Artist Project @ the Better Living Centre (Feb 20-23, 2020)

Artist Project Returns for its 13th Year Continuing to Explore a More Personal Experience with Art

Toronto’s Artist Project returns February 20th to 23rd bringing together over 300 talented independent artists showcasing their work under one roof. Hosted at the Better Living Centre, the 13th annual art fair provides the unique opportunity to intimately connect with artists, creating a more personal experience with art.

Attracting collectors and curators, gallerists, designers, art aficionados and first-time art buyers, Artist Project takes pride in creating an environment that ignites enriching conversations and connects art lovers with art makers. The shoppable gallery-style experience is perfect for discovering your art aesthetic and the extended programming includes interactive installations, live artist competitions and informative, expert-led chats.

“Throughout time, art has been used as an influential tool to tell stories and we wanted to showcase this with our returning theme, A More Personalized Experience with Art,” said Emily-Jean Alexander, Director of Artist Project. “Artist Project allows guests to experience art in a diverse way, through interaction, connection and conversation. It is the perfect setting for allowing yourself to fall in love with art.”

Exclusive to this year’s fair, Artist Project mounts Telegenic, a feature area in the heart of the fair bringing forward video and VR artwork. Sponsored by EQ Bank, Telegenic allows guests to explore how artists are using technology to present their own narratives, realities and perspectives. Other installations throughout the fair were also selected for their uses of multi-media technology.

The four-day art fair kicks off with an Opening Night Party celebrating the city’s art culture with music from LUXELIFE SOUND and food and beverages from some of Toronto’s best restaurants, caterers and breweries including Collective Arts Brewey and Supernova Ballroom, among others.

Additional highlights during the fair include:

Art Chats
Presented by Yorkville Village, Art Chats is Artist Project’s series of talks and panel discussions speaking to illuminating and trending topics in the art and design world through the lens of talented experts. A selection of special guests from a variety of sectors in the community will share their knowledge with fresh perspectives and irreplaceable advice. Art Chats are complimentary with admission.

Art Walks
The fair’s themed guided art tours, Art Walks, offer visitors the opportunity to meet artists, learn about their inspirations and how they create their pieces. The hourly tours take place on Friday-Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Each tour begins on the hour at the Information Desk.

Untapped Emerging Artists Competition
Presented by DeSerres, the Untapped Emerging Artists Competition is dedicated to supporting the development of students, new graduates and self-taught artists. The juried competition has awarded 20 emerging artists the opportunity to exhibit their work free of charge in this feature section of the fair. The program aims to provide a platform for young artists to launch their artwork and make connections within the world of contemporary art.

Art Battle
Art Battle, a live competitive painting where artists will create their best work in three 20-minute rounds, will be returning for the Artist Project on Friday, February 21st from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. As they paint, visitors can move around the platform to watch each artist create their masterpiece. Afterwards, the audience will be able to vote for their favourite painting and partake in a silent auction to purchase the pieces.

Art Lounge Mural in partnership with Yorkville Murals
Yorkville Murals is proud to present the work of artist Whatisadam, who was included in the inaugural edition of their festival. Artists can win a chance to create a mural in the 2020 Yorkville Murals Festival in August, including an artist fee and materials! For information on how to enter visit the Yorkville Murals exhibition in the Art Lounge. Furniture in the Art Lounge is generously provided by Stylegarage.
Above: Stephanie Rivet, Grey Black, 2019

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

Star Collectors Program
The Artist Project Star Collectors program offers an enhanced fair experience and the opportunity to support independent emerging artists all while building your art collection. By participating in the program, Star Collectors are committing to purchasing work from artists at the fair. Star Collectors will receive the following:

  • $250 Artist Project 2020 gift certificate
  • Two Opening Night Party tickets with priority fair entry accompanied with two glasses of sparkling wine on arrival
  • Complimentary coat check
  • Two tickets to Art Toronto 2020

Installations
Artist Project presents seven installations created by artists such as Tonya Hart and Andre Baynes, that will change the way you experience the fair. While exploring, guests can meet with these installation artists and learn about a variety of captivating topics and current themes.

Children’s Programming
Children who attend the Artist Project will receive an activity page designed by artist Alyse Nicholson. They then may show their completed package to enter a draw for a DeSerres prize package.

Ticket Information
Tickets are now on sale for the Opening Night Party held on Thursday February 20, 2020. Be among the first to preview and collect works of art, while indulging in specialty cocktails, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, music and art performances.

Opening Night Party (19+) $35
Regular Admission (Free re-admission)
Valid any day between Friday February 23rd to Sunday February 25th

Adult admission $16
Group adult tickets (10+ people) $12.50 Each
Senior admissions (65+) $12.50
Youth admissions (13-17) $12.50
Children (12 or under) Free

Star Collectors Package* $300

* The Star Collectors program is perfect for those who are committed to collecting from an artist at the fair. By purchasing into the program Star Collectors receive a voucher towards their art purchase and a generous perks package.

Art Chats presented by Yorkville Village.

Saturday February 22nd
1:00 p.m. / Creating/Curating/Collecting: Perspectives on Art & Tech
Presented by EQ Bank
Moderated by Shannon Linde
3:00 p.m. / The Basics of Collecting and Displaying Art
Presented by House & Home
Moderated by Lynda Reeves and Ashley Mulvihill
5:00 p.m. / Templeton Philharmonic
Presented with the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival

Sunday February 23rd
1:00 p.m. / What is the role of studio spaces in creating a more equitable artistic community?
Presented by Akin
3:00 p.m. / Remaking the World: What does it mean to work across disciplines today?
Presented with Canadian Art
Moderated by Joy Xiang, assistant editor Canadian Art

When:

Opening Night Party Thu, Feb. 20 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Artist Project Fri, Feb. 21 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Artist Project Sat, Feb. 22 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Artist Project Sun, Feb. 23 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Where:
Better Living Centre
195 Princes’ Boulevard, Exhibition Place, Toronto, ON

ABOUT ARTIST PROJECT/INFORMA CANADA

From collectors and curators, to gallerists and designers, visitors can explore and discover works of art from over 300 top contemporary artists from Canada and abroad. This is a unique opportunity to meet and buy art directly from artists at Toronto’s favourite art fair. As the largest trade show producers in the world, Informa Canada is committed to the continued development and enhancement of the art world through collaboration and partnership. As international purveyors of fine art, craft, and design exhibitions, Informa Canada’s experienced staff of art fair coordinators are also credited with Art Toronto, the One of a Kind Shows and the Interior Design Show. www.theartistproject.com #ArtistProject

We would like to thank Nikola Baraky for the media release.