ArtworxTO: Live @ 5 | Project T-dot at City Hall | Sculpture Unveiling | 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 – May 11th
Tune in on Wednesday, May 11th from 5 – 6 pm for the latest ArtworxTO Talks: Live @ 5: Defining a Monument Landscape for the Future. This virtual talk is hosted by Rebecca Carbin, ART+PUBLIC UnLtd, moderated by Maya Wilson-Sanchez, independent curator, writer, and editor, and features panelists Lindy Kinoshameg, Esmaa Mohamoud and Ken Lum.
ArtworxTO is a legacy investment in diversifying definitions of public art and opportunities for artists and the public. In these two chapters of ArtworxTO Talks, we want to acknowledge that what we traditionally call public art in Toronto, comes from the historic trajectory and language of the monument. We want to invite artists and practitioners to the table to discuss their own work that relates to this language of monument and how a future monumental landscape might look.
The ArtworxTO Talks: Live @ 5 series is supported by Stella Artois.
Project T-Dot on View Now at Toronto City Hall
Project T-Dot is a definitive visual story by artist and photographer Ajani Charles that sheds new light on the city’s hip-hop scene, presenting a Toronto subculture in a way that exemplifies the cultural richness of Toronto. Project T-Dot features large-scale prints on the main and second floor windows of the south west corner of Toronto City Hall (100 Queen St W).
The exhibit depicts intimate images of Toronto’s most renowned hip-hop figures, as well as many who are lesser known, including members of the 2SLGBTQ+, Black, and Indigenous communities, women, youth from equity deserving neighbourhoods, recent immigrants, and other marginalized groups.
ArtworxTO Spotlight Emerging Artists Program – Application Deadline: May 15
Emerging Toronto-based artists are invited to apply to the ArtworxTO Spotlight Emerging Artists Program. The application deadline is May 15, 2022.
This is a platform for artists to tell their story via the creation of a short, self-filmed video sharing their practice. Each of the selected Spotlight Artists will receive an honorarium, promotion and a one-on-one mentorship meeting with a senior arts professional related to their goals/area of specialty.
This project is supported by RBC through the RBC Emerging Artists Project.
Maanjidowin: The Gathering Sculpture Unveiled
A new large-scale granite and bronze sculpture, Maanjidowin: The Gathering has been unveiled by PortsToronto at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (2 Eireann Quay, Toronto). The sculpture was created by David M. General, Mohawk Nation, Wolf Clan of the Six Nations, and was conceived and installed in partnership with the Mississaugas of the Credit.
The sculpture aims to recognize the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and their relationship to the land, air and water on which the airport now operates. Maanjidowin: The Gathering is more than 16-feet in length and features three mythical fishers – Makwa-Kwe (Bear), Nigig-Kwe (Otter) and Migizi-Kwe (Eagle) – who have come to the estuaries and islands along Toronto’s Lake Ontario shoreline to fish.
Taste of Scarborough
After a 3-phase voting process giving food lovers the opportunity to vote for the best dishes in Scarborough, the results are in. From roti and shawarma to pho and samosas, we know exactly where to recommend for you to get a taste of Scarborough.
Photographer Margaret Thedy has interpreted all of the winning dishes and created a map to help the food go from your screen to your tummy.
Taste of Scarborough is presented in association with ArtworxTO Hub EAST and the Spoken Soul Collective.
Situated at the Strachan Gate entrance to The Bentway, Memory Work is a speculative monument that commemorates Toronto’s potential. Twelve embellished photographic portraits depict members of a future-fictional movement, the Mothers of Invention, honouring their roles in nurturing Toronto’s transition to a regenerative economy.
Created by the Memory Work Collection, this work of foresight extrapolates from signals of change and glimmers of hope. Memory Work is on view at The Bentway (250 Fort York Blvd, Toronto), May 1, 2022 – April 30, 2023.
Each week ArtworxTO offers several new programs, exhibits, performances, talks, workshops and more. Bookmark artworxTO.ca and check back often!