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AGO Youth Council Wins Untitled Art Award

March 7th, 2006

Image: The Living Room Project, by the AGO Youth Council

The AGO’s Youth Council was a winner at last week’s Untitled Art Awards Gala. Held this year at the Phoenix Concert Theatre, the Art Awards pay tribute each year to all aspects of the active visual arts community in Toronto.

With its first-ever nomination, the Youth Council took the prize for Best Independent Solo or Group Exhibition or Project, for The Living Room Project, a public installation in Toronto that was inspired by a visit to Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Central Park installation The Gates.

To tackle this creative task the AGO’s Youth Council formed The Upholstery Militia, a group that arose from the Public Alterations project – an AGO initiative that allowed council members to travel to New York to see The Gates. This collaboration of 13 youths from across the Greater Toronto Area was paired with local artist Swintak in order to devise creative responses to the work of Christo and Jeanne-Claude.

Motivated by the artist’s temporary installations that challenge ideas of public space, the crew created The Living Room Project – a living room installation that was transported and installed in various locations in the city, and which was constructed to reflect the results of a poll that gathered information about what Torontonians have in their living rooms.

So what’s next for the Youth Council? In March, the council is organizing Collide, Confront, Capture Toronto – a photography project to exhibit the diversity of the city. Through an open call for photo submissions from youth across the city, participants will be asked to document the unique and bizarre aspects of their neighborhoods, with a goal of opening dialogues between communities that might otherwise have nothing else in common. The call will be advertised with flyers and paper airplanes. The exhibit collections will be shown formally in a gallery, through either a collage or mosaic for 2 weeks, and will also be exhibited in public venues, guerilla style. This event will also include a launch party. Stay tuned on this site for specific dates, which will be listed soon.

Image: The Living Room Project, by the AGO Youth Council

April will feature The Video/Mockumentary: Video installation on loop, in a “view window” on a construction site wallsocial commentary on gentrification by means of a mockumentary. April also marks the second issue of their zine Seizure. Launched last March, this publication provides a unique public voice to the city’s young artistic community with articles, stories, poetry, drawings and art.

Planned for June, Is this Normal? will present an exhibition and panel to provide information on healthy sexuality and the right to make your own informed healthy choices for young people in the GTA, and will also feature performances, music and dancing.

The AGO Youth Council meets weekly at the gallery to design programming that is relevant and responds to the needs of youth in the GTA. The council’s past projects include: Hype I, II and III; Sew What?; and Metro AGO-GO: Youth Propositions for an Ideal City.

To find out more about the AGO Youth Council, visit www.ago.net.

For more information about the Untitled Art Awards, visit: www.theartawards.ca

  • elvina

    yay..good job…the projects planned for this year sound exciting. i miss the council!

  • elvina

    yay..good job…the projects planned for this year sound exciting. i miss the council!

  • God

    and im pretty sure that council misses you

  • God

    and im pretty sure that council misses you