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Call to Artists – Cover Artist Gets $1,200 and 2 Featured Artists $600

 Radical Dreams of Equity and Kindness

 

What kind of world do you want to live in after Covid-19? 

 

Share your dreams

 

CreativeUTO is a socially conscious incubator of creative thinkers. We are launching the inaugural issue of Symposium, a print anthology, and video exhibit. For our first issue, we have chosen the theme: Radical Dreams of Equity and Kindness. We acknowledge that Covid-19 has dramatically disrupted all of our lives. We see, too, that there are deep inequalities that undermine our core values and beliefs.

 

We invite all artists across media to contribute their visions of a better future. Because dreams are the first step to bring better to life.

 

 

Artists click here to submit your artwork
https://form.jotform.com/93126494193260

Video Exhibits broadcasted live on CUTO Podcast
https://www.creativeuto.ca/#podcast

For fundraising, details go to our fundraiser page
https://www.creativeuto.ca/fundraising

 

Event-goers buy tickets and anthology on Patreon
https://www.patreon.com/creativeuto

HOW IT WORKS:

Submit your work, make sure to include a 250-word artist statement. You’ll be sent to an onboarding page when you register. You’ll receive a welcome package including promotional material and an invoice. We publish your work on our Facebook fan page, (y)our fans help us critique and add context to these pictures by leaving likes, comments, and sharing your work. Artists will be selected by our Steering Committee, an elected group of established members of the creative community and CreativeUTO members. Artists present their work onlinr. We work together to promote our creation, share profits, knowing that proceeds go to Sistering, ASE Community, and TICOT

 

PROFIT SHARE + PARTICIPATION:

  • Cover artist (visual, video and written work will be considered): $1,200
  • 2 Featured artists get $600
  • Submissions are open to Toronto artists. Some preference will be given to local Toronto and GTA based artists.

 

Artists click here to submit your artwork
https://form.jotform.com/93126494193260

 

 

CREATIVE DIRECTION:

 

We want to know how you envision a better world.

 

Be creative.

Be serious.

Be ridiculous.

 

We want your brave and beautiful visions to inspire and then build a better tomorrow

 

 

 

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY:

 

We use ethical and environmentally conscious for all our merchandise

https://www.creativeuto.ca/our-commitment-to-sustainable-and-ethical-production/.

 

Proceeds from CreativeUTO projects go to funding projects from Sistering, ASE, and TICOT

https://www.CreativeUTO.ca/fundraising

 

 

Submission guidelines:

We accept all forms of art that relate to the theme of radical dreams of equity and kindness for a post-COVID-19 world. The art we accept includes but is not limited to:

 

  • Visually striking eye candy
  • Visual Art (drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media)
  • Photography
  • Short stories
  • Poetry
  • Other written work (personal essays, creative non-fiction, etc)
  • Performance (Dance, music, etc)
  • Art installations
  • Experimental Arts

 

The following is the definition of 1 piece:

 

  • One image of a visual piece (300 dpi PNG format or your print will be junk and may be rejected.)
  • One or multiple poems which collectively total up to 600 words (please submit in ONE file)
  • One piece of written work up to 1200 words 
  • One Video (Please submit a video in HD)
  • One audio file (for musicians, you’ll need audio quality guidelines. They will also need to submit text or an image which to accompany their work.)

 

 

For non-text works please include an accompanying artist statement on how your work connects to the theme and clearly indicate which piece it is accompanying. Up to 250 words per piece, the artist statement does not count as one of your pieces. Please verify that all submitted work is original to you. For work involving multiple parties, submissions, consent to participate must be given by all participants and artists.

 

 

We are giving away $1,200 to a cover artist and $600 to 2 featured artists

 

November 21st (Submission deadline)

  • Submission deadline for 1st edition of Anthology (live event)

  • Artists pictures will be published on IG, Facebook during the onboarding process
  • Participation fee due before we publish your work on our networks
  • Early submissions will have a chance to campaign for cover artist longer
  • We work as a community to critique the art
  • You can invite your followers to vote like and give feedback

 

  • Facebook or IG like = 3 points
  • Facebook or IG comments = 5 points
  • An event like at SWG = 12 points
  • CreativeUTO staff like or comment = 12 points

 

