The first ever iteration of Collectively Speaking wrapped up this Tuesday, and it proved to be an interesting event with a range of thoughtful discussions.
The event aimed to generate new ideas around the difficulty of finding suitable housing in a major metropolitan area, and each collective presented a unique view of the topic.
The night began with 185 Augusta taking the stage to talk about their own success developing a shared live-work environment for artists. Their presentation generated alot positive feedback, as much of the audience enjoyed seeing living proof of their plan in action. Audience response was so positive in fact, that 185 Augusta took home the most votes, and will be able to have creative control over the Gladstone’s Lower Green Roof!
Along with their presentation, the Project Gallery unveiled a prototype of an inflatable ad-hoc shelter/gallery space. A portable and inflatable environment that could be deployed anywhere it is needed, and adapt to its physical environment. The Project Gallery’s presentation can be seen in full here.
Rounding out the presentations for the night was the Hashtag Gallery, who had a unique take on the question of the evening. They suggested that problems with affordable housing in Toronto are a direct result of an inadequate public transit system. Seeing as housing costs fluctuate in relation to their proximity to major transit lines, a more robust subway system would help to equalize housing costs in the city.
Perhaps the most interesting part of the evening was when host Kaleb Robertson opened the floor to audience questions and discussion. Here the conversation spun off into a number of directions, but the collective voice was clear: as artists and creatives we can take individual actions to better the situation for ourselves, and those in our networks.
Overall, a successful and interesting event. Congratulations once again to 185 Augusta, and thanks to everyone who took part!