Grown Op

The fifth annual Grow Op 2017 wrapped up earlier this month, an incredible exposition of contemporary art exploring themes of landscape, ecology and design that we co-curated, taking over all 4 floors of the Gladstone Hotel. Thanks to the amazing work of the 39 participating artists who created 30 innovative projects that engaged and enlightened visitors over the course the show.

Catch up on some of the coverage in Azure Magazine, Toronto Life, GROUND, and Canadian Architect.

Image: ‘Extreme Cloud Gazing’, Julie Gladstone (photo by Gabby Frank)

April 29 2017

Allied Arts Medal 2017

We’re happy to announce that Christine Leu, on behalf of LeuWebb Projects, has been awarded the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s (RAIC) Allied Arts Medal for 2017.

The RAIC bestows the Allied Arts Medal every two years. The award honours a Canadian artist or designer for outstanding achievement in artwork created to be integrated with architecture. Any medium allied to architecture is eligible including murals, sculpture, glass, fabric, lighting, furniture, water, sound, site-specific installation, video, digital and industrial and landscape design.

“Each one of Christine Leu’s permanent works and temporary installations manifests a thoughtful and thought-provoking approach to its architectural or environmental context,” said the three-member jury.

“This is an extraordinary body of work that bridges art and architecture,” said the jury. “It demonstrates skill in response to site interpretation. There is a high-quality craft element.”

The medal will be formally presented in May at the RAIC’s Festival of Architecture in Ottawa.

 

March 21 2017

Nature’s Wild Backyard

We’re pleased to announce that we’re creating a new public artwork for the Edmonton Valley Zoo. Our piece Animal Family will be integrated into the new Urban Barn as part of the zoo’s Nature’s Wild Backyard revitalization. The redevelopment’s design by the Marc Boutin Architectural Collaborative has already won an award and the real thing will be well worth a visit once it’s complete. We’ll keep you posted as our project develops.

February 16 2017



A Storefront for Innovation

After designing a new storefront exhibition space at Ryerson University’s SLC for the Faculty of Communication & Design, we opened the gallery in October with Refashioning Masculinity. The project by lead researcher Ben Barry offered a thought provoking investigation into how men construct their identities through fashion. We’ll be curating a series of shows over the coming months for FCAD’s Window into Creative Innovation including the School of Performance’s production of Treasure Island in December.

Image by Doublespace Photography

November 10 2016


On the Beach

In/Future proved to be an incredible re-imagining and re-invigoration of Ontario Place, that neglected public land occupying a special place in our memories and on the shore of Lake Ontario. We were honoured to create our component sculpture Flotsam/Jetsam for the exhibition and witness it shift and evolve through the actions of waves, weather and visitors over the course of the ten day festival.

September 10 2016

Planting Seeds for Grow Op

We’re back curating the upcoming installment of Grow Op 2017, now entering its fifth year at the Gladstone Hotel. The exhibition occupies a necessary place at the intersection of landscape, ecology, art and design, providing new ways of articulating our relationships to the urban, wild and rural world around us. The call for submissions closes in September!

August 10 2016

Artpark 16

We spent a fine Canada Day in Denmark in the company of our friends at Gaestatelier Hollufgard. We were there to mount our pieces A Veil of Skavgraes and A Bell Rings in the Forest (the latter with Floyd K. Stein). With carefully packed luggage in tow, the Veil made its way overseas with us for final assembly on site. The trip allowed us to realize the pieces we conceived at the previous summer’s Tilsynekomster (Appearances) symposium for the Artpark 16 exhibition. The outdoor show will run through November, 2016.

July 10 2016