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Day 7 of #TOAF59 - We will be announcing our awards tomorrow!

July 8, 2020

Sold on Day 6: Jessica McVicker, 'Interrupted Moose', 2020, acrylic on birch panel

 

Dear Friend of TOAF, 

There is no doubt that Toronto is home to some of the best mural, street and graffiti artists in the world. Such artworks have transformed our streets, laneways and parks into a city-wide art gallery that highlights the uniqueness of this city we call home. Now that physical galleries and physical fairs like ours have to remain closed indefinitely, these public exhibits of art matter more than ever.

This year, we are proud to share our platform once again with StreetARToronto (StART). The current exhibition provides a small sampling of artwork created as part of StART’s suite of programs from 2012 to 2020. Individually and collectively, StART artworks are designed to celebrate the City of Toronto’s motto: Diversity Our Strength, and foster a greater sense of belonging.

Stay tuned to our Youtube channel today as we host street, mural, graffiti artists and the StART team as they discuss the trajectory from small-scale ‘canvasses’ like utility boxes, concrete barriers to small walls, 20-storey buildings, and doing international street art commissions. On Friday, July 10th, we continue the conversation about public art with members of the Mayor’s External Advisory Committee for the Year of Public Art 2021, moderated by TOAF59 Juror and co-curator of Art Spin, Rui Pimenta. We recommend you register ahead of time.

Don’t miss our awards ceremony tomorrow on Instagram Live at 3pm, as we give out $15,000+ to participating artists who have made an impression on our judges this year!

We also hope you enjoy the exquisite curated collection of conceptual works brought to us today by the keen eyes of artist Oluseye.

Sold on Day 6: (left) Jaymie Lathem, 'Blur 04', 2019, graphite & charcoal on duraler; (right) Loraine Mohar, 'Reading Rainbow', 2020, hand-cut collage

 

Curated Collection: Oluseye

We invited Nigerian-Canadian multidisciplinary artist Oluseye, whose practice is rooted in the interplay of ideas of Christianity and indigenous African beliefs; vulnerability and strength; spirituality and sexuality – and how they all collide and reconcile to shape perception and identity. This year, Oluseye picks through our artist roster and invites us to look at pieces that make us think.

Follow Oluseye on Instagram.

View all of Oluseye's picks

 

Curated Collection: StreetARToronto

StreetARToronto (StART) showcases works from their innovative programs designed for public spaces. Through this urban art form, StART invites citizens to think about the impact and importance of art in the public realm. You can shop the collection of photographs of iconic Toronto public artworks on our website.

View all of StreetARToronto's collection

 

What's On This Week

We hope you continue to enjoy our virtual content, and register for our upcoming Art Talks below. View replays of previous virtual events on our Youtube channel, and keep an eye on our InstagramTV for Artist Studio Tours and impromptu Instagram Live chats with participating artists. As always, don't forget to use the hashtag #TOAF59 on social media.

View full schedule

Artist Studio Tours on InstagramTV

Lionel Labeau, Nicola Woods, Ross Bonfanti

Art Talks
From live discussions on Zoom with seasoned art experts, to Instagram TV chats and curated picks and pre-recorded webinars with some of TOAF's own artists, we have something for everyone!

Register for Art Talks

From Concrete to Canvas: Making Art in the Public Realm
Wednesday, July 8, 3:30pm on Youtube

Glimpsing the Future, Vol 2.
Thursday, July 9, 10:30am on Zoom (Registration required)

What is Toronto's Year of Public Art?
Friday, July 10, 2pm on Zoom (Registration required)

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