THE LIVING CITY: Sustainability Inspired Art in the Toronto Region

The Living City art exhibition is an exciting partnership with local artists who will help bring The Living City Report Card to life. The Living City Report Card is a progress report on environmental sustainability in the Toronto region. Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), together with Evergreen and Crazy Dames are creating this public art event expand the environmental sustainability conversation and to raise awareness about environmental issues for the GTA. Art was chosen as the medium to convey this message because people absorb information from art differently than they do from a reports and facts. Art engages people on an emotional level bringing issues to the forefront and making them more accessible.

The artists will create works based on the themes of the report card: water, carbon, air quality, biodiversity, land use, waste, and collaboration. The art will be displayed at the Evergreen Brick Works starting November 24 until the end of 2017.

#LivingCityArt #LivingCityReport


Note: There is no charge to view the art but there if you decide to drive to the Brick Works, you will need to pay for parking.


The Living City art exhibition is an exciting partnership with local artists who will help bring The Living City Report Card to life. The Living City Report Card is a progress report on environmental sustainability in the Toronto region. Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), together with Evergreen and Crazy Dames are creating this public art event expand the environmental sustainability conversation and to raise awareness about environmental issues for the GTA. Art was chosen as the medium to convey this message because people absorb information from art differently than they do from a reports and facts. Art engages people on an emotional level bringing issues to the forefront and making them more accessible.

The artists will create works based on the themes of the report card: water, carbon, air quality, biodiversity, land use, waste, and collaboration. The art will be displayed at the Evergreen Brick Works starting November 24 until the end of 2017.

#LivingCityArt #LivingCityReport


Note: There is no charge to view the art but there if you decide to drive to the Brick Works, you will need to pay for parking.


  • #LivingCityArt will be at the Brick Works this Sunday, October 15!

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    There is so much to do at Evergreen Brick Works this weekend! Join #LivingCityArt on Sunday, October 15 for an exciting walk and workshop.





    Paper Fish Workshop at Evergreen Brick Works

    Take inspiration from the salmon run and make your own koinobori-inspired paper fish streamers with The Living City artist Vivian Wong and Great Lakes Trust junior art ambassador Daniel Ranger. Daniel is a seventh-grader in Toronto with a keen interest in environmental issues. Free, drop-in.

    Where: Evergreen Brick Works (under pavilions), 550 Bayview Ave, Toronto

    When: Sunday, October 15, 11 am - 1 pm
    Audience: All ages, family-friendly,... Continue reading

    There is so much to do at Evergreen Brick Works this weekend! Join #LivingCityArt on Sunday, October 15 for an exciting walk and workshop.





    Paper Fish Workshop at Evergreen Brick Works

    Take inspiration from the salmon run and make your own koinobori-inspired paper fish streamers with The Living City artist Vivian Wong and Great Lakes Trust junior art ambassador Daniel Ranger. Daniel is a seventh-grader in Toronto with a keen interest in environmental issues. Free, drop-in.

    Where: Evergreen Brick Works (under pavilions), 550 Bayview Ave, Toronto

    When: Sunday, October 15, 11 am - 1 pm
    Audience: All ages, family-friendly, children under 8 with caregiver

    https://trca.ca/event/paper-paper-fish-workshop-evergreen-brick-works/?instance_id=2807


    The Great Migratory Walk

    On this guided walk we'll look for winged friends who are embarking on their journey and salmon in the Don River who are migrating upstream to spawn. Join TRCA's Christine Tu and John Wilson from Lost Rivers as they explore nature in the city.

    https://www.evergreen.ca/whats-on/event/the-great-migratory-walk/


    Evergreen's Sunday Market

    Enjoy locally-made food, drink and artisan goods while exploring nature in the city.

    https://www.evergreen.ca/whats-on/event/sunday-market/

  • Meet our Carbon artist - Cat Bluemke

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    Cat’s practice explores the distribution and conflicts of capital in relation to technology. She uses design, performance and interaction to investigate collaboration and abstraction. She works both independently and collectively. Cat is part of the collective Tough Guy Mountain - a Toronto new media art collective that uses bureaucratic practices as artistic medium. She co-runs the collective’s DIY-space, The Brandscape, including workshops to make creative technologies more accessible in the arts community. She has shown her work both locally and internationally including: Kunsternes Hus (Norway), Projet Pangée (Montreal), and the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto). Notable commissions include Art... Continue reading

    Cat’s practice explores the distribution and conflicts of capital in relation to technology. She uses design, performance and interaction to investigate collaboration and abstraction. She works both independently and collectively. Cat is part of the collective Tough Guy Mountain - a Toronto new media art collective that uses bureaucratic practices as artistic medium. She co-runs the collective’s DIY-space, The Brandscape, including workshops to make creative technologies more accessible in the arts community. She has shown her work both locally and internationally including: Kunsternes Hus (Norway), Projet Pangée (Montreal), and the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto). Notable commissions include Art Toronto 2015 and OCADU’s Imagination Catalyst. Cat was awarded the OCADU Alfred Vivash award and SAIC’s New Artists Society Scholarship for her studies.

