ArtworxTO Symposium Highlights | ArtBuzz | Workshop | Curator Talks | Self-Guided Tours 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:

ArtworxTO Symposium Wraps and Announces Winning Public Artwork to be Mounted
The ArtworxTO Symposium: Public Art of Tomorrow ran from November 22 to 24, and drew in 1,000 professionals from across Ontario and Québec and featured participating speakers from all over North America.

This virtual symposium discussed the future role of art and artists within urban centres and provided attendees an opportunity to participate and learn from the impressive lineup of keynote speakers, panelists and industry leaders. Pandemic recovery and rebuilding, specifically the essential role of the cultural and creative sectors within urban areas, was a topic that was addressed throughout the Symposium.

The Symposium closed with the attendees selecting ‘1000 Faces,’ by Alejandro Figueroa and Nigel Irwin, as the temporary public artwork project that best represented the RFP theme “public art of the future.” As a result, the project will receive a $75k grant and the ArtworxTO team will look to site and install ‘1000 Faces’ by Alejandro Figueroa and Nigel Irwin in Toronto in 2022, working jointly with the artists and external partners.


A rendering of 1000 Faces by Alejandro Figueroa and Nigel Irwin, to be mounted in 2022.

1000 Faces by Alejandro Figueroa and Nigel Irwin
1000 Faces is a multi-sensorial Kinetic experience that aims to provide the visitors with an immersive and inclusive public space that can serve as a platform for dialogue, reconciliation and relaxation. The 1000 Faces are dedicated to all the indigenous children found across Canada in unmarked graves. Inspired by nature, in the dances of flocks of birds, this 1779 mirror sphere is not only able to reflect the viewer but also the surrounding environment, resulting in a sense of Togetherness.

Equipped with an original sound score, composed by a Toronto based composer member of the Cree Nation, the score will be inspired by nature and ancestral chants, and will help the audience reconnect with pachamama and feel the souls of the past.

Art Buzz
ArtBuzz is a project led by documentarian David Tarnow. The digital program explores the real stories behind Public Art and Monuments within the City of Toronto. Through the integration of the ArtworxTO Interactive Map, users can access audio recordings of detailed information for over 75 artworks. Each recording features commentary from the artist and curator involved in making the art come to life.

Explore the clips in the ArtworxTO On Demand media library


MUSE Our Homes Our Communities Workshop Photo

“Our Homes, Our Communities” Virtual Workshop
Participate in the virtual Our Homes, Our Communities workshop on December 3rd from 1 – 4 PM. Our Homes, Our Communities is an art-based community engagement project (Mixed Media using recycled food boxes) exploring community members’ ideas of what makes a home: a place of shelter, protection, refuge, comfort, family and community.

The virtual workshop is all ages and co-facilitated by artists: Paula Sofia Morales and Daniela Arango. Materials for crafting will be provided to attendees. Attendees may bring their own cardboard from cereal boxes or milk cartons if they wish.

Our Homes, Our Communities Workshop is presented in association with ArtworxTO Hub WEST | Cloverdale.

Learn more about “Our Homes, Our Communities” Workshop


ArtworxTO Pop Up Hub: Collision Gallery curator, Emma Steen, sits down to talk about her exhibit, Locating Self Care in Urban Centres.

Virtual Curator Talk
ArtworxTO Pop Up Hub: Collision Gallery curator Emma Steen discusses the themes of her exhibition, Locating Self Care in Urban Centres, with artists Susan Blight and Laura Grier in this virtual pre-recorded talk. Watch the full Curator Talk video.

Locating Self Care in Urban Centres continues the conversation started by Black and Indigenous curators and writers on care as methods of resistance and sovereignty. The exhibit runs from Sept. 22 – Dec. 31 2021 at ArtworxTO Pop Up Hub: Collision Gallery

Learn more about the exhibition

Taste of Scarborough
Experience the world through The Taste of Scarborough. This 3-phase process will give food lovers the opportunity to vote for the best dishes in Scarborough. From samosas to shawarma, curries to dim sum, we will highlight the best in Scarborough cuisine! Phase 2 voting is now open until December 10th to narrow down the top Scarborough food spots that were chosen.

Taste of Scarborough is presented in association with ArtworxTO Hub EAST and the Spoken Soul Collective.

Learn more about Taste of Scarborough and other events taking place at ArtworxTO Hub EAST

Self-Guided Tours
ArtworxTO has partnered with local community artists, arts organizations, the TTC and Driftscape, on 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 your neighbourhood or hop on the subway and explore six tours that specifically guide the user through the TTC’s extensive public art offerings. The tours include bonus media materials, artist interviews and feature pieces from the City’s various divisions: StreetARToronto, Percent for Public Art, and the Public Art & Monuments Collection.

Learn more about the ArtworxTO Tours

Each week ArtworxTO has several new programs, exhibits, performances, talks, works and more, on offer. Bookmark and check back often!

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