Installation shot of Spirals, Loops and Circles, Amanda McCavour

Installation shot of Spirals, Loops and Circles, Amanda McCavour, 2021.

Spirals, Loops and Circles

Amanda McCavour

June 30 – September 1, 2021

Harbourfront Centre Pond
235 Queens Quay West, South End

Accessible 24/7

For the summer of 2021, Harbourfront Centre commissioned Toronto artist Amanda McCavour to design a floor mural to animate our site. Inspired by Spirographs, the space invites visitors to sit and enjoy the lake view in this colourful setting.

“I am interested in radial forms and how they exist as patterns found in nature and textile processes. In this instance, I recall the childhood drawing toy I grew up with using as a guide to fill this environment with colour and line.”
— Amanda McCavour


Based in Toronto, Amanda McCavour is a Canadian artist who works with stitch to create large-scale embroidered installations. She holds a BFA from York University, where she studied drawing. In May 2014, she completed her MFA in Fibers and Material Studies at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA. From 2007 through 2010, McCavour was an Artist-in-Residence at Harbourfront Centre’s Craft & Design Studio.

Her work has been exhibited in galleries nationally and internationally, with recent solo exhibitions in 2019 Pink Field, Blue Fog at the Art Gallery of Northumberland, Cobourg (ON); Consumed by Clouds at the Kootenay Gallery of Art, History and Science, Castlegar (BC); The Floating Garden at Workhouse Arts Centre, Lorton (VA); and Pink Field, Blue Fog at Washington Pavilion Visual Arts Center, Sioux Falls (SD). Upcoming projects for 2021 include new installations for Paige Court, Chazen Museum of Art, Madison (WI) and The Delaplaine Arts Center, Frederick (MD). She is also working towards a commission for Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia (SC) in 2022. McCavour has received numerous awards and scholarships from the Ontario Crafts Council, The Canada Council for the Arts, The Handweavers and Spinners Guild of America, The Ontario Society of Artists, The Surface Design Association, and The Embroiderers Guild of America.