ArtworxTO: Speaker Series | Emerging Artist Spotlight | Curator Tour | 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:

In My Element: Tero | Earth Speaker Series Image. Image courtesy of the artist.

In My Element: Tero | Earth Speaker Series – May 7th
Register today for In My Element: Tero | Earth Speaker Series, a free series curated and led by Julián Carvajal taking place virtually or in-person on May 7th from 1pm – 3pm at ArtworxTO Hub WEST: Cloverdale Common (250 The East Mall, Toronto, ON).

This series is geared towards newcomer artists and the community, in order to learn more about Indigenous history and culture. In-person talks by Maria Montejo and Julián Carvajal, with additional speakers via Zoom. Tero | Earth is the second event in the series, which is inspired by the elements, curated and led by artist Julián Carvajal.

Register for In My Element: Tero | Earth Speaker Series


Apply Now for the ArtworxTO Spotlight Emerging Artists Program
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.

View submissions from our most recent ArtworxTO Spotlight award recipients; Shazlin Rahman and Trey Lee.

This project is supported by RBC through the RBC Emerging Artists Project.

Learn more about ArtworxTO Spotlight Emerging Artists Program


With – Living Migrant Relations installation by Alexandra Gelis. Part of HOME(LAND) on view at ArtworxTO Hub WEST: Cloverdale Common. Photo: Vito Amati.

Virtual Curator Tour with Claudia Arana
Join ArtworxTO Hub WEST: Cloverdale’s HOME(LAND) curator, Claudia Arana on a virtual tour of the HOME (LAND): Terra Firma Exhibition.

The second series of HOME(LAND), Terra Firma, 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.

Watch the Curator Tour


ArtworxTO Talks: Live @ 5 – May 11th
Tune in on Wednesday, May 11th from 5 – 6pm for the latest ArtworxTO Talks: Live @ 5: Defining a Monument Landscape for the Future. 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.

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

Learn more about ArtworksTO Talks, Live @ 5


Request for Proposals: Unionale
The City of Toronto invites practicing artists (including artist teams and collectives) to submit their proposals for the first edition of Unionale, a new public art thoroughfare currently under construction in Union Station. This is a one-stage, competition for practicing Toronto-based artists, teams, or collectives who work in two-dimensional media (drawing, painting, photography, beading, embroidery, etc.). The artwork will be reproduced on vinyl and installed in Unionale in September 2022.

Toronto-based artists must submit their request for proposals by July 6, 2022.

This project is supported by TD.

Learn more about Unionale


Scarborough: The Backbone curators, Spoken Soul Collective. Photo: Mirna Chacin.

Capturing the Soul of Scarborough through Art Podcast
Hear directly from Spoken Soul Collective (Paulina O’Kieffe-Anthony, Randell Adjei and Dwayne Morgan), the curators behind the ArtworxTO Hub East: Scarborough Town Centre exhibit Scarborough: The Backbone, as they discuss their curation work on the AfroToronto.com podcast.

The Scarborough: The Backbone exhibit is located at ArtworxTO Hub EAST: Scarborough Town Centre (300 Borough Dr, Scarborough, ON M1P 4P5) and is on view until October 2022.

Listen to the podcast interview


Hockey Knights in Canada by Charles Pachter (1985) on view at the College Subway Station.

Self-Guided Tours via Driftscape
Discover the public art located in your neighbourhood and across Toronto. From the Murals of Weston to the Wynford Drive Cultural Corridor to art on the TTC, there are over 50 ArtworxTO tours across the city waiting to be explored.

The tours include bonus media materials, artist interviews and features pieces from the City’s various divisions: StreetARToronto, Percent for Public Art, and the Public Art & Monuments Collection.

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 tours in your neighbourhood


“Around Art and Land” Program Series
Presented by North York Arts, Around Art and Land features a series of intergenerational programs that respond to the needs of the Land to acknowledge it, celebrate it and also commit to it.

Upcoming events include Around my Words, an interactive poem workshop; Lets Dance, an interactive Indigenous traditional dance workshop; What is Around is Alive, a workshop comprised of a nature discovery walk followed by nature illustrations and more. Events will take place at ArtworxTO Hub North: Downsview (70 Canuck Avenue, North York, M3M 2W9).


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

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Sue Holland
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