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OCADU’s Artscape Design Hub at Artscape Youngplace

The partnership between OCAD University’s Impact Collective and Artscape has kick-started some exciting changes here at Artscape Youngplace. Artscape Design Hub, a team of four OCAD designers from interdisciplinary backgrounds, is now offering their services exclusively to Artscape Youngplace tenants over the next few weeks. They hope that through to the end of June, they can offer their creative services and design strategies to better help the not-for-profit community within Artscape Youngplace and support general community development through social innovation.

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The Impact Collective is OCAD University’s social innovation initiative and it is pillars such as the Artscape Design hub that realize the transformational changes that The Impact Collective works toward. Artscape Design Hub arose from The Impact Collective’s collaboration initiative, as the partnership between the Design Hub and Artscape Youngplace brings dual opportunities to both the talented designers and Youngplace tenants seeking creative advice.

The team of designers, compromised of 4 women all pursuing different studies at OCAD University, is multi-talented and ready to offer their services.


 

Angela Cheng is approaching her 4th year at OCADU studying industrial design and minoring in illustration. Angela has a background in user experience and ethnographic research and impacts.
Find out more here: www.cheng-angela.format.com

Kendra Yee has training in visual communication, curation and social media. She has also worked in various artistic mediums such as illustration, graphic design, painting, installations and sculptures.
View Kendra’s website here: http://kendrayee.com

Melody Gamble has experience with business and design consultancies as well as an interest in inclusive design practices, such as strategic and participatory design.
Check out Melody’s work here: http://melody-gamble.format.com/untitled-listing

Rachel Hurst is a multidisciplinary designer and art director who recently graduated from OCADU’s Graphic Design program. She also has a strong interest in social strategies.
Her work can be seen here: www.hur.space


 

The collective hosts drop-in hours for Youngplace tenants to stop by the Flex Studio and begin working towards efficiently streamlining their ideas.

As mentioned by Rachel, “Everyone has a different idea of design. It’s all about getting the right people together, and we as a team collectively apply our expertise to uniquely fit the tenant’s needs.” Artscape Design Hub offers services including design consultancies, branding, developing business and creative strategies and more.

They are currently working on a rebranding project with the 3rd floor tenant Typology, among a few others.

Contact the design hub at artscapedesignhub@gmail.com to set up a meeting during their drop-in hours and to take advantage of this rare opportunity. A huge thank you is extended to OCADU for carefully selecting these extremely talented designers and for their willingness to collaborate with the community and tenants here at Artscape Youngplace.

Join us for RECESS – A Community Open House!

Join us for RECESS @ Artscape Youngplace
A Community Open House featuring
Art * Live Music * Creation * Conversation * Performance * Arts Market * Food & Drinks

Starting at 4:30 pm
– Drop-in, hands-on kids and family-friendly programming (until 6:30 pm)
– Informal tours of ULTRA-PARALLEL at the Koffler Gallery (until 10 pm)
– Arts market (until 9:30 pm)

Starting at 6:00 pm
– Community dinner (pay-what-you-can, until 7:30 pm)
– Exhibition Reception: TYPOLOGY’S Flights & Landings a two-part exhibition of work by three multidisciplinary artists from three different cities: Brooklyn-based Tamara Gayer, Berlin-based Christine Gedeon, and Toronto-based Janine Miedzik (until 8 pm)
– SKETCH Working Arts for our Open Studio Showcase and Exhibition with live performances and artwork by youth involved in all of SKETCH’s programs (until 9 pm)
– Artists open studios
– Live melodic techno music with Juno-award nominee, Arthur Oskan (until 10 pm)

Starting at 8:00 pm
– The Koffler Centre presents an artist talk with playwright Hannah Moscovitch and artist/architect, Philip Beesley
– Intergalactic Arts Collective presents a Double Bill of Dance: “Sara does a solo” by Sara Porter and “Experiment b” by Gerry Trentham.

AND MORE!

~illustration by Alicia Nauta

Now Accepting Applications for 2015 Resident Teachers

Artscape is now accepting applications from individuals, organizations, and collectives who are interested in becoming Resident Teachers at Artscape Youngplace, a community cultural hub in the West Queen West neighbourhood. Now in our second year of our Resident Teachers program, we are looking to create new relationships with a select group of instructors and facilitators who offer unique experiences that focus on inspiring creation and learning while creating new connections in our community. Artscape is currently accepting proposals for classes taking place during the 2015 calendar year.