Saturday, November 28th

  • Symposium Video Exhibit at Studio 77
  • Very limited space available at 77 Shuter
  • Bring foods, and wine
  • The event starts at 3 pm
  • There will be a live DJ
  • Artists must submit their artwork between
  • Doors open at 8 pm
  • Private event for artists and fundraisers
  • Fundraiser to sell the book
  • Social distancing rules are in effect (wear masks, limited to 50 people)

 

Saturday, December 12th (Final 20)

  • Symposium Video Exhibit at Studio 77
  • Bring 2 pieces of work between 1 and 4 pm
  • Very limited space available at 77 Shuter

 

Download the event PDF here

https://wp.me/a9Y4Df-33C

Event-goers get your tickets on Patreon
https://www.patreon.com/creativeuto

Artists click here to submit your artwork
https://form.jotform.com/93126494193260

Video Exhibits broadcasted live on CUTO Podcast
https://www.creativeuto.ca/#podcast

For fundraising, details go to our fundraiser page
https://www.creativeuto.ca/fundraising

 

CREATIVE COMMUNITY + PRODUCTIVE VIBES

Walnut Studios & Gentrification in Toronto

Podcast – SofiL, Walnut Studios & Gentrification in Toronto

SofiL, Walnut Studios & Gentrification in Toronto

There are several topics that keep coming up in CUTO Podcasts. We often find ourselves talking about gentrification and the way it affects us.

Gentrification is one of those beasts looming over everyone in Toronto, our rent affected seemingly every day, pricing us out of the city.

How quickly the sand slips beneath our feet; Toronto’s business and architectural landscape is giving way to a culture of foreign investors and local developers commodifying the places we live and work and removing the places and spaces that make the city charming.

 

Towards the 40 minute mark,

SofiL discusses the importance of artist’s communities, studios where artists can create and congregate. She talks about Walnut studio, and how it provided a community for her until a fire took it away.

Escalating property values create more opportunity for investors, which means more condos, more Starbucks, and more Shoppers Drug Marts. Ironically, this pushes out the artists that make Toronto a city worth investing in.

Aside from gentrification, in this dope and upbeat interview (it's not all doom and gloom) we get to know more about SofiL and see her layered works of art, drawn from memory. We discuss the pros and cons of working from home, going to New York, traveling all 50 states, managing your mailing list and we talk about Patreon.

Enjoy

Podcast - SofiL, Walnut Studios & Gentrification in Toronto

Shop SofiL's art on CreativeUTO

https://www.creativeuto.ca/shop-hong-kong-born-canadian-visual-artist-sofil/

For more info about Hong Kong-born Canadian Visual Artist SofiL

go to 

www.sofilart.com

Go to her Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/multiplesofil/ 

Follow her on Twitter

 https://twitter.com/MultipleSofiL

Shop – Hong Kong-born Canadian Visual Artist SofiL

Shop - Hong Kong-born Canadian Visual Artist SofiL

SofiL is a Hong Kong-born Canadian visual artist based in Toronto. She received her Master of Fine Arts from New York Studio School and Bachelor of Fine Arts from OCAD University. SofiL has exhibited across Canada, the United States, and England. Her work is in several private collections in Canada, the United States, and Hong Kong. She is a recipient of the LCU Housing Grant, and numerous scholarships and awards, such as the Concordia Scholarship and the Association of Christian Schools International Fine Arts Festival Awards.

View her gallery below

 

 

For more info about Hong Kong-born Canadian Visual Artist SofiL

go to 

www.sofilart.com

Go to her Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/multiplesofil/ 

Follow her on Twitter

 https://twitter.com/MultipleSofiL

Artists of Toronto: 1st Video Exhibit Hosted by Jade Elektra + Participating Artists

Road to #TAAP7

  • Join us on our journey to create content with the art community through intimate exhibits that make you feel like you’re in the comfort of your living room while interacting with artists and their art.

 

Creation Events

  • After #TAAP6 we decided to move away from tabled events and added an emphasis on 1 keyword, intimacy.
  • Artists will use one of 4 foundations (including Creation, Installation, Performance and or Exhibition) to animate an immersive event. Telling a fairy tale that takes advantage of social media, participating spaces and the event itself. 

 

Artists of Toronto: 1st Video Exhibit on Monday 4.20. Starts at 7:pm with a networking event

 

 

Artists of Toronto!
 
Hosted by The Legendary Jade Elektra
 
 
 
A Toronto-based Queer African-American Drag Entertainer, Recording Artist/Live Singer, Film/Stage/Television Actor and HIV+ AIDS Activist originally from Tampa, Florida via New York City.
 
