Art Studio, ArtHeart and Sketch
join the AGO's In Your Face exhibition
Toronto — Artists from three Toronto
art-based community organizations are contributing 400 portraits to the Art
Gallery of Ontario's In Your Face exhibition. This
collaboration allows inner-city youth and adults living in poverty to
connect with the Gallery and have their art displayed in the AGO.
"Our goal is to bring these artists into the
Gallery, to see their own contributions on display and feel a connection to
this place. By providing these art-based organizations with AGO memberships,
we hope the artists will return again and again to explore other parts of
the Gallery," says Bev Carret, the AGO's manager of government and community
relations, who also conceived the partnership.
The three community organizations -
Adelaide Women's Art Studio, ArtHeart and Sketch - provide studio
space, workshops and a safe environment to those interested in making art.
They have made it possible for various groups, such as women who have
experienced homelessness, street kids and the Regent Park community, to
participate in creating the portraits on display.
Among the AGO's most popular installations, In
Your Face is a collection of personal portraits created by the public
and exhibited at the Gallery. Nearly 20,000 submissions have been received
since the exhibit opened in August 2006. Over 4,000 portraits remain on
display, featuring such unusual items as tinfoil, human hair, modelling
clay, fabric, wood, papier mâché, rug-hooking, crayon, magic marker,
photography and collage.
In Your Face runs until October 7, 2007.