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Call for Artists and Artisans: Partridge and Pear Holiday Arts Market at Artscape Youngplace

Artscape Youngplace is currently accepting submissions from artists and artisans who wish to participate in the new Partridge and Pear Holiday Arts Market at Artscape Youngplace on Saturday November 29, from 10 am – 5 pm.

The market will feature over three dozen local artists and artisans, a gift-wrapping station, and refreshments at our Holiday Bar.

Artists and artisans will be provided a table and chair, for which they need to supply their own coverings and/or display equipment. We encourage artists to feature wares for holiday gift-buying.

In the week leading up to the Arts Market, we will be promoting the Partridge and Pear Holiday Online Arts Market as a sale preview from November 20 – November 27. A select number of items will be featured in the Online Arts Market (maximum of one item per vendor; items can be available in multiples.)

The deadline for submissions is Friday, October 31, 2014.

Artists can submit their application through an online form which will ask for:

  • An artist biography or CV
  • Basic information about the nature of the works you would like to sell
  • 3-10 high-resolution images that are representative of the work you would like to sell
  • Your table preferences
  • If you would like to submit one item (available in multiples) to our Online Arts Market, please include a description, price, and image for this item.

The form takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.

CLICK HERE to fill out the Online Application Form.

Applications will be reviewed by a jury comprised of the Artscape Youngplace Resident Curator and professional artists. Artisans will be selected according to the following criteria:

  • Excellence in technique, composition and craftsmanship
  • Originality and inventiveness
  • Diversity in wares

Participation Fees

Should your submission be selected, you will be asked to pay all applicable exhibitor fees at the time of acceptance. Participants will have the option of paying by cash, cheque, credit card or PayPal.

  • $40.00 per 6’ foot table, $30.00 for a 5’ table, and $25.00 per 4’ foot table.  This can be supplemented with access to a 8’ x 4 ‘  wall surface behind the table for the display of wares for an additional $25.00.
  • A 10% discount will be applied to all Artscape tenants, owners and members.
  • A $25.00 withdrawal fee will be charged if Artscape Youngplace is notified in writing at least 14 days prior to the market. After these withdrawal deadlines, no refunds will be provided.
  • Online Arts Market sales and logistics: Artscape will process all sales and manage distribution of sold items by December 6.  Artscape will retain a commission of 10% of sales for this additional service to cover administration expenses. Any items sold through the online market must be provided to Artscape on the date of the in-person Market (November 29) for distribution the following week. Artscape will remit sales minus commission to artists by December 17 via cheque.

QUESTIONS
If artists have any questions or require assistance with the submission process, please contact Natasha Mytnowych, Managing Director, Artscape Youngplace at natasha@torontoartscape.on.ca

Illustration by Miriam Grenville

 

 

Objectified Matter: An Interview with Grace Eun Mi Lee
Grace Eun Mi Lee is a ceramic artist born and raised in Seoul, Korea. She moved to Canada in 2010, and has been working with clay for over 11 years.  She creates small, meticulously crafted hand made figurines—called “creatures”, which are assembled into larger art installations.  Her work is featured in the new exhibit ‘Objectified Matter’ presented by atelier “ascenseur”, showing at Artscape Youngplace. Heritage and Community Assistant Adom Acheampong reached out to Grace for an interview to discuss her beautifully creative and unique pieces of functional artwork.

 

Grace Lee Objectified Matter


Tell us about the work that you’ve produced for Objectified Matter

I usually do big installations with my figurines. But for the show, I focused more on functional work. The show is more so about art pieces that people can buy and use.  I was awarded a scholarship from the Ontario Craft Council, and used that do create my Chess Set piece. The Chess Set and the Circulation piece are more recent, and created for the Objectified Matter exhibit.


Is ceramic you main medium of choice?

Yes, ceramic is my main focus within my artwork. I love ceramics, and studied ceramics in school as my major. But for the Objectified Matter show, I used acrylic for the chess board instead of ceramic. I also installed a motor in the Circulation piece, so it actually rotates. I usually exclusively use ceramics, but this time I tried to use other materials.


Where do you draw your inspiration from for you unique “creatures”?

The creatures are inspired by very tiny things such as dust particles and microorganisms. The salt and pepper shakers are inspired by the individual pieces in my large installation pieces. My individual pieces are usually white; however, I’ve begun to use more black in my artwork such as in the Chess Set.