Her legendary underground club tracks “Bitch You Look Fierce”, “Why Are You Gaggin’?”, “What-Evah!” are “How Do I Look?” are considered classic examples of the Ballroom/Cunty Beats/Bitch Tracks sub-genre of late 1990s/early 2000’s NYC House Music. In 2019 with the collaboration with DJ/Producer Erik Elias, Jade Elektra released thirteen singles all at once. But most importantly in 2019, Jade Elektra became an internet sensation when she performed a parody of Nat King Cole's "Unforgettable" as "Undetectable" for Toronto's AIDS Vigil. The single and remixes are due out later this year.
 
She is presently signed with the record label: iUnderground (New York), but also has product available on 2nd Level (New York), Progressive High (New York), Rough Luxury (New York), Filthy Bitch (London), Posse Up (Vancouver), Sound Groove (New York) and others.
 
 
 
For More Information, please contact Jade Elektra at DJRelentlessToronto@gmail.com
 

 

Featuring an Award-Winning Acrobatic Performance by Eman

 

Eman is an award-winning performer and full-time aerial hoop and pole-sport instructor. She is the co-founder at CirQular Motion, a rehab and conditioning space based in Toronto dedicated to professional circus performers and dancers. She is also a resident performer for Ink Entertainment, Lavelle and Le Brunch, and offers circus aerial and acrobatic pole performances. Specializing in aerial hoop, lollipop Lyra, pole, flying pole and straps, she regularly performs concerts, club venues, festivals, weddings, corporate, pre-wedding events, and much more. Most recently performing as one of Snoop Dogg's backup dancer across Ontario and for brands such as LG, and Samsung.

Websites

https://www.cirqularmotion.com
https://www.facebook.com/eman.dancingincircles/
https://www.instagram.com/_dancingincircles_/

 

 

Belly Dancing Sequence by Melanie

 

International performer and owner of MM Entertainment providing lively cultural performances across the GTA for private and corporate events. Working with local talent and artist to build their careers.

Websites

https://instagram.com/mmentertainment.ca?igshid=h4dw9f2uqhqq

 

Alongside her bandmates, Shanty has performed at many events and venues all throughout the T-dot, such as the AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario), The Carlu for a show sponsored by Western Union, The Globus Theatre (Bobcaygeon), Atria (Oshawa) and the heart of the city, Nathan Phillips Square, just to name a few.

She takes pride in giving her audience her all and strives to connect, spread wisdom, inspiration, and create an uplifting feeling through her music.

 

 

Her influences run the gamut of excellence.  

 

Nina Simone, Jill Scott,  Alanis Morisette, Tracy Chapman, India Arie, Ella Fitzgerald, Sade, Erykah Badu, Leela James, Beres Hammond, Billie Holiday, Phyllis Dillon, Lauryn Hill and many more.

 

Social Media

Instagram: Shantysweetsmusic

 

 

An awesome spoken word sequence by Luca Muah

 

I’m a Rapper, Singer,Songwriter and fashion designer who utilized his platform to assist unprivileged children earn an education and proper health care services

 

 

Check out his video below

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poetry by Writer and Photographer Maggie Chang

 

Maggie is a poet, writer and photographer based in Toronto, currently completing her Bachelor of Environmental Studies at the University of Waterloo. Having loved reading all her life, she started writing fiction when she was twelve, and she branched out to poetry, primarily spoken word, as a teen. At the same time, appreciation for the beauty in the world led to an interest in photography. Her work focuses on environmentalism, intersectional feminism, and identity – particularly the joys and sorrows of being Chinese-Canadian. She has performed at Stories of Ours, and Living Hyphen’s Birthday, and the Women’s Center Feminist Poetry Showcase, her work has also appeared in The University of Waterloo’s HeForshe Anthology Allies.

 

Websites

https://www.instagram.com/seethewaymaggiecees/
https://www.facebook.com/seethewaymaggiecees/

 

 

Showcase from Featured Artists Char GS

 

Char is a Canadian graffiti and street artist who has been creating and deploying pieces for over 10 years. She honed her style over several years in Windsor ON and has recently relocated to Toronto, after having been invited to create public art pieces across the US, Australia, and most recently Hamburg and Berlin.

Aside from major public pieces, her aesthetic remains grounded in bombs and hand styles. More complex installations typically feature a cast of strong, empowered and sex-positive female character figures. These figures have become a trademark of her aesthetic and approach.

