ArtSlant - Alternative spaces en-us 40 Art Toronto (Toronto International Art Fair), METRO TORONTO CONVENTION CENTRE, 255 Front Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada <p>Founded in 2000, Art Toronto is one of the most successful fairs in North America. Art Toronto is held annually at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Canada's top convention and trade-show facility located in the heart of downtown Toronto.</p> <p style="text-align: left;"> </p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 08:06:22 +0000 Chinese Contemporary Xchange (CCX), 50 Gladstone Avenue , Toronto, Ontario M6J 3K6, Canada <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Founded in 2006, CHINESE CONTEMPORARY XCHANGE (CCX) is a non-profit organizing committee focusing on art exchange programs between Canada and overseas Chinese communities. Our definition of Chinese contemporary art deals with critical and creative art practices within the wider context of artists from not only mainland China but also Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau, countries of Southeast Asia, and Chinese diaspora abroad.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;" class="black_11_text"><span style="font-size: small;">Chinese contemporary art has a dynamic and complex relationship with the rest of the art world. It is our goal to bring into Canada such vibrance through a continuous, curated program of exhibitions, to generate discourse and exchange of ideas between the participating countries.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;" class="black_11_text"><span style="font-size: small;">CCX's main effort is devoted to a constant showcasing of Chinese contemporary art in Canada. 70% of the CCX exhibition program is dedicated to bringing in high calibre work from East Asia. 30% of the program is committed to organizing Canadian contemporary art exhibitions in Chinese cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Taipei.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;" class="black_11_text"><span style="font-size: small;">CCX runs a centrally located gallery space in Toronto that houses regular exhibition programs on Chinese contemporary art. CCX programs include film and video screenings, lectures, performance events, publications and web publishing, as well as educational outreach.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;" class="black_11_text"><span style="font-size: small;">CCX aims to work with curators, institutions, public galleries and art organizations in East Asia and Canada on projects of varying scales.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;" class="black_11_text"><span style="font-size: small;">CCX is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of artists and writers. Its activities and artistic advancement will be informed and broadened by an international Advisory Board of artists, curators and professionals in the field.</span></p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 13:48:41 +0000 Goethe-Institut Toronto, 100 University Ave., North Tower, Suite 201, mailbox #136, Toronto, Ontario M5J 1V6 , Canada <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">The Goethe-Institut Toronto, located in the heart of downtown Toronto, provides services for the five Canadian provinces of Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan and is a contact point for anyone interested in German culture and for those who want to study or teach German.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">The language department offers a full range of language courses and official exams. In our multimedia classrooms, students not only learn German, but develop a more comprehensive understanding of German culture. Learning about German life and culture is an integral part of the language courses. Extensive workshops and teacher training seminars for school and university teachers of German as a Second Language round off the program. Our students have free access to our library and receive notice and invites to our cultural events. </span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">The Goethe-Instituts' language-learning system is worldwide and modelled after the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for language acquisition.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">For 50 years, the Goethe-Institut Toronto has been promoting an ongoing dialogue and exchange between Canadian and German artists and experts in order to present German culture abroad and help shape a current understanding of Germany today. </span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">The program department organizes a broad range of events and supports projects in the fields of film and new media, arts, theatre and dance, music, literature, architecture and more. Events take place at our Canadian partner venues. Beyond this, the Goethe-Institut arranges thematic trips to Germany for experts in the arts and media.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">The Library serves as a resource hub for German language learning and teching as well as all contemporary aspects of the social, political and cultural life in Germany. It is a lending library of books and multimedia, open to anyone interested in Germany and the German language. The Goethe-Institut's digital library (Onleihe) allows you to borrow digital documents, such as eBooks, audio files and electronic newspapers. Furthermore, the Goethe-Institut Toronto is creating working relationships with Canadian libraries as well as the developing up-to-date online information services.