To the Table

The image is of a park in winter. In the foreground, a signs reads "Fred Johnson Park"; the sky is grey and overcast, the trees have no leaves and the garden is dormant.

To the Table is inspired by artist Lois Weaver’s performance The Long Table that suggest models for public engagement and the principles of universal design, which states that the design and composition of an environment or object should be accessed and used to the greatest extent possible by all people across a spectrum of age, size, ability or disability.

During summer 2018, Red Dress Productions was immersed in a multidisciplinary, artistic residency in Fred Johnson Park, in the heart of Scarborough Village. Through interactive workshops with community members, we created a modular sculpture and ephemera, including small hand-printed and stitched works, mosaics, and audio pieces.

The shared experience we sought was a common object: the kitchen table. We used it as a medium to explore inclusion and to counter urban anonymity.

Fred Johnson Park is a small park that features an active community garden on Kingston Road just south of Eglinton Avenue East. Thanks to support of the Toronto Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Foundation through the Animating Toronto Parks program.