Her characters are an expression of a feminist stance and a call for female visibility within what is still a significantly male-dominated graffiti art culture. Her goal is to support and nurture the growing diversity of voices within the graffiti and street art form.

She has been a member of several internationally recognized crews, but is currently working solo with the goal of further developing her individual voice and approach. Nonetheless, when making art she can almost always be seen with her rescue dog in tow.

Websites

instagram.com/char_gs
charone.threadless.com
etsy.com/ca/shop/char1gallery

 

View her featured interview on CUTO Podcast

https://www.creativeuto.ca/podcast-char-a-double-edged-sword-of-feminine/

 

 

 

Showcase from Featured Artist Nicole Little

 

I am an Armenian artist, based in Toronto, Canada.

My work has strong drawing components and centres on themes of finding value in discarded objects and people.

 

Websites

 

View Nicole Little's featured interview on CUTO Podcast

https://www.creativeuto.ca/podcast-the-beautiful-mind-of-contemporary-artist-nicole-little/

 

Artwork + music by Bobby Kumar

A multidisciplinary artist from Brampton, Ontario, Bipin Kumar uses many forms of the arts to bring focus to mental health issues.

Websites

www.bipinkumar.ca

www.apolloarchitect.com

www.instagram.com/bipinkumarmusic

https://www.facebook.com/Bipin-Kumar-Art-1387939944684746/?eid=ARDWnAvd9TmUXsyQ0QY5E1o7pOiZdVpSzSTcCHjHe6L_c4kfm0rCioHrkMIOhCGrVhXNg34Vz_0w5Xog

 

 

Showcase by The Art Hippo

(Navneet Nishant) is a self-taught, Toronto based artist. His art style is abstraction through patterns, repetition and bright colors. His artworks fueled by self-discovery, are heavily influenced by the theory of meaning, theory of knowledge and existentialism. His Art career started in India, where he lived in a small town. There is an inherent oriental understanding of self exhibited in his early works either through subject matter or through the colors. He moved to Canada in 2015, accruing a massive change of social, professional, economic and individual context in his life. Moving form a small town to a big city, starting out again as a student just months after getting married, gaining a deeper understanding of human psyche, changing his career to a transformation consultant, all of these have effected his art in a way where philosophy of mind and its proverbial abstraction with daily life is a visible vocal theme in his recent works. Breaking down of mental constructs to create an abstraction, his art makes one question 'the meaning' in its own way, helping people find a deeper connection with themselves and in finding a meaning in life His works have been exhibited in India as well as in Canada and at this stage of his career his ambition is to help more people pursue and find meaning in their lives through his works and establish an international presence.

 

 

Look out for an Awesome Interview with Art Hippo on CUTO Podcast

 

Showcase by Hong Kong-born artist SofiL

SofiL is a Hong Kong-born Canadian visual artist based in Toronto. She received her Master of Fine Arts from New York Studio School and Bachelor of Fine Arts from OCAD University. SofiL has exhibited across Canada, the United States, and England. Her work is in several private collections in Canada, the United States, and Hong Kong. She is a recipient of the LCU Housing Grant, and numerous scholarships and awards, such as the Concordia Scholarship and the Association of Christian Schools International Fine Arts Festival Awards.

 

Sofil is also a Featured Artist on the Podcast. Her interview will be published soon

 

Anna Cyan is also a Featured Artist.

 

She will be Live Painting

 

Anna Cyan is a contemporary realist artist. She has traversed a vast terrain of formal and private art education, from Toronto to Los Angeles and New York.

This quest has been in the service of depicting the human form. But realism is not an end in itself. It is a rich storytelling language, capable of showing the movements of the human soul. For Cyan, paint tells the truth of lived experience, in all its frailty and beauty.

Cyan has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Toronto. Her work also hangs in private collections in Canada, USA and Ukraine.

Websites

Portfolio site: http://seecyan.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cyan.channel
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/annacyanstudio/

 

Anna Cyan will also appear on CUTO Podcast.

 

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https://www.youtube.com/user/FMiMBranding

 

 

Masterful paintings by Blaine White

I have for many years been interested in and have studied the painting techniques of the old masters. I use this style as a starting point to explore compositions which are not straight imitations of older styles but incorporate contemporary elements. I have used images of statues and architecture and incorporated them into a modern setting. I deliberately chose to do realism over abstract art because I feel I can communicate ideas in a more specific way. I have also depicted historical figures; some of the prime ministers of Canada, politicians, and other personalities.

