and to everything in Creation.

Watch In My Element: Tero – Earth with Lindsay Lickers


Image of Ration Market Special by Alvin Luong (2022) on view at ArtworxTO Hub SOUTH: Union Station, 65 Front St W, Toronto

See Ration Market Special by Alvin Luong at ArtworxTO Hub South: Union Station
Ration Market Special by Alvin Luong (2022) presents a fictional scene from the near future where mass displacement has begun in order to avoid rising sea levels in Southeast Asia.

Located at ArtworxTO Hub SOUTH: Union Station (65 Front St W, Toronto), Ration Market Special also takes into account the special characteristics of Union Station as a hub for transportation within Canada and a connection to international travel by rail and air.

Learn more about Ration Market Special


Image of The Whole Is Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts by Rebecca Bayer & David Gregory (2018) located at Toronto’s TTC Sherbourne Station. Part of the TTC Subway: Sherbourne to Victoria Park Station self-guided ArtworxTO Tour.

Learn About 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 a variety of Public Art pieces.

Explore the Tours today


Image of Switching Queen(s) SummerWorks installation. Photo by Cara Manso

SummerWorks Public Works as Part of ArtworxTO
SummerWorks presents three large-scale multidisciplinary, community-centred 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.

Don’t miss special SummerWorks Festival programming, August 4-14, 2022, with Public Works, Presentations and Labs projects:

Future Perfect by Action Hero, Mia & Eric

Switching Queen(s) by the Switch Collective

Health & Safety Notes by Mark Reinhart


1000 FACES on View at Ontario Place
1000 FACES, a multi-sensorial kinetic experience created by a team of artists led by Alejandro Figueroa, aka +AMOR is on view at Ontario Place (955 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto) until October 3, 2022.

1000 FACES invites visitors to pause and reflect, encouraging communion, dialogue, reconciliation and relaxation. Cree composer Nigel Irwin’s original score, inspired by nature and ancestral chants, will allow the audience to reconnect with pachamama and feel the souls of the past. This contemporary art installation is dedicated to the Indigenous children discovered across Canada in unmarked graves, and aims to create a space for dialogue, awareness, and reconciliation.

Learn more about 1000 FACES


Image of Elicser Elliott’s mural sketches for the ALLSTYLE mural

Listen. Learn. Act. Zine Artist Spotlight: Elicser Elliott
In the third edition of Listen. Learn. Act., ALLSTYLES (2021) artist Elicser Elliott
describes his inspiration for his mural, specifically drawing on the concept of the radiating shine – you must radiate inwards so that in turn, you can radiate outwards.

Elicser Elliott’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: Elicser Elliott


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


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


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

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Sue Holland
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