ArtworxTO: Last Chance to Visit Hubs | Nuit Blanche | Endless Possibilities Mural | 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:
Last Chance to Visit ArtworxTO Hubs
Visit the four ArtworxTO Hubs across the City before they close to the public on October 2, 2022. Explore the exhibitions, projects and events highlighting the importance of people and placemaking.
ArtworxTO NORTH Hub: Downsview (70 Canuck Ave., North York)
Taking place at the expansive site of Downsview Park, ALL CITY SHINE creates space for Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian and BIPOC artists to shine collectively. Curated by Danilo Deluxo McCallum, ALL CITY SHINE brings together artists from all across the city that have contributed to the Street Art movement in Toronto over the past decades.
Don’t miss ALLSTYLE, a 360 foot massive mural collaboration creating space for BIPOC artists to express their best selves, cultural identity, and unique style with the aim to unite our communities.
ArtworxTO EAST Hub: Scarborough Town Centre (300 Borough Dr, Scarborough)
Curated by The Spoken Soul Collective, Scarborough: The Backbone showcases the wealth of talent in Toronto, in fun, engaging ways, while creating opportunities for the public to get in on the action.
Experience the final exhibition, Home on Native Land, a multidisciplinary exhibition celebrating the contributions of Indigenous Peoples who call on settlers to reflect on their connection and responsibility to the land.
ArtworxTO SOUTH Hub: Union (65 Front St. E., Toronto)
Curated by Maya Wilson-Sanchez, I am land that speaks is the third and final chapter of the I am land exhibition series that considers how artists take on the role of chroniclers.
Check out Chris Mendoza’s along the foundation, the weeds, an exploration and criticism of land development and private property that reflects on the destructive relationship we continue to have with our environment.
ArtworxTO WEST Hub: Cloverdale Common (250 The East Mall)
The third exhibition of Claudia Arana’s HOME(LAND), Lighting Souls, explores the elements of air and fire and their connections to the land while delving into concepts of identity, home and belonging. Artists and works in this exhibition explore mental health issues, magical and mystical visions of these natural elements and the power of forgiveness from a perspective of resilience, transformation and reconciliation.
Loretta Favari’s interactive textile piece, The Forgiveness Project has transformed; as a performative action, the textile pieces were burned, and the ashes now displayed in the gallery space along a documentation video. After the exhibition, ashes will be spread in the Grey County area and the Saugeen Ojibway Nation (SON) territory in a symbolic gesture of circling back to the land.
ArtworxTO Hubs at Nuit Blanche on Oct 1/2
Don’t miss the chance to visit ArtworxTO Hubs across the City of Toronto during Nuit Blanche, October 1st at 7PM until October 2nd at 7AM.
ArtworxTO Hub NORTH: Downsview at 70 Canuck Ave, Toronto
ArtworxTO Hub EAST: Scarborough Town Centre at 300 Borough Drive
ArtworxTO Hub SOUTH: Union Station at 65 Front St E
ArtworxTO Hub WEST: Cloverdale Common at 250 The East Mall
Endless Possibilities Mural Unveiled
Endless Possibilities by Bareket (2022) has been unveiled at 2 Bloor St. East. Standing at 66 feet tall, the outdoor mural is a friendly and playful invitation to contemplate relationships with radical acceptance and love. Endless Possibilities is a collaboration between Brookfield Properties and ArtworxTO.
ArtworxTO Spotlight Emerging Artists Program
View submissions from our most recent ArtworxTO Spotlight award recipients; Reezy Capone and Chelsea Nyomi. 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.
This project is supported by RBC through the RBC Emerging Artists Project.
Weekly Seniors Arts Program with Arts Etobicoke
Join facilitator Marjan Verstappen Wednesdays and Thursdays between 11am – 1pm at ArtworxTO Hub WEST: Cloverdale (250 The East Mall, Toronto). Learn art skills, use different mediums and explore techniques with talented art instructor, Marjan Verstappen. The free weekly seniors arts program will run until Sept 29, 2022.
Help Shape the Future of Public Art in Toronto!
Have your say on Toronto public art and help shape the future! Share your experience with ArtworxTO public art, programming, and events by taking this quick feedback survey below and have a chance to receive a free ArtworxTO T-shirt. The results of this survey will be analyzed at the group level and will be used towards the evaluation of the overall ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021-2022 program. This survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete.
Each week ArtworxTO offers several new programs, exhibits, performances, talks, workshops and more. Bookmark artworxTO.ca and check back often!