ArtworxTO: First Legacy Artist in Residence | Doors Open Programming | Unionale Artist RFP | 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:

Inaugural ArtworxTO Legacy Artist in Residence, Maria Hupfield

City of Toronto Announces Maria Hupfield as the First ArtworxTO Legacy Artist in Residence
The City of Toronto is pleased to announce that artist and transdisciplinary maker, Maria Hupfield, will work with Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation as the inaugural ArtworxTO Legacy Artist in Residence (AiR).

For her residency, Maria will be working with the City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation, Urban Forestry branch bringing her creative force to bear in exploring and highlighting perception of and pressures on Toronto’s ravines.

The ArtworxTO Legacy AiR program gets to the heart of embedding creativity in Toronto as a core element in city building.

Read the Legacy Artist in Residence Press Release


Image of 143 (I Love You) For All To See on view at Orchard Pavillion in Dowsnview Park (Keele St & Downsview Park Blvd, Toronto)

Visit ArtworxTO Hubs During Doors Open This Weekend!
Don’t miss the special Doors Opening programming taking place this weekend at ArtworxTO Hubs NORTH & WEST.

HOME(LAND): Terra Firma – Artist on Site on May 28th
Join exhibition artist Alexandra Gelis on-site at ArtworxTO Hub WEST: Cloverdale Common on Saturday, 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

Flowers For You on May 28th
As part of the Invisible Minority project’s Flowers for You exhibit, artist Zahra Siddiqui will be giving out flowers and taking pictures of community members on Saturday, May 28th at ArtworxTO Hub NORTH: Downsview (70 Canuck Avenue, North York)
Learn more about Flowers for You

143 (I Love You) For All To See on May 29th
143 (I LOVE YOU) For All To See is a photography project curated by Wan Lucas that considers Black life at the level of loving relations, exploring various manifestations of love from the familial to the romantic. The exhibit is on view at the Orchard Pavillion in Dowsnview Park.
Learn more about 143 (I Love You) For All To See


Request for Artist Proposals: Unionale
The City of Toronto invites practicing artists (including artist teams and collectives) to submit their proposals for the first edition of Unionale, a new public art thoroughfare currently under construction in Union Station. This is a one-stage, competition for practicing Toronto-based artists, teams, or collectives who work in two-dimensional media.

Toronto-based artists must submit their request for proposals by July 6, 2022.
This project is supported by TD.

Learn more about Unionale


Around Art and Land: What is Around is Alive!
Join North York Arts on June 4th for Around Art and Land: What is Around is Alive! taking place at ArtworxTO Hub NORTH: Downsview (70 Canuck Avenue, North York). Discover the local flora on this interactive walking tour of Downsview Park and inspire illustrations and photos to be exhibited in a public presentation in the Downsview Hub (or to take home!).

Register for Around Art and Land: What is Around is Alive!


Watch the Recording of the latest ArtworxTO Talks, Live @ 5 On-Demand
The ArtworxTO Talks, Live @ 5: Defining a Monument Landscape for the Future session is now available to watch On-Demand. This online talk was hosted by Rebecca Carbin, moderated by Maya Wilson-Sanchez and featured speakers Lindy Kinoshameg, Esmaa Mohamoud and Ken Lum.

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

Watch the recording of ArtworxTO Talks, Live @ 5


Over Floe by John Notten (2021) on view at Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen St W, Toronto)

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. 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 Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen St W, Toronto) until June 23, 2022.

Learn more about Over Floe


Wind Rose by Future Simple Studio (2021) on view at ArtworxTO Hub North: Downsview 70 Canuck Ave, North York). Photo credit: Peiying (Penny) Xie.

New ArtworxTO Blog Post
Read the recent ArtworxTO Blog post titled “Rising Winds” authored by Toronto-based musician and designer Johan Seaton. This blog post discusses XOXO Downsview, a public art exhibition at Downsview Park that seeks to activate the public space with murals and installations that celebrate the site’s history and imagine its future.

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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