ArtworxTO: Free Opening Reception | Artist Conversations | ArtworxTO Hub Exhibitions | Artwork Vandalism Statement | 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:

Turistas: King Charles III of Spain, Los Angeles, USA (detail) photograph by Iván Argote (2013) on view as part of I am land that remembers at ArtworxTO Hub SOUTH: Union Station (61 Front Street West, Toronto ON). Photograph courtesy of the artist.

Invitation to I am land that remembers Opening Reception – March 16
Join curator Maya Wilson-Sanchez for a tour of I am land that remembers at ArworxTO Hub SOUTH: Union Station on March 16th at 7PM. This exhibition questions what we remember, how we remember, and who makes those choices. It includes artworks that examine the processes of history-making while creating new relationships to the past and the future.

I am land that remembers is the second of three chapters of the I am land exhibition series curated by Maya Wilson-Sanchez that brings provocative and large-scale artworks to Toronto’s Union Station (61 Front Street West, Toronto ON)

Register for the opening reception of I am land that remembers

O Manto by Helio Eudoro (2022) part of the HOME(LAND): Terra Firma, installation at ArtworxTO Hub West: Cloverdale Common. Photo Credit: Vito Amati

HOME(LAND): Terra Firma – Artist Conversation on March 15
Join artists from HOME(LAND): Terra Firma virtually on March 15th at 5PM as they share their thoughts related to our ideas of home, identity and belonging and how these have a strong connection with the natural element of the earth. The conversation will be moderated by curator, Claudia Arana and participating artists include: Alexandra Gelis, Dana Claxton, Helio Eudoro, MUSE Arts and Nava Waxman.

The second series of HOME(LAND), Terra Firma, curated by Claudia Arana is now on view at the ArtworxTO Hub WEST: Cloverdale Common (250 The East Mall, Toronto, ON). Through contemporary artwork from local and international artists, the exhibition tackles the issues of bio-politics, environmental governance, borders, displacement, and erasure from a perspective of individual and community resilience.

Register for HOME(LAND): Terra Firma – Artist Conversation

The Backbone Slide by Kwame Delfish (2022) on view at ArtworxTO EAST: Scarborough Town (300 Borough Drive, Scarborough, ON) until April 30, 2022.

Explore Free Exhibitions at ArtworxTO Hubs this March Break
Visit one of four ArtworxTO Hubs this March break. ArtworxTO Hubs are spaces for artistic and community activity led by the next generation of curators, collectives, and artists. Through free exhibitions, activations, workshops, and experiences, the Hubs aim to amplify local artistic identities, recognize their global vibrancy, and empower creative communities.

ArtworxTO Hub SOUTH: Union Station
61 Front St W, Toronto
Hours: Monday – Sunday: 11am – 7pm

ArtworxTO Hub NORTH: Downsview
70 Canuck Ave, North York
Hours: Wednesday – Friday: 11am – 7pm, Saturday & Sunday: 12pm – 5pm

ArtworxTO Hub WEST: Cloverdale Common
250 The East Mall, Toronto
Hours: Wednesday – Saturday: 10am – 6pm; Sunday: 12pm – 5pm

ArtworxTO Hub EAST: Scarborough Town Centre
300 Borough Dr, Scarborough
Hours: Wednesday – Sunday: 11am – 7pm

Vandalism of Mas’ at 94 Chestnut by artist Anique Jordan at Union Station
The ArtworxTO team at the City of Toronto has released a statement in regards to a serious incident of hate-motivated vandalism to an ArtworxTO installation at Union Station that recently occurred. We remain committed to addressing and preventing traumatic occurrences of this sort. Please read the Vandalism of Mas’ at 94 Chestnut statement and learn about the measures being taken to ensure that the experience and the lessons learned will carry forward into how we produce public art in the future.

Woman with snake by Frida Orupabo (2021) on view from March 1 to April 29, 2022

Woman with snake Now on Display
Positioned on the North façade of 460 King St W, Toronto ON, Woman with snake (2021) is the second work in a two-part project by Frida Orupabo that subverts the suppression of power and opens a dialogue with its surroundings. Disrupting common conceptions of whose bodies belong where and why, Orupabo’s collages reveal layers of history, much like the site itself, but they are built on her own terms. Woman with snake is presented by Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

Learn more about Woman with snake

Watch the Recording of ArtworxTO Talks, Live @ 5: All Access On-Demand
The ArtworxTO Talks, Live @ 5: All Access session is now available to watch On-Demand. This online talk discussed how questions about access and accessibility inform a conversation about how public art comes to be in a place, to what end, and for whom?

All Access featured speakers Ophira Calof, Writer, Performer, Producer, and Disability Consultant; Kim Fullerton, Founder of Akimbo Art Promotion and Access Visual Art; jes sachse, Artist, Writer and Choreographer and ASL Interpreters Jillian Wakarchuk and Christopher Desloges from Toronto Sign Language Interpreter Service; alongside moderators Sean Lee, Director of Programming Tangled Art + Disability and host Rebecca Carbin, ART+PUBLIC UnLtd.

Watch the recording of ArtworxTO Talks, Live @ 5: All Access

Take the ArtworxTO Program Evaluation Survey
Tell us about your ArtworxTO experience! Share your experience with ArtworxTO public art, programming, and events by taking the Evaluation survey. The ArtworxTO team seeks to understand the impact of public art on our shared spaces and experiences. We want to continually improve the City of Toronto’s public art efforts and programming by better understanding your experiences. Share your thoughts and help shape the future of public art in Toronto.

Take the ArtworxTO Program Evaluation Survey

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