Tool-things : The Making of an Apprentice

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 1:00pm to Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 6:00pm

Tool-things represents the beginning of an apprentice’s toolkit, one that can be read as evolving in parallel to the knowledge gained through its making. This work taps into the human connection to tools by focusing on some of the most familiar ones: the hammer, screwdriver, clamp, and handsaw. Most of these Tool-things have been meticulously crafted to be almost indistinguishable from the everyday objects they sit alongside, and both are seen in an unexpected light. Paused during a process of metamorphosis, somewhere between the familiar and alien, they encourage us to question what comes first: the knowledge, or the tool? Potentially sparking frustration in their apparent uselessness, Tool-things ask us to look a little longer–it could just be that we don't yet recognize their use.

“We shape our tools thereafter our tools shape us.” John M. Culkin

Venue & Address: 
Ignite Gallery, 165 Augusta Ave, Toronto

Colour: What Do You Mean By That?

Colour: what do you mean by that? Mar 7 to 25 at Propeller Gallery
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 12:00pm to Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 6:00pm

Colour Research Society of Canada presents an exhbition at Propeller Gallery March 7 to 25, with an International Colour Day Curators' Talk & Socia: Wednesday March 21 7-9pm and Artist Talks Sunday March 25 2-4pm.

This cross-disciplinary exhibiton presents work by artists, designers and scientists using or investigating colour phenomena, qualities and meanings. What is colour: frequency, wavelength, energy...resonance, material, sensation...perception, illusion, association...emotive embodied experience? The question opens up connections between diverse understandins and ways of knowing.

Venue & Address: 
Propeller Gallery, 30 Abell Street
Digital Screen: 


Painting with abstract forms highlited in orange.
Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 7:30pm to Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 6:00pm

The Learning Zone Gallery presents a group exhibition called Perspectives.

This exhibition was organized by International Eyes, a student group which represents a community of students from culturally diverse backgrounds. It includes work in a variety of mediums, from painting to photography.

Contributors: Kalore Jingmei Cao, Raquel Gouvea Jose Felicia da Costa, Tim Hu, Nataly Kais, Ji Woo Lim, Kaylee Meyer, Tony Mulo, Ehiko Odeh, Michelle Scholz, Zhiyi Qian and Chenjun Zhu.

‘Perspectives’ is an exhibition showcasing the work of international students at OCAD U. While being international means different things to each student, it is oftentimes a big part of one’s identity. This is a small insight into the diverse body of work that international students are creating that highlights their abilities, personalities and passions.

On until March 17

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1. Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street
416-977-6000, ext. 2529

Buildings I Feel Like

buildings i feel
buildings i feel
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 11:30am

Investigating the correlation of sobriety and artistic output, Dawe’s current practice illustrates parallels between recovery and the act of re-covering. What if we could step into ourself like we do our front door or favourite sweater? Or read oneself like we do a book? Buildings, dresses, and other vessels figuratively stand-in for the self, alluding to how slow transformations can be reflected in layers of mistinted paint, swatches of mended fabric, or patches of drywall. These manifestations of repair are poetic indicators of effort: the more layers, the further the journey. 

Buildings I Feel Like depicts something in-progress without the implication that it is somehow incomplete or undone. Some people are sturdy Victorian homes or cozy basement apartments. Others are new condos, perpetually under construction. The house presents various rich metaphors of; interior and exterior, covered and exposed, private and public. The weightless compositions of Dawe’s ‘dress portraits’ — both intimate and surreal — offer a place for poetic speculation. Culled from her experiences, the drawings — revealing, bold and approached with an unresting vigour — stake an unashamed tone. Devoid of wearer, the clothing becomes animate, declaring itself a subject free for interpretation. 

Dawe’s paintings, drawings, and installations celebrate the adaptive, sometimes messy, and meandering paths taken in search of self-actualization. By presenting a journey at its midpoint, her installations reveal that these finite markers — that of beginnings and ends — are fictitious when talking about self-betterment. Reminders that the pursuit of balance and happiness is inherently, and perpetually underway — valuing progression rather than perfection.

Venue & Address: 
Division Gallery, 45 Ernest Ave

Hunter's Moon

Ossa: White Skull
Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 3:00pm

Through photography, installation, and video, Hunter's Moon explores the complex ethics of getting close to nature as a post-industrial person. The artists engage with hunting culture while raising ethical questions about interspecies relationships.

Carlson and McCallum are graduate students in the IAMD program at OCAD University. Their practices interrogate the conceptual systems through which humans embrace or seperate themselves from "nature".

Venue & Address: 
Experimental Media Space, 1st floor, 205 Richmond St. W
Ossa: White Skull

Slow Art Day

The Sunshine Eaters
Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm

Saturday, April 14, 2018
Noon to 5 p.m.



Onsite Gallery is pleased to participate in the annual international event, Slow Art Day.

