The Artist Project

March 1 – 4, 2012
Queen Elizabeth Building
180 Princes’ Boulevard, Exhibition Place
Toronto, ON
T: 416.960.4513
Show hours: Thurs 7:00–10:00 p.m. (Opening Night, 19+ Event), Fri 12:00–9.00 p.m., Sat 11:00–9 p.m., Sun 11:00–6 p.m.
For admission tickets, click here.

From seasoned collectors and first time art buyers, to gallerists and interior designers, The Artist Project offers visitors a rare opportunity to meet and purchase work directly from Canadian and international artists. This face-to-face approach allows patrons to experience the thrill of discovering new talent and take home a great story along with their artwork. Special features such as Art Chats, the Untapped Emerging Artist Competition and expert-led tours also give visitors an insider’s view on new trends in the art world.

This March, The Artist Project marks its fifth anniversary with yet another exciting show featuring original works by a juried selection of over 200 independent contemporary artists. The fair has grown dramatically through the years – from 90 to over 200 artists, and more than 12,000 visitors are expected to attend in 2012. For four days (March 1-4, 2012), artists from a variety of geographic and creative backgrounds will converge and connect with patrons looking to get a glimpse of tomorrow’s Art Stars.

Mark Laliberte

Opening Night Preview Party

Thursday, March 1,  7:00–10:00 p.m. (restricted 19+)

Be among the first to view and purchase original works of art from top independent contemporary artists. Enjoy a decadent evening of art, music, and treats! A portion of the ticket proceeds from the Opening Night Party will be donated to the Canadian Art Foundation. (Location TBD)

Amanda Burk, Dual (Meadow Star) series, 2011. Charcoal on paper. 26″ x 40″.

Untapped Emerging Artist Competition

17 of the best up-and-coming emerging artists will be invited to participate in this special exhibition for FREE. Visitors are asked to vote for their favourite Emerging Artist and the winner will be awarded a free booth in the Main Section for 2013!

Tanya Kirouac, Sit with Me. Encaustic. 24″ x 24″.

Installation Alley

Explore large-scale sculpture, conceptual art, and installations from the country’s most exciting emerging artists!

Clayton Haigh

The Energy Competition

Every artist in the show will have the opportunity to create a piece in their medium based on this year’s theme: energy. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges and awarded cash prizes. There is also a People’s Choice Award!

Christine Kim, Breath. Mix media. 18″ x 24″.

Take-12 SONY Studio

TAP is pleased to welcome back Sony as the creator of the brand new Take-12 SONY Studio featuring the Sony A77 Translucent Mirror Camera, which takes 12 shots per second. This year, five photographers will use this revolutionary camera to develop exciting works. Editions will be available for purchase at the show.

Eric Robitaille, Everything’s Red. Mix Media on Canvas. 36″ x 36″.


With the help of SONY’s latest camcorder, which features a built-in projector, five artists will document their artistic practices, their studios and techniques. The videos will be projected in the form of an installation in the Artists-at-Work presented by SONY feature space.

Meaghan Ogilvie, Symbiosis.


Features a variety of engaging and inspiring seminars hosted by leading art and design experts. This year, the series features topics such as The Art Detectives by writer Joshua Knelman and an artist panel hosted by Canadian Art editor Richard Rhodes. Art Chats are complimentary with admission, space is subject to availability. For 2012 Art Chats Schedule, click here.

Deborah Maris Lader, On Thin Ice, 2010. Etching. 20″ x 16″.

Art Walks

Docents take visitors on an informative exploration of the show where they will meet the artists and ask the questions that visitors never think to ask! Art Walks are complimentary with admission and last approximately 30 minutes.

Fri: 2:30 p.m, 4:30 p.m.
Sat – Sun: 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.
To participate, please sign up at Guest Services at least 15 minutes prior to your desired tour time.

Diane Black

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