ArtworxTO Highlights: Monument Lab | Citywide Exhibition Hubs | Blog | Emerging Artists | 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:
MonumentMobile: What’s Next for Toronto?
As part of ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art, Monument Lab is headed to Toronto for a week of participatory programs around the city from October 29-November 3, 2021. The Philadelphia-based public art and history studio, co-founded by Ken Lum and Paul Farber, are working with Toronto artist and Monument Lab fellow Quentin VerCetty, on a series of public activations at various civic sites of memory through the mobile A Monument For The Inquisitive and Critical – a truck with a flatbed gallery space outfitted with 3D digital sculptures, collages, and maps that summon the past, present, and future of Toronto’s monuments landscape.
For a week, the mobile monument will make daily stops across the city at Nathan Phillips Square, RoundHouse Park, Cloverdale Common, Scarborough Town Centre, Wexford BIA, and Mel Lastman Square. At each location, against the backdrop of the A Monument For The Inquisitive and Critical, a team of locally-based Monument Lab researchers will be conducting an open engagement process with participants and passerby around a guiding question: What’s Next for Toronto? The reflections from the week of public engagement and research will inform a final report to the City of Toronto’s Arts and Culture Services next year regarding civic commemorative policies within the Public Art and Monuments Collection.
The project also includes a special day of public dialogues on Saturday, October 30, from 12-3pm EST at Roundhouse Park and online with Lum, Farber, and VerCetty, alongside Toronto-based artists, memory practitioners, civic officials, and performers including Rebecca Carbin, Mark Cheetham, Sally Han, Andrew Lochhead, Karyn Recollet, Kristyn Wong-Tam, and hosted by Nico Taylor & Queen Kukoyi.
Visit One of Six ArtworxTO Exhibition Hubs, Citywide!
The City of Toronto has opened six 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 in the north, south, east, west and downtown. Visit one of the six hubs near you at: Downsview Park, Union Station, Scarborough Town Centre, Cloverdale Common, Bayview Village and Collision Gallery. More information about the hub exhibits, free programing and events is available at: www.artworxto.ca/hubs
This week’s ArtworxTO Blog post, “Tracing the Waters: Discovering Rowntree Mills Park”, authored by Toronto-based musician and designer, Johan Seaton highlights the extensive public artwork found in Etobicoke North Ward. Seaton examines “From the Weeds”, a public art project facilitated by STEPS Public Art that explores the Humber River as a place of learning, community building, and storytelling.
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.
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. View submissions from our most recent two award recipients; Michael Faubert and Brandon Baghaee.
This project is supported by RBC through the RBC Emerging Artists Project.
Taste of Scarborough
Experience the world through The Taste of Scarborough. Food lovers will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite dishes available in Scarborough. From samosas to shawarma, curries to dim sum, Taste of Scarborough will highlight the best in Scarborough cuisine, and invite everyone there for a bite. Cast your vote before October 29, 2021. Click here to cast your vote now!
Taste of Scarborough is presented in association with ArtworxTO Hub EAST exhibition and curated by The Spoken Soul Collective.
Each week ArtworxTO has several new programs, exhibits, performances, talks, works and more, on offer. Bookmark artworxTO.ca and check back often!