Websites

http://www.saatchiart.com/blainewhite

 

Artwork about love by artist Amanjoat Gill

All my artwork is about love be it in sexual nature or just admiring the individual. They are all either photography then digital or painting then digital. I sell my artwork starting at $30 and can go up to $150 if wanted on canvas. All the artwork I have shown was made in the last 3 months.

 

 

Websites

www.instagram.com/catta_lyst

 

Showcase by Pakistani-Canadian Visual Artist Iman Bhatti

 

Bhatti is a Pakistani-Canadian Visual Artist and Curator. Her practice explores themes of identity, gender roles, orientalism, and resistance to emphasize the ways in which exposure to images and representations shape perception. Bhatti is currently pursuing the final year of her MFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practice at OCAD University, from where she also holds a BFA in Drawing and Painting. She is the recipient of the Mrs. W. O. Forsyth Award for Painting and the 2017 CEAD Career Launcher fund. Her works have been exhibited at Daniel Spectrum, Artscape Youngplace and John B. Aird gallery, Mercedez Benz Financial Services.

Websites

https://www.instagram.com/imanbhatti/

 

 

Showcase by Fine Artist Stefano Bove

 

is a Toronto based Fine Artist with a background from both Sheridan College and York University. With a focus in acrylic paint, his body of work explores the beauty of our planet and the cosmos with colourful abstract work.

 

Websites

www.stefanobove.com
Instagram @stefanobove_art
Facebook @artbystefanobove

 

 

Multi-Media Artist Designer Jordan Sparks

 

Jordan Sparks is a Multimedia Artist, Designer, Technician, and Educator from Toronto. Sparks specializes in Video Production, Graphic Art, Game Design, Photography, and several other fields. He also is a known Educator that has taught over 5000 people across Ontario at several institutions. He is currently a Makerspace Technician at the Royal Ontario Museum. Sparks uses his artistic practice to explore how media can entertain and spark social change.

Websites

https://GrindSpark.com
https://www.facebook.com/SparkComics/
https://www.instagram.com/supersparkplugs/

 

Shop art (postcards, t-shirts, high fidelity posters, photobook) from the Video Exhibit

 

(shop opens on Monday 4.20 2020)

 

Join our Patreon Account and receive monthly art

 

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Our next video exhibit is on Friday May 15th. Starts at 7 pm.

 

Call to Artists - Register below to get on the list

 

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Podcast – Char & a Double-Edged Sword of Feminism

The double-edged sword  

From the moment she's born she starts to get molded by society. The things she's told can have long-term psychological ramifications. Those things are supposedly with her best interest in mind; each instruction adding deeper layers of fear and anxiety.

She's told how to wear her hair, that she needs makeup but she can't wear clothes that are too revealing. She has to wear a bra, close her legs, cross her legs, fix her body and walk like this and she can’t walk like that. She's told not to talk too loudly, but to be assertive, that she can't play with those toys, she has to play with barbies, but all the while telling her she can be anything she wants to be.

Compound that with a capitalist world that sells her beauty to exploit her for money. It’s like that meme of the dude reaching out with a helping hand while holding a knife behind his back. 

That meme represents a system, constantly programming us through the films we watch, the shows we see on tv, the advertisements we are constantly exposed to, the magazines we read, the games we play, the comics we follow, and the social media posts we scroll through, where her looks are currency.

But The boys? 

Boys aren’t men yet. 

Unlike men, boys are more reactive; enslaved by their hormones. She’s seen as an object for conquest and sadly, for us boys, it is an ongoing struggle well into our manhood. The two edges of a sword.

I can only imagine what she feels like when she realizes that she is a prisoner of a system built by men, who didn’t acknowledge her as a human being, centuries ago. A system that only freed her to vote about 100 years ago and allowed her to get more jobs only about 60 years ago. A system where women who get a pass can get it based on beauty and how “girlie” they can be.

Often ignoring who she is and what she can bring to the table.

Body Positivity and Feminism

Char is a Canadian artist who focuses on intersectional feminism and body and sex positivity; it's her way of screaming out against the system. 

I have realized that in a first interview I wasn't able to go as deep as I think this deserves. Tune in in the coming months for a second interview with Char so we can delve deeper.

