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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:

Shared View by Nava Waxman (2021) on view at ArtworxTO Hub WEST: Cloverdale Common as part of the HOME(LAND): Terra Firma exhibition. Photo: Ready2Post.

Join Artist Nava Waxman onsite at ArtworxTO Hub West – April 2nd
Meet exhibition artist Nava Waxman onsite at ArtworxTO Hub West: Cloverdale Common, on April 2nd from 2pm – 4pm at the HOME(LAND) exhibition. Learn about Shared View (2021), as visitors and creators engage in conversations and informal demonstrations.

The second series of HOME(LAND), Terra Firma, curated by Claudia Arana is now on view at the ArtworxTO Hub WEST: Cloverdale Common (250 The East Mall, Toronto, ON). Through contemporary artwork from local and international artists, the exhibition tackles the issues of bio-politics, environmental governance, borders, displacement, and erasure from a perspective of individual and community resilience.

Register for Artist on Site with Nava Waxman

Annotations on a Profitable Enterprise (It spans the world) by Miles Rufelds on view at ArtworxTO Hub SOUTH: Union. Photo: Mirna Chacin Photography.

Annotations on a Profitable Enterprise (It spans the world) on view at ArtworxTO Hub South
Annotations on a Profitable Enterprise (It spans the world) by Miles Rufelds (2022) is now on display as part of i am land that remembers located at ArtworxTO Hub SOUTH: Union Station. The work is a digital collage made from archival material and photographs taken by the artist staged to look like investigative images that traces the history of the CPR, and its role in the colonization of Canada.

I am land that remembers is the second of three chapters of the I am land exhibition series curated by Maya Wilson-Sanchez that brings provocative and large-scale artworks to Toronto’s Union Station (61 Front Street West, Toronto ON)

Learn more about Annotations on a Profitable Enterprise (It spans the world) and other artworks on view at ArtworxTO Hub SOUTH: Union

Nave, Film Still, Camille Turner, 2021-2022.

Toronto Biennial of Art to Offer Free Public Programs & Exhibitions
The Toronto Biennial of Art takes place from March 26 to June 5 and offers free exhibitions, performances and learning opportunities. The Biennial is Canada’s leading visual arts event focused exclusively on contemporary art from around the world. This year’s event is titled What Water Knows, The Land Remembers, and features city-wide programming that aims to inspire individuals, engage communities and contribute to global conversations.

Learn more about the Toronto Biennial of Art

The latest work within Talking Treaties: a research-based arts project, DISH DANCES reanimates the Credit River, a place of council watching over the Dish with One Spoon agreement. Filmed at Camp Naivelt on the Credit River, the project is presented in partnership with Toronto Biennial of Art as a video installation at Historic Fort York, along with pop up installations featuring embroidery made by Jumblies community participants.

Learn more about DISH DANCES

Image of Bloor Parkette, Susan Schelle & Mark Gomes, (1997) as part of the Spadina Art Crawl ArtworxTO Tour sponsored by Collecdev.

Self-Guided Tours via Driftscape
Discover public art on the Spadina Art Crawl tour in partnership with Collecdev. This two-hour ArtworxTO tour powered by Driftscape will take participants to see a number of pieces, including Bloor Parkette by Susan Schelle & Mark Gomes (1997).

Collecdev believes in building communities around anticipation of the future, Social Sustainability, and also that art is especially important to drawing out each community’s roots and character.

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 the Spadina Art Crawl and other ArtworxTO tours

New ArtworxTO Blog Post
Read the latest ArtworxTO Blog post titled “When Artists Meet Architecture: Exercises in Usability” authored by Tkaronto-based multi-media artist-researcher and emerging curator, Kalina Nedelcheva. This post discusses how Knot by Jeannie Thib (2010) purposefully juxtaposes aesthetics with functionality to showcase the multi-faceted implications of an architecturally enhanced installment of visual pleasure.

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.

Read the latest ArtworxTO Blog post

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.

Register for upcoming classes

ArtworxTO Talks: Live @ 5 – April 13th
Tune in on Wednesday, April 13th from 5-6pm for the latest ArtworxTO Talks: Live @ 5. Live @ 5 is a 10-part ArtworxTO-led Talks 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 focus on how art improves and betters our lives.

Learn more about ArtworksTO Talks, Live @ 5

Each week ArtworxTO offers several new programs, exhibits, performances, talks, workshops and more. Bookmark and check back often!

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