Artscape Youngplace was pleased to welcome close to 5,000 art enthusiasts for Nuit Blanche, as a Major Institution for the third year in a row, to explore and experience bold contemporary artworks activating outdoor billboard and indoor first floor studios and hallway galleries, presented by multiple artists and organizations. Artscape was proud to host two independent projects: (Dust Cycles #48) and (Precipice #49), as well as curated projects by Artscape Youngplace tenants in this fun and provocative set of exhibitions that ran all night long. The Koffler Gallery also opened its fall exhibition, Through Lines to the public. This exhibition brings together works that challenge notions of redaction, tackling its typical devices of shredding, blacking out, editing and covering up. Upturning these processes into restorative gestures, the artists’ specific approaches enable new forms of knowledge production and remembering, both politically and personally. Featured artists in Through lines include Lise Beaudry, Scott Benesiinaabandan, Michèle Pearson Clarke, Leila Fatemi, Maria Hupfield, Raafia Jessa and Nadia Myre. Guest curator is Noa Bronstein. Presented in partnership with Critical Distance Centre for Curators.
Part ideas laboratory, part creativity workshop, Artscape Youngplace is a community cultural hub operated by Artscape, located in Toronto’s West Queen West neighbourhood. With 75,000 sq. ft. of space devoted to artistic inspiration, learning, growth and expression, it is home to a variety of creative entrepreneurs and organizations, including the Koffler Centre of the Arts and Sketch. Opened in 2013, Artscape Youngplace is named in recognition of a generous lead gift from The Michael Young Family Foundation.
We are also excited to share that on October 1, the Toronto Potters will be moving into studio 107! Toronto Potters was established as a not for profit volunteer-run association in the late seventies and stands today as a large association of members. The association is committed to the organization and sponsorship of clay-related activities that contribute to the artistic growth and development of members. Their various programs provide a source of connection to each new generation of potters within the wider clay community and offer opportunities for the public to engage with clay. The website, with members’ gallery and archive, social media and quarterly newsletter, communicate activity news to its wide-ranging GTA membership and provide a public platform to promote group activities. Toronto Potters’ 20th Anniversary Biennial Juried Exhibition opens October 5th at the Gardiner Museum 6-8pm.