Tara Dorey: Connecting Toronto with Murals

On December 2, 2014 by aeman.ansari
Photo Courtesy of ArtBridges.

Photo Courtesy of ArtBridges.

Toronto is home to a diverse population and the stories they carry. The city is lined with these narratives, in the form of the people that move through it and the art that decorates it. Street art is one of this urban hub’s many quirks and attractions.

Tara Dorey takes street art to the next level by working to make it a medium that creates bridges between people and different parts of the city. She also uses it to encourage youth involvement in the arts. A 25-year-old graduate from OCAD University’s Drawing and Painting program and York University’s Community Arts Practice program, Dorey pursues art because “she imagines odd things in her head that others seem to enjoy when she shares them.”

Currently a facilitator of community arts projects at  Mural Routes, the only member-based not-for-profit arts service organization in Canada, she spends most of her time creating, developing and promoting public wall art. She is also an educator at Arts for Children and Youth, as well an independent artist working on her own practice.

Introducing Tara Dorey:



Tara has been working at Mural Routes for just over 3 years. You can find 6 of the pieces she has worked on in this time here:



Mural Routes has put up over 40 murals since its inception in 1990. You can find 32 of those pieces here:



Her Art:


Tara hasn’t had the opportunity to independently put her own artistic style on a wall in the city, but she hopes to do so soon. This is a piece called “Suit Up” she painted on a canvas with acrylic paint that reflects her love for vibrant colours:


Tara hasn't had the opportunity to independently put her own artistic style on a wall in the city, but hopes to do so soon. (Photo Courtesy of Tara Dorey)

(Photo Courtesy of Tara Dorey)



The cost, time required and number of team members needed varies with each project, but this is an estimate for a large youth lead mural:


Her Message:


All photos courtesy of Mural Routes and Now Magazine.

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