Legal Intersections | Copyright & Fair Dealing

Legal Intersections is a four-part series addressing legal issues of importance to artists, designers, and cultural workers. The series is presented in collaboration with the Artists’ Legal Advice Services, the Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers at OCAD University, and the Edward P. Taylor Library & Archives at the Art Gallery of Ontario.ALAS will be collecting PWYC donations (with a suggestion of $10) to support their free services to the arts community.

Legal Intersections | Copyright & Fair Dealing

Legal Intersections | Copyright & Fair Dealing
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Join Max Rothschild, Associate at Bereskin & Parr LLP and Mansa Chintoh, Director, Business & Legal Affairs at Entertainment One for a discussion of how copyright law and fair dealing provisions affect your creative practice.

Legal Intersections is a four-part series addressing legal issues of importance to artists, designers, and cultural workers. The series is presented in collaboration with the Artists’ Legal Advice Services, the Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers at OCAD University, and the Edward P. Taylor Library & Archives at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

ALAS will be collecting PWYC donations (with a suggestion of $10) to support their free services to the arts community.


Artists' Legal Advice Services (ALAS) is a nonprofit that, for over 30 years, has provided free legal advice to artists living in Ontario. ALAS and its volunteers run a free legal clinic, workshops and provide resources for artists to help them better understand their legal questions. Find out more at

Established in 2013, the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers (CEAD) is committed to supporting the early-career advancement of all students and recent alumni at OCAD University. Our team delivers specialized programs and services that connect individuals to meaningful opportunities, communities of practitioners, skill-building resources and facilitated learning experiences.

The Edward P. Taylor Library & Archives is a leading Canadian Centre for Research in art, and is free and open to the public. Learn more at

Venue & Address: 
Art Gallery of Ontario 317 Dundas Street West Seminar Room 1, Concourse level, Art Gallery of Ontario Toronto, ON M5T 1G4
Free. ALAS will be collecting PWYC donations (with a suggestion of $10) to support their free services to the arts community.

Global Indigeneity: De-Colonialization, Reconciliation, & Issues of Appropriation

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

OCAD U/AGO Art Education Learning Partnership Symposium:   Global Indigeneity: De-Colonialization, Reconciliation, & Issues of Appropriation

Feb 12, 12:00 - 2pm Weston Family Learning Centre, Art Gallery of Ontario

Free - Open to OCADU and AGO communities

Art & Design Education Lab: AGO, a collaborative cross-disciplinary course co-facilitated in partnership between the AGO and OCADU, has, over the last decade, presented a number of symposia with the intention of de/re-constructing knowledges and energizing our communities around teaching and learning. This symposium features a presentation by speaker Nadia McLaren, Indigenous artist and educational developer, OCADU and a gallery tour facilitated by artist and AGO art educator Paula Gonzales-Ossa. Please join us for this free event in the Weston Family Learning Centre Seminar Room at the AGO.

Nadia McLaren

Nadia is an Anishnaabe whose family roots are in Heron Bay, Pic River located on the North Shore of Lake Superior. She grew up in small towns across Northwestern Ontario and calls Sioux Lookout home. Nadia is a mother of two, a Drawing and Painting graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design, a published author and is currently finishing a graphic novel entitled, “Ever Good,” which was awarded a grant from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission as a project of commemoration.

As Educational Developer (Indigenous Learning), Nadia brings deep knowledge and experience in the areas of Indigenous pedagogy, professional development and community engagement to her work. Nadia is an accomplished educator, artist and storyteller with more than 15 years’ experience working in Indigenous educational contexts. She is also the creator (writer/director/producer) of an award-winning documentary, “Muffins for Granny,” (Mongrel Media 2007). This documentary involved extensive research with community Elders and residential school survivors, was the recipient of a prestigious Aboriginal Healing Foundation grant and is part of the esteemed Criterion Collection.

