Take a look at some of our past exhibits with our Photo Flashbacks. In this installment check out 2018 Festival exhibits: 21 by 2050, Diligence and Elegance, Alignment and Work/Life.

Don’t forget to register your exhibition or event for the 2019 Festival by Friday, October 5, 2018. Click here to learn more.

21 by 2050

21 by 2050 is an educational web tool that teaches users about the plan to fight climate change and how diet plays a role in rising global temperatures. Adjusting our eating habits is crucial to combating climate change, especially when it comes to beef. World leaders have agreed on an annual emissions “budget” – a goal meant to prevent the planet’s temperature from increasing by more than 2°C – but the current plan fails to address diet in a meaningful way. Based on some basic information, the web tool calculates the emissions created by the user’s diet of beef. Then we ask, “if everyone in the world ate beef like you, how much of the global emissions budget would be taken up by beef production alone?” The number can be humbling for a frequent beef-eater, and is a great place to start the conversation about diet and emissions.

By Supermilk Studio and Up at Five

Diligence and Elegance

Diligence and Elegance: The Nature of Japanese Textiles presents over 50 textiles and garments from the Textile Museum of Canada’s collection of 19th and 20th century artifacts made in Japan for both everyday and occasional use. The exhibition focuses on the highly refined skills and materials by which textiles have been constructed and decorated over centuries, and on how diligence and ingenuity have shaped their timeless beauty. The persistence of traditions seen in such rigorously executed textiles has come to embody the heart of Japanese aesthetics. Every material, colour and technique has a story to tell.

By Hiroko Karuno, Keiko Shintani, Natalia Nekrassova


Alignment is the result of a collaboration of materials, design, and vision. After working alongside each other as Artists-In-Residence at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre, Silvia and Pasha have decided to blend their aesthetics together for the purpose of creating this installation. In their individual practices, Silvia and Pasha are each inspired by traditional forms and industrial shapes. Historically, glass and brass have been used in combination to create both decorative objects and industrial products. Silvia and Pasha are intrigued that this classic pairing of materials can be found in so many different contexts, why not in a window installation too?

By Silvia Taylor and Pasha Moezzi


Half of the world’s population now lives in urban centres where real estate is expensive and space is hard to come by. In Toronto alone, average condo sizes have shrunk by over 100 square feet over the last ten years. This has resulted in a trend towards making small spaces more livable and efficient. At the same time, the nature of work has changed drastically. We no longer work 9-5 in standard office spaces. For the knowledge industry, co-working spaces and home offices have proliferated. The boundaries between work, home, and “life” are hard to define. ‘Work/Life’ is an exhibition that explores fresh and original housewares and working products for contemporary life, showcasing the work of 10 Canadian designers and studios

By Allstudio, Area 91, Dear Human, F&Y, Char Kennedy, Jacob Mailman, Mercury Bureau, MPGMB, Geof Ramsay, Stewart Shum and Ange-line Tetrault