Thirza Jean Cuthand | Guest Series

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Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 3:00pm

Thirza Jean Cuthand | Guest Series
Thursday, January 16, 2020
3:00 – 4:30 PM
Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers, Level 3, 115 McCaul St, OCAD University

Thirza Jean Cuthand was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada in 1978, and grew up in Saskatoon. Since 1995 she has been making short experimental narrative videos and films about sexuality, madness, Queer identity and love, and Indigeneity, which have screened in festivals internationally, including the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, Mix Brasil Festival of Sexual Diversity in Sao Paolo, ImagineNATIVE in Toronto, Frameline in San Francisco, Outfest in Los Angeles, and Oberhausen International Short Film Festival. Her work has also exhibited at galleries including the Mendel in Saskatoon, The National Gallery in Ottawa, and The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. She completed her BFA majoring in Film and Video at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2005, and her Masters of Arts in Media Production at Ryerson University in 2015. In 1999 she was an artist in residence at Videopool and Urban Shaman in Winnipeg, where she completed Through The Looking Glass. In 2012 she was an artist in residence at Villa K. Magdalena in Hamburg, Germany, where she completed Boi Oh Boi. In 2015 she was commissioned by ImagineNATIVE to make 2 Spirit Introductory Special $19.99. She was also commissioned to make Thirza Cuthand Is An Indian Within The Meaning Of The Indian Act by VIMAF and Queer Arts Festival in 2017. In 2018 she was commissioned to make the video Reclamation by Cinema Politica in the Documentary Futurism Next 150 project. In the summer of 2016 they began working on a 2D video game called A Bipolar Journey based on her experience learning and dealing with her bipolar disorder. It showed at ImagineNATIVE and she is planning to further develop it. She has also written three feature screenplays and has performed at Live At The End Of The Century in Vancouver, Queer City Cinema’s Performatorium in Regina, and 7a*11d in Toronto. In 2017 she won the Hnatyshyn Foundation’s REVEAL Indigenous Art Award. She is a Whitney Biennial 2019 artist. She is of Plains Cree and Scots descent, a member of Little Pine First Nation, and currently resides in Toronto, Canada.

Guest Series invites artists, designers and creative professionals who have a specialized practice or area of interest to come to OCADU and give a talk, hold a workshop, studio visits or participate in a class critique. The idea behind Guest Series is to exchange stories regarding professional process and to inform and help bridge gaps in our own individual processes, practices and journeys ahead.

Guest Series is organized by Jessie Holmes, IAMD MFA Candidate at OCAD University and Student Career Ambassador at the OCAD U Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers and Erica Stocking, IAMD MFA Candidate at OCADU. 



Venue & Address: 
Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers Level 3, 115 McCaul St, OCAD University

Google UX Talk & Panel

Join us for a talk and panel discussion with Googlers who work in a variety of UX roles.

Google UX Talk & Panel

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Monday, January 6, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Google UX Talk & Panel
Monday, January 6, 2020
10:00 – 11:30 AM | Talk & UX Panel
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM | Lunch & Networking
1:00 – 3:00 PM | Portfolio Reviews
Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers, Level 3, 115 McCaul St.

The Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers (CEAD) will be hosting a special event with Google on Monday, January 6, 2020

Join UX and visual designers visiting from Google’s global headquarters in Mountain View, California – including OCAD U alumni! - to learn about their summer internship program as well as full-time employment opportunities for designers after graduation.

Registration required. Current OCAD Students: Check your student email for a link from the CEAD to secure your seat for the talk and/or to be considered for a portfolio review.

Venue & Address: 
Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers Level 3, 115 McCaul St, OCAD University

Freshbooks Lunch & Learn: Invoicing and Accounting for Creatives

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Friday, January 17, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Freshbooks Lunch & Learn: Invoicing and Accounting for Creatives
Friday, January 17, 2019
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers, Level 3, 115 McCaul St.

The Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers would like to invite you to attend Freshbooks Lunch & Learn: Invoicing and Accounting for Creatives. As part of the OCAD U Commitment, recent OCAD U Alumni (2019) received free access to FreshBooks, an accounting software that makes running your small business easy, fast and secure. Come and learn more about this tool so that you can spend less time on accounting and more time doing the work you love.

