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PUFF Paddy is a Queer, Asian-Canadian Artist and Arts Educator based in Toronto. Their work focuses mainly on project design for commercial and community events, and installations for public spaces. Their work explores the balance between the ephemeral nature of experience and the joyful permanence of memory. They host workshops and community events intended to get people engaged with the creative process, while sharing their experience of art as a tool for growth and positive change, both personal and collective. Paddy is passionate about bringing the arts to their community and creating community through the arts. In recent years, Paddy’s practice has focused largely on community-engagement and providing inclusive art programming for all ages. Working with VIBE Arts, AGO Youth: Free After Three, Xpace Cultural Centre and Design Exchange, among others. Paddy is helping to transform the landscape of Toronto’s community arts scene.




Paddy Leung

(They/Them)
B. 1988, Toronto, ON
Risidence in Toronto, ON  


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Upcoming Projects

2022 – Hybrid Program & Public Art Commision,  STEPS Public Art & Chinatown BIA: 完滿 (Yue Moon III)

2021 – Virtual Program, Visual Arts of Mississauga, PUFF Club: Do You, Toronto, ON  

2021 – Hybrid Program, Visual Arts of Mississauga, Food For Thought, Toronto, ON  

2021 – Hybrid Program & Public Art Program, The Bentway: Community Incubation Program, Kindness Rocks, Toronto, ON

2021 – Guest Facilitator, Professional Development: Virtual Visual Workshop, VIBE Arts, Toronto, ON

2021 – Video Arts & Craft Tutorial, Drake Arts In Heath | Craft 4 Care, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, ON



Selected Community- Engaged Art Programs


2021  – Family Program, Uma Nota Music and Production, MIXTO Festival, Toronto, ON - current ︎

2021  – Virtual Program, VIBE Arts: Reduce, Reused, Remake, Toronto, ON - current ︎


2021 – Public Art Virtual Program, STEPS Public Art & Chinatown BIA:
完滿 (Yue Moon)

2021 – Virtual Program, VIBE Arts: Mini PUFF CLUB, The 519, Toronto, ON



2021 – Virtual Program, Huawei Canada: Paper Lantern Workshop, Windsor, ON

2020 – Virtual Program, VIBE Arts: PUFF Club, Humber Boys & Girls Club, Toronto ON

2020 – Virtual Program, Huawei Canada: Halloween Mask Making Workshop, Markham, ON


2020 – Public Art Program, STEPS Public Art & Chinatown BIA:
完滿 (Yue Moon), Toronto, ON
2019 – Public Art Program,VIBE Arts: Community Public Art Installation, Albion Toronto Public Library, Toronto, ON

2019 – Public Art Program, VIBE Arts: Community Drawing Mural, Zion Schoolhouse, Toronto, ON

2019 – City of Craft | Craft Lab: Kaleido Paper Arts , The Theater Centre, Toronto, ON


2019 – Tie Dye Workshop, Sid Lee, Toronto, ON

2019 – Get School’d: Stricker Party, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, ON


2019 – VIBE Arts: Upcycle Fashion Program, Emily Carr Public School, Toronto, ON

2019 – VIBE Arts: Drawing Program, Lawrence Heights Middle School, Toronto, ON


2019 – VIBE Arts: Shadow Puppets, Zion Schoolhouse, Toronto, ON

2018 – Free After Three: DIY Days, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON


2018 – Midsummer Masquerade, Xpace Cultural Centre, Toronto, ON

2017 – City of Craft | Craft Lab: The Little Tree, The Theater Centre, Toronto, ON

2017 – Zine Production & Exchange Program: Sticker Party, Paperhouse Studio, Toronto, ON

2017 – Works For Change | This Art Works!: Truth Bombs, Madeleine Co. , Gardiner Museum, Toronto, ON


2017 – Free After Three: DIY Days, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON

2017 – Drake Hotel & Field Trip Festival: Pinwheels & Paper spinners, Toronto, ON


2017 – Action Potential Lab & Maker Festival: Bubble Experiment, Toronto Reference Library, Toronto, ON
2017 – DX Kid’s Day: Sticker Making & Dazzle Light Switch Plate, Design Exchange, Toronto, ON

2016 – AGO Family Sundays: Enchanted Winter Garden, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON

2016 – AGO Free After Three: DIY Days, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON


2016 – The Art of Darkness II: Stickery Party, Artscape Youngplace, Toronto, ON

2016 – Get School’d: Bath Bombs, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, ON

2016 – Paperhouse Studio | ZIPE: Sticker Party, Toronto Art Bookfair, Toronto, ON

2016 – City of Craft | Craft Lab: Sticker Party, The Theater Centre, Toronto, ON


2015 – Paperhouse Studio: DIY Kite Workshop, Artscape Youngplace, Toronto, ON

2015 – Free After Three: DIY Days, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON


2014 – Community – Engaged Arts, AGO First Thursday: Suzy Lake Retrospect Exhibit, Toronto, ON



