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This year, Art Toronto, Canada’s largest and most coveted art fair, will combine the boundless reach of a digital landscape with the excitement of seeing artwork in person. For the first time in its 21 years, the fair will showcase virtual and in-person installations and programming across the country. Traditionally occupying a single location at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Art Toronto will take place online and nationwide in art galleries including; Monte Clark Gallery (Vancouver), TrépanierBaer Gallery (Calgary), Georgia Scherman Projects (Toronto), Bradley Ertaskiran (Montreal) and many more across Canada. This unique model is the first of its kind for North American art fairs that have quickly adapted to online exhibitions, Canada’s art fair will take place throughout October 28 to November 8, 2020. Canada’s art fair will take place October 28 to November 8, 2020, kicking off with a virtual Preview on October 28, in support of the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Under the leadership of Director Mia Nielsen, Art Toronto is poised to build audiences with this dynamic new format. Art collectors and enthusiasts will have the opportunity to engage with the fair through a custom online platform and attend in-person events at participating galleries in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal and more. Galleries and institutions across the nation will act as satellite locations for a socially distanced fair, hosting a schedule of exhibitions and live programming.
“It has always been a priority to constantly develop new and engaging platforms to showcase visual arts, and this is true now, more than ever. With this new model we will be directly connecting galleries and artists with new audiences, expanding the opportunity to support the local art scene in communities across the country.” - Mia Nielsen, Director of Art Toronto
Nielsen, who took over the leadership role at Art Toronto last year for the 20th anniversary of the fair, has an impressive reputation as an innovator in Canada’s vibrant art scene. For Art Toronto 2019, she ushered in the fair’s first public art installation series which allowed accessible programming featuring some of the most celebrated artists and galleries across Canada. She also developed a reputation as a talent spotter, giving exhibition opportunities to artists early in their careers such as Sara Cwynar, Curtis Talwst Santiago, Tau Lewis and many others. A natural collaborator, Nielsen brings a passion for creating deeper connections within Canada’s bustling arts scene and beyond.
The evolution of the 2020 fair model is made possible through the support and collaboration of visionary partners. In a year of uncertainty, RBC demonstrates true leadership and a unique commitment to supporting the visual arts in Canada. In becoming the Principal Sponsor of Art Toronto, they strengthen and increase their support of Canadian artists and galleries.
“RBC has a long tradition of supporting the art community in Canada, and we are proud to continue our lead sponsorship of Art Toronto and bring together the best of the Canadian art community in this new virtual environment.” - David Agnew, CEO, RBC Wealth Management Canada
Embracing Canada’s dynamic and evolving art scene, the fair presents an opportunity that expands its virtual and physical footprint. In 2020, Art Toronto will truly be Canada’s art fair.