Sean Martindale is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary artist and designer currently based in Toronto, Canada. His interventions activate public and semi-public spaces to encourage engagement, often focused on ecological and social issues. His playful works question and suggest alternate possibilities for existing spaces, infrastructures and materials found in urban environments. Frequently, Martindale uses salvaged goods and live plants in unexpected ways that prompt conversations and interaction.
Martindale’s projects have been featured on countless prominent sites online, as well as in traditional media such as print, radio, broadcast television and film. His practice has a global following and has been written about in countries all around the world, and in multiple languages. Martindale was profiled for the first episode of the CBC’s Great Minds of Design, one of his lectures was filmed by TVO for their Big Ideas series, and his work was also included in the feature-length documentary This Space Available, released in 2011.
The Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts (TFVA) awarded Martindale their prestigious Artist Prize for 2012, and thee Ontario Arts Council granted him a Chalmers Arts Fellowship in 2013. He holds an MFA from the Interdisciplinary Master’s of Art, Media and Design program at OCAD University in Toronto, and a Bachelor of Design from Emily Carr University in Vancouver. He was the Decennial Hancock Lecturer at the University of Toronto’s Hart House where his work was on view in 2011. Martindale has taken part in multiple solo and group exhibitions, and his projects have been shown in cities such as Montreal, Madrid, New York, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Shenszhen, Victoria, Vancouver, Venice, Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool, Oxford, London England, Las Vegas, Charlottetown, St John’s, Minneapolis, Paris, Angers, Brussels, Berlin and Doha. 2012 marked the opening of NOW, Martindale’s major two-person show with Pascal Paquette at the Art Gallery of Ontario as part of the AGO’s Toronto Now contemporary project series, and he has since exhibited work multiple times at the gallery. His work has also been seen in such places as The Royal Ontario Museum for Hot Docs, at Toronto’s City Hall for Asian Heritage Month, in Montreal for Art Souterrain / Nuit Blanche 2013, and in St John’s Newfoundland for the Art Marathon Festival 2013. Also in 2013, he was the lead artist on the tallest mural in the world, the result of a community project in St James Town, Toronto, with local youth, STEPS and the Toronto Muralists. Sean has continued to lead other notable community arts projects, and has also taken part in a number of residencies. Among recent projects was Martindale’s major installation outside Toronto City Hall for Nuit Blanche Toronto 2015, including integrated video collaborations with JP King. In September, Sean returned from installing three new works for ECOWEEK Prishtina 2016, in Kosovo, where he was also an invited lecturer and workshop leader.
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I am tremendously thankful for the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts, my family, friends and everyone else who has helped along the way.
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $157 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.
Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 157 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.
I gratefully acknowledge the support of the Chalmers Arts Fellowships program administered by the Ontario Arts Council. I also appreciatively acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council Visual Artists program.
I gratefully acknowledge the support of the Toronto Arts Council.