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">The work of the Goethe-Institut Toronto is integrated into the North American region with seven US Goethe-Instituts in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York (regional head office), San Francisco and Washington, together with its three Canadian institutes in Montréal, Ottawa und Toronto and institutes in Mexico City and Havana.</span></p> Sun, 09 Dec 2012 05:09:00 +0000 Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W., Toronto, Ontario M5J 2G8, Canada <h2 style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Who We Are</span></h2> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Harbourfront Centre, on Toronto's waterfront, is an innovative not-for-profit cultural organization that creates events and activities of excellence that enliven, educate and entertain a diverse public. </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"> </span></p> <div class="cols_L"> <h3 style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Our Mission</span></h3> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">To nurture the growth of new cultural expression, stimulate Canadian and international interchange and provide a dynamic, accessible environment for the public to experience the marvels of the creative imagination.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"> </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><b>ABOUT VISUAL ARTS AT HARBOURFRONT CENTRE</b><br />Visual Arts at Harbourfront Centre is a unique model for the presentation of emergent creative practice in Canada. It is a new paradigm for engagement between the public and art, inviting a broad audience to participate in a discourse of visual ideas. As part of Canada’s largest multidisciplinary arts complex, its position allows for the creation of new frameworks and anticipation of new directions.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"> </span></p> <div class="cols_R"> <h3 style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Our Vision</span></h3> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">A vibrant home for the culture of our time, inspiring people through the magic of the creative spirit.</span></p> </div> </div> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 18:57:42 +0000 Images Festival, 401 Richmond Street West, Suite 448 , Toronto, Ontario M5V 3A8 <p>The Images Festival is the largest festival in North America for experimental and independent moving image culture, showcasing the innovative edge of international contemporary media art both on and off the screen. From Super-8 and hand-tinted celluloid to the latest video art, Images has presented thousands of films and media based projects in our 23+ year history. Images is committed to an expanded concept of film and video practice: alongside film and video screenings, the festival presents groundbreaking live performances, media art installations in local galleries and new media projects by many renowned Canadian and international artists. We go out of our way and over the edge to provide Toronto with an annual extravaganza of image making. Attended by more than 30,000 people each year, Toronto's 2nd oldest film festival is a critical forum for the independent media arts in Canada and around the world and provides artists with a supportive and professional forum in which to present their projects. Many influential media artists have been nurtured by Images' willingness to embrace new creative concepts and modes of expression in the media arts field. The Images Festival exhibits and encourages the work of artists producing film and video outside of mainstream commercial production, distribution systems and aesthetic conventions. In addition to the international competition programs drawn from submissions to the festival, Images includes artists' retrospectives, national and regional cinema spotlights, publishing projects, touring programs and special guest-curated sections.<br /><br />The Images Festival was established in 1987 to look closely at the dynamics of accessibility. Images began as Toronto's only alternative to the Toronto International Film Festival, integrating film and video from its inception, and later expanding to include installations, performances and new media. From the beginning, Images has been at the forefront in identifying and supporting work that has been marginalized or unrecognized by existing exhibition venues, and was crucial in opening up dialogue in the media arts community around issues of race, culture, gender and sexuality.<br /><br /> Our purpose is threefold: <br />•    to ensure the visibility of film, video and the digital arts, new media and related installation works from all regions and communities; <br />•    to promote the professional advancement of and cultural exchange between independent Canadian media artists; and<br />•    to create a progressive, inclusive, and engaging forum for critical dialogue.</p> Sat, 26 Apr 2014 18:53:14 +0000 Japan Foundation, 131 Bloor Street West, Suite 213 , Toronto, Ontario M5S 1R1, Canada <div id="container"> <div id="page_surtitle" style="text-align: justify;"><strong><span style="font-size: small;">Background on the Japan Foundation</span></strong></div> <div id="text"> <div id="introduction" style="text-align: justify;"> <p><span style="font-size: small;">The Japan Foundation aspires to the role of catalyst for international exchange throughout the world, presenting valuable and appealing aspects of Japanese culture to other countries and promoting mutual understanding with peoples around the world.