ArtworxTO: Curator Tour | Live @ 5 Recording | ArtBuzz Audio | Emerging Artist Spotlight 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:

ALL STYLE Mural (2021) on view at ArtworxTO Hub NORTH: Downsview located at 70 Canuck Ave, North York ON. Photo credit: Danilo Deluxo.

Curator Tour at ArtworxTO Hub NORTH – ALL CITY SHINE Exhibition
Join curator Danilo Deluxo McCullam on April 20th from 1:00 – 2:00pm as he discusses the ArtworxTO Hub NORTH: Downsview exhibition ALL CITY SHINE (2021), which takes place at the expansive site of Downsview Park. ALL CITY SHINE brings together artists from all across the city who have contributed to Toronto’s Street Art movement over the past decades.

From a massive mural to the surrounding architecture to digital works and artist interviews, ALL CITY SHINE works with public space as a canvas for expression and captivating narratives.

The tour will begin at ArtworxTO Hub NORTH: Downsview (70 Canuck Avenue, North York ON) and continue to the ALL STYLE mural where the artist, Curtia Wright, will be working on her piece.

Register for the Curator Tour at ArtworxTO Hub North


Watch the latest ArtworxTO Talks, Live @ 5 On-Demand
The ArtworxTO Talks, Live @ 5: Defining a Monument Landscape for the Future recording is now available to watch On-Demand. This online talk was hosted by Rebecca Carbin, moderated by Maya Wilson-Sanchez and featured speakers Quentin VerCetty, Jordan Sook, Sandra Laronde and Karen Carter.

Live @ 5 is a 10-part ArtworxTO-led Talks Series held on the second Wednesday of every month. Artists, experts and community leaders will discuss their recent projects and answer questions from viewers. The series will focus on how art improves and betters our lives.

The ArtworxTO Talks: Live @ 5 series is supported by Stella Artois.

Watch the recording of ArtworxTO Talks, Live @ 5: Defining a Monument Landscape for the Future


Between the Eyes by Richard Deacon (1990) located at 10 Yonge Street, Toronto ON

Learn About Between the Eyes Via ArtBuzz Audio Art Stories
Hear directly from the creator of Between the Eyes (1990), Richard Deacon using your smartphone with ArtBuzz. In this two-part ArtBuzz segment, Deacon shares intricate details about the sculpture’s creation and titling process.

ArtBuzz is a project led by documentarian David Tarnow. The digital program explores the real stories behind Public Art and Monuments within the City of Toronto. Through the integration of the ArtworxTO Interactive Map, users can access audio recordings of detailed information of over 75 artworks.

Explore the clips in the ArtworxTO On Demand media library.


Image of North Etobicoke Mural Project on view as part of the North Etobicoke Mural Project ArtworxTO Tour. Image credit: Arts Etobicoke.

Self-Guided Tours via Driftscape
Discover the North Etobicoke Mural Project curated by Arts Etobicoke with Bareket Kezwer (Womxn Paint) and supporting partners, Mural Routes and The STEPS Initiative. Through this project, the unique experiences and voices of the North Etobicoke community are brought together to create murals around the theme of “Natural Resiliency”. The North Etobicoke Mural Project is comprised of murals by women and non-binary artists and four spectacular community murals.

ArtworxTO has partnered with local community artists, arts organizations, the TTC and Driftscape, a mobile-friendly website and app that allows users to identify public artworks, to curate public art tours across each of Toronto’s 25 wards.

Explore Public Art in North Etobicoke and other ArtworxTO tours


ArtworxTO Spotlight Emerging Artists Program
View submissions from our most recent ArtworxTO Spotlight award recipients; Jazel dela Paz and Warda Youssouf. ArtworxTO Spotlight invites emerging Toronto-based artists to tell their stories. Artists, with five years experience or less, are invited to describe their motivation and the journey taken to currently practice in Toronto. Of these submissions, 52 emerging artists will be selected for the Spotlight, one artist per week for the entire year. Apply to be featured as an emerging artist today. Submit your application before Sunday, May 15, 2022.

This project is supported by RBC through the RBC Emerging Artists Project.

Learn more about ArtworxTO Spotlight Emerging Artists Program


Nave, Film Still, Camille Turner, 2021-2022

Toronto Biennial of Art – On Now!
The Toronto Biennial of Art is officially open and will run until June 5, offering a variety of free exhibitions, performances and learning opportunities. The Biennial is Canada’s leading visual arts event focused exclusively on contemporary art from around the world. This year’s event is titled What Water Knows, The Land Remembers, and features city-wide programming that aims to inspire individuals, engage communities and contribute to global conversations.

Learn more about the Toronto Biennial of Art


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. We want to keep improving the City of Toronto’s public art efforts and programming by better understanding your experiences.

Let us know your thoughts below.

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