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The Virtuosity of Blackness Moving Beyond Black History Month

Just a year ago, The Virtuosity of Blackness took stage in the Art Starts studio. Since then, the idea has evolved and not to mention, shifted due to the pandemic.

As we get ready to release VoB 3.0, our latest blog looks at the origins of the virtual showcase, the ways in which it supports emerging, Black artists, the amazing people involved, and its plans for the future.

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‘It’s Okay To Be Where You Are’, Staying Grounded in Times of Restlessness with Artist Jasmine Gui

Jasmine Gui is an interdisciplinary artist and editor living in Toronto. Her primary medium is experimental paper arts as one half of the creative duo, jabs. She also is the founder of Project 40 Collective, co-founder of TACLA, and works as a programmer and grant writer at the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival.  Jasmine […]

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‘Returning to Tangible Ways of Work’, Processing Thoughts During Difficult Times with Artist Abby Ho

Abby Ho is an emerging Asian Canadian artist based in Toronto (photo by James Lai). Her process-based practice works with the materiality of paper, exploring the interrelationship between herself and the environment. Her latest project ‘Transference’ – as part of the artistic duo, ‘jabs’ –  uses paper as a medium in conversation. This project is […]

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‘My Goal Is To Continue To Impact People One Workshop At A Time’, What Success Means To Textile Artist Arlette Ngung

Arlette is a textile artist inspired by tradition and sustainability. She teaches African Vegan Art workshops throughout the city, which encourage visual story-telling and human connection. As her artistic career continues to grow, she hopes to make art more accessible in schools, hospitals, and other community centres. What is your artistic practice? My artistic practice […]

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“Your Body Already Knows the Stories you Want to Creatively Express”, A Lesson in Creation From Artist Abby Ho

Abby is a visual artist, the artistic director of Project 40 Collective, and a managing editor at LooseLeaf Magazine. Her artistic career has been shaped by collaboration and community, and it’s in evolution it has created space for unheard voices to speak.  Now, wrapping up her last year of programs with Project 40 Collective, she […]