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Grow Op 2018


The Gladstone Hotel’s 6th Annual
Urbanism, Landscape and Contemporary Art Exhibition
Exhibition Dates: April 18-22, 2018


Grow Op at Toronto’s Gladstone Hotel celebrates its sixth year in the spring of 2018 as an exhibition of art and design that cultivates ideas across a broad range of disciplines, examining how humans and other species live within and without natural systems of growth, change, abundance, scarcity, decay and life. In 2018, we contemplate AFTER THE FLOOD.

What lies beyond once the floodwaters recede? What emerges once the smoke clears? As cataclysmic climate events multiply in tandem with our species’ continuously expanding footprint, we are re-conceiving our relationships with the organic and inorganic world around us in unprecedented ways.


Grow Op 2018 seeks projects that explore the actions of humans in both collaborating, exploiting, nurturing, sowing, stripping and growing among our fellow species, our soil, our waters, our neighbourhoods, our cities. The Gladstone invites a diversity of projects from collaborative teams, collectives and individuals that engage with landscape, species and habitat through installation, sculpture, performance, digital media and more to create a provocative experiential exhibition. Projects engage participants through sight, touch, sound, and taste to create a landscape of immersive experience. Interdisciplinary collaborations are encouraged, combining creative practitioners such as: artists, biologists, historians, anthropologists, musicians, botanists, architects, poets, craftspeople, chefs, geographers, filmmakers, ecologists, performers, landscape architects, writers, planners, agriculturalists and more.


See highlights from Grow Op 2017 + Grow Op 2016 , 2015, 2014


Grow Op 2018 Participants: +AB (Allison Home-Douglas + Bohden Tymchuk), Ryan Phyper, J. Damron, Dawn George, Emily Guo, Emily Jan, [R]ed[U]x Lab, Eureka League (Doug Donald, Claire Ironside + Ruth Spitzer), Teresa Mak, Annette Hegel + Deborah Margo, Hana Rotchild, Tammy Salzl, Lauren Schaffer, Adrienne Scott, Adrian Stimson, Nadia Galati + Jennie Suddick + Sara Udow, Claire Kurtin + Sneha Sumanth, Sean Tamblyn, Jill Price, Ryan Van Der Hout

Grow Op 2018 Curators: LeuWebb Projects (Christine Leu & Alan Webb) with Lukus Toane

Grow Op 2018 Jurors: Victoria Taylor; Landscape Architect, Grow Op Co-Founder Karen Miranda Abel; Artist, three-time Grow Op award winner Ben Watt-Meyer; Landscape Architect + Grow Op award winner Andrea Mantin; Instructor and landscape architect Lukus Toane; Director of Exhibitions (Gladstone Hotel): Ex-officio

Wed April 18: 7–9pm
Thurs April 19: 11am–8pm
Fri April 20: 11am–10pm (Opening Party 7-10pm)
Sat April 21: 10am–9pm
Sun April 22: 10am–5pm
ADMISSION: Cash Only: General: $10 / Student: $5 (Friday only with valid student ID) / Free School Groups sponsored by Victoria Taylor Landscape Architect (April 19+20 Advance booking only) / Family of 4: $25
Grow Op Artist Talks: Thurs. Apr. 19, 8-10PM Opening: Fri. Apr. 20th, 7-10pm
Grow Op Clothing Swap: Sat. Apr. 21st, 10am-3pm
Gladstone Earth Day Flea: Sun. Apr. 22, 10-4pm

Banner images from left to right:Ryan Phyper, Micah Donovan, Jordan Duke + Dayne Roy-Caldwell, Melanie Billark, Michelle Hunniford & Magdalena Milosz.