Toque Fundraiser

An artisan fair.

The year was 1973. Eight artists (Martin Bartlett, Mo van Nostrand, Kate Craig, Henry Greenhow, Glenn Lewis, Eric Metcalfe, Michael Morris and Vincent Trasov) shared a vision to create a space where like-minded creatives could explore and conceive new art forms. Together, they founded the Western Front Society, a Vancouver-based, artist-run centre for contemporary art and new music.

It quickly became a focal point for poets, visual artists, and the like to congregate and practice experimental art. Today, its diverse platform continues to grow, producing and presenting myriad artist-driven initiatives such as exhibitions, workshops, performance art and, of course, the Toque fundraiser.

The annual fundraiser and craft sale returns December 6 and 7 for the Western Front’s 40th anniversary. Held at Luxe Hall, the two-day event draws between 1,500 and 2,000 visitors every year and features an eclectic selection of works by artists, designers, and artisans. A limited-edition, artist-designed tea towel is also commissioned every year for Toque —this year’s crafted by Vancouver artist Arvo Leo. Admission is by donation, with proceeds supporting the Western Front Society.


Post Date:

November 29, 2013