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Red Dress Productions

Red Dress Productions (RDP) creates interdisciplinary art, performance, and visual public artworks. Recent credits include “Drift Seeds,” 2017, a site-specific performance (with a cast of 100+ and multiple large-scale multi-sensory installations and puppetry) that emerged from Promise in the Park, a Red Dress Productions 4-year multidisciplinary residency in Toronto, “Milestone” (2017), a 12’ diameter stone mosaic in Winchester Park, Toronto, and the “Countdown Public Art Project” (2016) featuring community arts engagement in Pembroke, Eganville, Pikwakanagan First Nation, and Killaloe (Renfrew County) that saw the creation of the first public art monument in Canada to honour survivors of sexual violence.

  • Status:
    Non-profit 
  • Main Communities Served:
    All Ages 
  • Main Catchment Area:
    Ontario, Primarily Toronto; however, our projects have also had a province-wide and national reach. 
  • Languages:
    English 
  • Arts Focus:
    Site-specific public artwork and place-based practices, and creative models that foster interdisciplinary approaches to creation and presentation across a spectrum of artistic disciplines including theatre, performance, audio/sound art, visual art and installation (poly culture over mono culture). 
  • Main Community-Engaged Arts / Arts for Social Change Activities:
    Our work includes elements of social-engagement or interactivity that dilutes the barriers of artistic and social convention between subject and object, and audience and performer/artist. 
  • Mandate/Mission:
    Red Dress Productions:
    Transforms public spaces with public art that reflects environments and communities, the narratives within them, and lost or hidden histories.
    Produces original artwork that strives for innovation, technical excellence and that elicits dialogue and creative exchange across difference.
    Supports self-presentation by providing artistic leadership, resources, tools, and mentorship toward collaborative artistic practices, particularly where the effects of inequity impede the well being of individuals and communities.
    Increases civic engagement through public art.
    Provides accessible art making opportunities by working with people of diverse abilities, skills, ages, identities, and experiences.
    Cultivates equity-seeking emerging artists by making mentorship, learning, and experimentation a central component of our work. 
  • Additional Info:
    Vimeo page: https://vimeo.com/user5040840

    Full photo credits:
    Milestone, 2017.
    The Winchester Park Pebble Mosaic Project
    Materials: stone, concrete, expanding grout, Mapei sealer
    Location: 135 Bleecker Street, Winchester Park, Toronto.
    Dimensions: 12’ in diameter
    About the Project: Community members in the Wellesley Sherbourne neighbourhood in Toronto contributed to the conceptual development of this artwork. The piece explores what it means to live in Canada, on this part of Turtle Island, as an Indigenous person, a settler or a newcomer.
    Funders: Government of Canada, Government of Ontario, Toronto Arts Council, and City of Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation.
    Artistic Director and Artist/Designer: Anna Camilleri
    Production and Installation Leads: Anna Camilleri, Tristan R. Whiston, and Katie Yealland

    Something New Grows Here, 2017.
    The Bell Manor Pebble Mosaic Project
    Materials: stone, cement, and expanding grout
    Location: 1 Bayside Lane, Bell Manor Park, Etobicoke ON
    Dimensions: 12’ in diameter
    About the Project: Community members in the Stonegate-Parklawn neighbourhood contributed to the conceptual development and production of this artwork.
    Funders: Toronto Arts Council and City of Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation.
    Artistic Director and Artist/Designer: Anna Camilleri
    Production and Installation Leads: Anna Camilleri, Tristan R. Whiston, and Katie Yealland

    Rays of Resistance, 2017.
    The PASAN (Prisoners with AIDS/HIV Support and Action Network) Community Project
    Interior Location: 526 Richmond St East, Toronto
    Dimensions: 12’ x 4’
    Materials: glazed ceramic, porcelain, stone, and glass, marine plywood, grout, Weldbond PVA adhesive
    About the Project: A 20-week creative process invited PASAN clients and staff in the conceptual development and building process.
    Artistic Director and Artist/Designer: Anna Camilleri
    Production and Installation Leads: Anna Camilleri and Katie Yealland

    Homage, 2013.
    Location: 389 Church St., Toronto, ON.
    Dimensions: 14’ tall x 8’ wide
    Materials: ceramic, stone, and glass, marine plywood, grout, Weldbond PVA adhesive
    About the Project: Juried commission, Church Street Murals Project
    Artistic Director and Designer: Anna Camilleri
    Production and Installation Leads: Anna Camilleri, Tristan R. Whiston, and Katie Yealland.

    Album, 2015.
    Location: Dundas W. and Scarlett Rd. on the Humber Trail, Etobicoke, ON.
    Dimensions: 100’ wide x 20’ tall
    Materials: Latex, porcelain, porcelain, marine plywood, resin, grout
    About the Project: Inspired by Article 16 of the Declaration of Human Rights that affirm the right for all persons to define, choose, and create family, Album is presented by Friends of the Pan Am Path, Red Dress Productions, Arts Etobicoke, and Amnesty International’s Urban Canvas Project.
    Artistic Director and Designer: Anna Camilleri
    Production and Installation Leads: Tristan R. Whiston and Katie Yealland 
  • Main Contact Name:
    Anna Camilleri, Artistic Co-Director 
  • Secondary Contact:
    Tristan R, Whiston, Artistic Co-Director 
  • Phone:
    (647) 937-1470 
  • Main Contact Email:
    reddressproductions@gmail.com 
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  • Address:
    1320 Pape Ave.
    Toronto, ON  M4K 3X2 

Last updated on 2018-06-01 18:16:53. Photos credit of: Anna Camilleri - Submitted by: Anna Camilleri, Artistic Co-Director