Artist Project
May 8 - 11, 2025
Better Living Centre, Exhibition PlaceToronto
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Browse the curated collections of the art experts the led Art Walks during Artist Project 2024.

Nuria Madrenas, Founder & Principal, Tacit

Nuria Madrenas is the Founder of Tacit - an online gallery and art consultancy dedicated to women artists. Tacit was born out of the disparity in the art industry between women and men — where art by women accounts for a mere 2% of the art sold. A non-traditional background prior to her foray into the arts, Nuria honed her skills in fashion and design for over a decade — working with brands such as Holt Renfrew, Byredo, and Céline. Nuria applies her expertise to amplify Tacit's mission and enhance the reach of female artists globally.

Laura Mann, Principal, Mason Lane Canada

Laura Mann has spent over a decade in the Canadian contemporary art community fostering relationships with art institutions, galleries as well as emerging and established artists. She launched Mason Lane Canada in 2018, based in Toronto, servicing corporate and residential clients across Canada. Her work has been featured in publications such as Architectural Digest, Casa Vogue and DesignLines.

Mark Liam Smith, Artist

Mark Liam Smith is a mid-career colorblind artist, content creator, author and art educator.

Emilie Croning, Curator, artist, and art historian,

Emilie Croning (lives and works in Toronto) is a curator, artist, and art historian. Her work explores issues and systems around representation and identity as they relate to visual language and diasporic narratives, working at the intersections of feminist theories and post-colonialism. Her curatorial practice is grounded in creating space and advocating for emerging artists in a global context, and has collaborated with several galleries and organizations including Wedge Curatorial Projects, Gallery 44, Gallery TPW, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Nia Centre for the Arts, Critical Distance Centre for Curators, Yorkville Murals, The Gladstone House (formerly: The Gladstone Hotel).

Shannon Linde, Senior Curator at EQ Bank

Shannon Linde is a curator, artistic producer, and “sometimes artist” based in Tkaronto/Toronto. She is currently the Senior Curator with EQ Bank, an all-digital financial institution with a growing collection uniquely focused on supporting digital art and emerging artistic practices. Shannon is also a founding member of Aisle 4, a curatorial collective that aims to enhance arts engagement in the city through social practice and public art.

Hillary LeBlanc, Journalist and Activist

As an Acadian-Senegalese woman, Hillary founded BlackLantic, a podcast bringing Black East Coast voices to the world. She has written for Narcity. CBC, ByBlacks, Addicted Magazine, AnnKM, produced a radio series and hosted red carpets. Her voice aims to be an extension for any who remain unheard. She sits on Fashion Group International Toronto’s board and has recently co-curated Cry Baby Art Gallery and held a fashion show there! She was nominated for Youth Entrepreneur of the Year by the Black Business Initiative, has won the inaugural Canadian Women’s Foundation Feminist Creator Prize, and received distinction from the House of Commons.