ArtworxTO: New Hub West Exhibition | Pop Up Hub at Yorkdale | Call for Artists | 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:

HOME(LAND): Lighting Souls, installation view at Cloverdale Common. Photo: Ready2PostBest

New ArtworxTO Hub West Exhibition, HOME(LAND): Lighting Souls, is Now Open
The third exhibition of HOME(LAND), Lighting Souls, is now on view at ArworxTO Hub WEST: Cloverdale Common (250 The East Mall, Toronto) until Oct 3, 2022.

HOME(LAND): Lighting Souls, curated by Claudia Arana explores the elements of air and fire and their connections to the land while delving into concepts of identity, home and belonging. Through their artwork, the artists 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.

Learn more about HOME(LAND): Lighting Souls Exhibition

Carnival Portal, Anthony Gebrehiwot, 2022

ArtworxTO Pop Up Hub at Yorkdale, Carnival Portal Exhibition, Opens June 22
ArtworxTO Pop Up Hub: Carnival Portal at Yorkdale Shopping Centre (3401 Dufferin Street) opens to the public on June 22nd.

Carnival Portal, curated by Dwayne Dixon, exhibits a series of alternate stories about Carnival as you travel through time and space. From its oppressive origins to its infectious expression of love and unity, visitors will experience a sensation that is, quite frankly, otherworldly. This exhibition will expand your understanding and appreciation of Caribbean carnival culture and its ancestral journey through the lens of future generations.

Don’t miss the ArtworxTO Pop Up Hub at Yorkdale Carnival Portal Exhibition launch on June 25th from 1:30 – 2:30 pm. Activities include a Carnival fashion show and exhibition tour lead by curator Dwayne Dixon.

Learn more about ArtworxTO Pop Up Hub Yorkdale | Carnival Portal

Attention Artists! Submit to a Toronto Public Art Call
The City of Toronto is pleased to share five open public art opportunities:

1. RFP: Unionale new thoroughfare at Union Station
Deadline: July 6 at 5:00 PM

2. RFQ: Etobicoke Civic Centre Interior artwork
Deadline: July 7 at 5:00 PM

3. EOI: New Park at 234 Simcoe Street
Deadline: July 8 at 9:00 AM

4. EOI: New Park at 292 Dundas Street West
Deadline: July 8 at 9:00 AM

5. RFP: Toronto Paramedic Services renovated vehicular shelter at 610 Bay
Deadline: July 30 at 4:00 PM

Learn more about the opportunities

Watch the Recording of the latest ArtworxTO Talks, Live @ 5 On-Demand
The ArtworxTO Talks, Live @ 5: Setting the Table session is now available to watch On-Demand. This online talk was hosted by Rebecca Carbin, moderated by Chef Kareema and featured speakers Noa Bronstein, Jessica Maiorano, Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky.

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 ArtworxTO Talks: Live @ 5 series is supported by Stella Artois.

Watch the recording of ArtworxTO Talks, Live @ 5

The Peace Sign by Mathew Rosenblatt located at 46 Gristmill Lane, Toronto on view during the The Distillery District, Canary District and Canary Landing Self-Guided ArtworxTO Tour

The Distillery District, Canary District and Canary Landing Self-Guided ArtworxTO Tour
Learn about the unique art, sculptures, history and architecture that bring Toronto’s Downtown East to life on this ArtworxTO tour powered by Driftscape. This 45-minute leisurely stroll will take you through the historic Distillery District, Canary District and Canary Landing.

Explore this tour and others using the Driftscape App

This Tree is a Rabbit by Jim Nason and David Rayfield on view on the third floor of The Tenor building at Yonge and Dundas from June 1 – 30, 2022.

New ArtworxTO Blog Post
Read the recent ArtworxTO Blog post titled “The Politics of Poetry” authored by Toronto-based artist, aspiring curator and writer, Eric Glennie Windhager. This blog post discusses the large-scale-scenic/sculptural installation, This Tree is a Rabbit by Jim Nason and David Rayfield.

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

ArtworxTO Spotlight Emerging Artists Program
View submissions from our most recent ArtworxTO Spotlight award recipients; Dev Ramsawakh and Pandora Skyes. 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.

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

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