ArtworxTO: With – Living Migrant Relations | T-Dot Slang | Earth Symposium | 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:

With – Living Migrant Relations installation by Alexandra Gelis on view ArtworxTO Hub WEST: Cloverdale Common (250 The East Mall, Toronto, ON).

With – Living Migrant Relations by Alexandra Gelis on View at ArtworxTO Hub West: Cloverdale Common
With – Living Migrant Relations by Alexandra Gelis (2021) is now on display as part of HOME(LAND): Terra Firma located at ArtworxTO Hub WEST: Cloverdale Common. The piece features plants, soil, bacteria, and stories of migration in a constant biological, political and reciprocal relationship. The installation traces the transfer of seeds from their native environment to another, either by natural action (wind, water, animals) or by human intervention.

The second series of HOME(LAND), Terra Firma, curated by Claudia Arana is on view at the ArtworxTO Hub WEST: Cloverdale Common (250 The East Mall, Toronto, ON).

Learn more about With – Living Migrant Relations and other artworks on view at ArtworxTO Hub WEST: Cloverdale Common


Listen. Learn. Act. Zine Spotlight: T-Dot Slang
Test your knowledge on T-Dot Slang in this interactive worksheet featured in the second edition of the Listen. Learn. Act. ArtworxTO zine. Not familiar…? Don’t worry, follow along and immerse yourself in the language of Scarborough. Scarborough Slang is part of ArtworxTO Hub EAST: Scarborough Town Centre.

Discover more about ArtworxTO hub exhibitions in the second issue of Listen. Learn. Act., an educational toolkit/zine that invites the public to take a deep dive into the conceptual underpinnings of projects and programs at ArtworxTO hub exhibitions. Pick up your Listen. Learn. Act. Issue 002 (February – May 2022) today at any Hub location or download online.

Read the Listen. Learn. Act. Zine T-Dot Slang Spotlight


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

In My Element: Tero | Earth Symposium – May 7th
Register today for In My Element: Tero | Earth Symposium, a free symposium series curated and led by Julián Carvajal taking place May 7th from 10am – 4pm at ArtworxTO Hub WEST: Cloverdale Common (250 The East Mall, Toronto, ON).

The symposia is a series of gatherings for refugees/ newcomer/ immigrant artists to learn more about Indigenous history, culture; and celebrate their contributions to humanity as well as share their ancestral knowledge. The main audience for this program are newcomers and immigrant artists who have the desire to learn more about Indigenous Heritage while playing a more active role in a Call to Action.

Register for In My Element: Tero | Earth Symposium


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.

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

Apply today for the ArtworxTO Spotlight Emerging Artists Program


Artist rendering of Unionale at Union Station

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


Flatiron Mural by Derek Michael Besant (1980) located at Berczy Park (35 Wellington St E, Toronto, ON)

Learn About Flatiron Mural Via ArtBuzz Audio Art Stories
Hear directly from the creator of Flatiron Mural (1980), Derek Michael Besant using your smartphone with ArtBuzz. In this two-part ArtBuzz segment, Besant shares the intention of Flatiron Mural; delving into the ideas, artistic process and details behind the mural.

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 of over 75 artworks.

Explore the clips in the ArtworxTO On Demand media library.


Toronto Biennial of Art – On Now!
The Toronto Biennial of Art is officially open and will run until June 5, offering a variety of free exhibitions, performances and learning opportunities. The Biennial is Canada’s leading visual arts event focused exclusively on contemporary art from around the world. This year’s event is titled What Water Knows, The Land Remembers, and features city-wide programming that aims to inspire individuals, engage communities and contribute to global conversations.

Learn more about the Toronto Biennial of Art


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

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