Art and Portfolio Day Updates

We are very excited to usher in the beginning of what is sure to be our busiest and most successful year to date.

We have tracked more than eighty exhibitions within our community in the past twelve months, so were involved in an exhibition every 4.5 days for the entire year! Stay tuned for many more to come, including those at our exhibition space Les Enfants Terribles at Ossington and Argyle.

2017 2018 Grade 12 student Noah Brown is speaking this Sunday at 10.30 am at the Roncesvalles United Church about his work for Portfolio Day 8. Noah has been using the church as a studio this summer and will address the congregation, revealing the issues within his ongoing series of large-scale felted images. All are welcome to attend and we are hoping to film the talk so share with you all. See the attached poster for more information.

We have launched our own YouTube channel and hope that you will all subscribe – it can be found by clicking HERE

We participated in the Second Annual Toronto Art Book Fair June 15-18 2017 and there is a lovely letter written to our students in the recent publication about the fair titled PINK & GREEN. Here is the letter by Emily Pleasance:
“Dear Students. Where was this when I was in my teens? The t-shirts and tote bags, the pins and patches, the pencil cases covered in pencil drawings and the kiss-cheek key-chains? They were everywhere, actually. But not like this. You hijacked the bits and bobs that were given to you. You stole them, re-purposed them, injected them with the youth experience, and gave them right back. It was a DIY of life itself.

One can’t help but notice the colour, exploration, sexuality, laughter, confusion, and self-discovery found in all of your art. There is mindful execution that makes this work very strong. The illustrations in the zine Fat Aphrodite are unassuming and whimsical. My drawings at that age were boring and looked as if I had tried too hard. (I was trying too hard.) The writing in A Childhood in its Last Twelve Hours is both raw and developed. It’s opening, “The Life and Love of Eve Rivers” made me choke up and cry. I cried because its honesty hit a little too close to home. I also cried because this eloquent piece of writing now exists in the world and will hopefully find its way into the hands of someone in dire need of empathetic connection.

Your show-and-tell-like table was so thoroughly laid out. Your work is fruitful and incredibly honest. The artifacts you created have no remorse for the customary and no respect for the conventional. Thank god.

What I saw at your table was an experience I wished I had lived, art I wish I had created, and an honesty I wish I had been surrounded by. It was a rejection of all rites-de-passage. It was a marking of territory and a proof of existence. It was a claim to the Arts not as a privilege but as a right. Do not stop your unbridled expression! Do not give into the do’s and don’ts! Most importantly, do not listen to me (or anyone), for you know better.

We need our youth to discipline the Disciplines.

Sincerely, Emily Pleasance, an envious admirer.”

We thank you so very much Emily for writing about us!

ESA Contemporary Art Graduate Callen Schaub has been receiving a lot of attention recently, including several million views of videos of him painting on BuzzFeed and other platforms, including this video by the CBC – click here to watch Callen’s next solo exhibition takes place at Project Gallery with an opening reception and live performance on Thursday Sept 28th 6-10pm.

Portfolio Day 8 will be a turning point in our history. Stay tuned for time and date of our parent/participant meeting mid-September. We will review the process that helped one of our 2016 2017 grade 12 students receive more than a million dollars in scholarship offers, provide information on assisting with the event, and speak about the application and scholarship process. PD8 happens Friday November 3rd, and everyone is invited to join us to see the 80+ exhibitions by our grade 12 students from 7pm to 10pm. Click here for our invitation We will be launching our PD8 fundraising campaign in the next two weeks, and hope everyone will assist in getting the word out to support grade 12 students from all six majors in this remarkable international event and life time opportunity.

Thank you ahead of time for your participation and assistance this year! This is an exciting place to be and I am honored to work with you all.

As always, please follow us on Instagram at esa_contemporary_art and esa_contemporary_photography

Matthew Varey

Toronto Art Book Fair

We hope that you will join us at our table during the Second Annual Toronto Art Book Fair this Thursday to Sunday at Artscape Youngspace on Shaw Street just North of Queen.

We will be featuring pins, patches, shirts, prints, sculptures, jewelry, book bags, pencil cases, scarves and zines at this super exciting event. Last year saw thousands of visitors over four amazing days of inexpensive artwork.

Visit us on the first floor among the crowds!

For Information Click Here

Exhibition at the Gardiner Museum

We hope you will be able to join us this Thursday evening from 7-10 pm at the Gardiner Museum to view works by 13 ESA Contemporary Photography students in the 2017 Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Incubator exhibition. A museum exhibition (or two!) is a fantastic way to end a truly epic and record setting year. Photographs will be up for auction and money will go to supporting the Contemporary Photography program. All are welcome to attend.

