Art Spin is an organization that presents exceptional contemporary art in unexpected spaces to create unique public experiences.
We’re a gallery without walls, a cultural centre that lives and travels across the city, a nomadic arts programmer and a cultural mediator – mentoring, collaborating, supporting and sharing contemporary art – making it public in the process.
Acting as urban explorers, curators and creative collaborators, we discover and share overlooked and under-utilized spaces. We recontextualize the built environment as a platform for contemporary art, crafting an atmosphere for a shared experience. The site is never secondary; place matters and our projects expand the meaning – and push the boundaries – of public art.
People matter too; our approach makes art captivating and approachable, to both experienced and newly initiated audience members alike. Multiple-entry points open up the work to a broad and diverse public. Although our projects might be temporary and ephemeral in nature they have a lasting impact.
We’ve curated exhibitions and projects in abandoned buildings, on sailing ships and across a series of storage lockers. We’ve developed creative programming for talks and events, established an elaborate arts festival at a decommissioned theme park, curated Toronto’s 2019 Nuit Blanche and continue to be known for our founding events - our beloved art bike tours.
Art Spin is led by the collaborative curatorial duo Layne Hinton and Rui Pimenta; artists, curators, city-builders, cultural mediators and urban explorers. We’re supported across various projects by interns, volunteers, artists, partners, funders and collaborators. As a small organization, we’re nimble, responsive and industrious, doing a lot with a little.