ArtworxTO: FACE OF ISLAM Exhibit | Curator Tour | Our Home and Haunted Land | 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:

The Face of Islam Portrait. Photo: Zahra Siddiqui.

The FACE OF ISLAM Exhibit Now Open
The FACE OF ISLAM portrait series by Zahra Siddiqui is now on view at ArtworxTO Hub NORTH: Downsview (70 Canuck Avenue, Toronto). The exhibit captivates and illustrates the diversity within the Islamic Community in Toronto. It is meant to challenge people’s ideas and hopefully channel energy from their hearts, to move from a place of Humanity.

The FACE OF ISLAM captures 25-40 portraits that illustrate the diversity within the Islamic Community in Toronto. The Muslim community needs to feel seen and valued for their existence. It is also meant to educate the World on what the FACE OF ISLAM looks like and not what the mainstream media portrays. Zahra showcases the diversity and the different races within the Muslim Identity and celebrates the beauty and culture by shining a light on OUR FACES and the unique ways of our representation.

Learn more about The FACE OF ISLAM


Around Art and Land: Let’s Dance!
Join North York Arts on May 22nd for Around Art and Land: Let’s Dance, a free dance workshop exploring the basic fundamentals of South-African Beats and Capoeira taught by Mafa Dance Village and Capoeira Bamba Toronto. Around Art and Land: Let’s Dance! will take place at ArtworxTO Hub NORTH: Downsview (70 Canuck Avenue, North York)

Pre-registration is required for this fun, interactive, and high-energy workshop.

Register for Around Art and Land: Let’s Dance


Newcomer Week | HOME(LAND): Terra Firma Tour and Artist Talk
Join ArtworxTO Hub WEST: Cloverdale’s HOME(LAND) curator, Claudia Arana on May 24th at 5:30pm for an exhibition tour and artist talk of HOME(LAND) as part of Newcomer Week. This event takes place at the ArtworxTO Hub WEST: Cloverdale Common (250 The East Mall, Toronto, ON). Pre-registation is required.

HOME(LAND): Terra Firma is a series of three multimedia exhibitions examining how concepts of land intersect and dialogue with the fluid, and shifting characteristics of identity, belonging, and home across and between races, regions, cultures, and nations with connections to the four elemental energies from which all of life is created, water, earth, fire and air.

Register for HOME(LAND): Terra Firma Curator Tour and Talk


Image of The Gladstone Hotel as part of Our Home and Haunted Land.

Our Home and Haunted Land
Our Home and Haunted Land is a large-scale projection public art project created by Nadine Valcin and Priam Givord that examines the colonial histories embedded in the names of three Toronto spaces and exposes the violent legacy of the land we live on.

Our Home and Haunted Land will take place May 20 -22nd at the Canada Malting Silos (Bathurst St and Queens Quay). The stories will be projected nightly from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Learn more about Our Home and Haunted Land


Over Floe by John Notten Now on View at Nathan Phillips Square
Over Floe by John Notten (2021) has floated over to Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen St W, Toronto). 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. The ironic use of materials used to construct these ‘natural’ forms and their unlikely presence in the heart of the city presents questions about the environment for the audience to consider.

Learn more about Over Floe


With – Living Migrant Relations installation by Alexandra Gelis. Part of HOME(LAND) on view at ArtworxTO Hub WEST: Cloverdale Common. Photo: Vito Amati.

Doors Open Events at ArtworxTO Hubs
Don’t miss special Doors Opening programming taking place ArtworxTO Hubs NORTH & WEST on Saturday, May 28th.

Join exhibition artist Alexandra Gelis on-site at ArtworxTO Hub WEST: Cloverdale Common on May 28th as she shares aspects of her project, With – Living Migrant Relations, with visitors through workshops, conversations, and demonstrations.

Register for the Artist on-site with Alexandra Gelis

As part of the Flowers for You exhibit, artist Zahra Siddiqui will be giving out flowers and taking pictures of community members on May 28th at ArtworxTO Hub NORTH: Downsview (70 Canuck Avenue, North York).

Learn more about Flowers for You


Pool Lane by art collective BGL (2016). Photo: Loraine Luong.

New ArtworxTO Blog Post
Read the recent ArtworxTO Blog post titled “Pool Lane” authored by aspiring curator and art historian Anqi Li. This blog post discusses how the Pool Lane sculpture by art collective BGL balances the concept of artificiality and naturalness.

In collaboration with emerging OCADU writers and documentations, the ArtworxTO Blog highlights public art and explores what public art means in the eyes of Torontonians and visitors. Blog posts are published on a bi-weekly basis.

Read the latest ArtworxTO Blog post


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

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