Few Toronto art institutions have survived and thrived for as long as Open Studio. In 2020, Canada’s leading contemporary Artist-Run Centre celebrates 50 years and its legacy of excellence and innovation in the world of contemporary printmaking.
To mark a half-century, Open Studio has programmed a full year of exhibitions and projects that look to the future of print while celebrating its rich history. We launch 2020 with a retrospective exhibition featuring prints from the Open Studio archive spanning five prolific decades. The archive is a trove of artistic excellence, containing an edition of every print pulled between 1973 and 2018, —some of Canada’s most beloved and influential contemporary artists have contributed to our canon, notably Vera Frenkel, General Idea, Suzy Lake, Michael Snow and Joyce Wieland, among many others.
In the spring of 2020, as part of its ongoing collaboration with Dorset Fine Arts and Cape Dorset/Kinngait WBEC Studios, Open Studio will welcome two Kinngait-based artists for a residency framed to share skills and build community. Next, a community project titled Murmuration—taking its name from the elegant patterns created by the synchronized flocking of starlings—will feature a collective artwork comprised of contributions by studio members. Following, Artist Members Libby Hague and Sadko Hadzihasanovic will push the boundaries of print media with new large-scale print installations. During this time Open Studio will welcome Glasgow-based Turner Prize finalist Ciara Phillips who will bring her socially engaged practice to the studio for a one-month residency, with the resulting work being exhibited in the fall of 2020. In summer, founding member Richard Sewell will present a collection of recent print work.
In 2020, Open Studio will be taking to the streets with StreetARToronto, utilizing traffic control boxes to commission site-specific works that respond to Toronto’s past and present urban geography. We are also excited to announce a collaboration with Lake Effect Projects for the 2020 iteration of the Ferry Terminal Billboard Project, promoting a unique partnership between the arts and the city’s iconic yet fragile waterfront.
Open Studio continues to embrace its communal nature, providing an accessible studio space for creators, hosting visiting artists residencies, and expanding the audience and scope of contemporary print media through education and programming.
We invite you into our recently renovated space to see the past, present, and future of Canadian printmaking. The. Studio. Is. Open.