Artist Project Opening Party @ Better Living Centre on Thu. Feb. 20, 2020
by A.J. Lam
13th Annual Artist Project Continuing to Explore
a More Personal Experience with Art!
Toronto’s 2020 Artist Project, from February 20th to 23rd, brought 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 kicked off with its much anticipated and well-attended 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, Tabule Middle Eastern, Walter Craft Caesar Mix, Kim Crawford Wines, and Supernova Ballroom, among others.
Additional highlights during the fair include:
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 share their knowledge with fresh perspectives and irreplaceable advice. Art Chats are complimentary with admission.
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.
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, a live competitive painting where artists will create their best work in three 20-minute rounds.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!
Furniture in the Art Lounge is generously provided by Stylegarage.
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 who attend the Artist Project 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