To inaugurate ORCHARD, a public art project commissioned by the City of Mississauga, artist Diane Borsato brings people together to taste and learn about apples and community orchards. ORCHARD is a living sculpture made up of old and eccentric varietals of apple trees, planted by Borsato at Small Arms. The work expands ideas of public art and seeks to foster enduring connectedness to land, plants, food, and one another.
Apple Tasting 1-4pm
Drop-in apple tasting and free Syrian Apple Cake catered by Newcomer Kitchen. (While supplies last)
Diane Borsato in conversation with Bill O’Keefe, apple collector and Heritage Orchardist of O’Keefe Grange in Dobbington, Ontario
Urban Orchards 3-3:30pm
Q&A with Susan Poizner of Toronto’s Orchard People on fruit trees and urban orchards.
To access the YOU ARE A GOOD APPLE publication, download HERE. Designed by J.P. King
Image Credit: YOU ARE A GOOD APPLE, 2019. Photo: Yuula Benivolski
Diane Borsato was born in Toronto, where she is an artist, naturalist, and Associate Professor of Experimental Studio at the University of Guelph. She has exhibited and performed her work in major galleries and museums across Canada and internationally. For over ten years she has been collaborating with writer and curator Amish Morrell on Outdoor School, an ongoing series of contemporary environmental artworks. Their new book Outdoor School: Contemporary Environmental Art is available at booksellers now.
Learn more about Diane Borsato’s practice by listening to episode 8 of the Toronto Biennial of Art Podcast “Short Format”, available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify.