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The Toronto Biennial of Art is a 72-day, free art exhibition that will take place every two years.

Launching September 21, 2019, the 72-day Toronto Biennial of Art presents local, national, and international contemporary art in a citywide event as culturally layered and connected as Toronto itself. The event takes place every two years, offering accessible and transformative visual art exhibitions, installations, talks, learning opportunities, and happenings in new and unexpected spaces along the shores of Lake Ontario.

The Biennial’s goal is to galvanize Toronto and nearby cities, connecting communities around art and culture, and contributing to global conversations from a distinctly Canadian perspective. The event reflects the specific context of the region and its unique standard for inclusion and openness.

In an effort to make contemporary art available to everyone, admission to curated venues and outdoor installations is free and open to the public.

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Curatorial Vision: How Are We In Relation?

Curated by Candice Hopkins and Tairone Bastien, the 2019 Toronto Biennial of Art takes up the question “What does it mean to be in relation?” While the latter invites us to contemplate different kinds of “relations” and how they forge communion and ecosystems, it also provokes us to consider the ways in which we are out of relation—out of synch, disconnected, alienated. Grounded in the Indigenous, immigrant, and settler histories that have shaped what we now call Toronto, the inaugural Biennial asks us to reexamine the past to project alternative futures that expand our ways of knowing and becoming.

Exhibition Sites + Hours

(Hours effective from September 21-December 1, 2019)

  • 259 Lake Shore Blvd E
    • Wednesday-Thursday, 10:00am-6:00pm
      Friday, 10:00am-9:00pm
      Saturday-Monday, 10:00am-6:00pm
      Closed Tuesday
  • Art Gallery of Ontario – 317 Dundas St.
    • Tuesday, 10:30am – 5:00pm
      Wednesday/Friday, 10:30am – 9:00pm
      Thursday/Saturday-Sunday, 10:30am – 5:00pm
      Closed Monday
  • Art Gallery of York University – 8 Accolade East Building, York University, 4700 Keele St.
    • Tuesday, 10:00am-4:00pm
      Wednesday, 10:00am-8:00pm
      Closed Saturday
      Sunday, 12:00pm-5:00pm
  • Art Museum, University of Toronto – 15 King’s College Circle
    • Tuesday, 12:00pm-5:00pm
      Wednesday, 12:00pm-8:00pm
      Thursday-Saturday, 12:00pm-5:00pm
      Closed Sunday-Monday
  • Harbourfront Centre (Artport Gallery) – 235 Queens Quay W
    • 10:00am – 9:00pm daily
  • MOCA – 158 Sterling Road
    • Monday, 10:00am-5:00pmTuesday, Closed
      Wednesday-Thursday, 10:00am-5:00pm
      Friday, 10:00am-9:00pm
      Saturday-Sunday, 10:00am-5:00pm
  • Ontario Place (Marina) – 955 Lake Shore Blvd West
    • Wigwam Chi-Chemung: 1:00pm-3:00pm on select dates
  • Riverdale Park West – 375 Sumach St.
    • Outdoor site, accessible 24 hours
  • Ryerson Image Centre – 33 Gould St.
    • Tuesday, 11:00am – 6:00pmWednesday, 11:00am – 8:00pm
      Thursday/Friday, 11:00am – 6:00pm
      Saturday/Sunday, 12:00pm – 5:00pm
      Closed Monday
  • Small Arms Inspection Building – 1352 Lakeshore Road E
    • Monday, Wednesday – Sunday, 10:00am-6:00pmClosed Tuesday
  • The Cinesphere (Ontario Place) – 955 Lake Shore Blvd W
    • The Drowned World (Cinesphere)Saturdays, 11:00am-4:00pm
  • The Port Lands – 55 Unwin Ave
    • Outdoor venue, accessible 24 hours
  • The Power Plant – 231 Queen’s Quay W
    • Tuesday-Wednesday, 10:00am – 5:00pm
      Thursday, 10:00am – 8:00pm
      Friday-Sunday, 10:00am – 5:00pm
      Closed Monday
  • Toronto Sculpture Garden – 115 King St. E
    • Outdoor site, available 24 hours
  • Union Station – 65 Front St. W
    • 5:30am-12:45am daily

Support Us

The Toronto Biennial of Art unites people from around the world through extraordinary experiences in contemporary art. Through thought-provoking and inspiring contemporary art, the Toronto Biennial of Art strengthens civic bonds, invests in the city and its artists, residents and communities, promotes accessibility, inclusivity and education, and allows creativity and innovation to flourish.

