ArtworxTO: Invisible | Self-Guided Tours | New Blog Posts | Emerging Artist Spotlight | 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:
Invisible by Helio Eudoro on View Now
Invisible by Helio Eudoro (2017) is now on display as part of HOME(LAND): Terra Firma located at ArtworxTO Hub WEST: Cloverdale Common. Invisible explores the complex and multiple layers of invisibility as a mechanism of power. In this ongoing photographic essay, Eudoro investigates exclusion and sociocultural erasure through different landscapes and settings.
The second series of HOME(LAND), Terra Firma, curated by Claudia Arana is on view at the ArtworxTO Hub WEST: Cloverdale Common (250 The East Mall, Toronto, ON).
Self-Guided Tours via Driftscape
Journey through High Park to view some of the public art installed in and around the park grounds including pieces from the 1967 International Sculpture Symposium on this two-hour ArtworxTO tour powered by Driftscape. This tour, sponsored by RBC, will take participants to see a number of pieces, including a monument to John and Jemima Howard, who are responsible for the creation of High Park.
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.
New ArtworxTO Blog Posts
Read the recent ArtworxTO Blog post titled “A Living Chinatown, the Best,” authored by aspiring curator and art historian, Anqi Li. Or, check out “Embracing the Elements” authored by Toronto-based Johan Seaton, who highlights the Winter Stations exhibit on view at Woodbine Beach.
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. Blog posts are published on a bi-weekly basis.
ArtworxTO Spotlight Emerging Artists Program
View submissions from our most recent ArtworxTO Spotlight award recipients; Kwasi Obeng and Emily Ryder. ArtworxTO Spotlight invites emerging Toronto-based artists to tell their stories. Artists, with five years experience or less, are invited to describe their motivation and the journey taken to currently practice in Toronto. Of these submissions, 52 emerging artists will be selected for the Spotlight, one artist per week for the entire year. Apply to be featured as an emerging artist today. Submit your application before Sunday, May 15, 2022.
This project is supported by RBC through the RBC Emerging Artists Project.
ArtworxTO Merchandise Now Available!
ArtworxTO branded merch is now available for purchase. The collection was created by Toronto artist and graphic designer Mark Stoddart. From sweatshirts and T’s, to masks and jackets, the ArworxTO collection has options for everyone. All proceeds from the sale of ArtworxTO merchandise will go towards RISE Edutainment. R.I.S.E. is a grassroots organization empowering Black youth. The name stands for Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere and, through their Edutainment methodology, RISE empowers BIPOC youth in the Greater Toronto Area to create meaningful art rooted in self-knowledge and self-expression. Buy now and support local artists!
Weekly Seniors Arts Program with Arts Etobicoke
Join facilitator Marjan Verstappen Wednesdays and Fridays between 11am – 1pm as she explores new visual arts activities in every class. Classes will feature exciting guest instructors in dance, movement, storytelling, and Indigenous arts. The free weekly seniors arts program will run until April 1, 2022.
Pass by the Susan Street Mural and hear directly from lead artist Amir Akbari using your smartphone with ArtBuzz. In this two-part ArtBuzz segment, Akbari shares the intricacies of the mural project; delving into the ideas behind the mural and meaning of certain images.
ArtBuzz is a project led by documentarian David Tarnow. The digital program explores the real stories behind Public Art and Monuments within the City of Toronto. Through the integration of the ArtworxTO Interactive Map, users can access audio recordings of detailed information of over 75 artworks.
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. Share your thoughts and help shape the future of public art in Toronto.
Each week ArtworxTO offers several new programs, exhibits, performances, talks, workshops and more. Bookmark artworxTO.ca and check back often!