Scotiabank Nuit Blanche at Artscape Youngplace

Artscape Youngplace is proud to present 19 projects by over 150 artists for the ninth edition of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, which will take place Saturday, October 4 from 6:53 p.m. until sunrise on Sunday. These community-produced Independent Projects invite visitors to explore the grounds and three floors of 180 Shaw Street, as well as rest and recuperate in our night café, featuring coffee and local goodness by Youngplace Coffee Pub.

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PROMO Exhibition at Artscape Youngplace opens today!

The SummerWorks Performance Festival and Artscape Youngplace present an exhibition exploring local graphic design and poster art for the stage.

These graphic designers tackle the challenge of condensing a complex live experience into iconic and informational imagery for a variety of print and online media. Reflecting a range of digital techniques and the incorporation of photography and mixed media, this selection of visual materials celebrates the various approaches to the collaboration of visual and performance-based artists.

Each graphic designer has employed compelling methods to communicate the evanescent experience of a live art work, actively crafting the essence of another artist’s aesthetic in a realm beyond the stage. Each printed work is created with the intention of inviting and intriguing a potential audience for a performance, yet each leaves an indelible visual impression, through the powerful distillation and artful composition of the materials themselves.

Join us in celebrating the fruits and facets of the creative practice of promotional design.

Curated by Natasha Mytnowych and Michael Rubenfeld

Featuring the work of Doublenaut, Roxanne Ignatius, Jonathan Kitchen (Light Up The Sky), Tad Michalak, Monnet Design, Kilby Smith-McGregor, and Soulpepper Theatre Company designs curated by Jacob Whibley

August 7 – 25, 2014
8am – 8pm daily, free

Reception with the Artists – August 9, 5 pm – 7 pm

Five Emerging Artists Selected for New Residency Program at Artscape Youngplace

Artscape is pleased to announce the inaugural winners of the Emerging Artist Residency Program, a new initiative to support the professional and creative development of artists as they launch their careers. From June to September 2014, five up-and-coming local artists will be awarded free studio and exhibition space at Artscape Youngplace, the vibrant new community cultural hub in West Queen West (180 Shaw Street). The Emerging Artist Residency Program was created to provide artists in the beginning stages of their careers with the opportunity to access high-quality downtown studio space and public exhibition space to create and present their work.

Artists Khydup Gyatso, Amber Williams-King and collaborators Erin Robinsong and Andréa de Keijzer were selected through a competitive application process that concluded in May 2014. Ting Fang was awarded a residency for her outstanding photographic work in the OCADU: Photography student exhibition hosted in the Artscape Youngplace Hallway Galleries from May 5–12, 2014. The selection processes were administered and juried by Artscape staff in collaboration with Flex Studio Artist Advisory members and Karie Liao, Artscape Youngplace’s 2014 Resident Curator.

The Emerging Artist Residency Program will provide the selected artists and partnerships with six weeks of access to a premium workspace in the Flex Studios and a one-week exhibition in the Artscape Youngplace Hallway Galleries plus administrative and promotional support, an approximate value of $2,000. The Emerging Artists in Residence will also benefit from working within a growing community of artists at Artscape Youngplace.

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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:

New exhibition and professional development partnership

Artscape Youngplace and the Curators’ Network Canada are pleased to announce a newly formed partnership at the historic Shaw Street School site in the Queen West neighbourhood of Toronto, recently redeveloped into a community cultural hub. As both organizations support learning, community and vitality in the arts, Artscape Youngplace and the Curators’ Network Canada look forward to working together to create exciting professional development and exhibition opportunities for Curators’ Network Canada members and Artscape Youngplace Flex Studios members and are pleased to announce a Request for Proposals and an Exhibition Proposal Clinic as its first two collaborative initiatives. Additional opportunities will be announced on an ongoing basis.

Find the Request for Proposals and Exhibition Proposal Clinic info after the jump.

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Artscape Equinox: A Community Open House

March 20 @ 6 pm – 10 pm
180 Shaw Street


Join us at this family-friendly celebration of the spring, offering inspiration and temptation for our creative season ahead. Visit an open studio, watch or participate in a creative class, tour our gallery exhibitions, browse the arts and crafts market, learn about upcoming programs, and mix and mingle with artists and friends.


  • 6 pm  – drop-in programming begins; wander the building and explore an array of artistic offerings
  • 6:30 pm – join exhibition curator Heather Nicol  for a special talk and tour of the Hallway Galleries
  • after 8 pm – join us in the Flex Studios for spring cocktails at our neighbourhood mixer (cash bar), featuring tunes, treats (including kid-friendly snacks) and creative delights

RSVPs are encouraged; please RSVP to
Interested in volunteering? We could use a few extra hands – let us know, too.

Unarchive and Stairmasters Guide

Our exhibition guide to Unarchive and Stairmasters, the two inaugural exhibitions in the Artscape Youngplace Hallway Galleries curated by Heather Nicol, is now available on-site and here as a download.

Inside, you’ll find our welcome message from Managing Director Natasha Mytnowych, a statement from the curator, detailed descriptions of the works in these two exhibitions, plus full-size images.


“The Hallway Galleries at Artscape Youngplace are a collection of new spaces for art exhibition. In total, the Hallway Galleries occupy 9,350 square feet of space in the hallways and stairwells of this historic school. Featuring dramatic ceiling heights and period details, the Hallway Galleries are unique and evocative—the perfect place for inspiration, learning and discovery. We are so pleased to open our doors with such a special exhibition. The Hallway Galleries are open seven days a week with free admission. We hope you’ll visit often.”

– Natasha Mytnowych


History Wall in the Making

Upon entering on the Shaw Street side, visitors to Artscape Youngplace are greeted by an engaging historical timeline of the building and its site. This permanent exhibit was created a joint effort between researchers working during the lead-up to our public opening and Debbie Adams of Adams + Associates Design Consultants Inc. The history wall uses images gleaned from the archives of neighbouring Givins/Shaw Public School, and photography by Garrison McArthur Photographers and Greg Edwards.

When we started the Artscape Youngplace project, we knew there had to be a century’s worth of stories associated with this 1914 building. What we discovered through the efforts of our fabulous researchers was a wealth of information all adding colour and dimension to our understanding of this place. We were very fortunate to attract such a talented team of professionals willing to contribute their time to this undertaking and conduct archival research, community surveying and first-person social history collection. We can’t thank you enough, Samantha Irvine, Heather Read and Tara Bursey!

For everyone interested in diving into the history of 180 Shaw Street—the building and the community—we’ll be rolling out stories featured in this timeline in our News section. Stay tuned to this page for more facts from the past.