</span></p> </div> <div id="history" style="text-align: justify;"> <h3><span style="font-size: small;">History</span></h3> <p><span style="font-size: small;">The Japan Foundation (Kokusai Koryu Kikin) was founded in 1972 as a non-profit, special legal entity by special legislation in the Japanese Diet. On October 1, 2003 a new era began as The Japan Foundation legally transformed into an Independent Administrative Institution under the "Independent Administrative Institution Japan Foundation Law."</span></p> </div> <div id="structure" style="text-align: justify;"> <h3><span style="font-size: small;">Structure</span></h3> <p><span style="font-size: small;">Together with the legal transition, The Japan Foundation undertook structural reform, reorganising its wide-range of programs into three main categories:</span></p> <ol type="I"> <li><span style="font-size: small;">Arts and Cultural Exchange</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: small;">Japanese-Language Education</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: small;">Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange</span></li> </ol> <p><span style="font-size: small;">In May 2004, the Information and Resource Center was established to provide information on international exchange.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">The Japan Foundation coordinates its programs through its headquarters in Tokyo, as well as an office in Kyoto, Japanese-Language Institutes in Urawa and Kansai, and 23 overseas offices (designated as Japan Cultural Institutes, Japan Cultural Centres, Language Centre and liaison offices) in 21 countries worldwide.</span></p> </div> <div id="mandate" style="text-align: justify;"> <h3><span style="font-size: small;">Mandate</span></h3> <p><span style="font-size: small;">To contribute to the improvement of a good international environment and the maintenance and development of harmonious foreign relationships with Japan by:</span></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-size: small;">deepening understanding of Japan</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: small;">promoting better mutual understanding among nations</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: small;">encouraging friendship and goodwill among the peoples of the world</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: small;">contributing to the world through the efficient and comprehensive implementation of various activities that promote international cultural exchange</span></li> </ul> </div> <div id="about_logo"> <h3 style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Logo</span></h3> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">The dynamic butterfly-shaped logo, which incorporates the initials "j" and "f", represents openness, freedom and accessibility in the renewed mandate of these principles within the Foundation.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> Sun, 26 Jan 2014 09:15:55 +0000 Koffler Centre of the Arts -Koffler Gallery, 180 Shaw St., Suite 104-105 , Toronto, Ontario M6J 2W5, Canada <h4 style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">A world of ideas, discovery, passion, </span><span style="font-size: small;">inspiration, creativity, and fun.</span></h4> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br /><span style="font-size: small;"> Koffler Centre of the Arts is a Jewish cultural institution with a broad mandate to serve all, and present a wide range of artistic programs through a global lens in a specifically Canadian context.</span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> Established in 1977 by philanthropists <strong>Murray and Marvelle Koffler</strong>, the Koffler Gallery was created as a leading edge, contemporary arts organization. Following its success and expansion, the Gallery is now a central aspect to the Koffler Centre of the Arts, which is renowned for its record of groundbreaking exhibitions of Canadian contemporary art and interdisciplinary programs in film, literary, music, dance, theatre, and current political, social, and human rights issues as viewed through the lens of arts and culture. </span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> The Koffler&rsquo;s mission is to bring people together through arts and culture to create a more civil and global society. Our unique mix examines the arts across different disciplines and cultures in a way that strengthens identity while encouraging an appreciation of difference.</span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> We like to engage with life. Culture is the way we do it. Culture is often looked at as an aside to our lives but to us, culture is the soul of who we are. It is the lens through which we examine what we value, what is right, what is beautiful. </span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> We invite you to be moved, be challenged, befriend. To arrive early to chat and stay late to share.