No.9 is pleased to announce the launch of an exciting new artist-led initiative, No.9 Public Art. Building on No.9’s rich history of fostering awareness of current ecological and social concerns through contemporary art and design, this new program is spearheaded by acclaimed interdisciplinary artist and designer, Sean Martindale. No.9 first worked with Martindale in 2014, when we commissioned two of his site-specific installations for our Eco-Art-Fest at Todmorden Mills, and again in 2015, for the more permanent piece, Corridor Connections: Between the Lines, along the Gatineau Hydro Corridor. Martindale is known for his playful public interventions and large-scale community projects that engage the public in environmental and social issues.

No.9 Public Art is collaborative and experimental, and takes an agile approach to engaging the public; an approach particularly suited to the evolving conditions that accompany COVID-19. The program aims to continually strengthen and expand relationships with artists, community, and partner organizations. No.9 Public Art is committed to continuing to work with equity-seeking communities, and to supporting indigenous artists, artists of colour, artists who self-identify as 2SLGBTQIAP+, artists who have disabilities, or are living with mental illness, and newcomer and refugee artists. We seek to not only bring attention to environmental and social issues, but to highlight the work of everyone involved.

Stay tuned during Toronto’s Year of Public Art, 2021, for the first No.9 Public Art initiative, Pillars of Change. This multifaceted upcoming project engages professional artists, youth, and communities across the Greater Toronto Area and beyond in environmental and social issues. Working with partner organizations and schools, Pillars of Change encourages participation –online and in outdoor public spaces – and is designed to meet the evolving challenges of COVID-19. The project amplifies the work of both prominent and emerging artists, collaborators, and community partners.