September 13, 2015
by Canadian Architect
The Gladstone Hotel’s fourth annual Grow Op exhibition is open for submissions, which takes place April 21-24, 2016. Grow Op is a four-day exhibition that celebrates innovative ideas and conceptual responses to landscape, gardens, art and placemaking under this year’s theme—The Culture of Landscape.
Grow Op 2016 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, proposals are sought 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.
Please note: The use of plant material is not a specific requirement. However, if plants are included, appropriate plant selection and a commitment to basic plant care is required.
Fees to participate are as follows and will be required once the jury has made its final selections. There is no proposal submission fee. Room installations are $350 + HST, and site-specific public-space installations/projects are $100 + HST.
To apply, please visit www.gladstonehotel.com/spaces/growop2016callforsubmissions/ and complete the submission form online. Please submit electronically no later than 11:00pm (EST) on September 30, 2015.