About the Event
Built at the turn of the 20th century as a lithography factory, 401 Richmond Street West is a historic warehouse in downtown Toronto that is now a thriving cultural hub and home to some of the city’s most engaging artists, designers, producers, microenterprises, galleries, festivals and retailers.
One of Toronto’s key arts centres, 401 Richmond is a must-see destination for locals and visitors alike. And as a cornerstone venue for many city-wide cultural events, 401 Richmond presents a unique and dynamic program of engagements annually.
Since its inception in 2002, Nuit Blanche Toronto has been a vital part of the 401 public events programming (originally program). Entitled Built for Art, this curatorial initiative showcases the creative spaces and unexpected places that define the unique 401 personality. Throughout the Nuit Blanche 12-hour spectacle, 401 Richmond teems with dynamic and interactive exhibitions, installations and performances created by home-grown talent and by artists from far away.
Two floors of creative exploration await Nuit Blanche Toronto revellers for an unique experience that both highlights a diversity of cultural practices and showcases the iconic address that continues to influence and transform Toronto’s cultural landscape.
The 2019 program featured engaging and entertaining, site-specific installations and performances that activated public sites throughout 401 Richmond, including contributions from Donald Quan, Rob Nicholls, Donné Roberts, Dorset Fine Arts, Erin MacKeen, art students from Mayfield Secondary School, Yasmine Louis, Cheryl Rondeau, rzlbd’s +ve virus and THEN & NOW, a two-person exhibition featuring 2018 401 Richmond Career Launcher, Carol Cheong and 2019 401 Richmond Career Launcher, Miles Ingrassia.
In addition to this suite of one-night-only presentations, many 401 Richmond tenants made their spaces available for artful experiences during the Nuit Blanche 2019 extended hours. Visitors enjoyed exhibitions and installations at A Space Gallery, Abbozzo Gallery, Cinecycle, Good Gorilla Inc., Open Studio, Red Head Gallery, Ryerson Artspace, Tangled Art + Disability, Trinity Square Video, Urbanspace Gallery, Yumart Gallery and YYZ Artists’ Outlet.
Retail and hospitality partners Darkhorse Espresso Bar, Good Gorilla, The Roastery Coffee House, Spacing Store, SWIPE Design provided unique Nuit Blanche experiences.
Stay tuned for more details because on October 3rd, 2020 beginning at 6:59 pm, 401 Richmond once again transforms into a one-stop, high-energy artistic experience representing a synergy between on-site galleries, tenant artists, and the broader arts community – all under one roof!
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