Tuesday 31 January 2012

Twinning Artists - Twinning Cities: Avalon

After four and a half years at its original location in 100 McCaul Street, Onsite [at] OCAD University will use this winter’s break to move to a new, much-expanded location at 230 Richmond Street West as part of this year’s on-going celebration of OCAD University’s 135th anniversary.

The inaugural exhibition in this new venue is the first in a series of partnerships between Canadian and foreign artists that is called “Twinning Artists—Twinning Cities,” and that was conceived of in collaboration with Partners in Art. Avalon (Bangalore and Toronto) is the first project in the “Twinning” series. To launch Avalon, Toronto’s Oliver Husain completed a residency in Bangalore this fall, during which he shot a new film titled Item Number — a backstage drama inspired by architect KM Heinz, which will premiere in Bangalore in late April. 

Monday 30 January 2012

Open Call For Artists' Submissions

The Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto invites submissions from visual-based artists to contribute works related to the theme of this year’s Munk Graduate Student Conference: Not A Drop to Drink: Water Scarcity and Politics in the 21st Century. We are looking for paintings, photography, and other forms of visual art that take on the theme of water.

Artist Talk @ York U

Art historian, theorist, curator and critic Patricia Phillips of the Rhode Island School of Design is the featured speaker for the 2012 Goldfarb Lecture in Visual Arts at York University. Her talk, titled "(un)Public: A Case for Collateral Art", focuses on the nature and reception of public art.

In her illustrated lecture, Phillips will discuss the peripatetic, restless scope and range of art in public spaces, and how this makes critical work on the topic an engaging and bracing, yet somewhat speculative activity.

Date: Wednesday, February 1 at 5pm
Location: Room 004 Accolade West Building, York University, 4700 Keele St.   

Friday 27 January 2012

Applications now open for National Gallery TD Internships

Every year the National Gallery in Ottawa offers TD Bank Sponsored internships in Collections Management, Archive Practices, Art Librarianship, and Education.  Each internship is 12 weeks long, and pays a $7000.00 honorarium.  If you think you might have what it takes to apply this is a tremendous opportunity to gain valuable experience!

The deadline for applications is postmarked March 30, 2012.

Our Current Exhibitions

Here are a few photos of our current exhibitions at XPACE.
January 20 - February 11, 2012

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Wednesday 25 January 2012


FEAST (Funding Engaging Actions with Sustainable Tactics) Toronto is a series of community dinners and micro-funding events. During each dinner, artists, designers and groups are invited to present proposals for art- or design-based projects. Everyone attending the dinner votes on which project they would like to fund, and the project with the most votes is given a grant from the money raised from the ticket sales. The grant winner(s) will be invited back to the next FEAST to present their completed project.

We are looking for proposals for the next FEAST, edition 04, taking place on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at XPACE Cultural Centre, 58 Ossington Avenue, Toronto.  Proposals are due March 1, 2012.

FEAST 04 proposals should include:

A Project Summary (1), and the answers to the following questions:
(2) How will you use funding to realize your project?
(3) Why is this project critical to the FEAST community (e.g. why would the FEAST community be interested in supporting your project)?
(4) The names and contact information for all of your presenters

IMPORTANT! You must be able to attend the FEAST event on March 25th in order to apply.  Project presentations are given in-person by the presenters to the gathered guests over dinner, and then everyone gets to vote on which project they would like to fund.  The money raised from the dinner (estimated at $700+) will go to fund the project with the most votes.  We will also have a separate student grant of $300 donated by XPACE Cultural Centre.

Tuesday 24 January 2012

Appel à projets: Génération Dissémination // Call for proposals: Generation Dissemination

Please send submissions to: contact@maggieflynn.ca
Deadline: Friday February 24, 2012

Seeking proposals from artists working in (but not limited to) video, film, interactive art, net art, performance or installation. Artists are asked to propose a layered work that involves an “original” gesture, and documentation of or through that gesture. Original gestures may take place anywhere outside of the gallery (ex: site-specific installation, distant geographic location, private performance) and should take place within the dates of the exhibition. Documentation of this gesture will be produced by the artist and mounted in the gallery before the closing of the exhibition. Proposed projects should consider the exhibition format. The use of documentation should be a central aspect of the work. Questions or clarifications are welcome at the contact address below.

