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Grow Op 2017 | April 19-23

The Gladstone’s Annual Exhibition on Urbanism, Landscape and Contemporary Art

Grow Op, Gladstone Hotel’s urbanism, landscape design and contemporary art exhibition, celebrates its fifth year in the spring of 2017! The exhibition 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.

#GrowOp2017 employ the tools of art, craft and design to question our conceptions of urban and wild, culture and nature for the upcoming juried exhibition, curated by Christine Leu and Alan Webb of LeuWebb Projects with Lukus Toane. Grow Op was founded by Victoria Taylor & Noa Bronstein.

Why do we leave the comforts of our home to go camping in a tent? Why do we bring plants and animals in our homes to share our lives with us? What is left after a forest fire? A flood? A drought?

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.

Grow op’s Installation works 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.

Productive / imagined / experienced / exploited / inhabited / devastated / rejuvenated landscapes

2017 Participants
David Ballantine, Melanie Billark, Bruno Billio, Liam Blackwell, Micah Donovan, Jordan Duke & Dayne Roy-Caldwell, Agnieszka Forfa, Eve Gane, Julie Gladstone, Martha Barron Griffith, Monica Gutierrez, John Haney, Byron Hodgins, Rebecca Jane Houston, Hayden King and Susan Blight, Aisling O’Carroll & Sara Jacobs, Olga Klosowski, Becky Lauzon, Katie Lawson, Lindy Wilkins & Dushan Milic, Michelle Hunniford & Magdalena Milosz, Kate & Claire Nelischer, D & S Projects, PseudoStudio, Rachael Grice & Rekha Ramachandran, Shadi Ramos, Daniel Ranger, Darren Rigo, Miles Rufelds, The Urban Apothecary. In conjunction with Gladstone Art Hut installation by Rui Pimenta + Layne Hinton.

Grow Op Jurors
Layne Hinton, artist and co-curator of Artspin
Andrea Mantin, instructor and landscape architect
Victoria Taylor, founder of Grow Op and landscape architect
Graham Teeple, previous Grow Op curator
Ben Watt-Meyer, landscape architect and previous Grow Op artist


Grow Op 2017 Awards
Jury’s Choice Award – PseudoStudio (Greg Bunker + Shira Davis)
OALA Sponsored Award – Melanie Billark
Grow Op Seed Development Award – Michelle Hunniford + Magdalena Miłosz
Grow Op Seed Development Award – Aisling O’Carroll, with Sara Jacobs
Grow Op Seed Development Award – Olga Klosowski
Grow Op Seed Development Award – Martha Barron Griffith

Exhibition Hours: Wed Apr. 19, 7-9pm | Thurs Apr. 20, 11-8pm | Fri Apr. 21, 11-10pm | Sat Apr. 22, 10am-9pm | Sun Apr. 23, 10-5pm
*Guests staying in the hotel receive complimentary admission! Check out our rooms here.


Wednesday, April 19 | 6-8PM | Gladstone Ballroom

Grow Op presents Harvest Wednesday Equinosh

On the opening night of Gladstone Grow Op 2017 we present the Harvest Wednesdays Equinosh–a food festival in the Ballroom that celebrates and showcases the artistry of Ontario’s local producers. Your ticket will give you free entry to explore Grow Op along with enjoying sustainable, seasonal, and delightfully delicious bites that are nothing short of artful. Take in live music, inspiring speeches, and delicious appetizers while you break bread with the local producers from across Ontario. With sampling stations set up around the Ballroom, you’ll have the chance to experience local wines, meats, cheeses and specialty foods along with hors d’oeuvres prepared by the Gladstone’s new Executive Chef (and local food activist) Joshna Maharaj shoulder to shoulder with featured guest chefs.

Thursday, April 20 | 8-10PM | Gladstone Ballroom | Free!

Grow Op Talks: Landscapes of Hope

At a time when the world can seem like a dark place indeed, we’ll explore the capacity for landscape to embody the promise of renewal. From the tending of a man-made forest in a hidden west Etobicoke park, to porcelain found on the homestead of an early fugitive from slavery, to the careful recording of what remains after a logging clear cut, we’ll talk about the surprising places where these artists discovered hope through their work. Join us for a Grow Op discussion in the Ballroom where Zahra Ebrahim will speak with interdisciplinary artist Martha Barron Griffith; photographer John Haney; and documentary filmmaker Monica Gutierrez on stage with her film’s subject, Johann Fisch.

Friday, April 21 | 7-10PM | $10

Grow Op 2017 Opening Reception

Explore four floors of thought-provoking earth-based installations with a glass of wine in hand! Grow Op will be celebrating its fifth year 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.

Saturday April 22nd | Ballroom | Free!

Earth Day Clothing Swap

On Earth Day and the Saturday of Grow Op (the Gladstone’s annual landscape design exhibition), swap your gently used clothing and accessories for some sweet new finds. Clothing swaps are a great way to downsize your closet and give life to pre-loved items by shopping sustainably in an eco-friendly and socially conscious way. from 10am- 3pm Bring your friends, grab a drink in the café and feel good about what you buy. Any clothes left over will be donated to Sistering: A Woman’s Place. See Swap Guideline in RSVP link!

Sunday, April 23 | Ballroom | Free!

Gladstone Flea Goes Green

Just in time for Spring and Earth Day, the Gladstone Hotel presents Grow Op, a four-day landscape art and design exhibition from April 19 – 23rd. Stop by the Gladstone Flea on Sunday from 10-4 pm to peruse goods from local, ethical, environmentally sustainable makers and then check out over 30 thought-provoking works that respond to environmental responsibility and sustainability, public spaces and landscape urbanism on the second floor!

April 1 – 31 | Get School’d Workshops Go Green

Get School’d Goes Green!

Get School’d is going green for the month of April to coincide with our annual landscape design exhibition Grow Op from April 19-21! Learn how to grow sprouts from your very own kitchen, transition to a zero waste lifestyle or give your plants something cute to swing in at our macrame plant hanger class.

As featured in Toronto Life, Designlines, Azure MagazineBlog TO, OALAShe Does the City,  Canadian Architect, the Drake Blog, and more.

Highlights of Grow Op 2016 Here.

See projects from past Grow Op Exhibitions here:
Grow Op 2014Grow Op 2015Grow Op 2016

Images (left to right): Melanie Billark, Micah Donovan