Selected Exhibitions & Commissions

2020 – Featured Exhibition, Take Care, Whippersnapper Gallery, Toronto, ON

2020 – Commercial Commission, The Butterfly Effect, BIG on Bloor Festival, Toronto, ON


2019 – Community – Engaged Arts, AGO Next, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON

2018 – Community – Engaged Arts, XYZine, Toronto Art Book Fair, Cedarbrae Library, Toronto, ON

2018 – Group Show, side piece, Project Gallery Studios, Toronto, ON

2018 – Private Commission, New Ho Queen: Pocky Box, The Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, ON

2018 – Commercial Commission, Cruising Utopia Superbutch Jukebox, The Garrison, Toronto, ON

2018 – Commercial Commission, Type Books, Toronto, ON

2017 – Commercial Commission, Halloween Family Monster Bash, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON

2017 – Public Art Commission, Nuit Blanche: Garden Tunnel, The Drake Hotel, Toronto, ON

2017 – Commercial Commission, The Drake Catering Launch Party, The Drake Hotel, Toronto, ON

2017 – Public Art Commission, New Sky, Feature Installation Artist, BIG on Bloor, Toronto, ON

2016 – Commercial Commission, New Year’s Eve: Downton Abbey, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, ON

2016 – Commercial Commission, Halloween Extravaganza Party, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, ON

2016 – Group Show, That’s So Gay (7th year): Come Together, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, ON

2016 – Featured Exhibition, Side Street: Dancing with Dragons, The Theatre Centre, Toronto, ON

2015 – Community – Engaged Installation, AGO’s Youth Council, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON

2015 – Commercial Commission, Window Display, Type Books, Toronto, ON


2015 – Group Collaboration, NEXNE Festival, Hermann & Audrey, Toronto, ON

2015 – Commercial Commission, Skyline Esplanade Corporation & Kim Graham & Associates, Toronto, ON

2015 – Commercial Commission, R.A.W. Designs & Kim Graham & Associates, Toronto, ON



2014 – Commercial Commission, Sovereign State: State Good Launch Party, Toronto, ON
2014 – Commercial Commission, City of Craft, The Theatre Centre, Toronto, ON


2014 – Window Display, King Barber, Cultural Hotspot, Toronto, ON



Selected Press & Multimedia


2021 – Digital Content, Mini Paper Lantern with PUFF Paddy, CBC Arts

2020 – Digital Content, WEE Asian Arts: Coffee Filter Arts, Reel Asian

2020 – Digital Content, VIBE Arts: Puffy the Clown Mask, The 519


2020 – Website Interview, Q&A with PUFF Paddy, Whippersnapper Gallery


2019 – VIBE Arts Annual Report: Spotlight Artist

2018 – Website Interview, Art Matters Blog, Art Gallery of Ontario


2017 – Published Interview, LSTW Magazine, Issue #2, Featured Artist’s Workspace


2017 – Online Article, Now Magazine, A public art manifesto for Toronto by Chris Rattan

2017 – Digital Content , CBC Online Series presents This Art Works! – DIY with Paddy

2016 – Website Interview, Side Streets presents Dancing with Dragons by Paddy Leung





Awards & Grants

2020 – Ontario Art Council: Artist in Community and Schools
 

2020 – Toronto Art Council: Open Door

2020 – Toronto Art Council: COVID -19 Response Fund


2015 – Neighborhood Art Network BMO Seeds Fund


 

Artist Talks & Panels


2021 – Virtual Program, Asian Heritage Month: Artist Talk – Louise Arbour Secondary School, Mississauga, ON
2021 – Virtual Program, STEPS Public Art & REEL Asian: CreateSpace –
完滿 (Yue Moon II)  

2021 – Virtual Program, That So Gay (11th year): Eleventeen - Artist Talk & Art Workshop

2020 – Virtual Program, CreateSpace Artist Workshops:  PUFF Studio – Artist Talk & Art Workshop

2020 – Virtual Program, Project40: Diasporasian Future II – Artist Talk & Workshop

2016 – Artist Talk, That’s So Gay (7th year): Come Together, Toronto, ON




Professional Affiliations

2021 – Mentor in Residence Program , VIBE Arts: LaunchPAD, Toronto, ON - current ︎

2021 – Mentor in Residence Program, Neighbourhood Arts Network, Toronto, ON  - current ︎


2021 – Guest Facilitator, Workman Arts: Creativity Meets Business with Paddy Leung , Toronto, ON
2020 – Selection Committee, The City of Mississauga: Pride Public Art , Mississauga, ON

2019 – Artist Residency, VIBE Arts: Zion Schoolhouse, Toronto, ON



2019 – Mentor in Residence Program , VIBE Arts: Desire Lines, Toronto, ON

2017 – Guest Host, January Community Meal: Chinese New Year, The Theatre Centre, Toronto, ON
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