Profile: Red Dress Productions (Toronto)

24 11 2011

photo credit: Richard Rhyme, open studio at the 519 Church Street Community Centre for “Flux”

Profile: Red Dress Productions
Status: not-for-profit arts organization
Community served: Everyone is welcome.
Mandate/Arts Focus: Red Dress Productions is a not-for-profit arts company that works with/in communities on large-scale, community-engaged mosaic public artworks and interdisciplinary art and performance projects. Red Dress Productions grounds itself in the knowledge that community engaged art is an important contributor to the culture, vibrant neighbourhoods, and healthy communities. We are particularly interested in the interaction between community narratives and urban public space.

Red Dress Productions’ itinerant studio works primarily in downtown Toronto, however our projects have also had a province-wide and national reach with staged works extending as far as Vancouver, B.C. and Kenora, ON. We work in partnership with organizations and communities to:

  • Support self-presentation by providing artistic leadership, resources, tools, and mentorship toward supporting collaborative artistic practices, particularly where the effects of oppression and inequity impede the well being of individuals and communities.
  • Produce new works and transform public spaces that reflect and engage the communities that live there.
  • Explore and present the themes, visual motif, and stories of the communities we work with.
  • Create opportunities for people to explore and develop their creativity and civic engagement.
  • Increase access by offering free activities, food, childcare, and transportation.
  • Foster the development of emerging, equity-seeking emerging artists working in community-engaged practices by making mentorship, learning, and experimentation a central component of our work.

photo credit : Katie Yealland, detail from “Many Hands Make Light Work,” Sherbourne Health Centre Mosaic

Main Arts Projects: We have directly worked with more than 1000 people of a diversity of abilities, identities, experiences, and ages through our projects and events, and we have offered 9 employment apprenticeships to emerging artists.
Recently completed projects include “Many Hands Make Light Work,” (2011, 8’ x 18’ mosaic, Sherbourne Health Centre) and “Flux,” (2010, 27’ x 5’ mosaic, 519 Church Street Community Center). 300+ community members contributed to the conceptual development, design, and production of each of these public artworks.
We are currently working with Bleecker Street Housing Cooperative and Queen West Community Health Centre on new community engaged creative partnerships.
Language: English
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Contact: Anna Camilleri, Artistic Co-Director
Phone number: 416-629-8795
Address: (mailing address): 85 Bleecker Street, Toronto, ON M4X 1X1 (address of activities): various

– submitted by Anna Camilleri, Artistic Co-Director

Please see ArtBridges Google Map for more information.

photo credit (left):EK Park, arts-based research at the 519 Church Street Community Centre for “Flux”
(right): Anna Camilleri, detail from “Many Hands Make Light Work,” Sherbourne Health Centre Mosaic



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