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FIGMENT Toronto 2016: What to Expect

This year will be Figment’s Fabulous Fourth year on Olympic Island! Following on from last year’s resounding success, the team have been working hard to put together another weekend of amazing interactive art for the public to experience FREE OF CHARGE!

When I first joined the team, I didn’t really know what to expect, but what I got far surpassed anything I might have imagined. Working with such a wonderful group of volunteers for the last three years has helped me focus my career path and make amazing friends, as well as allowed me to work on something truly magical, that I feel intensely proud of.

The mandate of this international arts event is clear: No money changes hands. No corporate sponsorships get in the way of the experience. Everyone is welcome. And EVERYONE can enjoy it.We work with artists to make sure that the main component—interactivity/participation—is adhered to, and we believe that art is something that everyone should be able to enjoy, regardless of whether they already love art, their age, race, gender etc… Inclusivity is key.


While one of my very favorite projects won’t be returning this year (the Aqua Attack team are heading to Edinburgh for the Fringe Festival!!), we as always, have an amazing lineup of art projects to play with.

Veronica Cambell’s Mobile Sanctuary will be bigger and even better than last year. Come and meditate, tell stories, nap and simply relax in a peaceful environment.

The Musical Bike has been seen at just about every Toronto festival this year and Figment will be no exception. I have been working on logistics with Larry and Phil to get this cacophonous monstrosity of never-ending fun onto the island, just for you!

I’m not quite sure what he’s bringing yet, but Spatson Pollock artist Daniel Martins is returning with something guaranteed to be just as fun as throwing paint at him…

Dave Braun’s Hug-a-Bear-O-Meter, the always delightful People Piano AND Parallel Beam Theatre will be on the island, even though he will be in Japan (sad face).

Last year, Rob Privato’s City Scape was a huge hit.

Fancy a game of hide and seek with The Bushes again this year?

Other projects include: David Hynes’ Conundrum, Hooper Sonic will be doing hoop jam tutorials, Roxane’s Craft Zone and Family area will be open for crafty business, 23kgs/50Lbs will be collecting your Island Tales and binding them into a collective story book, which will be available for digital download after the event… photo walks, water fights, circus competition and much much more!

Like the sound of this? Join us on July 23rd & 24th on Toronto’s Olympic Island (just off the Centre Island Ferry) for two days of amazing fun. You won’t regret it.

Would you like to get involved? Being a part of the Figment Team means being a part of a wonderful group of driven people who like to have a fun time. We offer perks that include a free t-shirt, ferry passes, honoraria (artists only) bbq &/breakfast and island camping for 2 day commitments for both artists and volunteers. (Please note- you have to register to be eligible for ANY of these things)

You can sign up to be a volunteer here:

Have an art project you’d like to submit? Our portal will be open until midnight July 15th:

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This entry was posted on July 1, 2016 by in Art, Curatorial Practice, Eco-art, FREE, participatory art and tagged , , , , .
Vicki Clough

Vicki Clough

Vicki is an independent curator and craftsperson with a focus on socially engaged and participatory art and events. In January 2016 she helped launch Reconstructing Resilience, a research and curatorial project that explored various forms of sustainable practice. As a freelance curator she has worked with the Riverdale Hub, Myseum of Totonto/Art Spin and was the Curatorial Director of Figment Toronto from 2014 to 2017. She has also co-curated exhibitions including JAYU's iAM photography project (2016 & 2017), Move to Stillness, for the Harbourfront Centre's Kick Up Your Heels Festival (2015), The Duel, AGO First Thursdays (2014), and What Are You Made Of? OCAD U Graduate Gallery (2013). She initiated the Toronto based workshop model and website Polymers in Action: Socially Engaged Art and the Environment as part of her studies at OCAD University, where she obtained her Master of Fine Arts degree in Criticism and Curatorial Practice. She publishes on anything that interests her deeply and moves her to the point of lengthy verbal expression.

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