ArtworxTO: Yorkdale Pop Up Hub Now Open | Carnival Workshop Series | Black Ark | 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:

The Roots Collection by Sugacayne (2022) on view at ArtworxTO Pop Up Hub: Carnival Portal (Yorkdale Shopping Centre, 3401 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON)

ArtworxTO Pop Up Hub: Carnival Portal – Now Open at Yorkdale!
ArtworxTO Pop Up Hub: Carnival Portal is now open to the public at Yorkdale Shopping Centre (3401 Dufferin Street).

Carnival Portal, curated by Dwayne Dixon, exhibits a series of alternate stories about Carnival as you travel through time and space. From its oppressive origins to its infectious expression of love and unity, visitors will experience a sensation that is, quite frankly, otherworldly. This exhibition will expand your understanding and appreciation of Caribbean carnival culture and its ancestral journey through the lens of future generations.

Learn more about ArtworxTO Pop Up Hub: Carnival Portal


Saturday Workshop Series at Carnival Portal
ArtworxTO has partnered with Art Starts to produce a series of workshops exploring different facets of Carnival, running every Saturday in July from 2 – 4pm at the ArtworxTO Pop Up Hub: Carnival Portal (Yorkdale Shopping Centre, 3401 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON).

July 2: Dance Soca with Zahra
July 9: Caribbean Cooking with Chef Kareema
July 16: Carnival Curious Poster Making with Ashley T.
July 23: Toronto Carnival Make-up Tutorial with Asha


HOME(LAND): Lighting Souls, installation view at ArworxTO Hub WEST: Cloverdale Common (250 The East Mall, Toronto). Photo: Ready2Post

HOME(LAND): Lighting Souls Opening Reception – July 7th
Join curator Claudia Arana for the Opening Reception for the third exhibition of HOME(LAND), Lighting Souls on July 7th from 5:00 – 7:00 PM.

HOME(LAND): Lighting Souls, located at ArworxTO Hub WEST: Cloverdale Common (250 The East Mall, Toronto), explores the elements of air and fire and their connections to the land while delving into concepts of identity, home and belonging.

Register for HOME(LAND): Lighting Souls Opening Reception


Black Ark by Oluseye Ogunlesi on view at Ashbridges Bay Park (1561 Lake Shore Blvd. E., Toronto, ON)

Black Ark Now on View
Black Ark by Nigerian Canadian artist Oluseye Ogunlesi is now on view at Ashbridges Bay Park (1561 Lake Shore Blvd. E., Toronto, ON) along with the Red Embers installation, a sacred memorial to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, Trans, Two Spirited.

Black Ark explores Canada’s role in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and commemorates the migrations of Black people through time, space and place.

Black Ark is presented by Luminato Festival in partnership with ArtworxTO.

Learn more about Black Ark


Epileptic Misconceptions by Sarah Hysenaj (2022) on view at College Park.

Epileptic Misconceptions Exhibition Now on View
The Epileptic Misconceptions exhibition by Sarah Hysenaj, now on view at College Park (444 Yonge St, Toronto, ON), is a shared experience for people living with epilepsy.

Misconceptions about epilepsy persist in large part due to a lengthy history of inaccurate information portrayed in media and beyond. This exhibition is intended to dispel some of the most common misconceptions. This exhibition is presented by Epilepsy Toronto in partnership with ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021-2022.

Learn more about Epileptic Misconceptions


Last Chance to see Over Floe by John Notten at Nathan Phillips Square
Over Floe by John Notten (2021) will be floating away from Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen St W, Toronto) after July 1st. This is your last chance to see this grouping of five small icebergs animated by the gentle breeze at NPS, before it heads north to Mel Lastman Square.

Learn more about Over Floe


Call for Artists: City of Toronto Public Art Opportunities
The City of Toronto is pleased to share five open public art opportunities:

1. RFP: Unionale new thoroughfare at Union Station
Deadline: July 6 at 5:00 PM

2. RFQ: Etobicoke Civic Centre Interior artwork
Deadline: July 7 at 5:00 PM

3. EOI: New Park at 234 Simcoe Street
Deadline: July 8 at 9:00 AM

4. EOI: New Park at 292 Dundas Street West
Deadline: July 8 at 9:00 AM

5. RFP: Toronto Paramedic Services renovated vehicular shelter at 610 Bay
Deadline: July 30 at 4:00 PM

Learn more about the opportunities


ArtworxTO Merchandise Now Available
ArtworxTO branded merch created by Toronto artist and graphic designer Mark Stoddart is now available for purchase.

All proceeds from the sale of ArtworxTO merchandise will go towards RISE Edutainment. R.I.S.E. is a grassroots organization empowering BIPOC youth in the Greater Toronto Area to create meaningful art rooted in self-knowledge and self-expression.

Buy now and support local artists!


Listen. Learn. Act Zine
Discover more about ArtworxTO hub and pop up exhibitions in the third and final 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 003 (May – October 2022) today at any Hub location or download online.

Read the latest Listen. Learn. Act. Issue


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

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Contact Information:
Sue Holland
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