Gladstone Hotel: Call for Submissions



GLADSTONE GROW OP 2015 / culture of landscape
16-26 April, 2015. The Gladstone Hotel, Toronto
Application Deadline: 5pm on Friday 17 October, 2014


Toronto’s Gladstone Hotel is pleased to announce the 3rd annual Gladstone Grow Op, a ten day exhibition celebrating innovative ideas and conceptual responses to landscape, gardens, art and place making under the theme: culture of landscapeGrow Op 2015 will facilitate a cross-disciplinary forum across a broad range of creative practices within the vibrant setting of Toronto’s West Queen West neighbourhood.

Grow Op 2015 seeks proposals from across North America ranging from horticultural initiatives to experimental and innovative landscape, art and community engagement projects. We seek proposals from individuals and/or new and existing collectives whose work engages with landscape, place and/or the natural world with the ultimate goal of creating an immersive exhibition that is both provocative and boundary pushing. Grow Op 2015 offers an exciting venue to engage a large audience in a dialogue about the qualities and meaning behind the designed landscape both in the private garden and in our civic spaces.

Grow Op explores new territories and seeks to uncover new ways of expression and meaning through proposals that represent a wide range of approaches from the prosaic to the poetic, the elemental to the ephemeral. The use of plant material is not a specific requirement. Submissions are encouraged from a wide variety of creative practitioners including the following: visual artists, fabricators, craftspeople, planners, historians, arborists, agriculturalists, landscape architects, cooks, ecologists, botanists, performance artists, musicians, filmmakers, scientists, sound artists, gardeners, writers, poets, designers, architects and enthusiastic urbanistsTo find out more visit our website.

September 5 to October 5, 12-5 daily, Second Floor Gallery
Plaque Presentation & Public Reception Sept 25, 7-9pm
Nuit Blanche Oct 4th Open All Night Long!

The Gladstone is celebrating 125 years this fall with an exhibition that reflects on the past and invites the public to contribute to the Hotel’s story, while inviting artists to propose the future. On September 25th, join us for an unveiling of our new historic plaque and join us as we look back on moments from the past 125 Years. On October 4th, for Nuit Blanche, artists take over the second floor with their propositional pieces for the space and help us interpret the future An international roster of artists who have made work that accentuate the magical qualities of the hotel, calling on the alchemy its site and recalling tales of its past.

In the BALLROOM: Sing Like No One’s Watching. Join Shameless Karaoke host Wil McLean for a special extended group sing-along karaoke. The words are on the big screen for everybody, so grab a hair brush on your way in and belt it out. Throughout the night we’ll also throw down some DJ sets if the room wants to dance. Extended liquor license means we’re serving & partying until 4am.

Nuit Blanche Featured Artists: Abstractus Collective, Adam Bialo, Andrew Choptiany, Apollonia Vanova, Ivan Buenader & Mary Dyja

Special Nuit Talk September 30, 6:30pm, Gladstone Ballroom
Walking Between Worlds - Navigating Issues of Migration and Exchange. Join A Walk Among Worlds artist Maximo Gonzalez and Stolen Portraits artist Ivan Buenader in discussion with Francisco Alvarez as they share insights on their practice.

About the Gladstone Hotel
The Gladstone Hotel is Toronto’s oldest continually operating hotel. In fact, this year, we’ll be turning 125 years young! Identifying as an art hotel since 2005, when local artists came together to transform our original 19th century hotel rooms into 37 unique rooms, and more like a gallery that never sleeps, we provide access to locally-made works 365 days per year. Our exhibitions and cultural programs host hundreds of artists, designers, craftspeople, musicians, performances, literary projects and social change events which illustrate Jane Jacobs’ assertion that ‘Old ideas can sometimes use new buildings. New ideas must use old buildings.’

Contact: Britt Welter-Nolan, MD Artistic Projects
Gladstone Hotel 1214 Queen St West
Toronto, ON, Canada M6J1J6