The title for this podcast is A Double Edged Sword because I remember thinking to myself that I could possibly disrespect her, hurt her. I recognized that I have my own shortcomings, that I, as a male with the conditioning I received, could insult or disrespect her in ways I might not even understand

The world we live in is full of pain and friction. And in this case we add Feminism and the complex responses from male culture, plus the always present lens of race and class.

Enjoy the podcast.

Podcast - Char & a double-edged sword of Feminine

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Podcast – The Beautiful Mind of Contemporary Artist Nicole Little

The Beautiful Mind of Contemporary Artist Nicole Little

Hello, my name is Michael Bolé and I have high functioning Aspergers.

It took me years to acknowledge this to myself and therefore accept myself for what I am. I have come to learn that it isn't a drawback, it’s a trait that allows me to be an artist because when I trigger it right I can hyper-focus.

#KnowThyself #LoveThyself

It's more akin to having a mutant power. Imagine one day you’re living your life and suddenly laser beams shoot out of your eyes; fire everywhere. It's considered a mental illness because society doesn't necessarily know how to deal with anything that doesn’t conform to “normal” standards. Though there has been a greater emphasis on starting the conversation in the past decade; empowering us to come out and talk about it. Society today wants us to be one way but we're not. 

Some of us shoot laser beams out of our eyes, others absorb the essence of people by touching them, others have blue furry skin, and then there are mind readers.

Introducing Artist Nicole Little

When I look at a person and define them as beautiful, it’s with the understanding that beauty isn't just the physical form; it's something within them that pours out. Like a glow; that glow comes from deep within our souls. The positive energy shows through the way we carry ourselves, the things we say, our cadence, mannerism and most importantly our passion.

Insight - Hierarchy of Minds: 4 kinds of mindsets

Our presence can affect the people around us, it’s like a present. 

Nicole Little is a beautiful person and in this episode of the podcast, she takes us through a journey that articulates what she is about. An artist with ADHD, balancing the world of being a mother, and a wife. Through the podcast, we talk about her creative process, dealing with her mental health, free speech and how the internet pushes ideas forward. She also brings up the Cindy Crawford Theory of perfection.

Nicole Little is a beautiful soul because we talked for what appeared to be 10 minutes and if it wasn't for time constraints we'd still be talking. It wouldn't matter what we're talking about because the journey is timeless.

Well, at least for me it was timeless, and I hope it'll be the same for you

Enjoy the podcast

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www.littleneocreative.com

 

 

Artists of Toronto: Video Exhibit Starts on Monday, April 20th at 7 pm

Artists of Toronto: Video Exhibit Starts on Monday, April 20th at 7 pm

Artists of Toronto

  • C19 has changed our plans to host monthly exhibits and an ongoing incubator at Gallery 1017 but it hasn't altered our initiative to build and promote a creative community of entrepreneurs. Artists of Toronto continue where the Melanin Exhibit left off and this time the platform will be Zoom. #AoT is an online exhibit where artists get to rant, promote their work, talent or service.
  • The exhibit gets broadcasted live on our website and Youtube channel (subscribe to our channel)

Artists click below to register

 

Road to #TAAP7

  • Join us on our journey to create content with the art community through intimate exhibits that make you feel like you’re in the comfort of your living room while interacting with artists and their art.

 

Creation Events

  • After #TAAP6 we decided to move away from tabled events and added an emphasis on 1 keyword, intimacy.
     
  • Artists will use one of 4 foundations (including Creation, Installation, Performance and or Exhibition) to animate an immersive event. Telling a fairy tale that takes advantage of social media, participating spaces and the event itself. 

Hashtags

#TAAP7 #CreativeUTO #CUTOPodcast #AoT #TorontoArtists #Gallery1017

 

Artists click below to register

 

 

Podcast – Art Business & Spirituality with Kamil Swiatek

Art Business & Spirituality with Kamil Swiatek

Do you remember what you were doing before Covid-19 shut the world down?

This is the 1st year since creating CreativeUTO where I was ready to go by January 1st. The mindset was to use the 1st month to set the precedent for the whole year and use it to build momentum to set up the decade.

We had a good start with The Melanin Exhibit where we collaborated with Gallery 1017 to bring together artists who presented their art and celebrated over 600 thousand years of Black History. A way of telling the world that black history isn't just the past 400 years. That black culture is human history itself.

Insight - 30 Pictures from The Melanin Exhibit

 

Our next exhibit was 4 20 2020 which was renamed Eclectic Garden. We started promoting the event as the virus hit mainstream media.

