Beloved Community: Scarborough Arts’ 35th Annual Juried Exhibition and BIG ART BOOK Launch!

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35th Annual Juried Exhibition
+ Big Art Book Online Exhibition Launch November 29th, 2020 2-3pm

About Beloved Community and the 35th Annual Juried Exhibition + Big Art Book

For this years 35th Annual Juried exhibition we are bringing back the old and doing something new!
We are excited to have available once again an online published copy of our renowned “Big Art Book” which is produced in tandem with the Annual Juried Exhibition every year. The Big Art Book was brought back after a year hiatus due to community feedback and interest, and we are excited to once again provide the opportunity for participating artists to have their works published and to share with all!
Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions and safety concerns, we have also made the decision to host our Annual Juried Exhibition exclusively online through our website, YouTube, and Facebook page.
Live Exhibition Launch Details:

A live exhibition launch will take place through StreamYard on our Facebook and YouTube channels, on November 29th from 2-3pm.

This exhibition launch will include a short presentation about the exhibition by Scarborough Arts staff and the AJE jurors, and winners will also be announced! All you have to do to tune is join us LIVE on November 29th 2020 at 2pm on our Facebook or Youtube. Please see here for links to our Facebook and YouTube pages:


About The 35th Annual Juried Exhibition and Theme

The many challenging events of the past year have reminded us all of the responsibility to care; for ourselves, for each other, and the environment around us. Through our landmark 35th Annual Juried exhibition we wish to highlight the necessity for collective care and the ways in which we enact this care, especially during times of great need. 

The title of our 35th Annual Juried Exhibition, “Beloved Community” derives from Martin Luther King Jr.’s concept of all individuals in society working towards the attainable eradication of racism, violence, suffering, and oppression. On beloved community, author bell hooks further notes that: “beloved community is formed not by the eradication of difference but by its affirmation, by each for us claiming the identities and cultural legacies that share who we are and how we live in the world.” Thus, through the example of “Beloved Community,” we are individually called to personal accountability in achieving the collective goal of wellbeing for all. 

In thinking about this title, theme, and bell hooks’ quote on “Beloved Community,” we invite artists, writers, and poets, to consider how art acts as a mechanism for collective care, through individual responsibility. We encourage submissions by artists that reflect questions such as: How does art play a role in communities in time(s) of need? How does art connect us as individuals and communities from various walks of life? How does art act as a mechanism for raising awareness of injustices, to relay collective joys, to embody communal celebration, and to express demands for change? 
Congratulations to This Years Exhibiting Artists and Writers:
Alessandra Pozzuoli, Angela Chao, Anne Winter, Ashley Gittens, Dana Sewell, Denise Kemp, Elvin Velasco, Huda Salha, Jennifer Toffoli, Jennylynd James, Karmuhilan Chellakkannu, Ken Chan, Krystal Jagoo, Lesley Williams, Mahnaz Nezarati, Megan Pearson, Natalie Plociennik, Noaman Rahin, Pat Tadier, Patty Hargreaves, Saira Ansari, Sherlyn Hu, Star Nahwegahbo, Sylvie Stojanovski, Tamara Masa Vojinovic, Tanya Adèle Koehnke, Tiffany Dawe, Tina Kabir, Vidya Kumar.

Natasha Ramoutar (Writing)

Natasha Ramoutar is an Indo-Guyanese writer by way of Scarborough (Ganatsekwyagon) at the east side of Toronto. She has been published in The Unpublished City II, PRISM International, Room Magazine, Living Hyphen and more. She is the Social Media Assistant at the Festival of Literary Diversity and the Fiction Editor of FEEL WAYS, an anthology of Scarborough writing. Her first poetry collection Bittersweet was published by Mawenzi House in 2020.

Photo credit for Headshot: Matthew Narea

Sarvenaz Rayati
(Visual Arts)

Sarvenaz Rayati is a multidisciplinary artist based in Toronto. She received her BA in painting and BA in visual communication from Art University in Tehran. She has exhibited her work internationally and since moving to the city, she has led several public art installations in form of light sculptures and mosaic murals in different parts of the city.
“Storytelling has always been my main motivation to create art. Heritage, the self, path, nature, the act of seeking—these are all recurrent themes in my work. I’m inspired by Persian miniatures & literature, comics, found photographs and life around me.”


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