- Freedom of Expression -

To celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, the 519 Church Street Community Centre hosted a multimedia art event they dubbed "Freedom of Expression". Featuring pieces by Toronto-based artists stemming from all over the world, Freedom of Expression was a cross-section of pieces all unique in style and medium. Although united by themes of gender identity and self-expression, each artist's work stood out as uniquely their own, showcasing the infinite ways in which individual identities may be represented.

Painting by Rachel Oliver // Rachel is a current student in the Assaulted Women's and Children's Counsellor/Advocate program at George Brown College

Painting by Rachel Oliver // Rachel is a current student in the Assaulted Women's and Children's Counsellor/Advocate program at George Brown College

Poster by multidisciplinary artist Sarah Phillipson

Poster by multidisciplinary artist Sarah Phillipson

Still from a short film by Benjamin Edelberg. // Edelberg has made a film collage by processing and editing video from a variety of sources: YouTube, cell phone cameras, classic films etc.

Still from a short film by Benjamin Edelberg. // Edelberg has made a film collage by processing and editing video from a variety of sources: YouTube, cell phone cameras, classic films etc.

Open space for guests to create!

Open space for guests to create!

Activist, writer, and amateur art-maker Laura Hughes in front of her work. 

Activist, writer, and amateur art-maker Laura Hughes in front of her work. 

What I loved most about the exhibit was its emphasis on showcasing pieces by artists working in such different mediums and from diverse backgrounds. The curators of the event made a fantastic choice by including works by artists of all different experience levels. Some of the pieces were created by professional artists with MFAs and some were created by individuals just beginning to explore self-expression through visual art. Freedom of Expression created a place for an individual's work to shine in its own right, with no curatorial constraints.