Feminist Art Conference

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Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 5:00am to Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 5:00am

A Multidisciplinary Art Conference Inspired by Feminism

Conference Timeline
March 3-8 Exhibition 12:00 - 6:00 pm
Beaver Hall Gallery, 29 McCaul Street

March 6, Reception 7:00 - 11:00 pm
Beaver Hall Gallery, 29 McCaul Street

March 7, Screening 6:00 - 10: 00 pm
OCAD University, 100 McCaul Street

March 8, Conference 12:00 - 7:30 pm
OCAD University, 100 Mc Caul Street

Conference Video
http://vimeo.com/86289106

Registration
PWCY at the door: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/feminist-art-conference-2014-tickets-10510568393

Feature artists include d'bi young, who will open the conference with a keynote, and Suzy Lake, who will close the conference in conversation with Johanna Householder.

About
Feminist Art Conference (FAC) is a Toronto-based organization that brings together artists, academics and activists to consider feminist issues through art. Founded in 2013
by artist Ilene Sova, FAC began initially as an event to link feminist artists with each other, as well as to provide a forum in which to discuss our content. A call for organizing help was included in the first call for submissions and a large committee
was formed to organize FAC 2013 on March 9th for International Women's Day. The first Feminist Art Conference caught the interest of over 70 participating artists and 175 attendees from Canada and the US. With astounding interest both nationally and internationally, the FAC Committee made an on-going commitment to facilitating interdisciplinary and inclusive arenas for feminist art.

Mission
The mission for the Feminist Art Conference (FAC) was inspired by the recent spate of attacks on women’s and transgender rights in Canada, the US and abroad. Issues such as rape culture, trans phobia, racism, violence, media representation, cultural appropriation, reproductive rights, environmental degradation, impact on Aboriginal lands, missing and murdered Indigenous women, and Islamophobic policies are areas of deep concern. These infringements on our right to agency and independence have been occurring in alarming numbers in our governments, in the media and in our communities. This conference provides an opportunity for these issues to be explored and communicated artistically in a unique and inclusive space that encourages sharing, creating and discussing. In the centuries old tradition of people organizing, we believe that by coming together and communicating about these issues through our artistic practice, that we can initiate progressive change.

Vision
We aim to showcase like-minded, multi-disciplinary art including: visual art, film, theatre arts, music, dance, design, spoken word and literature. We will create a space that is celebratory, positive, intellectually engaging and provocative. We are committed to this space being trans inclusive, antiracist, and intersectional. Furthermore, by providing an opportunity for feminist artists to meet and share their work, we believe we can provide opportunities for networking and future artistic collaboration that can inspire social change and empowerment. We have the vision that the ripple effect from this type of artistic sharing and learning can provoke positive transformations in both our communities and our minds.

Venue & Address: 
Beaver Hall Gallery 29 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario  
Website: 
http://www.factoronto.org
Phone: 
<p>647-919-7336</p>
Cost: 
Registration - PWYC at the door

Conversations About Indigenous Visual Culture Wampum: Language and Symbol

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Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 5:00pm to 10:00pm

Saturday February 8th, 2014

12 noon to 5 pm
OCAD University
100 McCaul Street
Room 230, 2nd Floor
FREE

Presented by the Indigenous Visual Culture Program.

Considering the visual language, materials and agreements encoded in wampum, this talk brings together historians, curators and artists for a discussion of treaties between Indigenous nations.

Alan Ojiig Corbiere is an Ojibwe Anishnaabe from the M’Chigeeng First Nation on Manitoulin Island. He earned his Masters of Environmental Studies at York University where he focused on Anishnaabe narratives and their role in Anishnaabe language revitalization. He served five years as the Executive Director of the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation which included roles as the Curator, Historian and Cultural programmer. During his time at the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation, he extensively researched the Anishinaabe material culture, history and art. Alan has recorded numerous elders and has conducted archival research in his efforts to synthesis an Anishnaabe cultural history. He is currently the Program Coordinator for the Anishinaabemowin Revitalization Program at Lakeview Elementary School in M'Chigeeng.