What is Slow Art Day?
Slow Art Day is a global event with a simple mission: help more people discover for themselves the joy of looking at and loving art. One day each year, people all over the world visit local museums and galleries to look at art slowly. Participants look at five works of art for 10 minutes each and then meet together to talk about their experience. That’s it. Simple by design, the goal is to focus on the art and the art of seeing. For more info, visit Slow Art Day's website here.

What is happening at Onsite Gallery for Slow Art Day
Every hour on the hour (12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.), one artwork in our current exhibition, The Sunshine Eaters, will be selected for focused viewing. Visitors will take 10 minutes to view the chosen artwork, which will be immediately followed by a group discussion led by one of our gallery staff members.

All are welcome to join the conversation!


The Sunshine Eaters
The Sunshine Eaters is an original multi-sensory exhibition that highlights how artists and designers look to the land and its plants, flowers and trees as a means to imagine and conjure hope in the face of local and global crises.

Featuring work by: Shary Boyle, Nick Cave, Robert Holmes, Jim Holyoak, Brian Jungen, Jessica Karuhanga, Alexandra Kehayoglou, Nina Leo and Moez Surani, Tony Matelli, Alanis Obomsawin, Ebony G. Patterson and Winnie Truong. Curated by Lisa Deanne Smith.

Exhibition runs January 10 to April 15, 2018.


About Onsite Gallery –
Onsite Gallery is the flagship professional gallery of OCAD U and an experimental curatorial platform for art, design and new media. Visit our website for upcoming public events.


We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.
Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.

The Sunshine Eaters is also produced with the support of Nexus Investments.

Onsite Gallery gratefully acknowledges that the new gallery construction project is funded in part by the Government of Canada's Canada Cultural Spaces Fund at Canadian Heritage, the City of Toronto through a Section 37 agreement and Aspen Ridge Homes; with gallery furniture by Nienkämper.


Images: Installation view: The Sunshine Eaters, Onsite Gallery, OCAD University, Toronto, 2018. Photo: Yuula Benivolski.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery (199 Richmond St. W.)
416-977-6000 x456
The Sunshine Eaters exhibition at Onsite Gallery

Treasured Memories: Thinking with Things

Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 12:00pm to Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 6:00pm

From OCAD U’s Criticism and Curatorial Practice program, MFA candidate Elizaveta Zhurkovskaya is pleased to announce her thesis exhibition Treasured Memories: Thinking with Things. This group exhibition features the work of Jasmine Cardenas, Renee Hayward, Sara Angelucci, Sarah Malekzadeh, and Vanessa Hussey.

Treasured possessions are always part of our everyday existence. As we grow older and our lives unfold, they become markers of our identity. Personal objects help us understand ourselves because they hold our memories, ideas, and aspirations. Treasured Memories: Thinking with Things reveals how personal and family possessions play a critical role in an artist’s self-representation, and how they shape an understanding of who they are.


Opening Reception: 

Saturday March 24th, 2018 - 6 pm - 9 pm

Exhibition will be open from March 24 to 29, 2018

Venue & Address: 
Graduate Gallery, 205 Richmond St. W
Treasured Memories: Thinking with Things

Liminal Forms - MFA Thesis Project by Graduate CCP student Karina Iskandarsjah

Liminal Forms
Friday, March 16, 2018 - 11:00am to Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 6:00pm

Liminal Forms explores inter-cultural and cross-medium translations in contemporary art to develop an understanding of aesthetically and materially hybrid manifestations. By engaging with art practices that are informed by interdisciplinary methods and the artists’ identity as an indigenous, third-culture, or immigrant individual, Liminal Forms ultimately examines tactics in communicating culturally and geographically specific issues.

Reception: Thursday, March 15, 2018 (in collaboration with Common Room)

Daily Gallery hours: March 16-20, 11AM-6PM

Venue & Address: 
Graduate Gallery, 205 Richmond St W.

Call for Submissions: Conquering Me

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 3:45pm to Friday, February 23, 2018 - 11:45pm

Students from all undergraduate programs are invited to submit works for an upcoming exhibition, entitled Conquering Me.

Conquering Me focuses on the themes of “Anxiety & Depression”. Its aim to uplift voices that have faced these challenges in an effort to combat stigma and raise awareness about mental health. We encourage interpretations of Conquering Me in any medium, including writing and interactive works.


  • Interactive work encouraged
  • BIPOC, LGBT, and disability friendly. We strongly encourage marginalized persons to apply.
  • Please let us know if your work has been exhibited elsewhere.
  • We will not accept work more than five years old.

Email: and include "Submission" in the subject line.
Inside the email:

  • Title
  • Medium
  • Year of your work
  • Your full name
  • student number
  • Program and year of study

Please write something to let us know how your work fits in with the theme.

Deadline for submissions: Friday, February 23, 2018

EXHIBITION LOCATION to be confirmed.

Venue & Address: 
OCADSU, Level 6, 230 Richmond St. West
Conquering Me poster