ON VIEW AT THE BLUFFS GALLERY: Mural Routes’ Toronto Mural Archive Exhibit

Posted on March 7th, by scararts in Featured, Recent News. No Comments

Scarborough Arts is excited to be a partner of Mural Routes for the Toronto Mural Archive Exhibit

Exhibition Dates
March 1 to 30, 2018
The Bluffs Gallery at Scarborough Arts
1859 Kingston Road
Monday to Friday
10 AM to 5 PM

Closing Reception and Talk
March 28, 2018 
7 PM to 9 PM

Join Mural Routes for a Closing Reception and Talk entitled Murals as a Catalyst: The Story of Mural Routes’ Heritage Trail, Toronto’s first themed mural project. The Heritage Trail played a major role in the development of public wall art in Toronto. Inspired by the ‘mural town’ of Chemainus, B.C., Scarborough Arts spearheaded an initiative called the Heritage Trail, which produced murals depicting local Scarborough history along Kingston Road starting in 1990. The success of the first five murals of the Heritage Trail paved the way for the incorporation of Mural Routes in 1994, an arts-service organization that completed 12 Heritage Trail murals before broadening its mandate to include education and community murals across Toronto. 

Mural Routes’ Executive and Artistic Director Karin Eaton and artist John Hood will re-tell stories and reminisce about the early years of the Heritage Trail. The event is free and all are welcome. 


The Toronto Mural Archive is a research project and touring informational exhibit, the first of its kind to survey the history of mural art in Toronto. Mural Routes has gathered articles, information and stories, taking time to reflect on the field of public mural art’s developments so far.

We have combined our research together to share ‘the story’ of murals in Toronto in a touring exhibit. The archive provides context to both critically reflect and inspire the future mural art movement in Toronto, and to provide a template for other Ontario cities to follow.

The Toronto Mural Archive Exhibit reflects on the history of mural art in the city, including the influence of Toronto’s first themed trail of murals created along Kingston Road, Scarborough.


The Toronto Mural Archive Exhibit will tour in 2018, in gallery spaces across Toronto. Each exhibit will coincide with a speakers event that will be open to the public—with themes ranging from reflecting on the stories and history of the local mural scene, to innovations and looking towards the future. 

 – May 8 to 31: Downtown Yonge BIA Pop Up Gallery
 – June to August 14: Urbanspace Gallery at 401 Richmond
 – August 20 to September 21: Storefront Gallery at Arts Etobicoke


For more information, visit muralroutes.ca or contact Tara Dorey, Curator, The Toronto Mural Archive at programs@muralroutes.ca.




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