February 21-24, 2019

Better Living Center

Exhibition Place, Toronto

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Dedicated to supporting the development of students, new graduates, and self-taught artists, the UNTAPPED Emerging Artists Competition, presented by DeSerres, is a juried competition that awards 20 emerging artists from all mediums an opportunity to exhibit at a professional-level art fair for FREE. UNTAPPED Emerging Artists benefit from a dedicated feature space at the Artist Project. This program aims to provide a platform for young artists to launch their artwork to a public audience, make connections within the arts industry and gain experience in the contemporary art world.

Selected from hundreds of applications, 20 of the country’s best up-and-coming artists are invited to showcase their work for FREE!


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Front Entrance Installation


Shine On is an impressive 100-foot-long sculptural installation by Nathalie Sanche made entirely out of paper. Originally known for her lighthearted sculptures of busty, “femmes tiroirs” made from aluminum and wood, Sanche excels in paper art design. She very carefully manipulates the paper into shapes that resemble a chrysalis or sometimes a shell or a trumpet, then arranges them in such a way that they become large, eye-catching sculptures. Sanche exhibits her sculptural creations according to the architectural style of the building in which they are displayed. The sculptures are pure form—light, white or mirror and ephemeral—but at the same time, they possess a density and a fluidity that catch the viewer by surprise.


Art Battle #638

The winner of Art Battle #638 was Anthony Vandertuin!


Art Battle #638

Date: Friday, February 23, 2018
Time: 7–10 PM 
Venue: Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto
Tickets: $15 (included in Artist Project admission)


Back by popular demand, Art Battle Canada takes the stage at Artist Project once again! On the evening of Friday, February 23 from 7-10 PM, Art Battle #638 will be held on the show floor.


Art Battle is live competitive painting, 16 artists selected from the fair will create the best work they can in 20 minutes.


As they paint, visitors can move around the easels, closely watching the creative process. The audience votes for their favourite painting and bids in silent auction to purchase artwork. Materials for the competitors will be provided by DeSerres.


Don’t miss this exciting live art tournament!


Art Battle After-Party

Date: Friday, February 23, 2018
Time: 10 PM – Late
Venue: Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St W, Toronto


Artist Project and Art Battle crash the Gladstone Hotel’s karaoke night!


After an evening of live painting at Artist Project, keep the excitement and creativity flowing at the Gladstone Hotel’s famous karaoke night. If singing is not your thing enjoy the Melody Bar’s selection of specialty cocktails and craft brewed libations and cheer on some special performances. The first 50 guests to show their Art Battle voting card will receive a free drink!



OCAD U Career Launchers Initiative

OCAD University’s Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers partners with the Artist Project to present Under Construction by James Knott, as part of the Career Launchers Program.


Under Construction explores the notion of “constructed realities”, particularly from a queer perspective, with the use of absurdity and camp theatrics as a coping mechanism. The performance project seeks to accept unfortunate realities; transmuting negative experiences through building subverted realities by arranging and re-arranging blocks into new architectural formations, creating new sets and environments from which to inhabit; before deconstructing and reconstructing anew.


Performance Times
Thursday, February 22: 6 – 7 PM
Thursday, February 22: 8 – 9 PM
Friday, February 23:  1 – 2 PM
Friday, February 23: 3 – 4 PM
Friday, February 23: 6 – 7 PM
Saturday, February 24: 1 – 2 PM
Saturday, February 24: 3 – 4 PM
Saturday, February 24: 6 – 7 PM
Sunday, February 25: 1 – 2 PM
Sunday, February 25: 3 – 4 PM



Art Chats Seminar Series

This popular seminar series offers a range of engaging talks hosted by leading art and design experts. Art Chats are complimentary with admission. Space is subject to availability.


Art Chats