</span></p> Sun, 02 Feb 2014 10:28:36 +0000 Koffler Gallery Off-Site at Honest Ed's, 581 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario M6G 1K3, Canada <p><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-size: 16pt; color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt; color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></p> Thu, 22 May 2014 04:33:44 +0000 Mercer Union - A Centre for Contemporary Art, 1286 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario M6H 1N9 , Canada <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><b>Mandate / Vision </b></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><b></b></span><br /><span style="font-size: small;"> <b>Mercer Union</b>, A Centre for Contemporary Art is an artist-run centre dedicated to the existence of contemporary art. We provide a forum for the production and exhibition of Canadian and international conceptually and aesthetically engaging art and related cultural practices. We pursue our primary concerns through critical activities that include exhibitions, lectures, screenings, performances, publications, events and special projects.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><b>Brief History</b></span><br /><span style="font-size: small;"> Established and incorporated in 1979, Mercer Union began as an artist-run centre through the collective efforts of artists who believed in alternative art production and presentation. Throughout our thirty year history, we have maintained ambitious programming, exhibiting national and international artists and presenting cultural professionals both in formative and established stages of their careers</span>.</p> Wed, 26 Dec 2012 14:07:11 +0000 Red Bull 381 Projects, 381 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5V 2A5, Canada Tue, 11 Dec 2012 22:41:03 +0000 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, <p><strong>CONTACT is an annual month long festival of photography with over 1000 local, national and international artists at more than 200 venues across the Greater Toronto Area in May.</strong></p> <p>Founded as a not-for-profit organization 15 years ago, CONTACT is devoted to celebrating, and fostering an appreciation of the art and profession of photography. As the largest photography event in the world, and a premiere cultural event in Toronto, CONTACT stimulates excitement and discussion among a diverse audience that has grown to over 1.5 million and is focused on cultivating even greater interest and participation this year.</p> <p>The festival's success, to a great degree, is a result of the open call for exhibitions and this continues to provide an invaluable opportunity for emerging artists to contribute unexpected and memorable encounters with photography throughout the city, alongside leading professionals. Since 2002, curated programming and special events are a central focus of development.</p> <p>Through the ongoing development of the festival into a leading proponent of photography, we increase exposure and recognition for local, Canadian and international artists. CONTACT is committed to advancing knowledge, creativity and innovation in photography.</p> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 04:46:06 +0000 The Artist Project - Contemporary Art Fair, Better Living Centre , 195 Princes’ Boulevard, Exhibition Place , Toronto,, ON, Canada <p><strong>The Artist Project</strong> features original works from over 250 top contemporary artists. Artists from a variety of geographic and creative backgrounds will converge and connect with patrons looking to get a glimpse of tomorrow&rsquo;s Art Stars. From seasoned collectors and first time art buyers, to gallerists and interior designers, visitors will find this art fair a unique opportunity to meet and purchase work directly from artists from Canada and abroad.</p> Sun, 19 Jan 2014 07:16:36 +0000 Toronto Sculpture Garden, 115 King Street East, Toronto, Ontario M5C 1G6, Canada <p style="text-align: justify;" align="left"><span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">The <strong>Toronto Sculpture Garden</strong> has been the site of innovative contemporary sculpture installations since 1981. This small, urban park in the downtown core serves as a testing ground for visual artists to experiment with public space and to address issues of architectural scale, materials and context. It has given some artists their first opportunity to work out-of-doors, to experiment with the challenges of siting work within an urban environment and it has provided them with critical experience for future public art projects. Many, including Susan Schelle, Stacey Spiegel, Brian Scott, Mark Gomes, John McKinnon, Carlo Cesta, Judith Schwarz, Stephen Cruise, Reinhard Reitzenstein, Yvonne Singer, Brian Groombridge, Lisa Neighbour and Warren Quigley, undertook their first public commissions after exhibiting in the Toronto Sculpture Garden.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;" align="left"><span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Located at 115 King Street East, near Church Street and opposite St. James' Cathedral, the Garden is both a civic and a private initiative. It is a unique partnership between the City of Toronto, which owns and operates it as a city park, and the Louis L. Odette family, who created a non-profit foundation to fund the exhibitions. The City of Toronto has been an active participant in this partnership with Mayors David Crombie and John Sewell having played a significant role in the development of this special city park with privately funded art exhibitions.</span></p> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:25:25 +0000