One of Toronto’s favourite boutique hotels, also known for being an arts and culture destination, Gladstone Hotel is readying its 2nd floor gallery and public spaces for an inimitable exhibition launching March 6th.
If Walls Could Talk (IWCT) will showcase work by emerging and established illustration artists. Running March 6th through 30th, 2014 IWCT features projects using illustration, or other art forms related to it, to occupy or alter the hotel’s 2nd floor gallery and public spaces in dramatic, conceptual and experimental ways.
Curated by Leila Courey, a photographer turned illustrative artist who has dedicated her career to fostering commercial opportunities for the creativity of visual artists, If Walls Could Talk features the top submissions from a nationwide call for artists promoted in May 2013 by media sponsor Applied Arts Magazine. The jury then reviewed, discussed, and selected proposals in August 2013, after which Leila collaborated with each participant to designate specific rooms and public spaces to showcase their work. The results will be on public display come IWCT’s launch on March 6th.
Adding to the exceptional works of art will be an off-site installation at an as-yet-undisclosed location conceptualized by agency sponsor Zulu Alpha Kilo. The one-day pop-up installation will draw awareness to If Walls Could Talk in an innovative and fresh way that will engage passersby. Applied Arts Magazine continues its support of the exhibition as media sponsor.
Check out some pictures of the unique designer rooms at Gladstone Hotel below. One recent addition was the Surreal Gourmet room designed by celebrity chef Bob Blumer.