Bring to the Table

In collaboration with Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, “Bring to the Table” invited attendees and passers-by’s to transform a structure representing a house, constructed on the grounds of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health on Queen Street West, into a “home” using upcycled materials and furnishings collected from collaborating area businesses and residents, as well as engage in activities that would otherwise take place in someone’s home, such as: playing board games, sharing food, reading books participating in a living room dance party, midnight snacking and even catnapping.

The structure and its contents was in part created during the 2014 Queen West Art Crawl, where community members had the opportunity to engage with the creation of this work, alongside local artists and designers. They were then be welcomed back “home” as part of Nuit Blanche, where they were able to experience the work in its final form – the installation was dynamic and provided an opportunity for dialogue on issues of sustainability, consumption and the role of the home in community (and vice versa).

This project was made possible the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Foundation, Evergreen CityWorks, Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, the West Queen West BIA, Green Moxie, and the dedication of designers Rodrigo Marti and Mahmood Popal.

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