Art fills our lives with colour, stories and emotion, which is why Union is proud to present year-round rotation of public art- including exhibits and pieces throughout the station. Next time you are at Union, take a walk and tour all the amazing pieces on display!
Unionnale, sponsored by TD
Presenting FLUX by Esmond Lee
You say ale, we say alley. Inspired by the streets and alleys of Toronto decked with art, Unionnale is a space envisioned to animate the south corridor of the Union Market with art by local artists. The space was created as a special art “alley” which provides visual storytelling and interest through a fun and creative artistic moment in the heart of Union Station. As part of Union’s continuing contemporary programming, the public art in Unionnale will rotate every two years, with artists chosen through a juried selection process. Unionnale is part of ArtworxTO’s public art initiative.
This piece can be found in the new Union Market on the lower level
Union presents, 2023 Artist Spotlight
Featuring work by Janice Toulouse
Toronto is home to many talented artists, and Union and City of Toronto are committed to the exhibition of public art to enrich communities and shine a spotlight on local artists. Frequently, open calls for submissions are held for public art projects, and we are constantly enthralled by the breadth and depth of work submitted, making it challenging to select only one finalist. This project was born out of a love for Janice’s art, and although she was not selected for the Unionnale project, the programming team was committed to finding a home for her pieces here in the Front Street promenade. Her work will rotate on a quarterly basis for the duration of 2023. Currently on display: Makadeyaa Makwa.
This piece can be found on display in the Front Street Promenade Vitrine, located one level below the Great Hall.
Black Dreams & Aspirations
Experience the vibrant voices of contemporary Black artists at the Black Dreams and Aspirations art exhibit in the West Wing and Oak Room. Co-curated with MakeRoom Inc. and sponsored by TD, featuring special guest artist Yasin Osman, this captivating exhibition invites you to explore the concept of dreaming while Black.
Running from February 15 to August 31, this limited-time exhibit showcases the works of 12 talented artists. The exhibit will be split into two parts, with the first six artists’ works on display initially and the other six artists’ works replacing them halfway through the duration. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to witness bold colors, regal stances, and dreamlike states, all reflecting themes of community, self-possession, connection to the past, creativity, and the power of imagination.