Walls & Barriers

2010 Walls and Barriers: A Collaborative Project celebrated a socially engaged partnership between MAMC, the Institute For Contemporary Culture at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, and students and teachers from diverse backgrounds across the city. Unprecedented in its scale and conception, the project inventively connected 500 young artists and initiated a conversation on themes of overcoming obstacles. The project established a creative interaction between the students and the first career retrospective of contemporary African artist El Anatsui, titled “When I Last Spoke to You About Africa”. Best known for his monumental wall sculptures made from metal bottle tops, Anatsui transforms often overlooked materials such as discarded metal and found wood onto important visual statements that embody global, local and personal histories. Both El Anatsui’s words and his metallic wall hangings provided the participants with a springboard and the aesthetic energy to think about the ways that personal walls and barriers can be permeated. The participants engaged in dialogue with El Anatsui when he visited the student exhibit in Toronto during his retrospective in 2010.

STUDENT WORKS

Student artwork
Student artwork
Student artwork
Student artwork
Student artwork
Student artwork
Student artwork
Student artwork
Student artwork

PROCESS

student with artwork
Student working on art piece
Student working on art piece
Elena Soni with Student
Teachers and Artistic Directors
Art opening

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Beausoleil First Nation
Community Urban Research Lab
Institute of Contemporary Culture
Royal Ontario Museum
Sketch
The Harriet Tubman Institute
The Spot
York University

SCHOOL PARTNERS

A.Y. Jackson Secondary School
Bishop Strachan School
Branksome Hall
Central Commerce
Central Technical School
Don Mills Collegiate Institute
Lakeshore Collegiate Institute
Martin Grove Collegiate Institute
Northview Heights Secondary School
Royal Saint George's College
School of Experimental Education
St. Clement's School
Upper Canada College
Ursula Franklin Academy
West Hill Collegiate
Western Technical School
Wexford Technical School

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Making Art Making Change is a non-profit charity committed to giving voice to individuals in a group setting within communities through the use of visual arts.

Our experienced artist educators are committed to creating a safe space and engaging projects where participants can explore artistic expression while developing self-awareness, collaboration skills and original creative thinking. Our focus is to facilitate dialogue and collaboration, thereby strengthening community bonds and reducing isolation.

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