curio is a public art management and design discipline communications consulting practice, founded in 2012 by Justin Ridgeway. Its purpose is to articulate and contribute to our collective narrative through the realization of public art, architecture and design projects of varying scale, media and platform. 

Since 2007, Justin Ridgeway has worked on large, urban public art projects with such artists as Vito Acconci, James Carpenter, Douglas Coupland, Mark DiSuvero, LAb(au), Geoff McFetridge, Troika, James Turrell and United Visual Artists. As director of curio, his clients and collaborators include infrastructure constructors, municipal agencies, public relations firms, media production companies, architects and landscape architects.  He is presently project managing the public art component of Ottawa, Ontario’s largest capital project, the new Light Rail Transit system, Confederation Line, involving thirteen stations and nineteen artists.

curio’s curatorial focus is on developing both permanent and transitional site-specific artworks involving emerging interactive, digital, and other materially innovative media with the intention of blurring the boundary between architecture, art and design. curio is curious about the relationship between our architectural and cultural landscapes, envisioning the places we inhabit as potential massive museums or collective galleries for rare, unusual and intriguing objects.

Justin Ridgeway

Justin Ridgeway was raised on a farm outside Caledon, Ontario, Canada. He has lived in Alberta's
mountains and on Costa Rican beaches. He currently resides in Toronto.

He has a Masters of Landscape Architecture (MLA) and Knowledge Media Design collaborative degree from the University of Toronto. He studied project management at Humber College and has worked in the construction industry for over two decades. His fiction and non-fiction writings (design, culture, film and literary criticism) have appeared in international publications including AzureDetails and Umbrella Factory


SERVICES

CURATORIAL

Program Development, Policy and Plan 

Pursue an understanding of the project and site's parameters, constraints and inherent, often ineffable, qualities and characteristics. In collaboration with architects, landscape architects, urban designers and municipal planning departments, draft a design brief that expresses the client's and other stakeholder's objectives and expectations. Prepare policies, plans and presentations for client and relevant authorities, such as governmental art, planning and civil bodies. 

Artists, studios and other suppliers, along with selection process, are identified for the project. Complete selection process management, including multi-stage competitions.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Full project management throughout life-cycle, from initiation to project implementation, commissioning and close-out. Coordination, facilitation and monitoring through contract negotiation, design development, construction documentation and contract administration.

COMMUNICATIONS + STRATEGY

Develop and implement strategies to expand range and scope of practice for artists and design disciplines. 

Preparation of packages for Request for Proposal (RFP), design competition submissions.

Collaborate with and connect creative professionals of all media including visual artists, photographers, illustrators, art directors, musicians and performance-based practices.