Rick Hill (Tuscarora) is an artist, writer and curator who lives at the Six Nations Community of the Grand River Territory in Ontario, Canada. Over the years, Rick has served as the Manager of the Indian Art Centre, Ottawa, Ontario; Director of the Indian Museum at the Institute of American Arts in Santa Fe, NM; and the Assistant Director for Public Programs at the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution; and Manager of the Haudenosaunee Resource Center. Currently he is the Coordinator for the Joint Stewardship Board at Six Nations to develop an environmental interpretation centre and is the manager of the Six Nations Virtual Archives Project.

Bonnie Devine, a member of the Serpent River First Nation of Ontario (Ojibwa) is an installation artist, curator, writer and educator. History and narrative have been and remain a compelling focus of her work. They inform her art practice, teaching career, and her work as an independent curator. Her art is about the stories of the Anishinaabek- the voices that tell them, the bodies that carry them and the land that birthed them. Devine’s drawings, videos, sculptures, and installations have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the US, and Europe. She is an Associate Professor and the Founding Chair of the Indigenous Visual Culture program at OCAD University. She lives and works in Toronto, Ontario.

Venue & Address: 
Central Hall 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

The Art of Invention

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Saturday, June 7, 2014 - 4:30pm to 9:00pm

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 7, 12:30 to 5:00 p.m. with Remarks at 1 p.m. The reception will be held in the Challenge Zone, on level 6 of the Ontario Science Centre across from the Weston Family Innovation Centre

In collaboration with OCAD University

The Art of Invention: Celebrating 5 Years of the Weston Youth Innovation Awards is an exhibition that explores connections between young scientists and emerging artists. This collaboration between the University of Toronto, the Ontario Science Centre and Life Studies students from OCAD University, examines issues of human health, the environment and sustainability. Charged with the vitality of young minds, The Art of Invention encourages visitors to explore their own creative solutions to real-world problems. The exhibition will run from June 7th, 2014 to September 28th, 2014 in the !dea Gallery, located within the Weston Family Innovation Centre at the Ontario Science Centre.

Opening remarks by Ana Klasnja, Ontario Science Centre !dea Gallery curator, OCAD Life Studies Student Nicole Rocca and Emma Johnstone, Professor Pam Patterson and Student curators Adrienne Costantino & Jana Black.

Coffee, tea and light snacks will be provided.

Register for free tickets.

Venue & Address: 
The Ontario Science Centre 770 Don Mills Road Toronto, Ontario &nbsp;
Website: 
http://bit.ly/1ibl6Sw
Cost: 
Free (Registration Required)

Call for Submissions: Workshop Proposals for Feminist Art Conference 2015

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 4:00am to Friday, August 15, 2014 - 4:00am

Hosted by OCAD University

Are you a feminist artist, theorist, advocate, activist, collaborator, maker, thinker or all of the above? 

Are you an artist who has always wanted to collaborate with an art historian or cultural theorist, or are you a researcher that has
a printmaking idea? 

Maybe you are an activist that has an idea for a public performance piece that can be workshopped?

Submission Details
We are looking for preliminary proposals to gather ideas for grant applications and other funding.

This call is for people who have ideas for a workshop and want to work with other like-minded but differently-skilled practitioners
to build feminist knowledge and activity out of studio practice.

In 2015, FAC will be returning to OCAD University. OCAD U will be opening up their studio spaces to FAC2015 for workshops
and panels. We would like to reach out to our community for the content of these workshops.

For one aspect of FAC2015, we are looking for workshops based around feminist social justice issues that bring together ideas
and creative practice to address the power of art for social change. We are also looking for ideas that create community
partnerships. 

We are asking you to send a brief proposal of your idea and we can help develop it through the use of studios and help to find
collaborators to work with you to present your ideas at FAC2015. 

Time Frame: 3-hour workshops on September 26th and 27th during the conference

Support: Technical assistance from OCAD U technicians

Collaborative opportunities Work with other members of the FAC community in a multidisciplinary framework.

Please submit one paragraph outlining your idea and with the names of the people that would be leading the workshop.

Even if you don’t want to lead the workshop and you have an idea, let us know!

DEADLINE: August 15, 2014

EMAIL SUBMISSION TO: torontofac@gmail.com

Website: 
Email: 
torontofac@gmail.com
Cost: 
Free

Figment Toronto 2014

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 9:00pm

With Criticism and Curatorial Practice MFA candidates Geneviève Wallen and Vicki Clough

FIGMENT Toronto catalyzes and celebrates an abundance of creativity and passion, challenging artists and our communities to find new ways to create, share, think, and dream.