Proposals should include:
- CV
- Artist statement (1 paragraph)
- Description of the proposed project (1 page max: Include technical/materials information. Describe site and contexte of the original gesture, the process of documentation.)
- Support material (5 -10 images, links or video/audio of past work)
- Support material list (include context, duration, date)

It's natural for artists to want to make history – for their work to be known and recorded. It's a very different goal for artists to participate in the recording... of history in general. The production of documentation (of art and as art) is a practice that intertwines and dialogues with the reportage of current events. When artists use documentation in their practice, they construct an interpretation of their artwork or subject. The choice of medium and distribution method of art documentation then determines its trajectory into the world and into the future. The relation between documentation and its subject is more complicated than ever: an installation is livestreamed, net art leaves a constant digital trace, everyday activities are documented as a performance for video. How might the methods of the documentation and distribution of art affect the recording and framing of history made today? How will today's history be read tomorrow?

Monday 23 January 2012

Hennessy Youngman's Art Thoughtz in Toronto!


Artist talk and screening with Jayson Musson

Tuesday January 31st, 2012
7:30 - 9:30 pm, doors open at 7:00 pm
Admission: $8 / $5 students at the door

The Drake Hotel, Underground
1150 Queen Street W.,416.531.5042

Click Here to watch some of my favorite Art Thoughts videos:

Relational Aesthetics

New York-based artist Jayson Musson (aka Hennessy Youngman) will talk about why he started his wildly popular video series Art Thoughtz, debut a new episode, and hold a Q&A with the audience.

Saturday 21 January 2012

Come to our next WINGDING!

Saturday January 28 2012, 1pm-5pm

If you are in need of art supplies, and have some kickin’ around that you aren’t using, why not bring them down to XPACE next Saturday to trade in for something you’ll love and USE!!!

- new/gently used arts and crafts materials or books
i.e. *markers, pens, paint, brushes, envelopes, paper supplies, staples, sponges, aprons, sculpey/fimo, instructional books, collage materials, canvas, wood, carving tools, nibs, pencils, cases, zippers, fabric, wool, ink, clay, glaze, etc etc etc
- items you never needed
- gifts you got but never opened
- things you purchased for a class but never did use!

Have fun, meet other artists, save money & get some great and useful items for your artist needs!

Thursday 19 January 2012

you can't spell slaughter without laughter

Opening Reception: Thursday January 19, 2012 from 7-9pm

Pixel Pusher

Where: Angell Gallery @ 12 Ossington Avenue
When: January 19th – February 18th
Opening reception: Thursday January 19th 6–9 PM

Curated by Luke Painter, "Pixel Pusher" brings together 4 artists, David Clarkson, Michael Antkowiak, Jillian Kay Ross and Craig Skinner, whose painting practices have strong connections to digital processes. Although painting is a medium that is well known for its plasticity and movement, artists have continually found new ways to incorporate and mediate the techniques and methods of digital space into their paintings.

Wednesday 18 January 2012

Opening Reception @ XPACE

Join us at XPACE this Friday for the opening reception of our Main Space, Xbase, and Window Space.

Opening Reception: Friday January 20, 2012

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When: January 20 - February 11, 2012.
Where: 58 Ossington Avenue, Toronto.

Monday 16 January 2012

OCAD's Reading Club

OCAD U’s Dorothy H. Hoover library is launching a reading club. This is not the kind of book club where everyone reads the same best seller and gets together to debate its merits – instead, reading clubbers will help create a themed display in the library and will then get together to discuss that month’s subject with friends and fellow students. Materials include books, graphic novels, artwork, articles and the display itself.

The Toronto Now Series presents...

Relocated from the street, local Toronto artists Sean Martindale and Pascal Paquette come together in the gallery for a collaborative installation in the Toronto Now Series. Using convergent forms of street art, graffiti writing and activist interventions combined with contemporary painting, sculpture and design these artists eradicate traditional art classifications and work to expand the understanding of what artistic creativity can be. Taking inspiration from their daily environment, the gallery and the current socio-political and cultural climate of Toronto, this installation invites audiences to reconsider Toronto Now.

Opening Reception: Friday January 20, 2012 from 7pm to 9pm
Exhibition from: January 21 - April 1, 2012

Eyelevel Gallery in Halifax is looking for multiples, zines etc!

Eyelevel Gallery in Halifax is looking for submissions for their Eyelevel Reshelving Initiative 5!  The deadline for submissions is January 30th, so hurry up and submit!

ERI 5 is an exhibition and sale of artist books, zines, multiples and other kinds of artist-made publications.

Eyelevel Gallery is seeking local and international submissions of artist multiples and publications for an upcoming exhibition. Submissions may include: zines, book-works, sound pieces, videos, post cards, manifestos, comics, objects, and pretty much anything else that we can fit on a shelf and exists as a multiple. All works must have been completed within the last two years.

