Since 2009 Art Spin has been activating decommissioned venues and unique public spaces to produce large scale group exhibitions along with curated bicycle-led art tours to showcase a wide range of newly commissioned art programming in unique site-specific settings. Led by Layne Hinton and Rui Pimenta, artists and independent curators, Art Spin is driven by a strong sense of commitment and passion for presenting contemporary artworks in alternative, everyday spaces in order to make its audience’s experiences with art more engaging and exciting.
Art Spin could best be described as a project that creatively mediates relationships between the Toronto art community and the general public. The primary goal of our events is to produce new creative content in alternative venues and to bridge the gap between the art world and the general public. Our events aim to be accessible, inviting and fun, while also being educational, critically engaging and thoughtfully curated.
Art Spin challenges traditional contexts of exhibiting art and brings work outside of a traditional gallery context, into unique and unorthodox spaces. Art Spin's geographical route is just as curated as the artwork, and as a result neighbourhoods are temporarily transformed, with their inhabitants seeing familiar streets in a different light during an Art Spin tour.
Art Spin, initially called Gallery Spin was created in 2009 by founder Rui Pimenta and in its first year consisted of bicycle tours of galleries. In this first year, the tours saw an average of 30-40 participants per tour. After curating unique performances specifically for the bicycle tour, Pimenta saw the potential for growth and the need to expand outside of the gallery walls and to begin exploring alternative spaces and temporary site-specific works.
In 2010 Pimenta brought on board Casey Hinton and Layne Hinton and Gallery Spin became Art Spin, a more multi-disciplinary bicycle tour that takes participants to a range of galleries, but also a plethora of unique and unconventional locations for viewing art. In the summer of 2010, Art Spin went from having 30 participants to having 200, and has continued to see these groups grow in size and enthusiasm over the years.
Since 2009 Art Spin has commissioned fifty two new projects in the areas of painting, sculpture and installation, video/integrated media, sonic art, dance, music and theatre and introduced an approximate audience of 4000 people to these projects. In 2013 alone Art Spin worked directly with 40 artists, 6 collectives, 4 guest curators and an additional 80 performers over the span of three bicycle tours and our annual group exhibition.