Adelaide Women’s Art Studio, ArtHeart and Sketch join the AGO’s In Your Face exhibition
Date Posted: August, 8, 2007
Artists from three Torontoart-based community organizations are contributing 400 portraits to the ArtGallery of Ontario’s In Your Face exhibition.This collaboration allows inner-city youth and adults living in poverty toconnect with the Gallery and have their art displayed in the AGO.
“Our goal is to bring these artists into the Gallery, to see theirown contributions on display and feel a connection to this place. Byproviding these art-based organizations with AGO memberships, we hopethe artists will return again and again to explore other parts of theGallery,” says Bev Carret, the AGO’s manager of government andcommunity 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 thoseinterested in making art. They have made it possible for variousgroups, such as women who have experienced homelessness, street kidsand the Regent Park community, to participate in creating the portraitson display.
Among the AGO’s most popular installations, In Your Faceis a collection of personal portraits created by the public andexhibited at the Gallery. Nearly 20,000 submissions have been receivedsince the exhibit opened in August 2006. Over 4,000 portraits remain ondisplay, featuring such unusual items as tinfoil, human hair, modellingclay, fabric, wood, papier mâché, rug-hooking, crayon, magic marker,photography and collage.
In Your Face runs until October 7, 2007.
The Art Gallery of Ontario is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Culture. Additional operating support is received from the Volunteers of the AGO, the City of Toronto, the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts.