How do you build an exhibition around two ancient pieces of parchment?
“You have to tell a story,” says Len Rodness, the man who, along with his wife, Suzy Rodness, catalysed the exhibition opening at Fort York Visitor Centre on Sunday (October 4).
Titled Magna Carta: Law, Liberty and Legacy, the exhibition delves into the origins and impact of this foundational document of democracy which has underpinned basic human rights for the past eight centuries.
Latin for “the Great Charter,” Magna Carta was essentially a peace treaty between England’s King John and a crew of rebellious barons determined to alter the balance of power in 13th century England.
“Magna Carta set the framework under which King John would be allowed to go forward with his rule,” explains Rodness. “The exhibition is highly interactive and we think very engaging. We hope that all kinds of people, not just history buffs, will find it interesting.”
When an event starts counting its age in double digits, well that’s a cause for celebration! For Nuit Blanche, this weekend’s anniversary marks a decade of artistic innovation and popularity that has seen it become one of Canada’s largest and most anticipated annual cultural events.
So how will you celebrate this event beyond participating in it from sunset to sunrise on October 3? Here are some suggestions for how to put the cap on a great decade of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche . . .
Can it really be 10 years since that magical first Nuit Blanche took the city by surprise? What started in 2006 as an artistic free-for-all attracting 425,000 curiosity seekers has grown into a must-see event with an estimated attendance exceeding one million, including close to 200,000 out-of-town visitors.
The event, which kicks off this Saturday (Oct. 3) at 7 pm, has hosted internationally acclaimed artists and curators such as Ai Weiwei (2013), Douglas Coupland (2012), Jeff Koons (2009) and Yoko Ono (2008). This year, world renowned artist, JR will transform City Hall and Bay Street (see below).
So what can Torontonians expect this Saturday? Nuit Blanche Toronto will present four curated exhibitions including HTUOS/ HTRON The New Coordinates of The Americas, JR’s Black and White Night, The Work of Wind, and in celebration of the 10th edition, 10 for 10th – Memory Lane. A series of independent, special and extended projects joins the fray throughout the city.
Culture and creativity play an important role in fostering liveable, vibrant neighbourhoods, yet investment in the arts and in cultural spaces is largely concentrated downtown. On November 2, 15 of Toronto’s best-known agencies and organizations come together to present the second annual Creative Spaces Partnership Exchange, an event dedicated to advancing creative space development outside Toronto’s downtown core.
The first Partnership Exchange was a great success involving hundreds of participants from local community initiatives, arts organizations, government agencies, social service organizations, not-for-profits and private development corporations.
This year’s Partnership Exchange, taking place at Toronto Centre for the Arts, will host over 50 exhibitors in a networking fair conceived to showcase creative space projects and programming opportunities, as well as workshops, local area meetups and a cocktail mixer. An afternoon series of panel discussions features high-profile speakers and experts in community and cultural space development such as Karen Stintz (ArtsBuild), Lorraine Duff (United Way), Leah Ross (Tower and Neighbourhood Revitalization), Sally Han (Toronto Arts & Culture Services), Aida Aydinyan (Business for the Arts) and Jane Farrow (MASS LBP).
The Creative Spaces Partnership Exchange is a free one-day event dedicated to enlivening underused spaces, developing new cultural venues and programs and revitalizing communities through the arts . . . beyond Toronto’s downtown. Further information can be found online at www.creativespacesTO.ca.
WHERE/WHEN: Toronto Centre for the Arts (5040 Yonge St., North York Centre subway station), November 2, 1:30 – 5:30 pm; FREE (please note workshop space is limited, register at CreativeSpacesTO.ca)