The third annual Yorkville Village Arts Festival kicked off with a gala event on November 3, unveiling the exhibition of one-of-a-kind contemporary art pieces created by 28 OCAD University students and recent graduates. The exhibition is open to the public through to Wednesday, November 9.
Over 200 guests attended the opening, where they were privy to a first look at the transformed and recently renovated Yorkville Village, interwoven with displays of art throughout the centre and retail wings. Artists were present to discuss their work while a live painting demonstration by Dahae Song captivated attendees.
"For the past 6 years, First Capital Realty has embarked on art initiatives across the country allowing us to support local artists and make contributions to the communities in which we live and work. Through our collaboration with OCAD University, First Capital Realty provides students with an opportunity to nurture and showcase their incredible talent," said Adam Paul, First Capital Realty President and CEO. "This is the third year we're doing the Yorkville Arts Festival and our goal is to build it into a premier art event and to help launch the careers of new artists."
"It's tremendously exciting for emerging artists to have their work exhibited to the public in such a beautiful, welcoming space," said Dr. Sara Diamond, OCAD University President and Vice-Chancellor. "We are grateful to First Capital Realty for inviting us again this year and for their ongoing support of our students."
The artwork presented at the festival was chosen through a rigorous jury process and will span photography, sculpture, painting and video installation. All artworks are for sale to the general public for the duration of the festival.
Also part of the Arts Festival is the Yorkville Village Arts Festival Pop-Up Shop, open until Saturday, November 12. The shop offers for sale a dynamic selection of student, alumni and faculty work including textiles, ceramics, artist multiples, cards, jewellery and more from 50 different artists. 90% of all sales will go to the creators and 10% will be donated back to OCAD U to support this initiative.