What better place than Toronto Pearson – where people of all cultures and backgrounds come together – to showcase exhibits of art, design, history, science, popular culture and national history. Our ever-changing exhibits feature works by cultural institutions, organizations, collectors, art groups and even the GTAA.
With special emphasis on local institutions and those from around the province, our partners include:
• Canada's Sports Hall of Fame • CONTACT Photography Festival • Design Exchange • Ontario Crafts Council • Open Studio • Royal Ontario Museum.
The program also includes open calls for the submission of new works for thematic exhibitions.
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The Art and Exhibits Program create a strong sense of place through exhibitions and installations that provide an engaging, entertaining and informative experience. The program appeals to both first time and frequent travellers alike.
This project is intended to enliven a long corridor and improve the airport experience for our passengers. The Art and Exhibits Program at Toronto Pearson is guided by three themes: airports and aviation, national and regional identity and local engagement. For this project, the artwork must reflect the theme of Canadian national and regional identity, which could include but is not limited to:
The series will be accompanied by the artist’s name and brief descriptive text. The GTAA and the selection committee will select the location for the work.
The selected photographs will be produced on adhesive vinyl and mounted directly on the wall. The GTAA will manage the production and installation, and cover all associated costs. The artist is not required to attend any production meetings or participate in the installation.
The selected photographs must be submitted for production as .tif files, 100 dpi at full size or 400 dpi at one-quarter size. Do not submit images for consideration at this size – see Submission Requirements.
The artist is required to provide one smaller scale, archival quality, signed print from the series (GTAA’s choice) which will become part of the GTAA’s corporate collection.
The artist will receive an exhibition fee of $2,500.
Artwork placed in airports must take into consideration the sensitivities of the majority of the travelling public and common stresses about air travel. In addition, the nude human figure or sexually suggestive imagery will never be displayed at the airport. Also unacceptable are images depicting terrorism, violence, aviation accidents, or any other images or statements that, in the public’s view, could negatively reflect on the perceived safety of air travel. Partisan or other overtly political statements are not appropriate, nor are messages or images that could be perceived by the public as a commercial message or endorsement of a business or commercial product. Images or statements that may be interpreted by the public as promoting a specific, identifiable religion or spiritual tradition are not appropriate unless it is in the context of documenting historic or contemporary landmark structures or individuals, or referencing well-known works of art of a religious nature. Finally, statements or images that, in the opinion of the GTAA, may offend potential viewers if placed in an airport are not appropriate.
Images, CV, and application form must be received by 5 p.m., Friday March 20, 2015. Artists can submit one (1) series of 10 to 12 works or two (2) series of five to six works each.
Lee Petrie, Curator, Toronto Pearson International Airport
Emily McInnes, Founder and Director, EYE BUY ART
Toni Hafkenscheid, Photographer and photography instructor
Inquiries should be sent to Photo2015@gtaa.com. Please note that inquiries will receive a reply after February 12.
Until June 15, 2015. Terminal 1, Level 3, bridge/corridor between check in and departures.
Eamon Mac Mahon is a Canadian artist working with photography and video. He grew up in the coal-mining town of Grande Cache, Alberta, exposing him to the Canadian wilderness at a young age – this exposure is reflected in his work. Amazon of the North portrays a deep connection and respect for the Canadian Boreal Forest.
The images on display capture scenes of the Canadian Boreal Forest from east to west, presenting various ecosystems touched and untouched by human development. The forest has always instilled a strong sense of well-being in Mac Mahon, and as a child it offered a space for exploration. The work reveals the natural functions and human developments within the forest that affect a range of ecosystems and unique and sensitive species.
This exhibition is curated by No.9: Contemporary Art and the Environment. The Toronto-based arts organization uses art and design to bring awareness to environmental concerns.