ArtworxTO: Terra Firma Exhibit | Dinner Party Mural | Downloadable Colouring Book | ArtBuzz | 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:
Terra Firma Exhibit Now on View at ArtworxTO Hub West: Cloverdale Common
The second series of HOME(LAND), Terra Firma, curated by Claudia Arana 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. This exhibit features work by Alexandra Gelis, Dana Claxton, Helio Eudoro, MUSE Arts and Nava Waxman.
Stella Artois Partners with ArtworxTO to Present the Dinner Party Mural
Stella Artois has partnered with the City of Toronto’s ArtworxTO program for a year-long initiative titled The Artois Collective, to celebrate Toronto’s multicultural communities through original artwork and culinary activations across the city. As part of the partnership, Stella Artois has commissioned four artists to create murals throughout the city to support the continued development of artists in the community, providing equitable opportunities and improving access to public art.
The first mural installation titled Dinner Party by Jieun (June) Kim is now on display at Bay St. Concourse, Union Station. Dinner Party spotlights the city’s diverse landscape coming together to savour our city. The design was inspired by Jieun’s experience moving to Canada from Korea and how sharing a meal with friends from different cultures, and introducing her Canadian friends to her own Korean traditions, allowed her to connect with her new home.
Download the Scarborough Heroes Colouring Book
Scarborough Heroes: A History In Colour is an in-person and online exhibition illustrated by Joseph Osei Bonsu, that celebrates Black figures in history that hail from Scarborough, including visual art, poetry, and more. The downloadable Scarborough Heroes Colouring book features activities and colouring pages for all. In partnership with the Toronto Public Library, children have the chance to enter a colouring contest where top entries will be featured on the ArtworxTO page, within branches of the Toronto Public Library and SpokenSoul social media.
ArtBuzz is an audio 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.
New ArtworxTO Blog Posts
The latest ArtworxTO Blog post titled “Skyglow: Illumination as art” was authored by Toronto-based musician and designer, Johan Seaton. Another recent edition, “Infrastructure,” authored by Kalina Nedelcheva discusses how the commissioned vibrant and eye-catching murals uplift the prodigious architectural presence of buildings and bridges in Don Valley East.
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.
ArtworxTO Spotlight Emerging Artists Program
View submissions from our most recent ArtworxTO Spotlight award recipients; Serene Chan and Maria Christina Cruz. ArtworxTO Spotlight invites emerging Toronto-based artists to tell their stories. Artists, with five years experience or less, are welcome to describe their work and the motivations that guide their artistic practice. Of these submissions, 52 emerging artists will be selected for the Spotlight, one artist per week for the entire year. The next submission deadline is May 2022. Check the link below for updates and details.
This project is supported by RBC through the RBC Emerging Artists Project.
A Place to Put Your Things at Harbourfront Centre
A Place to Put Your Things is a large-scale interactive installation located at Harbourfront Centre and is artist Sandra Brewster’s first public artwork. The piece invites participants to enjoy, “a place to rest and be at peace, to unburden oneself, and simply sway at one’s own pace and rhythm.” This project is funded by an ArtworxTO Partner Grant in partnership with The Power Plant.
Each week ArtworxTO offers several new programs, exhibits, performances, talks, workshops and more. Bookmark artworxTO.ca and check back often!