There are many ways to give to the Toronto Biennial of Art – as an individual donor, a family foundation, a corporate sponsor or as a volunteer – and every dollar goes to ground-breaking exhibitions and enriching programs.

Toronto Biennial of Art is a Registered Canadian Charity and donors receive charitable tax receipts which are 100% tax deductible and all supporters receive many custom benefits and privileges as appreciation for your enthusiasm and generosity.

Individuals & Family Foundations

Your individual gift to the Toronto Biennial of Art will have an immediate and far-reaching impact, allowing the Biennial to present exhibitions, commission new art, realize youth and community programs, artist residencies, teaching toolkits and so much more.

You will be given special access to the Biennial’s events, encountering the unexpected and the astonishing with special previews, artist-curator talks, interactive events and activities, behind-the-scene tours, opening reception parties and much more.

Corporate Partners

Toronto Biennial of Art is Canada’s leading visual arts event focused exclusively on contemporary art from across the world. Multi-month in length, the city-wide festival offers businesses exceptional visibility and brand recognition to hundreds of thousands of visitors in combination with premium entertaining and client stewardship opportunities.

With a fully integrated marketing strategy, the Biennial will build a customized package to reflect your philanthropic goals and priority markets. An experiential platform to engage with your clients and staff, Biennial corporate sponsors are extended unrivalled opportunities to build networks and make your company shine. We will work closely with your business to develop personalized benefits that suit your unique needs and recognize your leadership and community investment.

For more information about sponsorships please contact Sabrina Maher:
smaher (at) torontobiennial (dot) org

Toronto Biennial Artist Editions

Toronto Biennial of Art is commissioning a group of internationally-known artists to create a series of limited Artist Editions. Works will range from sculpture, prints, artist books, and objects to digital- and design-based works, all available for purchase. Editions will invite supporters to support the Biennial while growing their own collections.

Toronto-based artist and curator Luis Jacob (b. 1971, Peru) has been commissioned to create the first Toronto Biennial Artist Edition, entitled The Riddle (2018): an epoxy-resin and marble dust sculpture of the artists’ hands is formed to create a viewing pane, framing observations while questioning conventions of looking and understanding.

The Riddle (detail above), 2018
Epoxy resin and marble dust
Edition of 25, 5 Artist Proofs
Approximately 24 x 12 x 4 inches
Courtesy of Birch Contemporary, Toronto.

For more information please contact Patrizia Libralato
plibralato (at ) torontobiennial (dot) org

Volunteer

Meet new and fascinating people, learn about contemporary art, attend education and art events, engage with international artists and curators, and build you skillset as a Toronto Biennial volunteer! Volunteers will be a vital part of the Biennial by working with the public at art exhibitions, public programs, special events and VIP parties.

If you are enthusiastic about contemporary art, passionate about people and looking for behind-the-scene experiences – and special perks like access to exclusive programs and events – please join the Toronto Biennial community as a volunteer.

We are looking for art lovers with a range of skills, who understand that reliability, communication and flexibility are important values, and who are searching for rewarding ways to give back by helping a non-for-profit organization.

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Partners

View the full supporters list including the generous private donations of our founders and funders.

Media

Interview Requests

Please direct your interview requests for Toronto Biennial of Art spokespeople and participants to Bow Bridge Communications at info@bow-bridge.com

Media Accreditation

If you are a working member of the media interested in covering the Toronto Biennial of Art, taking place between September 18 and December 1, 2019, please press the button below and fill out the media accreditation.

By registering, you agree that we may send you press releases, announcements and invitations to media previews/events. Your request will be confirmed via email.

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CONTACT

info (at) torontobiennial (dot) org
158 Sterling Road
5th floor (in the MOCA building)
Toronto, ON M6R 2B7

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