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Come Up To My Room 2018

The Gladstone’s Annual Alternate Art + Design Event

January 18-21, 2018
Jan 20, 10-Late – LOVE DESIGN Party (Opening After Party)
Jan 21, 1-3pm – TSA Ideas Forum (TO DO)

Exhibition Hours: Thursday Jan 18 7-10pm | Friday Jan 19 11am-10pm | Saturday Jan 20 11am-10pm (Opening) | Sunday Jan 21 11am-5pm

Come Up To My Room (#CUTMR) is an alternative design exhibition that provides a platform for experimentation outside the norms of art and design, at the edges between intention and interpretation. Freed from the constraints of traditional practice, CUTMR encourages spatial exploration that engages our senses, our memories and our perceptions of reality. The exhibition challenges participants to push their everyday practice by offering a blank canvas upon which to explore new themes and ways of working. Framed within the backdrop of the historic 128-year-old Gladstone Hotel, CUTMR invites artists and designers to create site-specific, immersive installations that stimulate the imagination and encourage discussion and dialogue between contributors and visitors alike.

The 15th Anniversary of CUTMR will take place between January 18 and January 21, 2018, in conjunction with Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO) Interior Design Show (IDS); will feature over 25 projects presented by individuals, collectives, and multidisciplinary teams from Canadian and International participants.



‘People interact with art in order to have a shared experience that is mediated by an artist or designer, but can only be completed by the viewer. This completion, of course, being the viewer’s individual response. The capacity to understand and share common experiences is not only a privilege but also a social, political, and cultural imperative in the 21st century.  As the world becomes smaller and more intimate, the narrative reach grows larger, broadening our views of how to exist in the world. These uncharted spaces can use art and design as the bridge between ourselves and the human condition being explored. CUTMR 2018 is a platform for artists and designers to challenge themselves and try new things in an unconventional setting. It is also a safe space to explore difficult content in an experimental context. For the viewer to fully engage in shared and unique experiences we must employ an open and willing mind, and create a space where our uncertainties and preconceptions can speak to our communal empathy and compassion.  And amid any apprehension, artists and designers signal willingly—this is the time to build new connections and forge new narratives.’


Lizz Aston, Chelsea Attong, ‘HIATUS’ presented by CAPACITY (Erin McCutcheon, Katherine Morley, Laura McKibbon, Shea Chang, Katrina Tompkins, Kristen Lim Tung, Margaret Pryde, Deanne Lehtinen, Simone Ferkul, Talia Silva, Lauren Reed), CONCEALED STUDIO (Cheryl Cheng + Mario Sabljak), SISTER CO-RESISTER (featuring 
Pamila Matharu, Karen Azoulay, Nedda Baba, Yan Wen Chang, Marianne Ibrahim, Zahra Komeylian, Maani Oakes, Kendra Yee), DESIGN FABRICATION ZONE (Lily Jeon + Naveed Khan + Meghan Maclean), An Dy, Sofia Eleni, Camille Jodoin-Eng, Samantha Jones, Sarah Keenlyside + Ryan Mains + Pyramid Attack, Justin de Lima, LONGERNIN COLLECTIVE (Pazit Cahlon + Catherine Mellinger + Nat Janin), Roxanne Peckham, Jordan Shaw, Ashley Snook, Whyishnave Suthagar, Sherley Soraya Wijaya, Gordis Wong

Curated by Jana Macalik + Christophe Jivraj with Lukus Toane

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Press coverage has included: Toronto Life, Where Toronto, Canadian Architect, Forbes Mag, Torontoist, CBC (Stephen & Chris), Azure, Design Lines, Now Toronto, Enroute, the Globe and Mail, The Star, Monocle and many more!

image: 302 Collective (Lois Weinthal + Andrew Furman) 2017, Sarah Keenlyside + Joseph Clement 2016