Weybourne Project: an alternative space for engaging with art
Site: Lawrence Park, Toronto
Project Type: Independant Exhibition in partnership with Luff Gallery
Role: Co-curator & Creative Director
With an interest to offer a new model for viewing contemporary art, beyond that of public sculpture, The Weybourne Project permeates the private sphere of residential neighbourhood. The advent of conceptual art and installation, strongly implemented in contemporary art by the mid-1980s, lent itself well to imaginative projects in non-conventional venues, leaving the ‘white cube’ behind. The Weybourne Project is part of a roving gallery concept that occupies spaces in their moment of transformation. It provides a platform for artists and architects to reimagine, augment, twist and manipulate the existing spaces. During a one-week residency, 16 works of art and architecture were created throughout the house using existing spaces and materials. On October 25, 2013 its doors opened for people to play, wander and re-imagine possibilities.
The series is formed by interim use of houses that are destined for demolition in the city (over 2000 of them every year) and placing collaborative and participatory creative projects within them for a short period of time. This form of gallery making, challenges the boundaries of conventional exhibition spaces and creates a rare opportunity for creating site-specific works.
These appropriated spaces are liberated from their past functions as a ‘home’ and have no commitment to the future development taking place in them. This liminal condition of these buildings are favourable for adoption of its spaces according to the needs of proposed projects: removing a floor to create a two storey-high music chamber to achieve intended sonic qualities , or adoption of a staircase to create a narrative environment for a live video projection.
Artists & architects participating:
ANDREAS BUCHWALDT , CARA SPOONER, APRIL WONG, JANIS DEMKIW, COURTNEY PARKS , DONALD MILLER, FARSAN FARAHANI, FICTIONAL TERRITORIES, JAMES ANTHONY USAS, JESSICA LEVINE & ALEXANDRIA KUSIAK , RAMIN YAMIN , GELAREH SAADATPAJOUH, SANAM SAMANIAN, SUE TANG & SHAMIR PANCHAL , VICTORIA TAYLOR , CHRISTOPHER WILLES
ANNE BOURNE, RYAN BROUWER, ISLA CRAIG, COLIN FISHER, DANIEL HARLEY, GERMAINE LIU, NICOLE RAMPERSAUD, TOM RICHARDS, ALEX SAMARAS , HEATHER SEGGER , CHRISTOPHER WILLES