Art / Canada

Comfort zone

Arts institutions can seem intimidating and cold to some members of the younger generation but one Canadian museum aims to become more accessible by handing over its reins to student curators. On Saturday, Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) will host the third instalment of All Hours, an all-day, all-ages event with musical performances, art installations and live storytelling based on the wintry theme of hygge, the Danish concept of cultivating cosiness. The programming is by students from the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCADU), one of Canada’s premier art universities, through an ongoing partnership with the AGO. “We’re thinking about how we bring in the community and make [art] accessible and fun for everybody,” says Samantha Hopple, a student in OCADU’s Criticism & Curatorial Practice MFA programme. “What we’re trying to do with the cosiness theme is to make people feel comfortable in this museum environment.”

AGO All Hours returns this January, inviting visitors to enjoy a day of warmth, storytelling and comfort. Guest curated by OCAD University‘s Criticism & Curatorial Practice (MFA) students, experience a cozy campsite in the heart of the museum, pop-up tours and performances by emerging Toronto artists.

All Hours is FREE for everyone 25 and under, all #AGOAnnualPass holders and #AGOmembers.

This year’s OCAD class are:
Marilyn Adlington,
Nina Bakan
Rebecca Casalino
Jenna Chasse
Alex Gregory
Samantha Hopple
Muxuan Hua
Penny Pan
Alexander Rondeau

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