Andyland: Artists helping artists

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By Jennifer Randall

Andy’s factory is back in business.

The Ryerson School of Fashion will be recreating Andy Warhol’s Factory Studio April 1 in support of the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Inner City Artists Program.

“It’s artists helping artists,” says Heather Goodchild, one of the show’s coordinators.

Andyland, the multimedia show organized by second-year fashion design students, will feature local artists and bands including Euphonium (from Ryerson) and The Zen Brothers.

Other musicians include Altitude, Crave and DJ Brian Falling, who will be spinning house music.

Self-employed artists from Ryerson, the Ontario College of Art and Design and the University of Toronto will be displaying paintings, photography and films.

Andyland will also feature go-go dancers, celebrity impersonators and a performance by the Ryerson school of dance.

The Inner City Artist Program is designed to help artistically talented secondary school students get involved in the Toronto art scene. The students chosen to participate will work alongside artists Sally McKay and Rebecca Diedrichs to create a ‘zine documenting Toronto’s art culture. The zine will feature artist interviews, reviews, photography and artwork. The program has a budget of $5,000 and the organizers of Andyland hope to raise half that amount.

Look for Andyland candy girls around campus selling Cadbury’s chocolate bars to help cover the show’s production costs.

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