ArtworxTO: South Hub Opening Reception | New West Hub Exhibition | Outdoor Mural Launch | 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:

Opening Reception: I am land that speaks – June 14th
Join curator Maya Wilson-Sanchez to celebrate the opening of the exhibition I am land that speaks at ArtworxTO Hub SOUTH: Union Station (65 Front St. W., Toronto) tonight, June 14th with a curator tour (6:15 – 7:00 pm) and reception (7:00 – 9:00pm).

This exhibition brings attention to stories that come directly from the land. Engaging with story-telling practices specific to a certain place, the artworks in this show highlight history-making as a site-specific exercise. Exploring embodied connections to land, it also includes off-site gardens made by artists that involve participatory and community-based methods for learning and growing together.

Register for the Opening Reception: I am land that speaks

Nyle Johnston, The Fool, 2021 (Detail). Image courtesy of the artist.

HOME(LAND): Lighting Souls Exhibition Opens on June 15th
The third exhibition of HOME(LAND), Lighting Souls, will open to the public on June 15th at ArworxTO Hub WEST: Cloverdale Common (250 The East Mall, Toronto)

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

Artist Jordan Bennett in front of mural titled, pi’tawita’iek: we go up river located at OCAD University (100 McCaul Street, Toronto).

pi’tawita’iek: we go up river by Jordan Bennett – June 15th
Join artist Jordan Bennett and Onsite Gallery curator, Lisa Deanne Smith for the launch of the large-scale outdoor mural titled pi’tawita’iek: we go up river on June 15th from 3:00 – 5:00 pm at OCAD U. pi’tawita’iek: we go up river will inaugurate the future focus of Indigenous public art at OCAD U.

This new artwork is rooted in Bennett’s relationships with Mi’kmaq porcupine quillwork. He brings forward and reimagines their graphic patterns, bright colours and inspiring stories. In visiting with these cultural objects Bennett connects with their visual language and furthers this conversation through his contemporary influences and experience.

Learn more about pi’tawita’iek: we go up river

The Forgiveness Project: HOME(LAND) by Loretta Faveri (2022). Image courtesy of the artist.

HOME(LAND):The Forgiveness Project Workshop – June 18th
Register today for The Forgiveness Project Workshop taking place on June 18th from 2:00 – 5:00pm at the ArtworxTO Hub WEST: Cloverdale Common (250 The East Mall, Toronto).

This workshop, facilitated by the artist Loretta Faveri, will give residents of the surrounding community and the general public the opportunity to contribute to the piece. Through guided art-making activities, they will express their own experiences of the past. Upon finishing, they will ceremoniously tear their work into strips and then stitch and/or tie them into the netted panel for display.

Register today for The Forgiveness Project Workshop

Image of 1000 FACES installation by Alejandro aka +Amor, Nigel Irwin as music composer and Chris Malkowski as lighting designer on view at Ontario Place.

1000 FACES now on View
1000 FACES, a multi-sensorial kinetic experience created by a team of artists led by Alejandro Figueroa, aka +AMOR is now on view at Ontario Place (955 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto) until October 3, 2022.

1000 FACES invites visitors to pause and reflect, encouraging communion, dialogue, reconciliation and relaxation. Cree composer Nigel Irwin’s original score, inspired by nature and ancestral chants, will allow the audience to reconnect with pachamama and feel the souls of the past. This contemporary art installation is dedicated to the Indigenous children discovered across Canada in unmarked graves, and aims to create a space for dialogue, awareness, and reconciliation.

1000 FACES was selected by ArtworxTO Symposium: Public Art of Tomorrow attendees as the temporary public art project that best represented the RFP theme, “public art of the future”

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XOXO Downsview Walk – June 18th
Join Jane Farrow and special guests on June 18th for a tour showcasing the murals and installation works featured in XOXO Downsview and ArtworxTO Hub NORTH: Downsview (70 Canuck Avenue, North York).

This tour, presented by id8 Downsview, highlights the bold, vital spirit of Downsview. You’ll learn about the compelling and surprising history of music, art, heritage architecture, aviation and performance here – and how it all connects with the present day and plans for the future.

Learn more about XOXO Downsview Walk

Cadillac Fairview Self-Guided ArtworxTO Tour
Experience extraordinary pieces of public artwork located across five Cadillac Fairview properties on this fully-accessible, hour-long, self-guided ArtworxTO Tour using the Driftscape App.

This tour, sponsored by Cadillac Fairview, will showcase public art created by esteemed international and Canadian artists that honour both the space where it sits, and the history of the community itself.

Explore this tour and others using the Driftscape App

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

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