Insight - Eclectic Garden

 

From a business perspective, Covid-19 didn't affect CreativeUTO or Gallery 1017 until businesses started to pull away. It didn't become personal until I went out to buy groceries. That's when I saw chaos and empty shelves.

I remember what I was doing before the world shut down. I posted an advertisement for our Creative Incubator. The goal was - and still is - to find 20 artists I can work with on an ongoing basis and as a result, eliminate the need to burn resources with constant Calls to Artists. The idea was to build a creative community that has unlimited access to Gallery 1017 to create their art and share resources which would help us save time so we can focus on creating art.

It is our original fundraiser to setup at Dundas West actualized

Insight - PODCAST – RE: The Incubator, Workshops, Inktober 2018

 

I once learned that business is 75% course correction. That analogy has never been more true than in 2020. We must adapt to change quickly, because only the learning will inherit the earth. The learned will be equipped to rule what no longer exists.

Our new direction meant having to embrace working in isolation and focusing on our content strategy so we can, at the very least, continue to support Toronto artists.

Insight – Join our Creative Incubator Develop art at Gallery 1017

 

Over the last week we've been interviewing artists on video.

This allows us to create content for our podcast, promote artists, see what they're about, and sell their artwork on our website. The goal is to get patrons to sign up to our Patreon where they pay a monthly fee to receive art. Patreons are also able to buy the original artwork. Our 1st artist is a multi-disciplinary artist from Poland. His name is Kamil Swiatek. During the interview we talk about, plans for the incubator, gallery 1017, who are the people who buy art and spirituality.

Kamil tells us a beautiful story about coming from communism, how he overcame bullying by escaping to the spiritual world through his art and his dedication to his work. Some of his pieces were works in progress for over 10 years

His art is a reflection of that world.

 

Podcast - Art Business & Spirituality with Kamil Swiatek

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Shop – Multi-Disciplinary Toronto Artist Kamil Swiatek

Artist Biography

Kamil Swiatek is a multi-disciplinary artist from Toronto, Ontario. Swiatek explores the theme of identity through the subconscious mind as an internal landscape. Painting, digital and film photography, drawing, sculpting, writing short stories and film help him understand and examine the inner workings of the subconscious. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts with a minor in photography from OCAD University in 2018.

Artist Statement

I explore the spontaneity, movement, and transcendence of a state of flow, capturing the subconscious, and the moment it engulfs. This mode of being in the now involves a high degree of attention to reach. As the sensory processes are heightened and intensified, I’m absorbed into a meditative state. A tranquil stillness emerges and I’m able to delve below the surface of awareness, into an uncharted environment.

Working intuitively, I embrace a certain loss of control as the sensation of time and space dissolve; an escape of rational control into the subconscious. This metamorphosis into the depths of identity is communicated visually through mark-making, textures, and colors. Using a combination of thick and thin applications of paint to build up layers, tension is formed in the composition. These sets of layers conceal and explore what we see and what we don’t see; not just on the surface, but of our own landscape of identity.

Kamil Swiatek is a multi-disciplinary artist from Toronto, Ontario.

Follow Kamil on Instagram:

@KamiltheArtist

https://www.instagram.com/kamiltheartist/ 

 

 

#TAAP6 – The Unicorn Awards

The Unicorn Awards

From its inception, we’ve pushed to evolve The Annex Art Party into a living piece of art, where patrons can walk through captivating environments created by Unicorns. The Unicorn Awards bring that idea to life, as they help artists build currency online and in person. 

Creating a show within a show, The Unicorn Awards are given to reward the artists who create the most memorable experiences at our shows. Event attendees are encouraged to cast their Unicorn Awards votes at the show, on our website, and through our social media pages.

The event launches today. Voting will continue throughout November, and the winning Unicorns will be awarded at the Potluck Meetup on November 24th at 3:00PM.

Unicorn Awards Voting System

  • In-Person (The Annex Art Party) : 7 points
  • On CreativeUTO.ca Website: 5 points
  • Instagram Likes and Comments : 3 points
  • Facebook Likes and Comments : 3 points 
     

The Unicorn Awards is an event within The Annex Art Party and is the engine that keeps it moving forward online and at the event throughout the winter season. It has been designed to maximize #UnicornAwards #TAAP6 #TOArtGiftIdeas and is open to all Canadian artists. Artists must directly participate through a program of CreativeUTO in order to receive awards.

 

Award Categories Include: