ArtworxTO: Hub West Opening Reception | Carnival Workshops at Yorkdale | Talks | 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:

Community art project installation titled The Forgiveness Project: Home(Land) by Loretta Faveri (2022) on view at ArtworxTO Hub WEST: Cloverdale Common (250 The East Mall, Toronto, ON)

HOME(LAND): Lighting Souls Opening Reception – July 7th
Join curator Claudia Arana for the Opening Reception of her third HOME(LAND) exhibition, Lighting Souls, this Thursday, July 7th from 5:00 – 7:00 PM.

HOME(LAND): Lighting Souls, located at ArworxTO Hub WEST: Cloverdale Common (250 The East Mall, Toronto), explores the elements of air and fire and their connections to the land while delving into concepts of identity, home and belonging.

Register for HOME(LAND): Lighting Souls Opening Reception


Lanterns made by workshop participants in conjunction with Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky’s ArtworxTO installation, The Guest’s Shadow. Paper, ink, mixed media, LED light.

Saturday Workshop Series at ArtworxTO Pop Up Hub: Carnival Portal
ArtworxTO has partnered with Art Starts to produce a series of workshops exploring different facets of Carnival, running every Saturday in July from 2 – 4pm at the ArtworxTO Pop Up Hub: Carnival Portal (Yorkdale Shopping Centre, 3401 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON).

July 9: Caribbean Cooking with Chef Kareema
Learn to cook delicious doubles with Chef Kareema.

July 16: Carnival Curious Poster Making with Ashley T.
Embrace Caribbean heritage and celebrate it loudly and proudly by creating posters with vibrant colours and mixed media materials.

July 23: Toronto Carnival Make-up Tutorial with Asha
Get ready for Carnival with this makeup tutorial led by certified Make-up Artist and Loctician Asha Emmanuel


ArtworxTO Talks: Live @ 5: Setting the Table – July 13th
Tune in on Wednesday, July 13th from 5-6pm for the latest ArtworxTO Talks: Live @ 5: Setting the Table. Possibilities, ideals, values and politics are things that we communicate through art, they are also things we explore through food, and that we share around a table.

This talk, hosted by Chef Kareema will present conversations between chefs who push their culinary skills into an art form and artists who work with food to create dialogue about our shared experiences. The ArtworxTO Talks: Live @ 5 series is supported by Stella Artois.

Learn more about ArtworksTO Talks, Live @ 5: Setting the Table


Introduction to creating 3D Models from Pictures
ArtworxTO Hub West – July 9th

Visit ArtworxTO Hub West: Cloverdale Common on July 9 at 11am for a hands-on, 2-hour workshop with technologist Luke Garwood. Participants will be lead through creating 3D models of real-world objects with images taken with your phone. The technical term is “Photogrammetry” and it lets you digitize physical objects. This is great for artists looking to archive a physical practice, and digital artists looking to incorporate the real world. No prior technical experience is required. Some phones will be provided but bring your own if you can (iOS 14.0+ or Android).

Learn more about the workshop


Mural titled Ulysses Curtis by Danilo Deluxo McCallum (2021) commissioned by XOXO Downsview on view ArtworxTO Hub NORTH: Downsview (70 Canuck Avenue, North York).

XOXO Downsview Walk – July 16th
Join Jane Farrow and special guests on July 16th for a tour showcasing the murals and installation works featured in XOXO Downsview and ArtworxTO Hub NORTH: Downsview (70 Canuck Avenue, North York).

This tour, presented by id8 Downsview, highlights the bold, vital spirit of Downsview. You’ll learn about the compelling and surprising history of music, art, heritage architecture, aviation and performance here – and how it all connects with the present day and plans for the future.

Learn more about XOXO Downsview Walk


Call for Artists: City of Toronto Public Art Opportunities
The City of Toronto is pleased to share five open public art opportunities:

1. RFP: Unionale new thoroughfare at Union Station
Deadline: July 6 at 5:00 PM

2. RFQ: Etobicoke Civic Centre Interior artwork
Deadline: July 7 at 5:00 PM

3. EOI: New Park at 234 Simcoe Street
Deadline: July 8 at 9:00 AM

4. EOI: New Park at 292 Dundas Street West
Deadline: July 8 at 9:00 AM

5. RFP: Toronto Paramedic Services renovated vehicular shelter at 610 Bay
Deadline: July 30 at 4:00 PM

Learn more about the opportunities


Queering Place is a public art project from SKETCH Arts. Photo: Cordeley Samuels.

New ArtworxTO Blog Post
Read the recent ArtworxTO Blog post titled “BREATHING QUEER AIR” authored by Toronto-based artist and OCADu student, Richie Evans. This blog post discusses Queering Place, a public art project from SKETCH Arts that asks what it means for a place to be queer and how nature can be incorporated into the healing of queer communities.

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.

Read the blog post


Take the ArtworxTO Program Evaluation Survey
Tell us about your ArtworxTO experience! The ArtworxTO team seeks to understand the impact of public art on our shared spaces and experiences. Share your experience with ArtworxTO public art, programming, and events by taking the Evaluation survey. We want to continually improve the City of Toronto’s public art efforts and programming by better understanding your experiences.

Take the ArtworxTO Program Evaluation Survey


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Sue Holland
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