Venue & Address: 
Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers Level 3, 115 McCaul St, OCAD University

Craft Futures

Craft Futures will connect a group of artists from the Textile Museum of Canada’s WILD exhibition with OCAD University students and recent graduates to participate in one-on-one conversations and on-campus studio visits, offering an platform for direct engagement, relationship building, mentorship and focused conversation.

OCAD Design Students Collaborate on DesignTO's 10 Year Anniversary Look

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Thursday, January 2, 2020 - 12:00am

This year, DesignTO partnered with OCAD University’s Design4 program to create look and feel of the festival’s 10th Anniversary. Working closely with DesignTO and visual communications agency aftermodern.lab, this year’s refreshed look and feel builds on the existing DesignTO aesthetic, but with a fresh point of view. Design4 introduces principles of experiential learning into the realm of paid professional opportunities for Faculty of Design Undergraduate students in their third of fourth year of study, or students at the Master’s level. Three students, Edwina Mui, Minju Roh, and Tanveer Sobnack were selected to participate in this project.  

With a general understanding of the DesignTO identity, the design process began with research, pulling inspiration from the existing DesignTO logo, the city of Toronto, and the work of other artists. After completing their research, the team began brainstorming and mood boarding design ideas and mapping out the purpose of the design.

Learn more about this collaboration at DesignTO’s blog.

DesignTO is Canada’s largest annual celebration of design with over 100 exhibitions and events forming Toronto’s design week, January 17–26, 2020.


Craft Futures

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 6:00pm to Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 6:00pm

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Craft Futures will connect a group of artists from the Textile Museum of Canada’s Wild exhibition with OCAD University students and recent graduates to participate in one-on-one conversations and on-campus studio visits, offering an platform for direct engagement, relationship building, mentorship and focused conversation.

This two-day event will present opportunities for Carrie Allison, Omar Badrin and Emily Jan to share their practices, highlighting their unique approaches as critically engaged craft practitioners and investing in the next generation of the craft-based artists. A panel discussion moderated by Wild curator Farah Yusuf at the Textile Museum of Canada auditorium (55 Centre Ave.) kicks off the series on January 22. Each artist will have an opportunity to share their work, focusing on their respective uses of craft practices in beadwork, crochet, and felting to challenge thinking about culture, identity, and the environment. In the afternoon of the second day, the artists will be available for one-on-one conversations at the CEAD. In the evening, all three artists will present a free public talk at the OCAD U Rosalie Sharp Pavilion (115 McCaul St.), each sharing their journey as an emerging craft practitioner and how their practice developed during and after art school. They will consider topics such as studio residencies, grants and awards, advanced education, apprenticeships, collaboration, exhibition opportunities and other aspects of their professional practice.

This program is generously supported by the Jean A. Chalmers Fund for the Crafts.

Day 1
January 22, 2020
6:00 – 7:30 PM | Panel discusson 
Textile Museum of Canada, 55 Centre Ave
$20; members $15, $10 students

Day 2
January 23, 2020
2:30 – 4:30 PM | One-on-one with artists | Registration required*
5:00 – 6:00 PM | Free Public talk | Open to all
OCAD University Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers (CEAD), Level 3, 115 McCaul St.
*Registration will open in January 2020 on the OCAD U Talent Network (under "Events & Advising", "Workshops & Advising") . Spots are reserved for current OCAD U students and recent grads (up to 5 years out).



Carrie Allison is an Indigenous mixed-race visual artist born and raised in unceded and unsurrendered Coast Salish Territory (Vancouver, BC). Using beadwork, Allison reclaims and reconnects with her maternal Cree and Metis ancestry. Her work recreates and honours elements of her environment and culture, creating spaces to consider intergenerational cultural loss and acts of resilience. Residencies include Eyelevel's Y'Level in collaboration with the Museum of Natural History and NSCAD Community Residency. Allison was also the recipient of the 2018 Centre for Art Tapes Media Arts Scholarship and a 2017 SSH RC Graduate Scholarship.

