Toronto is getting 100+ artworks by 90+ artists at 15+ sites across the city for the very first Toronto Biennial of Art from Sep 21-Dec 1!
The Toronto Biennial of Art is a new international contemporary visual arts festival hosting events as culturally connected and diverse as the city itself. Throughout the Biennial, Toronto and the GTA will be transformed by exhibitions, talks, and performances that reflect our local context while engaging with the most pressing issues of our time. In an effort to make contemporary art available to everyone, the Biennial citywide programs are free!
The implications of the changing waterfront prompted the Biennial’s inaugural edition: The Shoreline Dilemma. For 72 days this fall, events, and exhibitions will take place in repurposed buildings, public spaces, and partner institutions, including galleries, museums, train stations, and community organizations, along the lake and throughout the Greater Toronto Area.
The Gladstone Hotel is proud to be a Creative Partner for this new contemporary cultural event!
The partnership started back in April when the Gladstone invited Brazilian artist Maria Thereza Alves to take part in our International Residency during Grow Op 2019. During the residency, Maria Thereza spent two weeks at Artscape Gibraltar Point, researching and contemplating the city’s relationship to its waterways. She then exhibited video and installation work at the Gladstone during Grow Op, the hotel’s annual environmental design exhibition. Maria Thereza returns to Toronto to present two installations for the Biennial, which continue her exploration of water and history.
Toronto’s waterfront is currently undergoing urban renewal at a faster pace than anywhere else in North America. Shaped by the waterfront’s multi-layered history, the Biennial takes its cues from Lake Ontario, part of the largest freshwater system on Earth. The majority of the exhibition and programs will take place at venues along the lake between Etobicoke Creek and Ashbridges Bay.
This stretch of Lake Ontario was active long before Toronto became a city. It has been populated by Indigenous peoples for at least 12,000 years and was initially a site of trade, migration, and ceremony before it underwent mass settlement and industrialization. Today, the waterfront is host to relics of heavy industry, dense condominium developments, active and decommissioned military bases, manufactured parks, lost rivers, and human-made spits.
Don’t miss the thought-provoking work of Maria Thereza Alves and more at this fantastic festival.