ArtworxTO Highlights: Symposium Videos OnDemand | Community is… | Indigenous Films | Workshop | 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:


Screen cap of the ArtworxTO OnDemand page, filtered for Symposium: Public Art of Tomorrow, videos

ArtworxTO Symposium Sessions Now Available OnDemand
The ArtworxTO Symposium: Public Art of Tomorrow sessions are now available to view OnDemand. The sold-out virtual symposium ran from November 22 to 24 and discussed the future role of art and artists within urban centres. Viewers can watch all 21 recorded ArtworxTO Symposium sessions or pick the sessions that resonate most.

ArtworxTO Symposium Session Highlights Include:

Then, Now & Forward: Questions of Public Art
This panel invited 4 speakers to consider the past, present and the future, and highlighted the key concerns that public art raises in this contemporary moment. Moderated by Laurent Vernet. Speakers included Vincent Roy (Executive Director of Exmuro arts publics), Dr. Sara Diamond (President Emerita, OCAD University), Glenn Castanheira (Director General, SDC Montreal Centre-ville) and Thomas Finkelpearl (Former Commissioner of New York City Department of Cultural Affairs).

Public Art & Sustainability: The Questions Are Many
While the visibility and significance of environmental and ecological concerns within public art is growing, the reality of the global situation raises important questions concerning public art’s current and future role. With artist Benjamin Wong and Director, Centre for Sustainable Practice in the Arts, Ian Garrett.

Insights Into the Public Art Proposal Process
Through this workshop led by an artist (Holly Ward) and a cultural planner (Helena Grdadolnik – Director, Workshop), public art commissioners and artists were invited to discuss and learn from each other in order to improve artist calls and proposals.

Watch ArtworxTO Symposium Sessions OnDemand


Image of Community Moves Us on view at ArtworxTO Hub | South: Union Station, as part of Community is… by Hiba Abdallah (2021)

Community is… by Hiba Abdallah
Located at four ArtworxTO Hubs, Community is… is a site-specific text-based installation by artist Hiba Abdallah. The project aims to highlight each neighbourhood’s unique disposition through large scale text that declares and celebrates the meaning of community.

Check out Community is… at the following locations:
ArtworxTO Hub NORTH | Downsview (70 Canuck Ave, North York, ON)
ArtworxTO Hub EAST | Scarborough Town Centre (300 Borough Dr, Scarborough, ON)
ArtworxTO Hub WEST | Cloverdale Common (250 The East Mall, Toronto, ON)
ArtworxTO Hub SOUTH | Union Station (61 Front St W, Toronto, ON)


A young participant builds a home at a prior “Our Homes, Our Communities” in-person workshop. Image courtesy of Muse Arts.

“Our Homes, Our Communities” In-Person Workshop
Participate in the in-person Our Homes, Our Communities workshop on December 17th from 10 AM – 1 PM located at ArtworxTO Hub WEST: Cloverdale Common (Cloverdale Mall, 250 The East Mall, Toronto, ON). Our Homes, Our Communities is an art-based community engagement project (Mixed Media using recycled food boxes) exploring community members’ ideas of what makes a home: a place of shelter, protection, refuge, comfort, family and community.

The final creations will be part of a collective installation which will be exhibited at ArtworxTO Hub WEST | Cloverdale, beginning February 2, 2022.

Register for “Our Homes, Our Communities” Workshop


Image stills of films to be screened during Films for Care: An Afternoon of Indigenous Films taking place Saturday, Dec 18 at Collision Gallery located at 18 Wellington St W, Toronto. From top Left running counter clockwise: Smoke Signals directed by Chris Eyre, A Sacred Place directed by Natalie King, Reclamation directed by Thirza Cuthand, Honey Moccasin directed by Shelley Niro & Part Three directed by Kaya Joan.

Films for Care: An Afternoon of Indigenous Films Screening
Enjoy an afternoon of Indigenous films on Dec. 18th from 1:00 p.m – 5:00 p.m. Exhibition curator Emma Steen and filmmakers Natalie King, Kaya Joan and Thirza Cuthand will introduce a mix of short and feature-length films directed by Indigenous filmmakers.

Film Schedule:
1:10pm: A Sacred Place (5m 22s) dir. Natalie King
1:20pm: Part Three (4m 14s) dir. Kaya Joan
1:28pm: Reclamation (11m) dir. Thirza Cuthand
2:00pm: Honey Moccasin (47m) dir. Shelley Niro
3:00pm: Smoke Signals (89m) dir. Chris Eyre

Films for Care: An Afternoon of Indigenous Films will take place at ArtworxTO Pop Up Hub: Collision Gallery (18 Wellington Street West, Toronto)

Register for Films for Care: An Afternoon of Indigenous Films

ArtworxTO Blog
In collaboration with emerging OCADU writers and documentarians, 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. The most recent blog post titled “Three Points Where Two Lines Meet” is authored by aspiring curator and art historian, Anqi Li. In this blog post, Li discusses the controversy of Young & Giroux’s public art piece, Three Points Where Two Lines Meet (2018).

Read the latest ArtworxTO Blog posts

Plan Your Own Public Art Tour this Holiday Season
Use the Interactive ArtworxTO Map to discover public art near you. Create your own customized route with the GPS-enabled Interactive ArtworxTO map and email it to yourself. Use the filters to sort through artist, artwork name, type, neighbourhood, or City program and favourite all the artwork you’d like to visit. Simply click on a pin and view the details for that particular work.

Learn more about the Interactive ArtworxTO Map

Each week ArtworxTO offers several new programs, exhibits, performances, talks, workshops and more. Bookmark and check back often!

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