Omar Badrin is an interdisciplinary artist who explores his identity through crocheting sculptural portraits with fishing twine and flagging tape. Badrin was born in Malaysia, but grew up in Newfoundland where he was a visual minority. The techniques and materials he uses to explore cultural identity refer to traditional crafts of Newfoundland. Badrin has received numerous grants from the Toronto, Ontario, and Canada Arts Councils and was the Medal and President Graduate Award Winner in the OCAD U Interdisciplinary Masters in Art Media and Design program (2015).

Emily Jan uses wool, reed, cloth, silicone and resin to craft hyper-realistic installations inhabited by handmade and found flora and fauna. The craftsmanship and detail in Jan's textile and sculptural installations helps tb inspire audiences to consider their relationship to nature in this age of mass extinctions and climate change. Jan is a 2017 Fiber Art Now Excellence in Fibers Awardee and a 2016 Fiberarts International Triennial People's Choice Award winner, and was an invited artist at the Artscape Gibraltar Point Residency.



115 McCaul St is located at the corner of Dundas St and McCaul St on the southeast side. All levels of the building can be accessed via elevator or stairs. The building is wheelchair accessible. There are electronic height adjustable tables on level 3. There are gendered washrooms on level 3 and gender-neutral private washrooms on levels 1 & 2.


Venue & Address: 
Textile Museum of Canada, 55 Centre Ave OCAD U Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers, Level 3, 115 McCaul St

Dallas Fellini Announced as Inaugural Roselie Sharp Pavilion Career Launcher Recipient

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Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 2:15pm

The Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers is excited to announce Dallas Fellini as the recipient of the inaugural Rosalie Sharp Pavilion Career Launcher.

Refurbished in 2018, the Rosalie Sharp Pavilion reimagines the use of the space to encompass many forms of experiential learning. Located on the 3rd floor of the Pavilion, the CEAD connects school, work, creativity and professional development to establish a dynamic community and environment. Recent OCAD U graduates were invited to apply for this opportunity for a private office/studio space in the Centre from November 2019 to April 2020.

Dallas is an arts facilitator, writer, and artist working interdisciplinarily in Tkaronto/Toronto. Their research and writing as of late centres on topics spanning anonymity, graffiti, popular culture, queer identities, and dance. Dallas holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from OCAD University and is the 2019 recipient of the Medal in Visual and Critical Studies. They have published or forthcoming work in the Journal of Curatorial Studies, the Journal of Visual & Critical Studies, Acta Victoriana, and Canadian Art.

Over the course of their time here, Dallas will be incubating a new contemporary art magazine for emerging art writers and artists in Toronto.

I hope to create meaningful connections and interactions between artists and art writers in Toronto, and to lay the foundations for further collaborations.

Dallas Fellini

As part of the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers, the Career Development office supports the professional development of emerging OCAD U creative talent. The Career Launchers program offers unique, high-profile opportunities developed in partnership with industry leaders in order to help senior students and new graduates start their professional practice after school.

Illustration Grad Jinke Wang unveils Food Themed Mural at New Liberty Village Longo’s

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 11:30am

OCAD University’s Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers (CEAD) are thrilled to announce a new large-scale mural by artist Jinke Wang (Illustration 18’) in the dining hall of the newly opened Longo’s in Liberty Village.

Created as a gathering space for people to come together, celebrate food, grab a drink at the bar, or a cup of coffee at the coffee truck, the dining hall space is part of a new concept store format that has been designed by Ampersand Studio for Longo’s, and features a wide selection of globally inspired locally sourced meals. 

A request for proposals was announced in July 2019. Featuring a combination of traditional and pop cultural references, Jinke Wang’s fantastical illustrations were selected for their whimsical depictions of everyday urban life and its connections with food.

Footprints of the Rouge | Margaret Cornell Kirk

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 12:00pm

Footprints of the Rouge | Margaret Cornell Kirk
Ada Slaight Gallery, Room: 225
OCAD University, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, ON

Dec. 3 - 7, 2019
Gallery hours: 9:00AM - 8:00PM

Footprints of the Rouge depicts the important connections experienced during Margaret Cornell Kirk's time as Photographer-in-Residence at Rouge National Urban Park. This series of images capture the connections we develop towards nature, with each other and with ourselves, which are inspired by the natural, cultural and agricultural history of the area. Margaret is a recent graduate of OCAD University and the recipient of the 2019 Parks Canada Career Launcher.