Black Future Month art exhibition returns to OCAD University

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Black History month art call banner
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Friday, January 8, 2016 - 5:00am

We are excited to inform you that the Black Future Month art exhibition will be returning to OCAD University for 2016 as part of the Black History Month Program at OCADU.

The 4th Annual BLACK FUTURE MONTH 3016 Art Exhibition will be spread across campus between the Ada Slaight Gallery Space (Transit Space) in 100 McCaul, the Open Gallery Space in 49 McCaul St. and the Graduate Gallery at 205 Richmond st. The Exhibit will consist of OCAD U students, alumni, staff and Faculty along with select artists from the Black Community.

The 4th Annual BLACK FUTURE MONTH 3016 Art Exhibition is a professional curated platform that was created in 2012 by OCADU alumna Danilo McCallum. Now in its 4th edition of the exhibit, it is dedicated to showing work of artists who identify as being of African decent to explore the infinite expressions of Afrofuturism, Black speculative fiction, Afro-Surrealism and other expansive themes like Black identity, culture and existence in the future, real or imagined.

Submission Deadline: January 8th, 2016

Submission guidelines are the following:
• Contact Info and area of study
• Brief reason of interest (300 words or less)
• Brief Artist statement or Short proposal (150 words or less) including specification on work dimensions and any installation specification
• Digital Images – Jpeg Format less than 5mb, Audio – Mp3, Video – Still image + online link
All mediums will be accepted
But space is limited.

Send Submissions to
Installation begins February 1st and exhibit will run to March.
Selected artists will be notified within a weeks of the application

For more information visit:

We are excited to inform you that the Black Future Month art exhibition will be returning to OCAD University for 2016 a part of the Black History Month Program at OCADU.
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Dr. Gabrielle Moser’s Walrus Talk online

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

If you didn’t get to see Dr. Gabrielle Moser’s presentation at last month’s sold-out Walrus Talks, you can listen to her online.

The talk is available on CBC’s The Next 150 podcast (episode 11) and on YouTube.

On May 31, The Walrus Talk “Conversations about Canada: We Desire a Better Country” featured Dr. Moser, alongside author Margaret Atwood, activist Syrus Marcus Ware and singer/actor Tom Jackson, among other speakers. It was the last of the talks on a cross-country tour marking the anniversary of Confederation.

Dr. Moser, adjunct professor in art history FOLAS/IS, presented an excerpt from her research project, “Picturing race and citizenship: photography and belonging in the US and Canada, 1900-1948.” The project aims to build a visual vocabulary of citizenship by analyzing how photographers, subjects, and viewers used the camera to make claims for belonging in the United States and Canada in the first half of the twentieth century.

Dr. Moser held the position of Fulbright Visiting Scholar in the department of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University in the winter 2017 semester.

Call for Entries. Black History Month Exhibition

Sunday, January 8, 2017 - 5:00am

Call for Entries. Black History Month Exhibition.

This exhibition will be held at OCAD University during the month of February to create space for the celebration of the multifarious meanings of being Black in Canada at OCAD University in 2017.  The submission criteria is inclusive to all art forms. We’re looking to showcase a diverse body of work from Black students at OCADU and in Toronto. 

Suggested Themes: Intersectional Identity, Black Speculative Criticism, Blackness in Canada, Education and Employment, Black Designers/Artists Lens’, Afrocentrism, Technology, Blackness in Spaces, Digital Futures, Queerness


  • Up to 3 hi-res JPEGs, first and last name in file extension
  • For new work provide 2-3 references with a 250 word proposal as PDF

All submissions to be sent to:

DEADLINE: January 8, 2017

Accepted applicants will be notified: January 13, 2017

Final work will need to be in by January 20, 2017


Facebook: Black Creator’s Month

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University
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Black Future Month 3015 explores future of black history

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Friday, February 20, 2015 - 5:00am

February 22, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., to March 6, 2015

An Afrofuturism art exhibition hosted by OCAD U, Black Future Month 3015 provides a platform for artists who identify as black. Mediums span the spectrum and include painting, photography, 3D rendering, architecture, graphic design, a LEGO sculpture, video and sound.

Initiated and curated by OCAD U alumnus Danilo McCallum (Design and Visual Communications, 2005), the 16 artists showing in the exhibit, many of them OCAD U students and alumni, explore the Afrofuturism movement.

Afrofuturism, a term coined in 1993, is both a cultural aesthetic and a social movement.  Says McCallum, “It is the mothership of alternate forms of consciousness that black artists continually reference,” and includes literary and visual works of fantasy, magic realism and science-fiction, all of which interrogate the past, critique the present and imagine possible futures for the African diaspora.

Why 3015? McCallum explains: “It’s so far into the future that the intention is to disconnect from the social barriers we have today. What’s possible? What are the possible utopias?” McCallum says he got the idea for the exhibit, which also includes a free panel discussion on February 27th (“Orbiting Around Women in Afrofuturism,” moderated by OCAD U Professor Camille Isaacs), by taking a look at the trajectory of his own work in the realm of black sci-fi: “The idea came to me as a result of an ongoing internal conversation. I wanted to bring more interest back into Black History Month and extend that conversation outside of just the month of February.”

The title Black Future Month is not McCallum’s own but he says he is “committed to the long term vision of what [the initiative] could be. Looking into the future, the concept behind BFM is that every month is black future month. We hope the vision of Afrofuturism continues to grow and we’ve been encouraged by a larger public interest.”

McCallum worked closely with poet and artist Quentin VerCetty to organize the exhibit, and he credits Professor Lillian Allen of the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences for helping to bring the Black Future Month initiative to OCAD U. Professor Allen says, "There are so many in the creative community out there who developed wings from their educational roots OCAD U. I think the Afrofuturism show is a great way to bring some of that dynamism and vitality back to our doorsteps."

Opening reception for the week-long exhibit includes spoken word and performance art pieces, and audio soundscapes created live by Chris Ak and MuXobu.

This is the first time OCAD U has sponsored and hosted the third annual Black Future Month 3015.

February 22, 6 p.m. to March 6, 2015

OCAD University

100 McCaul St.



Black Future Month 3015 - Call for Submissions

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Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 9:00pm to Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 9:00pm

Black Future Month
3rd annual afrofuturism exhibition – 3015
A collective look into our distant future

The Black Future Month 3015 exhibition is a platform for artists who identify as black to explore the infinite expressions of afrofuturism and other expansive themes like black identify and existence in the future.

Submissions in all mediums accepted. Space is limited. Submission deadline: January 31st 2015

Email us your submission at

Curated by Danilo McCallum as part of Black History Month at OCAD U.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul Street Toronto, ON M5T 1W1