    Learn more about Cat at www.catbluemke.com and follow her on instagram @catbluemke


  • Meet our Land Use artist - Cole Swanson

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    Cole is an artist and educator based in Toronto. He holds a BA (Studio Art) from the University of Guelph and an MA (Art History) from the University of Toronto. Cole is a two-time arts fellow through the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute (2007, 2014) for his research on miniature painting, Jaipur school fresco, and handmade pigments. Recent projects explore materials and their social, cultural, and biological histories. Cole engages in a cross-disciplinary practice using sound, installation, painting, and sculpture to consider interspecies relationships as they relate to complex co-evolutionary systems.

    Learn more about Cole at www.coleswanson.org and follow him on instagram... Continue reading

    Cole is an artist and educator based in Toronto. He holds a BA (Studio Art) from the University of Guelph and an MA (Art History) from the University of Toronto. Cole is a two-time arts fellow through the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute (2007, 2014) for his research on miniature painting, Jaipur school fresco, and handmade pigments. Recent projects explore materials and their social, cultural, and biological histories. Cole engages in a cross-disciplinary practice using sound, installation, painting, and sculpture to consider interspecies relationships as they relate to complex co-evolutionary systems.

    Learn more about Cole at www.coleswanson.org and follow him on instagram @lagoochitrawaala

  • Meet our Air Quality artist - Gustavo Cerquera Benjumea

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    Gustavo is a Colombian Canadian Toronto-based digital media artist, animator, and teacher. He specializes in computer animation, video installation, and drawing. His work explores psychedelia, plant biology, and Latin American histories. His work has exhibited across Canada including at: the Ottawa International Animation Festival, the Toronto Animated Image Society, the Niagara Artist Centre, Summerworks Festival, and Nuit Blanche. He also directed the music video for Lido Pimienta and Chancha Via Circuito’s “Jardines”. Gustavo teaches at OCADU and Brock University.


    Learn more about Gustavo at www.gcerquera.com and https://vimeo.com/gustavocerquera. Follow him on instagram @gustavo_c

    Gustavo is a Colombian Canadian Toronto-based digital media artist, animator, and teacher. He specializes in computer animation, video installation, and drawing. His work explores psychedelia, plant biology, and Latin American histories. His work has exhibited across Canada including at: the Ottawa International Animation Festival, the Toronto Animated Image Society, the Niagara Artist Centre, Summerworks Festival, and Nuit Blanche. He also directed the music video for Lido Pimienta and Chancha Via Circuito’s “Jardines”. Gustavo teaches at OCADU and Brock University.


    Learn more about Gustavo at www.gcerquera.com and https://vimeo.com/gustavocerquera. Follow him on instagram @gustavo_c

  • Meet our Waste artist - Paul Chartrand

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    Paul’s works in the evolving field of environmental art with the motivation to encourage discussion around environmental issues in Canada such as ecological fragmentation and the ethics of agricultural production. Paul works with constructed habitats built from found objects and integrated living components. His projects include various mediums and practical methodologies but focus particularly on sculpture and drawing. Paul finds inspiration in the blurry definitions of culture and nature; intending for his work to foster dialogue regarding this problematic dichotomy. Paul completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph in 2013 and his Master of Fine Arts degree at... Continue reading

    Paul’s works in the evolving field of environmental art with the motivation to encourage discussion around environmental issues in Canada such as ecological fragmentation and the ethics of agricultural production. Paul works with constructed habitats built from found objects and integrated living components. His projects include various mediums and practical methodologies but focus particularly on sculpture and drawing. Paul finds inspiration in the blurry definitions of culture and nature; intending for his work to foster dialogue regarding this problematic dichotomy. Paul completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph in 2013 and his Master of Fine Arts degree at Western University. He has exhibited at galleries including the Niagara Artists Centre, Roadside Attractions, Xpace Cultural Centre, Younger Than Beyonce Gallery, Boarding House Gallery, Artlab and Satellite Gallery, Idea Exchange, the CAFKA Biennial, Y+ Contemporary, Main Squared Festival, and Artspin Portlands.

    Learn more about Paul at www.paulchartrandart.com and follow him on instagram @lpaulchartrand


  • Meet our Collaboration artist – Vivian Wong

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    Vivian Wong is a multidisciplinary artist, arts educator, and workshop facilitator. Vivian loves to collaborate and as founder of Wabi-Sabi Collective she has animated spaces like Nuit Blanche Toronto and Gladstone Grow Op with interactive and ephemeral installations and community art. She is drawn to projects that engage children in conceptual art and in her installation art practice she often mixes upcycled and recycled materials with natural and found objects. As member of Great Lakes Trust, she engages in citizen science and art projects that promote stewardship of our waters and shorelines. Vivian teaches yoga and is always up... Continue reading

    Vivian Wong is a multidisciplinary artist, arts educator, and workshop facilitator. Vivian loves to collaborate and as founder of Wabi-Sabi Collective she has animated spaces like Nuit Blanche Toronto and Gladstone Grow Op with interactive and ephemeral installations and community art. She is drawn to projects that engage children in conceptual art and in her installation art practice she often mixes upcycled and recycled materials with natural and found objects. As member of Great Lakes Trust, she engages in citizen science and art projects that promote stewardship of our waters and shorelines. Vivian teaches yoga and is always up for a paddle or run.

