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Open Studio x StreetARToronto Partnership
Open Studio and City of Toronto (StreetARToronto) Partnership
A Celebration of 50 Years of Print and Artist-Run Centres in Toronto
Participating artists: Saimaiyu Akesuk, Shuvinai Ashoona, Sally Ayre, Philippe Blanchard, Yael Brotman, Laura Bydlowska, Agata Derda, Eric Euler, Arwen Giel, Ted Howorth, Brenda Joy Lem, Ooloosie Saila, Ningeokuluk Teevee, Alex R.M. Thompson, Pudy Tong, and Meggan Winsley.
In the fall, Open Studio and the City of Toronto’s StreetARToronto (StART) program partnered in an exciting public art project to celebrate Open Studio’s 50th anniversary and connect printmaking with selected sites throughout Toronto.
This collaborative project aims to bring printmaking out of the studio’s private realm and into the public context of the streets, pushing analogue print media beyond the usual bounds of works on paper and into new and unexpected contexts.
The artists featured in this project include twelve from Open Studio’s current artist membership and four artists from Kinngait Studios / WBEC in Kinngait (Cape Dorset, NU), building upon an ongoing partnership forged in a printmaking exchange between the North and South. Open Studio partnered with Dorset Fine Arts (DFA) in Toronto to select the four artists. DFA serves as the marketing division of the WBEC Co-operative.
The selected artists’ analogue prints have been digitally reproduced on vinyl wraps and installed on traffic signal control cabinets located at various city intersections. These sixteen adapted printmaking interventions form a route that highlights past and present artist-run centres’ geographic locations, mapping the general migration of Toronto’s artist-run scene from the city’s downtown core, north-west to the Junction. Viewers are encouraged to participate in this cultural narrative by actively following the mapped route, in addition to discovering the boxes by chance as they navigate the city.
StreetARToronto (StART) comprises a suite of innovative programs specifically designed for streets and public spaces. StART programs encourage active transportation (walking and cycling), make our streets more inviting and safe, reduce overall infrastructure maintenance costs, showcase local artists, mentor emerging talent, and create positive engagement opportunities among residents, business owners and operators, artists, and arts organizations. Individually and collectively, StART murals are designed to celebrate the City of Toronto motto “Diversity Our Strength” and foster a greater sense of belonging among all. StART welcomes and actively seeks out partners for initiatives that support program objectives and works closely with partnership staff in other City divisions and agencies, and supports City partnership activities.
Read some coverage by theartoronto about our public art partnership with the City of Toronto StreetARToronto program. Check out their website to read an article focusing on four of the artist designs by Arwen Giel, Pudy Tong, Brenda Joy Lem, and Meggan Winsley featured in the project, and an interview with our Technical Director, Anna Gaby-Trotz and Sales and Archive Manager, Rebecca Travis talking about the ideas behind it. You can also read a recent interview about the project with Artist Member Meggan Winsley here (page 17).
Artwork Intersection Locations
Queen Street West and Peter Street
Brenda Joy Lem
Queen Street West and August Avenue
Queen Street West and Portland Street
King Street West and Portland Street
King Street West and Niagara Street
Alex R.M. Thompson
King Street West and Stanley Avenue
Queen Street West and Shaw Street
Queen Street West and Dovercourt Road
Queen Street West and Gladstone Avenue
Dundas Street West and Dufferin Street
Dundas Street West and Lansdowne Avenue
Dundas Street West and Sorauren Avenue
Dundas Street West and Chelsea Avenue
Dupont Street and Lansdowne Avenue
Dupont Street and Symington Avenue
Dundas Street West and High Park Avenue
A Google map indicating where the traffic signal control cabinets are located can be viewed here.