ArtworxTO Highlights: Talks | Workshops | Symposium | Self-Guided Tours | 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 Talks: Live @ 5
The first ArtworxTO Talks, Live @ 5 will be taking place virtually on Wednesday October 13 at 5 pm. No registration required. This talk will focus on art and emerging from the pandemic, featuring speakers Krista Kim, Curtia Wright, Robert Binet and Melissa Vincent.

ArtworxTO Talks Live @ 5 is a 10-part Talk 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 discuss key issues in public art today, through the lens of wellness and well-being – personal, mental, societal and community. Learn more about ArtworxTO Talks.


Continuum by Krista Kim (2021) at Fort York. Photo by Andrew Williamson.

“Our Homes, Our Communities” Workshop at ArtworxTO Hub West
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.

Community members, hereafter called “Artists in the making”, draw correlations of their idea of homes with location, land and physical structures, as we center those conversations on their sense and experiences of community/ies and belonging in Toronto. These workshops are all ages and co-facilitated by artists: Paula Sofia Morales and Daniela Arango. Materials for crafting will be provided to attendees. Attendees may bring their own cardboard from cereal boxes or milk cartons if they wish. Learn more about “Our Homes, Our Communities” Workshop.


MUSE Our Homes Our Communities Workshop Photo

Scarborough Made Resilience: Exhibition Launch
Celebrate the unveiling of Scarborough Made Resilience on Saturday, October 16, 2021 from 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm. The exhibition runs until the end of December. The event includes a public art installation featuring the work from four emerging youth artists that were mentored to document narratives of resilience in the Scarborough-Guildwood neighbourhood. Learn more about Scarborough Made Resilience exhibit.

ArtworxTO Symposium: Public Art for Tomorrow
The City of Toronto invites artists 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. Learn more about the ArtworxTO Symposium.


Máximo Gonzalez’s Walk Among Worlds Nuit Blanche 2018. Photo by Susan Holland/Nuit Blanche

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. 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. Learn more about the ArtworxTO Tours.

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


Use the Driftscape App for a self-guided tour of TTC Art or one of 25 Toronto wards. Pictured: The Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts by Rebecca Bayer & David Gregory (2018) as seen at Sherbourne Station.

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