Click Here for Invite

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Saatchi Gallery Exhibition

Congratulations to grade 11 student Rachel Burns who will be representing Canada in England this summer!

Rachel will be exhibiting a photograph at Saatchi Gallery in London, UK next month, which was chosen from more than 24000 entries from 66 countries.

Information from Saatchi Gallery below:

THE 2017 SAATCHI GALLERY ART PRIZE FOR SCHOOLS
SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED

The Saatchi Galley is delighted to announce the shortlist for the Saatchi Gallery Art Prize for Schools 2017. This year the Prize received over 24,000 entries from 66 different countries. We would like to thank everyone who took the time to enter, the standard was extremely high and everyone should feel proud of their artistic achievements.

The shortlist can be viewed here

The panel of judges this year included Alice Anderson, Artist; Alistair Hicks, Writer and Curator; Nigel Hurst, CEO of the Saatchi Gallery; Megan Piper, Gallerist and Founder of The Line; Dea Vanagan, Director, Hauser & Wirth Somerset

An exhibition at the Gallery will showcase artwork by the 20 shortlisted students from July 4th-13th 2017. The winner will be announced at an awards evening on July 4th.

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Sorry – event cancelled!

Art Show!

Please join us Thursday May 25 for our end of the year show and sale at ESA!
3.30-8.30pm
Cash and cheques – 50% of total sales over $40 eligible for a tax receipt

Opening Thursday Evening

Please join us for our next exhibition at Les Enfants Terribles, our amazing space just off Ossington Avenue in downtown Toronto.

Lilly Floerke & Luca Soldovieri: Schwerleichtigkeit opens from 7-9pm Thursday May 11 at 130 Foxley Place, just one block west of Ossington Avenue, just North of Argyle Street.

End of Year Art Show and Sale

The Contemporary Art Department invites you to our annual fundraising event and exhibition on Thursday May 25 from 3.30 to 8pm.

Hundreds of works from all four grades and the Contemporary Photography Program will be displayed throughout the first floor of the school.

Sales are split 50/50 with artist and department, and tax receipts can be given for 50% of purchases over $40. We will be accepting cash and cheques.

We look forward to another enjoyable and exciting evening with the ESA community.

DancESAtion Auditions Wed. May 17 @ 3:30 in Dance Studio 1

Want to explore the world of dance? Come out and tryout for Etobicoke School of the Art’s Dance company DancESAtion!

We are inviting all interested dancers/performers to audition for the DancESAtion 2017-2018 season next week. Auditions will be held on Wed. May 17 in Dance Studio 1. Auditions are open to ALL ESA students. All interested participants need to sign in at 3:30 pm and auditions will start soon after.

You must bring in a completed Interschool athletics (Dance) Tryout and Participation form and a completed Medical Information Form with you to the audition.  These forms must be signed by a parent/guardian before you are able to audition. Forms are available in Dance studio 1 (or ask Ms. Friedman, Mrs. Michailidis, or Ms. Saum for one).

Please wear appropriate movement attire and be prepared to dance barefoot.

We are looking for dancer/performers who are:

  1. strong and diverse movers
  2. open to collaboration and works well with others
  3. invested in the creative process
  4. focused, committed and have strong work ethics
  5. interested in being challenged and passionate about dance

Commitment:

September through December : Monday & Wednesday – 3:30-5:30 pm

January through May: Monday & Wednesday – 3:30- 6:00 pm

We have an exciting year planned with multiple performance opportunities and guest artists!

We look forward to seeing you on WEDNESDAY MAY 17!

SVA Summer Pre-College Program Meeting

For all those interested in discussing the ESA specific photo summer pre-college program at SVA this July – we would like to invite you to a meeting this Wednesday night April 25 at 7pm in room 200.

Thank you!

Contact Photography Exhibition Opens Thursday!

Please join us for our grade 12 Contact Photography Exhibition 99′ from 7-9pm at Artscape Youngspace this Thursday April 20.

We have close to 50 grade 12’s showing work in the first, second, and third floor halls.

All welcome – free event!

We hope to see you there!

Art Camp – Summer 2017

I am very pleased to announce the return of Art Camp!

An excellent opportunity for those planning on joining us for grade 9 in September 2017 – get to know your classmates and begin the work that will ensure your success at PD11 in 2020!

Art Camp is also a great place for those thinking of auditioning for ESA Contemporary Art in January 2017, and for those interested in what we do every day in this amazing place.

For information click: SUMMER ART CAMP

Matthew Varey

ESA