Friday, February 21, 2020


Press Release

Artist Project Returns for its 13th Year
Continuing to Explore a More Personal Experience with Art 

Mark Gleberzon (Photo courtesy of Artist Project)

TORONTO, ON – Toronto’s Artist Project returns February 20th to 23rd bringing together over 300 talented independent artists showcasing their work under one roof. Hosted at the Better Living Centre, the 13th annual art fair provides the unique opportunity to intimately connect with artists, creating a more personal experience with art. 

Attracting collectors and curators, gallerists, designers, art aficionados and first-time art buyers, Artist Project takes pride in creating an environment that ignites enriching conversations and connects art lovers with art makers. The shoppable gallery-style experience is perfect for discovering your art aesthetic and the extended programming includes interactive installations, live artist competitions and informative, expert-led chats. 

Exclusive to this year’s fair, Artist Project mounts Telegenic, a feature area in the heart of the fair bringing forward video and VR artwork. Sponsored by EQ Bank, Telegenic allows guests to explore how artists are using technology to present their own narratives, realities and perspectives. Other installations throughout the fair were also selected for their uses of multi-media technology. 

The four-day art fair kicks off with an Opening Night Party celebrating the city’s art culture with music from LUXELIFE SOUND and food and beverages from some of Toronto’s best restaurants, caterers and breweries including Collective Arts Brewey and Supernova Ballroom, among others.

“Throughout time, art has been used as an influential tool to tell stories and we wanted to showcase this with our returning theme, A More Personalized Experience with Art,” said Emily-Jean Alexander, Director of Artist Project. “Artist Project allows guests to experience art in a diverse way, through interaction, connection and conversation. It is the perfect setting for allowing yourself to fall in love with art.”

Additional highlights during the fair include

Art Chats 

Presented by Yorkville Village, Art Chats is Artist Project’s series of talks and panel discussions speaking to illuminating and trending topics in the art and design world through the lens of talented experts. A selection of special guests from a variety of sectors in the community will share their knowledge with fresh perspectives and irreplaceable advice. Art Chats are complimentary with admission. 

Art Walks 

The fair’s themed guided art tours, Art Walks, offer visitors the opportunity to meet artists, learn about their inspirations and how they create their pieces. The hourly tours take place on Friday-Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Each tour begins on the hour at the Information Desk. 

Éliane Ducros (Photo courtesy of Artist Project)

Untapped Emerging Artists Competition 

Presented by DeSerres, the Untapped Emerging Artists Competition is dedicated to supporting the development of students, new graduates and self-taught artists. The juried competition has awarded 20 emerging artists the opportunity to exhibit their work free of charge in this feature section of the fair. The program aims to provide a platform for young artists to launch their artwork and make connections within the world of contemporary art. 

Art Battle 

Art Battle, a live competitive painting where artists will create their best work in three 20-minute rounds, will be returning for the Artist Project on Friday, February 21st from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. As they paint, visitors can move around the platform to watch each artist create their masterpiece. Afterwards, the audience will be able to vote for their favourite painting and partake in a silent auction to purchase the pieces. 

Art Lounge Mural in partnership with Yorkville Murals 

Yorkville Murals is proud to present the work of artist Whatisadam, who was included in the inaugural edition of their festival. Artists can win a chance to create a mural in the 2020 Yorkville Murals Festival in August, including anartistfeeandmaterials! For information how to enter visit the Yorkville Murals exhibition in the Art Lounge. Furniture in the Art Lounge is generously provided by Stylegarage.

Alexandrya Eaton (Photo courtesy of Artist Project)


Star Collectors Program 

The Artist Project Star Collectors program offers an enhanced fair experience and the opportunity to support independent emerging artists all while building your art collection. By participating in the program, Star Collectors are committing to purchasing work from artists at the fair. Star Collectors will receive the following: 


Artist Project presents seven installations created by artists such as Tonya Hart and Andre Baynes, that will change the way you experience the fair. While exploring, guests can meet with these installation artists and learn about a variety of captivating topics and current themes. 

Children’s Programming 

Children who attend the Artist Project will receive an activity page designed by artist Alyse Nicholson. They then may show their completed package to enter a draw for a DeSerres prize package. 

Steven Hasegawa (Photo courtesy of Artist Project)

Art Chats 

Art Chats presented by Yorkville Village. 

Saturday February 22nd

1:00 p.m. / Creating/Curating/Collecting: Perspectives on Art & Tech
Presented by EQ Bank
Moderated by Shannon Linde
3:00 p.m. / The Basics of Collecting and Displaying Art
Presented by House & Home
Moderated by Lynda Reeves and Ashley Mulvihill
5:00 p.m. / Templeton Philharmonic
Presented with the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival

Sunday February 23rd

1:00 p.m. / What is the role of studio spaces in creating a more equitable artistic community? Presented by Akin
3:00 p.m. / Remaking the World: What does it mean to work across disciplines today? Presented with Canadian Art
Moderated by Joy Xiang, assistant editor Canadian Art


From collectors and curators, to gallerists and designers, visitors can explore and discover works of art from over 300 top contemporary artists from Canada and abroad. This is a unique opportunity to meet and buy art directly from artists at Toronto’s favourite art fair. As the largest trade show producers in the world, Informa Canada is committed to the continued development and enhancement of the art world through collaboration and partnership. As international purveyors of fine art, craft, and design exhibitions, Informa Canada’s experienced staff of art fair coordinators are also credited with Art Toronto, the One of a Kind Shows and the Interior Design Show.  

Kate Domina (Photo courtesy of Artist Project)

Marcelo Suaznabar (Photo courtesy of Artist Project)

Luc Tessier (Photo courtesy of Artist Project)

Jennifer Elliotson (Photo courtesy of Artist Project)


Thursday February 20
Opening Night Party 7-11pm
Friday February 21 11am - 10pm
Saturday February 22 11am - 8pm
Sunday February 23 11am - 6pm


The Better Living Centre
Exhibition Place
195 Princes’ Boulevard


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