The Toronto Biennial of Art is wrapping up soon

The Biennial of Art is 72 days of FREE art! In an effort to make contemporary art available to everyone, the Biennial’s free, citywide programs aim to inspire individuals, bridge communities, and contribute to global conversations from a variety of perspectives.

Did you know that the Biennial of Art 2019 can be viewed right here in Mississauga at the Small Arms Building?

Now that the Biennial is in full swing (it opened September 21 and is on view until December 1), we’re circling back to see if you might be interested in touring the sites and installations, interviewing the organizers, curators, or artists or previewing some upcoming programs. 

Biennial exhibitions and programs are free and open to the public at more than 15 locations in the GTA.

A couple of upcoming program highlights for November include:

Jumblies Theater & Arts Workshop

Small Arms Inspection Building

1352 Lakeshore Road, Mississauga

November 9, 16, 30

Performance time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

On Saturdays throughout the Biennial, a team of artists from Jumblies Theatre & Arts facilitate public art-making workshops for all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. After viewing the installation, By These Presents: “Purchasing” Torontoat Small Arms Inspection Building, participants are invited to write, draw, or embroider their responses on felted quilt pieces. Both Iroquois and Anishinaabe beading styles are shared, alongside open discussion of the installation’s content. Following the workshops the pieces generated will be combined in a giant quilt that addresses the Dish with One Spoon regional treaty and presented at the Biennial’s 2021 edition.

Combat Ready Kitchen

Small Arms Inspection Building

1352 Lakeshore Road, Mississauga

November 10, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Anastacia Marx de Salcedo, author of Combat-Ready Kitchen: How the U.S. Military Shapes the Way You Eat(2015), discusses the military’s role in the technological development of processed foods and the distribution, commercialization, and effects of packaged goods within society. The author will have bags of Made Ready to Eat (MRE) foods for the audience to try. There will also be a set of everyday groceries for the audience to “unpack” including things like energy bars, instant coffee, powdered cheese snacks – quotidian foods originally created by the USA military that can be found in regular grocery stores. 

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