    Learn more about Vivian at www.blackbough.com and follow her on instagram @blackboughstudio




  • Meet our Biodiversity artist – Lisa Vanin

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    Lisa is as artist and illustrator who is inspired by the landscapes, plants, and animals that she come across on her travels. She creates concepts, imagery, and objects based on her own life experiences and inspirations. Even when she’s not working on The Living City exhibit, Lisa’s subject matter usually includes nature; and how humans interact with nature. Lisa describes her work style as “decorating the lush world that my characters live in with colourful patterns and intensively detailed yet simplified settings, reminiscent of old folk art, but with a contemporary edge. I think of my paintings as decorated... Continue reading


    Lisa is as artist and illustrator who is inspired by the landscapes, plants, and animals that she come across on her travels. She creates concepts, imagery, and objects based on her own life experiences and inspirations. Even when she’s not working on The Living City exhibit, Lisa’s subject matter usually includes nature; and how humans interact with nature. Lisa describes her work style as “decorating the lush world that my characters live in with colourful patterns and intensively detailed yet simplified settings, reminiscent of old folk art, but with a contemporary edge. I think of my paintings as decorated sets where my characters live.”

    Learn more about Lisa at www.lisavanin.com and follow her on Instagram @lisa.vanin



  • Meet The Living City Artists! #LivingCityArt

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    It was a hard decision for the jury with so many exciting applications. It took a long, long time to make the final decision but we are very excited to introduce the artists chosen for The Living City exhibit.

    They are:

    Carbon - Cat Bluemke

    Air Quality - Gustavo Cerquera Benjumea

    Waste - Paul Chartrand

    Water - 1:1 Collaborative

    Land Use - Cole Swanson

    Biodiversity - Lisa Vanin

    Collaboration - Vivian Wong

    Over the next few weeks, we'll introduce you to each artist/collective individually. Follow #LivingCityArt and watch this exciting project grow!





    It was a hard decision for the jury with so many exciting applications. It took a long, long time to make the final decision but we are very excited to introduce the artists chosen for The Living City exhibit.

    They are:

    Carbon - Cat Bluemke

    Air Quality - Gustavo Cerquera Benjumea

    Waste - Paul Chartrand

    Water - 1:1 Collaborative

    Land Use - Cole Swanson

    Biodiversity - Lisa Vanin

    Collaboration - Vivian Wong

    Over the next few weeks, we'll introduce you to each artist/collective individually. Follow #LivingCityArt and watch this exciting project grow!




  • EXCITING OPPORTUNITY! CALL FOR ARTISTS

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    TRCA, along with our partners the Crazy Dames and Evergreen, are excited to announce a call for artists!

    We're looking for artists to help us visualize The Living City. Please view the full Call for Artists pdf.

    Proposals are due by August 7, 2017.

    TRCA, along with our partners the Crazy Dames and Evergreen, are excited to announce a call for artists!

    We're looking for artists to help us visualize The Living City. Please view the full Call for Artists pdf.

    Proposals are due by August 7, 2017.

  • Background

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    Toronto and Region and Conservation Authority (TRCA) has a long history of producing watershed report cards including The Living City Report Card. The Living City Report Card is an assessment of the environmental health and sustainability of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). It examines indicators across six themes: carbon, air quality, water, waste, land use, and biodiversity and highlights successes, challenges and opportunities for action.

    But, we can’t assume that information leads to action. Information alone does not change behaviours or processes - research suggests that our thoughts are deeply influenced by non-rational factors and mental processes that... Continue reading

    Toronto and Region and Conservation Authority (TRCA) has a long history of producing watershed report cards including The Living City Report Card. The Living City Report Card is an assessment of the environmental health and sustainability of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). It examines indicators across six themes: carbon, air quality, water, waste, land use, and biodiversity and highlights successes, challenges and opportunities for action.

    But, we can’t assume that information leads to action. Information alone does not change behaviours or processes - research suggests that our thoughts are deeply influenced by non-rational factors and mental processes that regulate emotions[i]. Art and science are intrinsically linked. Art engages people on an emotional level and can be used to tackle environmental issues, bringing issues to the forefront and making them more accessible. People absorb information from art differently than they do from a reports and facts. Artists may also think of innovative solutions to our current problems, different opportunities to help address them, or help us re-imagine our environmental future.

    [i]It’s time to rethink our messaging about environmental change. Jennifer Lynes & Sarah Wolfe. Globe & Mail. May 8, 2017.