ArtworxTO Highlights: Symposia | Artist in Residence Program | Dis/play | Artist Online Store Directory 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:

In My Element – Akvo | Water Symposia
TODAY! Taking place virtually on November 17th, In My Element – Akvo | Water Symposia is a series of gatherings for refugees/newcomer/immigrant artists to learn more about Indigenous history, culture, and celebrate their contributions to humanity as well as share their ancestral knowledge. In My Element Symposia is developed by Julian Carvajal.

In My Element – Akvo | Water Symposia is presented in association with ArtworxTO Hub West – HOME(LAND) Exhibition.

Learn more about In My Element – Akvo | Water Symposia


Image of Toronto City Hall by Scott Webb on Unsplash.

ArtworxTO Legacy Artist in Residence (AiR) Program
ArtworxTO invites Toronto-based professional artists to submit Expressions of Interest to participate in the inaugural Legacy Artist in Residence (AiR) Program.

The ArtworxTO Legacy Artist in Residence (AiR) Program supports the three pillars upon which both the 10-year Public Art Strategy and ArtworxTO: Year of Public Art are built: “Creativity + Community—Everywhere.” The Artist in Residence term will range from 12 to 18 months, depending on the project timeline that works best for the artist and host department, working collaboratively. The term will include 60 hours (across the first 3-6 months) working alongside a department host in a period of embedded research. Following this, the artist will embark on development of a public-facing project, which may take any number of forms. This is a working residency (not live-in) for Toronto-based artists.

Expression of Interest submissions are due by December 13, 2021.

To Learn more about this opportunity please attend the following ArtworxTO Symposium panels:

  • November 22, 2021 – Cities’ Collaborations with Artists – 3:00-4:00pm EST
  • November 24, 2021 – ArtworxTO Legacy AiR: Shortlisted Host Department Workshop Q and A – 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST

Learn more about ArtworxTO Legacy Artist in Residence (AiR) Program


Dis/Play Event Artwork

Dis/Play curated by Ophira Calof
Dis/Play shines a light on over 50 disabled creatives telling their own stories, woven into a 10 minute multi-media display that will be projected onto unique exterior walls across Tkaronto, with original musical accompaniment and embracing disability aesthetics.

Dis/Play uses video projection and oral storytelling to explore the prompt, “How do you want to be seen?” Between each story, visual art by a dynamic cross section of disabled creatives will emerge and float into focus. These pieces will be underscored by descriptive words chosen by the artists to reflect the intention of their work, sung by Ophira Calof.

Pop Up Locations and Dates:

Artscape Wychwood Barns
76 Wychwood Avenue
November 16-18

Miles Nadal JCC
750 Spadina Avenue
November 24-27

Learn more about Dis/Play

Artist Online Store Directory
Do You Have Art for Sale?
Are you selling your artwork online? If so, get listed on the #ArtworxTO Artist Online Store Directory. We are building a directory of artist online stores to help the public find works that are available for purchase. If you would like to be listed in the directory, please fill out this form and submit your info below.

Learn more about the Artist Online Store Directory


Three hardcopies of Listen. Learn. Act., the quarterly ArtworxTO Zine. Issue 001

Discover even more about #ArtworxTO hub and pop up exhibitions in the first issue of “Listen. Learn. Act.”, an activity book/educational toolkit that invites the public to take a deep dive into the conceptual underpinnings of projects and programs at ArtworxTO hub exhibitions.

Pick up your Listen. Learn. Act. Issue 001 (September-December 2021) today at any Hub location or download online.

Read the latest Listen.Learn.Act. Issue


Use the Driftscape App for a self-guided tour of TTC Art or one of 25 Toronto wards. Pictured: Summertime Streetcar by Gerald Zeldin, 1979 as seen at Eglinton West Station.

Self-Guided Tours
ArtworxTO has partnered with local community artists, arts organizations, the TTC and Driftscape, a mobile-friendly website and app that allows users to identify public artworks, to curate public art tours across each of Toronto’s 25 wards. Explore your neighbourhood or hop on the subway and explore six tours that specifically guide the user through the TTC’s extensive public art offerings.

Learn more about the ArtworxTO Tours

Taste of Scarborough
Experience the world through The Taste of Scarborough. This 3-phase process will give Food lovers the opportunity to vote for the best dishes in Scarborough. From samosas to shawarma, curries to dim sum, we will highlight the best in Scarborough cuisine! Phase 2 voting is now open to narrow down the top Scarborough food spots that were chosen.

Taste of Scarborough is presented in association with ArtworxTO Hub EAST and the Spoken Soul Collective.

Learn more about Taste of Scarborough and other events taking place at ArtworxTO Hub EAST.

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

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