Art Gallery of Ontario and Metro Toronto Convention Centre partnership brings art to the community

    TORONTO, June 16 /CNW/ - The Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) is
bringing a Canadian art collection to visitors through a partnership with the
Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). As part of a number of enhancements to the
Centre, the MTCC has decorated its walls with seven initial pieces of artwork
by contemporary Canadian artists.
    "Toronto has a thriving arts culture: visitors to the city can access
such gems as our new AGO and Royal Ontario Museum, and events like Nuit
Blanche and Luminato," said Barry Smith, President & CEO of the MTCC. "Now, we
are excited to bring the work of Canadian artists directly into the Metro
Toronto Convention Centre - for the enjoyment of visitors and Torontonians
    The partnership is made possible through the AGO's Art Rental and Sales
Program, which makes artwork available for sale to the public and for rent by
members of the AGO. The Gallery's Rental and Sale collection includes
paintings, drawings, photographs, original prints and sculpture. The program
also includes a consultation service to pair the right pieces in each space.
    "Our program allows the public to access and really connect to original
works of art, and all proceeds from the rental help support educational
programs and acquisitions at the AGO," says Kirstin Mearns, General Manager
Retail at the AGO. "By partnering with MTCC we can extend this unique
experience and its benefits to an even larger community."

    About the MTCC

    The Metro Toronto Convention Centre is Canada's No.1 convention and trade
show facility. Since its opening in 1984, the MTCC has hosted approximately
12,000 events and entertained nearly 40 million guests. For further
information, please visit

For further information:

For further information: Christine Chiu, Metro Toronto Convention
Centre, (416) 585-8106,

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