Paula Gonzalez-Ossa is a visual arts instructor and mentoring artist at Na Me Res Sagatay Native Men's Residence. She has had 17 years of experience as a Community Youth Worker with youth at risk in Toronto's West. She is also a mural artist who has been working with many communities producing street level public art, both in Canada and Latin America for over 25 years. Her works, like the most recent 500 ft. mural titled "Our Medicines", located at the underpass at Dupont and Shaw, or "The Ancestral Tree Spirits" located at the Nordheimer Ravine's TTC station exit, depict a colourful First Nations cosmovision in relation to the Original lands of Ontario. She worked closely in creating this work with Anishnawbe mentors, Elders and Knowledge Keepers. She is currently developing a documentary about public art and protocol in the use of Ancestral Images for the City of Toronto's StART program. Gonzalez-Ossa is originally from Talca, Chile, and is now based in Toronto.  


Venue & Address: 
Weston Family Learning Centre, Art Gallery of Ontario Toronto, ON
Free - Open to OCADU and AGO communities

OCAD U brings multisensory project to the AGO

Friday, January 4, 2019

Gallery visitors with vision loss have a new way to enjoy some iconic paintings at the AGO: using multisensory aids that allow them to “feel” the works on the wall.

The AGO already has multisensory tours that allow people with low vision to touch certain sculptures and listen to audio descriptions. Now, OCAD U students have designed 3-D replicas, or “translations,” of paintings to give visitors a sense of the mood and shapes in the images through touch.

Students in OCAD U’s Multisensory course chose four paintings for the project: Tom Thomson’s The West Wind, Otto Dix’s Portrait of Dr. Heinrich Stadelmann, La demoiselle de magasin by James Tissot and Jar of Apricots by Jean-Siméon Chardin. An electric fan, fruit and cold “slime” also help convey the experience of the paintings.  

The Multisensory course is offered to senior students (undergraduate or graduate), and is a partnership between the AGO and OCAD University. Lectures by various academic and museum experts, including Professors Peter Coppin and Beverly Dywan and the AGO’s Melissa Smith, teach students theories of sound and other senses for their translations.

“The translations are very effective for people with vision and other sensory impairments, but also helpful for others to find greater depth in their understanding of the chosen artworks. These provide better engagement from the visitors, which is a desirable quality for visitor experience at museums,” says Dywan.

You an read the Toronto Star's coverage of the project online. 




Down the Rabbit Hole: March AGO First Thursday

AGO First Thursday
Thursday, March 1, 2018

Congratulations to all our 2019 CCP MFA candidates and Dr. Amish Morrell on guest curating an exciting First Thursday event at the AGO on March 1, 2018. The Art Gallery of Ontario and the Criticism and Curatorial Practice (CCP) Graduate Program collaborates yearly on the planning and execution of First Thursday events, by the first-year Master's cohort in CCP. Experiential learning in action!


More details about the event:


The Big Reveal

the Big Reveal title
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Please feel free to drop by the AGO for our  "Big Reveal": These are the student projects this semester from our new Fall 2017 Inclusive Design course: INCD Multi-sensory Studio/Seminar (taught this semester by Dr. Peter Coppin in collaboration with co-instructor Bev Dywan from Industrial Design with major contributions from our colleagues at the AGO). For this event, student work will be co-located in the museum with the art pieces that they correspond to. Please see the attached map from our AGO colleagues.

This semester we focused on developing prototype multisensory translations/interpretations of art pieces and related cultural objects at the AGO. Students formed into groups and used co-creation technique to develop prototypes that engaged aural, tactile, and olfactory perception, using a range of high and low tech approaches.  A number of these will become part of the AGO’s tactile tour. We were able to involve a range of stakeholders in the co-creation process, from the museum, the CNIB, and beyond. Students participated in this course from both local and remote locations, thus involving a diversity of student perspectives that would not have been possible otherwise.

Note that this is scheduled strategically on the evening that is open free of charge to the general public and so there will be a lot going on simultaneously. Hopefully, the attached map can help you find us. If you can't make it, I can update you on our result later!