Sunday 15 January 2012

The Artist's Soup Kitchen

For six Monday afternoons this winter artists are invited to come to the Artists’ Soup Kitchen for a FREE HOT LUNCH. Each week is hosted by different artists who will bring their creative practices to the Soup Kitchen.

When: Mondays from 12-3pm
Where: The Raging Spoon Cafe @ 761 Queen Street West, Toronto

Fresh Ground's Call for Submissions

Fresh Ground new works
Call for Submissions for Harbourfront Centre's national commissioning prizes
Submission deadline: MONDAY JANUARY 30, 2012

Friday 13 January 2012

ATTAWAPISKAT Relief: Thank you for your support

A letter was sent on behalf on an organizer from True North Aid, thanking Xenia Benevolski and all of the volunteers and donors for organizing the relief donation drive at XPACE in early December of 2011.

Thursday 12 January 2012

After the End

O'Born Contemporary is hosting their first annual emergent artist exhibition. "After the End" is an Apocalypse themed exhibition. Emerging local artists, working in painting, photography, drawing, sculpture, digital collage and mixed media confront the environmental, biological and psychological implications of a full doomsday. For more information and an exhibition statement, click here.

Where: O'Born Contemporary at 131 Ossington Avenue, Toronto.
When: January 14 - January 28, 2012
Opening Reception is on January 13, 2012 from 6-9pm. 


Ethereal Existence

"Magic Realism is commonly used as a term to describe an aesthetic style of fiction where magic and mythology blends with the real world. Showing in the Gladstone Gallery, the artists in Ethereal Existence use their work to show this concept, usually reserved for fiction, in a visual format. Their drawings, paintings, photographs, illustrations and prints show the darker side of reality, depicting scenes from everyday life to the mythological and where the two meet."

Showing at the Gladstone Gallery from January 10th to January 22nd, 2012.
Opening Reception: Thursday January 12, 2012 from 7pm to 10pm.

Wednesday 11 January 2012

Call for Submissions: Emerging Artist Research Residency 2012

The University of Windsor's School of Visual Arts is offering an emerging artist a one month residency for research and production. If you are interested in getting an opportunity to use their facilities, or to explore Windsor/Detroit, now is the time! The deadline has been extended until February 1 (Post-Marked).

Call for Emerging Curators: InterAccess' 12th Annual Emerging Artist Exhibition

Hey Folks!  InterAccess is looking for an emerging curator to organize their 12th Annual Emerging Artist Exhibition.  If you've got a passion for new media work you should apply!  The deadline is February 1, 2012.

Tuesday 10 January 2012

Terrible Beauty

"Terrible Beauty: The Documentary work of Louie Palu"


As a part of Ryerson Student Lecture Series, photographer Louie Palu will be giving a talk this evening at the university. The talk is from 7pm to 8pm.

When: Tuesday, January 10, 2012.
Where: Image Arts Building @ Ryerson University
122 Bond Street, Room 307 (IMA307) , Toronto, ON

Thursday 5 January 2012

The Artist Project Toronto/Untapped Emerging Artists

Hey Everybody! The Artist Project Toronto is looking for emerging artists to submit for the chance to win a free space in the untapped section of the fair (March 1-4th).  Its a fantastic opportunity to have your work seen by collectors! The deadline is January 13th.

Wednesday 4 January 2012


Thanks to everyone who came out to Zine Zone! We had amazing things here and sweet tunes courtesy of our DJ's As Is, taz's_mom_butters and MC Escher. We also got some great zines, comics and bookworks for the upcoming Zine Library at Xpace.[gallery link="file" order="DESC" columns="4" orderby="rand"]

ps. If you would like to contribute something to the Zine Library come by to drop it off or mail it to us here at XPACE! contact alicia@xpace.info for more informations

c/o XPACE Cultural Centre
58 Ossington Ave
Toronto, On
M6J 2Y7

Tuesday 3 January 2012

K-Town is looking for submissions!

Remember the rocking karaoke party XPACE had during Nuit Blanche?  Well the fantastic curators of K-Town are looking for more videos to add to their repertoire.  Check it out now!!

Deadline: Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 4pm.

Submission Requirements

Video and animation works must use a karaoke format, which involves scrolling text at the bottom of the screen to accompany each video, so that viewers can read the lyrics of each song while they sing.

Please see ktownart.com/artist_videos for examples of artist works in the K-Town catalogue.

Monday 2 January 2012

Glenfiddich 2012 Artist in Residence

Keen on art, whiskey, and Scotland?
Glenfiddich is seeking a Canadian artist for their summer 2012 Artist in Residence.
Call for candidates closes Janaury 25th, 2012.
For more info, keep on reading...