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

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

Cultivating Curiosity

This week spring has finally arrived in Toronto, just in time for the Gladstone Hotel’s Grow Op exhibition. The fourth annual landscape, ecology and art show that we’re co-curating with Graham Teeple promises to be a thought provoking ensemble of works that seek to make sense of our unprecedented ecological present.

We’ll be present throughout the exhibition and will be participating in the Grow Op Talks and several workshops over the course of the show.

Exhibition Hours:
April 21: 11am – 8pm
April 22: 11am – 10pm
April 23: 11am – 10pm
April 23: 10am – 5pm

Special Events:
April 20: Grow Op Talks: Cities of Alchemy, Ballroom, 8-10pm
April 21: Grow Op’s Alternative Food + Drink Show, Ballroom, 7-10pm
April 22: Opening Reception, 2nd Floor Gallery, 7-10pm | After Party, Melody Bar, 10pm-late
April 23: Offsite Installation by Robert Cram + After Party, OCADU Gallery, 7-10pm
April 24: Gladstone Flea Goes Green, Melody Bar, 10am – 4pm

Image: Twig Chair by Shelly Dwyer

April 18 2016

Winter Pecha Kucha Stations

In her role as co-curator of Grow Op 2016, Christine spoke about several of the selected Grow Op artist projects as part of the rapid fire Winter Stations PechaKucha format evening at the Gladstone Hotel.
Her slides complemented the evening’s other presentations on the Winter Stations designers and their works, a series of temporary installations on the Balmy, Kew and Ashbridges Bay beaches of Toronto by designers from around the world and students from OCAD, Laurentian, and Ryerson universities.
February 28 2016

Artists Selected

We’ve completed our final project selections for Grow Op 2016 and to say we’re excited about the collection of work would be an understatement. Collaborating with a diverse jury and co-curator Graham Teeple, we’ve assembled a broad range of projects from artists working in the fields of landscape architecture, horticulture, painting, photography, sculpture, community engagement and all combinations in between. Stay tuned for details as we gear up to the April 2016 exhibition!

Image by D+S Projects

October 30 2015

Seeking Submissions

LeuWebb Projects is curating the upcoming Grow Op 2016 exhibition at Toronto’s Gladstone Hotel. Grow Op is seeking proposals that employ the tools of art, craft and design to reframe our understanding of the shifting boundaries between urban and wild, culture and nature.

Can we use the lake to commute to work? Will local food be able to feed us all? What if pigs were our composters? How did that bear get into my backyard?

From community gardening initiatives to experimental landscapes to disruptive art projects, we seek proposals from individuals and collectives whose work engages with landscape, place and habitats with the goal of creating an experiential exhibition of high quality that is evocative and inspiring.

The historic Gladstone Hotel offers a unique venue to engage a large audience in a dialogue about the qualities and meaning behind the designed and altered landscape, from the condo balcony to the public square and territories beyond.

One of the most intriguing annual exhibitions in Toronto, Grow Op encourages an array of perspectives and dialogues that challenge our perceptions of nature, the built environment and our influences on both.

The submission call is open through to September 30, 2015.

 

 

July 30 2015

Cascadia at Grow Op

LeuWebb Projects will be presenting Cascadia, a sound-based installation at Grow Op: Exploring landscape and place, a four-day event that celebrates innovative ideas and conceptual responses to landscape and place across a broad range of creative practices.

Embedded into the Gladstone Hotel and its environs, from adventitious niches to feature rooms, Grow Op 2014 presents work that explores new territories. The projects symbiotically connect to tell stories about water, memory, urbanism, natural process, public space, everyday materiality, hunting, urbanism and rural food economies.

Opening reception is Friday, April 25, 2014,  7pm – 10pm. Be there and listen for Cascadia, washing down the hotel’s central staircase!

Special thanks to Bay Bloor Radio.

April 17 2014