Venue & Address: 
Art Gallery of Ontario. 317 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T 1G4
Map of AGO 1
Map of AGO 2

OCAD U celebrates Grange Park opening

People lining up to cut a yellow ribbon
Monday, July 10, 2017

After 15 months of construction, historic Grange Park officially reopened Saturday, July 8, with an afternoon of musical performances, magic, croquet and other free activities. Two hundred people cut a 600-foot ribbon, including OCAD U President Sara Diamond, MP Adam Vaughan, MPP Han Dong and City Councillor Joe Cressy.

Flanked by the AGO to the North and OCAD U’s central campus to the East, Grange Park has long been a space for students to relax and socialize. New furnishings and an improved layout will make it even more inviting for the entire neighbourhood. Two new playgrounds, a splash pad and an off-leash dog area are among the improvements, and the Henry Moore sculpture, Large Two Forms, has been moved from its Dundas and McCaul Street corner to the park, where it can be appreciated from all angles.

OCAD University has had a place at the Grange Park Advisory Committee (GPAC) table since discussion of the renewal began. It’s estimated 150,000 people live within walking distance of the park.




Child seated at a table colouring, photo Adam Wiendels
Sara Diamond, Gillian Siddall and Robert Luke in Grange Park with Sharp Centre in the background, photo Adam Wiendels
Sharp Centre viewed from Grange Park, photo Adam Wiendels

First Thursday: Still Nasty - Curated by CCP Graduate Students

image of AGO interior with party-goers
Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 7:00pm to 11:30pm

The Art Gallery of Ontario's First Thursday: Still Nasty is guest curated by first-year Criticism & Curatorial Practice Graduate Students, with programming that features current students and alumni from the Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design program.

Thursday, March 2 from 7:00 pm to 11:30 pm

"The night’s program aims to explore, through a feminist lens, a future that imagines possibilities for diversity of representation and experiences—a future that is more open, more free, more feminist, and non-deterministic. Headlining, with a live performance on the mainstage in Walker Court, is the celebrated queer Black feminist artist—and Toronto legend—d’bi.young anitafrika with her band The 333.

The program features installations and performances by Toronto-based artists Hazel Meyer (MFA, IAMD 2010), whose work explores relationships between sport, sexuality and feminism; Mariam Magsi (MFA candidate, IAMD 2017) an interdisciplinary artist working across installation, performance, fashion and photography; and Zahra Saleki an Iranian-born emerging photographer and installation artist whose work tells stories of unique locales and the people who inhabit them. Artists Golboo Amani and Coco Guzman will also present projects of the hands-on, interactive variety, including Amani’s Unsettling Settlers of Catan, an expansion pack that acts as an intervention into the board game Settlers of Catan, unsettling the colonial narrative of the game.

Plus, don’t miss pop-up talks by artist Aylan Couchie (MFA candidate, IAMD 2018), curator and writer Genevieve Flavelle and Robin McDonald, and a special collection of artwork on display in our monthly Out of the Vaults installation. And as always, dine on the delicious food and drinks featured in our Night Market, and pick up a artist-designed program edition on your way in."

Curators: Hannah Hubicki, Karina Iskandarsjah, Veronika Ivanova, Julia Laweh, Diane Mikhael, Lida Shanehchiyan, Christian Siroyt, Jesse Wardell, Elizaveta Zhurkovskaya

More info on First Thursday: Still Nasty:

More on the Criticism & Curatorial Practice graduate program:

More on the Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design program:

Venue & Address: 
Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street W
ticketed, $11-$16

Losing Site

Losing Site Graphic Image
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Losing Site: Public Art Space-Place-Site within Toronto’s Rapidly Developing Urban Geography

OCAD U & AGO Public Art Forum


Session 1: Wednesday March 1, 2017, 7:00pm 100 McCaul Auditorium, OCAD University

Session 2: Tuesday March 7, 2017, 7:00pm Jackman Hall, AGO


OCAD University and Art Gallery of Ontario host two consecutive public forums to discuss the opportunities and implications of Toronto’s construction boom on public art by collectively imagining new social and economic models that support long term ambitions for a diversified and unique approach to art within public spaces.


