Toronto and Guelph, Ontario
YSPs – GTC and Shining Waters
Dates: April 29
Location: 33 Geoffrey Street, Bloor and Dundas
On April 29th, 2017, the Central Ontario Youth Spokesperson team is launching a new public gallery in the west end of Toronto. As a Good Turn Week community project, the youth hope to create a public appreciation for art. Roncesvalles Village, the neighbourhood where the gallery site will be installed, has a rich history of being a hotbed for artists and creatives, with neighbouring affordable workspaces through the past couple decades. This project aims to pay tribute to this community’s rich history, as well as encouraging the next generation of artists by offering this kind of dynamic exhibition space.
For this project, we have partnered with Open Field Collective, a collective of artists that pioneered this type of gallery in Toronto, opening eight sites across the city. By bringing engaging contemporary art to the streets of Toronto, it reaches an audience that it might not have reached previously. We see this as a fantastic way to enrich our own communities as a result of the will of our own youth to bring culture into our communities.
Central Ontario Youth Spokespeople and OFC Co-Curators, Erika James and Scott McDermid have been working together over the past months to create this project. The culmination will be on April 29th when we install the gallery and put the first art installation on the site. Annabel Berthoff, a 16-year old artist who currently attends Etobicoke School of the Arts has created the first piece for the gallery, she was chosen through a public call for submissions. She works with textiles and mixed media to create work that speaks to personal history, her immediate environment and the community that forms her art-making process.
You will be able to visit the gallery and installation by Annabel Berthoff on April 29th and in the following weeks at 33 Geoffrey Street, Toronto, ON.
You can learn more about Open Field Collective here: https://openfieldcollective.wordpress.com.