ArtworxTO Highlights: Talks | Symposium | Roundtable Discussion | Blog | Listen.Learn.Act. | Taste of Scarborough 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:


ArtworxTO Talk: Live @ 5
The second ArtworxTO Talks, Live @ 5 will be taking place virtually on Wednesday November 10 at 5 pm. No registration required. This talk will focus on art and emerging from the pandemic, featuring speakers George Pimentel, Akshata Naik, Nicole Balm, and Mitchell Chan.

Live @ 5 is a 10-part ArtworxTO-led Talks Series held on the second Wednesday of every month. Artists, experts and community leaders will discuss their recent projects and answer questions from viewers. The series will focus on how art improves and betters our lives.

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ArtworxTO Symposium: Public Art of Tomorrow, a free, 3-day virtual Symposium presented by City of Toronto & the Gouvernement du Québec from Nov 22-24

ArtworxTO Symposium: Public Art of Tomorrow
The ArtworxTO Symposium: Public Art of Tomorrow, a free, three-day virtual event taking place Nov 22-24th, 2021. Organized by the City of Toronto and the Government of Quebec, this virtual symposium will celebrate Toronto’s impressive existing public art collection while discussing the future role of art and artists. Keynote speakers, panelists, and industry leaders will discuss pandemic recovery and building back better, stronger, specifically the essential role of the cultural and creative sectors within urban areas. Registration is now open. Attendance is completely free (but limited) so register today!

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uooch neech bikaar sukirat sa(n)lagan sabh sukh chhatr | mitr satr na kachhoo jaanai sarab jeea samat by Simranpreet Kaur Anand and Conner Singh VanderBeek, on view at ArtworxTO Pop Up Hub at Bayview Village Mall

Sikh Futures Roundtable Discussion
Sikh Futures is the third and final roundtable discussion, as part of ArtworxTO Pop Up Hub: Bayview Village’s chashm-e-bulbul exhibit’s approach to inspire safe, inter-sangat dialogue for womxn. Tune in Wednesday, November 10 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Sikh Futures features: Pamila Matharu, Simranpreet Kaur Anand, Keerat Kaur and Sami Brar and will be moderated by curator Raji Kaur Aujla. This discussion will prompt panelists to think about what an imagined future for Sikhs can look like from an intersectional feminist lens.

Curator Talks on Sikh + Feminist Thought is a series of conversations that, on the theme of sangat (true congregation), will feature three roundtable discussions-Sikh Past, Present, and Futures -with Canadian feminists with an aim to speak about female equality in Sikh practice. To further amplify these discussions, these talks will be hosted on Youtube Live to encourage engagement to add more to the conversation.

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Unsettled Ruins, Evolving Discourse Image. Photo: Lorraine Luong

ArtworxTO Blog
This week’s ArtworxTO Blog post, “Unsettled Ruins, Evolving Discourse”, authored by Tkaronto-based multi-media artist-researcher and emerging curator, Kalina Nedelcheva highlights the extensive public artwork found in Guild Park. In this blog post, Nedelcheva examines “(Un)settled” and its legacy showcasing that the animated rebirth of public art in the city needs to continue its thread of engaging, revealing, intervening, and decoding history.

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.

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Download the Listen.Learn.Act ArtworxTO Zine
Discover even more about #ArtworxTO hub and pop-up exhibitions in the first issue of “Listen. Learn. Act.”, an 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.

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In My Element – Akvo | Water Symposia
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.

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Taste of Scarborough
Experience the world through The Taste of Scarborough. This 3-phase process will give Food lovers the opportunity to vote for where people can experience 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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