ArtworxTO Highlights: Interactive Map | Self-Guided Tours | Blog | Emerging Artists | and more


Use the Driftscape App for a self-guided tour. Pictured: 2019 North Etobicoke Murals. Photographer Jeremy Sale

ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021–2022 is a year-long celebration of Toronto’s exceptional public art collection and the creative community behind it. Working closely with artists and Toronto’s arts institutions, the City of Toronto is delivering major public art projects and commissions, citywide, from fall 2021 to fall 2022. Supporting local artists and new artworks that reflect Toronto’s diversity, ArtworxTO is creating more opportunities for Torontonians to engage with art in their everyday lives. This year, explore your city and discover creativity and community–everywhere.

This week’s ArtworxTO Highlights:

Interactive ArtworxTO Map
Use the Interactive ArtworxTO map to discover public art in your area, plan custom routes, and learn more about the artwork. Create your own customized travel route by selecting filters to sort through artist, artwork name, type, neighbourhood or City program. Want to learn more about a specific piece of artwork? Simply click on a pin and view the details for that particular work. Use the “Favourite” option to select and save all the artwork you’d like to visit. Visit to start exploring!


Visit, save your favourite artworks and map a route.

Self-Guided Public Art Tours Via Driftscape
Explore free self-guided public art walking tours today! The City of Toronto has partnered with Driftscape, local community artists and arts organizations to curate free public art tours all across the City. The tours include bonus media materials, artist interviews and feature pieces from the City’s various divisions: StreetARToronto, Percent for Public Art, and the Public Art & Monuments Collection. Explore the Tours on Driftscape Mobile App today!

ArtworxTO Blog
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. Visit to read the first couple posts. The first “Together Outside: Toronto’s Year of Public Art” is authored by Trinidadian artist and Toronto Photo Laureate Michele Pearson Clarke, and the second, titled “Shift” by Anqui Li examines the public artwork Shift (2009) created by Torontonian artist, Carl Taçon.


Watch Alten Wilmot’s ArtworxTO Emerging Artist Spotlight video

ArtworxTO Spotlight Emerging Artists Program
ArtworxTO Spotlight invites emerging Toronto-based artists to tell their stories. Artists, with five years experience or less, are welcome to describe their motivations and journeys of how they arrived as their present self in Toronto. Of these submissions, 52 emerging artists will be selected for the Spotlight, one artist per week for the entire year. The next application deadline is October 10, 2021. Visit: to apply and view submissions from our first two award recipients; Alten Wilmot and Isabella Fong. This project is supported by RBC through the RBC Emerging Artists Project.

ArtworxTO Exhibition Hubs
The City of Toronto has opened several exhibition hubs across the city. ArtworxTO Hubs are spaces for artistic and community activity led by the next generation of curators, collectives and artists. Through exhibitions, activations, workshops and experiences, the hubs are amplifying local artistic identities, recognizing their global vibrancy, and empowering creative communities. Hubs are currently located at Downsview Park, Scarborough Town Centre, Cloverdale Common, Bayview Village and Collision Gallery. More information about the hubs is available at:


Ɂįdzǝ́Ɂenį by Laura Grier, 2021, on view at ArtworxTO Pop Up Hub: Collision Gallery. Photo by Garcia Creative.

ArtworxTO Call for Submissions:
The City of Toronto invites professional artists (including teams) who have ties to both Toronto and Quebec to submit proposals for an outdoor, temporary three-dimensional sculptural public artwork on the theme of “public art of tomorrow.” The City of Toronto’s new Public Art Strategy seeks to redefine what public art is and what qualifies as public art in our “new normal.” The artwork submissions will depict and predict the future of public art and will be part of ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021-2022.

The selected artwork will simultaneously celebrate the outstanding relationship between the City of Toronto and the Gouvernement du Quebec, including the close collaborations between Toronto and artistic cities like Montreal and Quebec City. The awarded artwork will be selected by way of peoples’ choice; participants attending the ArtworxTO Symposium: Public Art for Tomorrow will be able to vote for their favourite option. Maximum budget of $75,000. Submission deadline is 4:00 pm on October 18, 2021. Email for an application package. #callforartists #artistopportunity #artworxto

Each week ArtworxTO has several new programs, exhibits, performances, talks, works and more, on offer. Bookmark and check back often!

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Sue Holland