What:
FIGMENT is an explosion of creative energy. It’s a free, annual celebration of participatory art and culture where everything is possible. For one weekend each summer, it transforms Olympic Island into a large-scale collaborative artwork – and then it’s gone.

When:
Saturday, July 26 2014
Sunday, July 27 2014

Where:
Toronto Island Park, Olympic Island, a short ferry-ride from the Toronto Lakeshore between Yonge and Bay Street

How Much:
FREE! FIGMENT is a free, non-profit event, and we do not accept corporate sponsorships.

What to Bring:
Whatever you need for a day of fun. For specific ideas or if you have specific questions, view our list!
Note: The event is rain-or-shine. If the forecast calls for rain, be prepared to hide – or dance – under porches, arches, and umbrellas while the clouds pass.

What to Expect:
Art and activities in every medium available… especially the art and activities that YOU bring! Click here to submit your idea for an art/performance/workshop activity. We will post a full schedule of all the registered artwork and activities.

Venue & Address: 
Olympic Island Toronto Island Park Toronto, Ontario
Website: 
http://toronto.figmentproject.org/
Cost: 
Free

Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 7:00pm to 10:45pm

Everyone is welcome!

Wikipedia beginners tutorial: 3:00pm-3:30pm; Drop-in: 3pm-6:45pm

Wikipedia editing session for improving representation of women artists (Canadian, First Nations & OCAD U)

Wikipedia's gender trouble is well documented. In a 2010 survey, Wikimedia found that less than 13% of its contributors are female. Content is skewed by the lack of female participation. Many articles on notable women in history and art are absent on Wikipedia.

Join us in continuing the work of previous Art + Feminism Edit-a-Thons at OCAD U and across the world, which have added more than 100 women artists to Wikipedia. With access to OCAD U library’s books and article databases, you are invited to help continue adding and editing entries.

No preparation necessary!
Bring a laptop! (if possible)
Please create a Wikipedia account before the event!

(It is easy to do and instructions are here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:GLAM/BeginnersGuide#Create_your_account.

Join the Facebook event

Please RSVP to artfemwikiATgmail.com and indicate whether you will attend the tutorial.

Want to get started right away? Try this tutorial for students, which covers the basics.

Venue & Address: 
Dorothy H. Hoover Library, Room 1215, Level 2 113 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free
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UAAC Conference 2014

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Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 4:00am to Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 4:00am

Universities Art Association of Canada Conference hosted by OCAD University

Sessions are encouraged that explore - within any geographical and temporal context - issues from the full range of scholarship in the visual arts including art history, visual and material culture, creative practices and research in studio art, design practices and research, theory and criticism, pedagogy, and museum and gallery practices.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario
Website: 
http://www.uaac-aauc.com/en/conference
Cost: 
Free

Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

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Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 6:00pm to 9:45pm

Everyone is welcome!

Wikipedia beginners' tutorial: 2pm-2:30pm; Drop-in: 2pm-5:45pm

Wikipedia editing session for improving representation of women artists (Canadian, First Nations & OCAD U)

Please join us for our first Edit-a-Thon of the 2014/2015 school year! Learn how to edit Wikipedia articles and help improve the representation of women artists and artists from underrepresented groups on Wikipedia.

Wikipedia's gender trouble is well documented. In a 2010 survey, Wikimedia found that less than 13% of its contributors are female. Content is skewed by the lack of female participation. Many articles on notable women in history and art are absent on Wikipedia.

This event continues the work of previous Art + Feminism Edit-a-Thons across the world, which added more than 100 women artists to Wikipedia. With access to OCAD U library’s books and article databases, you are invited to help continue adding and editing entries.

No preparation necessary!
Bring a laptop! (if possible)
Please create a Wikipedia account before the event!

(It is easy to do and instructions are here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:GLAM/BeginnersGuide#Create_your_account.

Join the Facebook event

Please RSVP to artfemwiki AT gmail.com and indicate whether you will attend the tutorial.

Want to get started right away? Try this tutorial for students, which covers the basics.

See you on the 27th!

Venue & Address: 
Dorothy H. Hoover Library, Room 1215, Level 2 113 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free
Keywords: 

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