The Artist Project: Juried Contemporary Art Fair

Meet hundreds of artists face-to-face and discover their inspiration

TORONTO, Feb. 13, 2013 /CNW/ - From February 21 to February 24, more than 250 carefully juried independent contemporary artists and thousands of art patrons will join together at The Artist Project (#TAP13), now in its sixth year. From first-time home buyers and interior designers to emerging/seasoned collectors and gallerists, this four-day fair provides a rare opportunity to explore and directly support Canadian and international artists from various disciplines.  In a digital age of high-tech and low-touch, The Artist Project brings back the power of personal connection by providing an interactive and inspired forum for artists and art enthusiasts to meet and engage in a shared passion.


February 21 - 24, 2013
Thursday:  6PM - 7PM (Media and VIP only), 7PM - 10PM (Opening Night Preview and Party, 19+ Event)
Friday:  12PM - 8PM
Saturday:  11AM - 8PM
Sunday:  11AM - 6PM

Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place
195 Princes' Boulevard, Toronto
Come by: TTC, GO, or car (Paid Parking on-site) - MAP


Opening Night Preview and Party:

Thursday, February 21, 6-7 PM for Media and VIP only, 7-10 PM all ticket holders (restricted 19+) - Be among the first to view and purchase original works of art by top independent contemporary artists. Enjoy an electric evening of art, music, and delicious eats! A portion of the ticket proceeds from the Opening Night Preview and Party will be donated to the Canadian Art Foundation. For media passes, please RSVP to Sam Shecter at

Untapped Emerging Artist Competition - The Artist Project is dedicated to supporting the development of emerging artists through the juried Untapped Emerging Artists competition. It awards artists a FREE space at the exhibition, and is an opportunity for artists to participate in a professional-level art fair and showcase their work to gallerists, collectors and art enthusiasts at no cost!

The Faces Competition - This year TAP challenged artists to create a piece of art based on their interpretation of the theme, Faces. Selected by a panel of judges, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners will receive cash prizes, and visitors can vote for their favourite entry in the People's Choice Award.

SONY Full-frame Studio - SONY is back with another exciting feature, where ten photographers from the show were selected and each given either a top-of-the-line SONY a99 DSLR or RX1 compact "full-frame" Camera to create stunning works of art using SONY's revolutionary full-frame sensor technology.  Come and relax amongst these never-before seen images or try your hand at these world-class cameras.

Video Artbox - The Artist Project 2013 will re-launch the Video Artbox, where the work of cutting edge video artists from across the country will be featured.

Installation Zone - Explore large-scale sculpture, conceptual art, and installations from the country's most talented contemporary artists.

Art Chats - This series offers a variety of engaging and inspiring seminars hosted by leading art and design experts.  This year's topics range from Manny Neubacher & Anya Shor's "What to Look For When Collecting Art by Emerging Artists" to Stephen Bulger's "Photography: Collecting 101" to Betty Ann Jordan's "Here's Looking at You: Portraits Today".  For a full list, visit

Art Walks - The Artist Project docents offer an informative exploration of the show, along with the opportunity to meet multi-disciplinary artists, learn about their various inspirations and the process involved with creating their works of art. Art Walks are complimentary with admission.

NEW! Uptown/Downtown Hotel Art Tour - Get an exclusive look inside the private art collections of two of Toronto's trendiest hotels, Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto and The Hazelton Hotel, and view their wide variety of works including paintings, sculpture, photographs and more. This tour includes admission to the show, two art-guided tours approximately 45 minutes long, transportation to and from the show and hotels, complimentary coat check at the show, and snacks and refreshments at one hotel. For more information, visit:

Opening Night Party (19+ event): $25 at the door/$23 online
Adults: $15 at the door/$13 online
Seniors/Students: $10
Children 12 years of age or under: FREE
Free Re-Admission
For tickets / info about the show, visit:

About The Artist Project:

The Artist Project is a meeting ground for artists, art collectors, dealers and enthusiasts and produced by Informa Canada. As one of the largest trade show producers in the world, Informa Canada is committed to the continued development and enhancement of the art world through collaboration and partnership. As international purveyors of fine art, craft, and design exhibitions, our experienced staff of art fair coordinators are also credited with Art Toronto, the One of a Kind Shows, the Interior Design Show and IIDEX/NeoCon Canada.

For more information, visit, check out our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter at @TAP_Toronto (#TAP13)


SOURCE: The Artist Project

For further information:

For media inquiries and accreditation, please contact Arts & Communications:
Sam Shecter || 416-966-3421 ext. 206
Daniel St. Germaine || 416-966-3421 ext. 201

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