 

Grace Lee


Have you always been inspired by microorganisms?  Where does this inspiration come from?

I’ve always been interested in small things—specifically microorganism. There are so many things that we live together with, but we can hardly see. I’ve never formally studied microorganisms or biology, but it’s always been an interest in mine, and reflected in my artwork.


Showcasing 11 artists from different practices and  co-curated by Amir Sheilkhvand and atelier “ascenseur”, “Objectified Matter” highlights the use of unconventional materials, media and ideas in the creation of functional and decorative objects. With a focus on increasing exposure of local and international artists, the exhibit is aiming to encourage a dialogue between the audiences and the contemporary objects and stir new relations within art, design, and fashion.

“Objectified Matter” runs until June 24th.   For more information, please visit:

http://artscapeyoungplace.ca/event/objectified-matter/

The Copycat Academy — A weeklong masterclass with an absent master

Call for Artists!!

A project by Hannah Hurtzig. Commissioned and produced by the Luminato Festival.


 

 The Copycat Academy takes the work and biography of an artist as the model for its curriculum. Over a one-week, intensive learning experience an artist’s method of production will be hijacked and subjected to a temporary parasitic inhabitation. The 2014 pilot will start with one of the most influential artist collectives of the late 20th century, Toronto based General Idea. This is meant to be idolatry and cult. Or more precisely an act of mimicry. Or more accurately it is a critical test of thought and practice, a laboratory where 20 participants can observe the emergence of meaning while they occupy and replicate themselves in the host. It’s a master class with an absent master. For the next edition we will choose another master. Confirmed faculty to date for The Copycat Academy include: Bruce LaBruce, Kendell Geers, Terence Koh, Guy Maddin, Philip Monk, Mårten Spångberg, Chrysanne Stathacos.

No more than 20 artists will be selected to participate in The Copycat Academy. All participating artists will be provided with accommodation and per diem for the week, as well as access to other Luminato Festival events. Note: limited travel support for artists from outside of Toronto is available.


 

June 9–15, 2014

The Theatre Centre, Toronto, Canada

Check out the faculty listing, curriculum and

application process at:

www.luminatofestival.com/events/2014/copycat-academy

www.mobileacademy-berlin.com

Hourly/Daily Rentals from Bellwoods Academy of Music

The Bellwoods Academy of Music is an innovative and collaborative space for music performance and education. It is also a beautiful 530 square foot studio at Artscape Youngplace that is rentable by the hour or the day for rehearsals or programming. It is ideal for classes/teaching and features 14-foot ceilings, lots of natural light, a kitchenette, a grand piano and some light/small storage.

All photos, details and contact information is available on the website of the Bellwoods Academy of Music.

New Resident Curator at Artscape Youngplace

Artscape is pleased to announce the appointment of Karie Liao as the inaugural Resident Curator at Artscape Youngplace. Karie will bring to life the 2014 programming vision for the Artscape Youngplace Hallway Galleries, working in collaboration with the Artscape Youngplace Curatorial Advisory and Artscape staff. This will involve commissioning new art works exploring a thematic artistic project throughout the year, building partnerships with local artists and organizations for dynamic exhibitions, and hosting a slate of public events encouraging cross-pollination between artists and community members. The Hallway Galleries are open to the public year-round, free of charge, and span more than 9,000 square feet of spectacular corridor and stairwell space throughout the building.

“The West Queen West neighbourhood is rich with art and culture and I look forward to contributing a fresh approach with the artistic programming at Artscape Youngplace as we showcase and commission projects that celebrate experimentation and new perspectives, encourage collaborations between artists and community members, and foster the exchange of ideas and skills within our community,” said Karie Liao.

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Call for Artist Submissions

Atelier “ascenseur” is a gallery, studio and art space at Artscape Youngplace run by artist Shabnam K. Ghazi. In the coming year, atelier “ascenseur” will present a diverse program ranging from established to emerging artists, from international to local practitioners and from conventional to new media, and is inviting artists and curators to submit proposals for exhibitions and original projects to include in its 2014-2015 program. This call is open to all manner of artists and craft practitioners. For more information please contact info [at] atelierascenseur.com or call 416-534-8181.

Luminato’s in the Building

The Luminato Festival, whose new professional home is at Artscape Youngplace, commissioned a fabulous new video about its move into the building and the heart of one of Toronto’s most creative neighbourhoods. Bravo, Luminato! What a beautiful way to commemorate and exciting event.