ArtworxTO: New Hub Exhibits | Online Screening | Art Classes for Seniors | Live @ 5 | 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:

New Artworks on view at ArtworxTO Hubs
Visit new artworks and exhibitions at select ArtworxTO Hubs this month. Experience free exhibitions and events across the city that highlight the importance of people and placemaking in Toronto.

Image of Scarborough Slang by Omar Hopkinson

ArtworxTO Hub EAST: Scarborough Town Centre
(300 Borough Dr, Scarborough, ON)

Don’t miss The Spoken Soul Collective’s “Scarborough: The Backbone” exhibit that showcases the wealth of talent in Toronto, in fun, engaging ways, and creates opportunities for the public to get in on the action.

New Artworks at ArtworxTO Hub EAST Include:

Scarborough Slang
It’s A Scarborough Ting Still is a three-part series celebrating and discussing Scarborough language and its influence and use across Toronto and beyond.

In the first installation of the series, Scarborough Slang, visual artist Omar ‘Oms’ Hopkinson uses the art of graffiti to showcase some of the words anyone from, or visiting Scarborough needs to know, while Joseph Adinkrah, gives us a hands-on tutorial of how these words can be used. On view until February 28th.

Scarborough Heroes: A History in Colour
Joseph Osei Bonsu’s Scarborough Heroes: A History in Colour celebrates Black figures both past and present that hail from Scarborough. From Kardinal Offishall to Robert Brown, each of the 13 framed illustrations will hang inside Scarborough Town Centre telling the story of how each hero is connected to and represents the best of Scarborough. An interactive online exhibit includes visual art and downloadable activities/colouring pages. On view in its full form until February 28, 2022.

The Backbone Slide
The Backbone Slide by Kwame Delfish is an interactive multimedia art installation that celebrates the strength and power of the Scarborough community for being the backbone of Toronto. This visual salute draws inspiration from Scarborough Artist Maestro Fresh Wes’s seminal hit ‘Let Your Backbone Slide’. On view until May 3rd.

Scarborough Chic
Scarborough Chic by Anthony Gebrehiwot is a fashion photography exhibit featuring a curated photography series of Scarborough models and residents in their personal style aesthetic. This exhibition focuses on the unique fashion trends and styles that weave us together through culture and heritage. On view in its full form until February 28, 2022.

ArtworxTO Hub WEST: Cloverdale Common
(250 The East Mall, Toronto, ON)

Pass through Hub WEST to explore new interactive installations and multimedia projects including Terra Firma, the second HOME(LAND) exhibition series, plus digital art experiences from Arts Etobicoke, using Virtual and Augmented Reality.

Learn more about ArtworxTO Hub West

Arts Etobicoke Seniors Arts Program

Weekly Seniors Arts Program with Arts Etobicoke at ArtworxTO Hub West
Join facilitator Marjan Verstappen Wednesdays and Fridays between 11am – 1pm as she explores new visual arts activities in every session. Classes will feature exciting guest instructors in dance, movement, storytelling, and Indigenous arts. This free weekly seniors arts program will run until April 1, 2022.

Register for upcoming classes

Image of IMAGInuity curators, Queen Kukoyi and Nico Taylor of BSAM Canada

ArtworxTO Hub NORTH: Downsview
(70 Canuck Ave, North York, ON)

Across its natural settings, this vibrant urban park is hosting a series of new murals, graphic art, multimedia works, photo-based pieces, virtual tours, and artist talks.

Don’t miss IMAGInuity, an inventor showcase that displays the objects of six Afrodiasporic inventors, curated by BSAM Canada’s Queen Kukoyi and Nico Taylor, in collaboration with VR artist SPATIAL-ESK.

Learn more about ArtworxTO Hub North

Online Screening and Q&A with Grada Kilomba
Join The Power Plant on February 26th from 1-2pm for an online screening of Illusions, Vol. III, Antigone by interdisciplinary artist, Grada Kilomba followed by a Q&A between Grada Kilomba and Carolin Kochlin, Curator at Large of The Power Plant.

Register and learn more about the screening

jes sachse. undeliverable, 2021. Prefabricated chrome grab bars, plated metal plaques. Robert McLaughlin Gallery.

ArtworxTO Talks, Live @ 5: All Access
Tune in on Wednesday, March 9th from 5-6pm for ArtworxTO Talks, Live @ 5: All Access. This online talk will feature speakers Ophira Calof, Writer, Performer, Producer, and Disability Consultant; Kim Fullerton, Founder of Akimbo Art Promotion and Access Visual Art; jes sachse, Artist, Writer and Choreographer and ASL Interpreters Jillian Wakarchuk and Christopher Desloges from Toronto Sign Language Interpreter Service; alongside moderaters Sean Lee, Director of Programming Tangled Art + Disability and host Rebecca Carbin, ART+PUBLIC UnLtd.

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.

Artist Online Store Directory
Do You Have Art for Sale? Are you selling your artwork online? If so, get listed on the #ArtworxTO Artist Online Store Directory. We are building a directory of artist’s online stores to help the public find works that are available for purchase. If you would like to be listed in the directory, please fill out this form and submit your info below.

Learn more about the Artist Online Store Directory

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