These discussions will frame new imaginaries and possible trajectories to sustain ‘sites’ that allow for the existence of art and public art spaces within the downtown core. We seek visions that can help articulate policies towards maintaining diversity and texture in Toronto’s rapidly changing urban program. 

Inviting a creative and engaged circle to collectively imagine, the panel will survey new social and economic models that could support long term ambitions for public art space and site in Toronto.

The questions and discussions are informed by the Redefining Public Art collaborative research group from OCAD University & University of Toronto. 


Session 1: Wednesday March 1, 2017, 7:00pm 100 McCaul Auditorium, OCAD University

Session 1 will explore various perspectives, visions and criteria of value for the future of public art in Toronto, considering relevance, inclusivity, site specificity and cultural difference and observing notions of site in relation to colonialism, immigration, and generational differences. What will the public art landscape in Toronto look like in 20 years, what kind of narrative will we choose to be our legacy? What does sustained public engagement really look like?  

Introduction President Sara Diamond

Overview of OCAD U/ UofT Public Art Research Prof. Marie-Josee Therrien & Prof. Dan Silver  


1. Rebecca Carbin

2. Aisha Sasha John

3. Kari Cwynar

4. Catherine Dean

5. Ben Mills

Moderated by Jacob Zimmer 

Organized by Ala Roushan & Xenia Benivolski


Session 2: Tuesday March 7, 2017, 7:00pm Jackman Hall, AGO

Session 2 will draw conclusions from the first session with a focused panel articulating possible trajectories moving forth. This session will address how we can mobilize some of the creative and socially conscious ambitions for the future of Toronto’s public art. Looking to the future, strategies will be discussed to make meaningful change in policy and practice that complement the City’s growth in diversity and geography, addressing the new mediums and conversations taking place. Together we will discuss where Toronto goes next.

Introduction President Sara Diamond

Overview of The Artful City Ilana Altman



Moderated by Jacob Zimmer 

Organized by Ala Roushan & Xenia Benivolski


Special thank you to Paola Poletto and Kathleen Mclean for their support.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University100 McCaul St Auditorium

Speaking volumes: Lillian Allen guest-curates AGO series

Internationally acclaimed writer, dub poet and a professor in OCAD U’s Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Lillian Allen, has guest-curated a four-week series of poetry, music and spoken word at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO).  As part of Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries, 1971-1989, the landmark ‘celebration of the voice’ exhibition showcases an array of established and budding local artists, featuring some of Toronto’s most dynamic spoken word talent.

The AGO Friday Nights in October series offers an opportunity to experience artists who worked during the period the exhibition covers. The final Friday in the series features a performance by Allen, herself, on October 28 (Lillian Allen & the Revolutionary Tea Party with Janet Rogers and Amani). Allen and her band will be re-creating the activism and cultural revolution of her groundbreaking, Juno award-winning album, Revolutionary Tea Party, along with some new content.

Allen describes the 1971-1989 timeframe as a period of “a lot of creativity, a lot of inter-connection from cultural collaboration — a time when people, obviously, were not comfortable with old traditions and some of the dialogue and debates around race and equality.” As she describes it, “the world was opening up; music around the world, and cultures, were coming together to embrace a larger family.”

Allen has been teaching creative writing at OCAD University since 1992.  Inspired by “anything that is energetic, progressive, beautiful and forward-looking,” she credits her OCAD U students for inspiring her with “that kind of creativity, cutting-edge positioning.”

As a writer, vocalist and social activist, she has recorded several albums, including Revolutionary Tea Party (1986) and Conditions Critical (1988), for which she received Juno Awards for best reggae/calypso album.  As one of the originators of dub poetry, she is the founder of the DubPoets Collective in Toronto and has led such programs as Fresh Arts, Native Women in the Arts and Black Arts Service Organizations.

In addition to the performances, visitors can hear Allen’s Revolutionary Tea Party album on the AGO’s fourth floor. 

The exhibition is included in general admission.


Natalie Pavlenko