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.
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.
(Hours effective from September 21-December 1, 2019)
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.
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.
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 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.
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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Collaboration is an essential part of the Toronto Biennial and we are working closely with a range of organizations to develop programming and identify venues—from repurposed buildings to iconic landmarks, outdoor spaces and parks.
For creative partnership inquiries:
info (at) torontobiennial (dot) org
We acknowledge the generous founding support of
Pierre Lassonde Family Foundation
The Gerald Schwartz & Heather Reisman Foundation
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