Scott Everingham

A 3-time RBC Painting Competition finalist, Everingham performs as architect and painter, intuitively dismantling and rebuilding structures and environments using the language of paint. Fictional yet familiar space and light are tools to represent illusory depth that is rooted in formal abstraction. Exhibitions include Cambridge Galleries, General Hardware Contemporary, The Power Plant, Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Tom Thomson Art Gallery, and The National Gallery of Canada. Collections include RBC Collection, TD Bank Collection, and NBC.

Michelle Forsyth

Born in Vancouver, BC; Lives and works in Toronto, ON & Vancouver, BC. Michelle Forsyth employs a diverse array of material processes–including cut-paper, painting, printmaking, sculpture, design, photography, sewing, and weaving–in order to convey the poetics of her lived experiences. As such, she seeks beauty in her surroundings and takes pleasure in the respite it affords her. She is a proponent of decorative repetition and champions the power of colour to stir emotions, and elicit forgotten moments.


Marie Charbonneau has taught Drawing and Painting at the Ontario College of Art & Design since 1981.

Look Again: Colour Xerography

Black and white image of a group of visitors to the 1976 exhibition in Walker Court
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 4:00am to Friday, April 17, 2015 - 4:00am

The work of Barbara Astman will be exhibited as part of the Art Gallery of Ontario's new installation "Look Again: Colour Xerography - Art Meets Technology at the AGO".

In the mid-1970s several young Canadian artists embraced the cutting-edge technology of the colour Xerox machine. Six of them - Robert Arn, Barbara Astman, Flavio Belli, Michael Bidner, Michael Hayden and Jaan Poldaas - joined forces with curator Karyn Allen during an exciting two-week exhibition at the AGO in the fall of 1976. As an art medium, xerography made it possible to produce inexpensive copies of virtually any image or object. It allowed artists to play with images from the mass media, recombining or altering them for their own use. Visitors today will recognize this art form as a precursor to the pervasive circulation of digital images today.

This installation draws upon our rich archival holdings of Astman and Bidner from the 1976 exhibition.

Venue & Address: 
Art Gallery of Ontario / Musée des beaux-arts de l’Ontario 317 Dundas Street West Toronto, ON
Call us at 1-877-225-4246 or 416-979-6648
This exhibition is included with general admission.

Tasty coloured sounds: The experiences of synaesthetes Dr. Julia Simner, University of Edinburgh

Poster for Crossing Sensory Boundaries, with an abstract colourful background
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 11:00pm

Crossing Sensory Boundaries: Synesthesia Events Co-sponsored by OCAD University

Synaesthesia is an inherited neurological condition that gives rise to a kind of 'merging of the senses'. For example, synaesthetes might 'see' colours when they hear music, or experience tastes in the mouth when they read words. One particularly common variant is experiencing colours when reading letters or numbers, and this variant of the condition – known as grapheme-colour synaesthesia -- is found in around 1 in 100 people. What are the experiences of synaesthetes, and how do these unusual experiences develop during childhood? How do they impact on schooling and early life development and how do adult synaesthetes navigate their multisensory worlds? I will explore the nature of these cross-sensory experiences and ask what they might also tell us about sensory processing in the population at large. I’ll describe what I have learned from the scientific research carried out at my Synaesthesia and Sensory Integration lab over the last decade, and how synaesthesia might open novel ways of understanding creativity, perception and the very nature of reality.

Dr. Julia Simner is a neuropsychologist and leading expert in the field of synesthesia research. She trained at the Universities of Oxford, Toronto and Sussex, and she currently runs the Synesthesia and Sensory Integration lab at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Her work focuses on the psychological and neuroscientific bases of synesthesia, and has been published in the high impact science journals such as ‘Nature’. She is the editor of the Oxford Handbook of Synesthesia and is keenly interested in facilitating the public’s understanding of science. Her work has been reported in over 100 media articles worldwide, including the NY Times, BBC, CBC, Telegraph, Times, New Scientist, Scientific American etc. In 2010 she was recognised as an outstanding European scientist by the European Commission’s Atomium Culture Initiative and her science writing for the general public has been published in some of Europe’s leading national newspapers.

This presentation is co-sponsored by OCAD University, The Colour Research Society of Canada, MaHRC, and the Fraser Mustard Institute for Human Development, with financial support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Refreshments will be served following the lecture.

Organized by David Griffin, Instructor, Faculty of Art and Doreen Balabanoff, Associate Professor, Faculty of Design.

Venue & Address: 
Faculty of Music, University of Toronto 80 Queen’s Park Crescent Toronto, Ontario