“In challenging times, often it’s the artists who can create a dialogue,” says Andrew Ross, an international contemporary painter and chair of the N3XT committee. N3XT is a juried national art competition run by the Arts & Letters Club of Toronto, one of the country’s oldest and most iconic arts clubs. (It was founded in 1908, and early members included Fredric Banting and members of the Group of Seven.) The theme of this year’s contest, “Canadian unity,” may have been chosen two years ago, but it’s well‑suited to our pandemic times, says Ross.
For the past many months, painters, sculptors and other visual artists across the country have been pondering the notion of national unity and using their work to address some difficult questions: What is unity in Canada? How can it be expressed? Can we be unified? A total of 108 works of art exploring the concept of Canadian unity were received, which have been narrowed down by the jurors to the top 10 finalists. The winners will be announced on December 17, 2020.
N3xt runs until December 18, 2020, at St. George’s Hall in Toronto. Appointments can be made with the Arts & Letters Club to see the exhibition in person; works can also be viewed online here.