Students share their experience of the Awenda Inspired! field trip

Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 4:15pm

Angela Lea Tupper, Fourth Year, Drawing and Painting

The Awenda Inspired! field trip was my first time painting en plein air, and not having to worry about the travel arrangements made the experience less intimidating. Being joined by a large group of fellow artists was also a wonderful support, allowing me to devote my full attention to our surroundings—I could observe simply as a visitor settling into the serene rhythm of the park, and also as an artist recording the effects of light and colour on my canvas. The opportunity to display our work further offered an interactive activity to conclude the day. Both artists and visitors were able to compare our varied responses to the landscape that inspired the Group of Seven painters. It provided us with a creative way to share our perceptions of the park as a community. Hopefully the species newly discovered in the territory that day (a variety of inner-city rat) was not one of the elements we shared with the park!


Connie Santos, Fourth Year, Drawing and Painting

The Awenda-inspired trip was an amazing opportunity to get away from the busy urban life of Toronto and to be surrounded by nature. It was my first time going to Awenda and I found the beaches to be very breath taking and very inspirational for en plein air painting. The beaches provide a clear view of Georgian Bay and its many islands, as well as a clear view of the rocks underneath the water.  The staff was friendly and more than willing to provide individuals with more knowledge such as the wild life found in the park. This trip is a great opportunity for artists to include on their CVs. Awenda is a beautiful and tranquil place that will leave you wanting to go back. 

Awenda Inspired Exhibition poster with event info and photo of forest

Awenda Inspired!

Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 4:00am

This year's Awenda Inspired trip brings together nearly 50 students, alumni and faculty from Drawing and Painting to Awenda Provincial Park.

For a full day students have the opportunity to explore, investigate, research and produce work in variety of mediums on the historic and scenic park grounds.

This event is sponsored and organized in partnership with the staff of the Awenda Provincial Park, Friends of Awenda Association, First Student Canada, and the Faculty of Art.  

A follow-up exhibition will take place next month in the Ada Slaight Student Gallery, October 24-28. Participating students come from all year levels which culminates into a diverse and extraordinary group exhibition.

Venue & Address: 
Awenda Provincial Park
Free, but participants must register as space is limited
Awenda Inspired 2016 poster, text on landscape photo background

Bus trip to the Doris McCarthy Gallery’s Complex Social Change exhibit

Woman holding a sign that says "I AM ONE OF DEM PEOPLE"
Monday, January 18, 2016 - 8:00pm to 11:00pm

Bus trip to the Doris McCarthy Gallery’s Complex Social Change exhibit
Date : Monday January 18
Departure time: 3pm
Return time: 6pm
Pickup & Drop off location: OCAD, 100 McCaul Street, main entrance

The bus has 48 seats. Right now there is 20 seats available. Please email if you intend to join us so I can reserve a seat for you.

Growing out of the debates regarding the recent Occupy movement and Idle No More, Complex Social Change is an interdisciplinary research program and collaborative partnership developed at the University of Lethbridge - this exhibition at the Doris McCarthy Gallery continues the program and brings it to Ontario. The artists investigate some of the larger issues surrounding complex social change, and the means by which sustained, active engagement can be produced within particular communities, resisting the political and economic pressures that encourage passive acceptance.

Works by Lori Blondeau & Adrian Stimson, Wendy Coburn, DodoLab and FAG Feminist Art Gallery (Abstract Random: Jamilah Malika, Sun Sun & Ayo Leilani, Sharlene Bamboat & Ali El Darsa, Cecilia Berkovic, Michèle Pearson Clarke, FASTWÜRMS, Jesi the Elder, Reena Katz AKA Radiodress, Deirdre Logue & Allyson Mitchell, Hazel Meyer, Heidi Nagtegaal, Ginger Brooks Takahashi & Dana Bishop-Root, Chris E. Vargas, Syrus Marcus Ware, Christina Zeidler)

Guest curated by Josephine Mills
Image credit: Michèle Pearson Clarke, Diplomatic Communication, 2012. Image courtesy of the artist.
Exhibition organized by the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery
Doris McCarthy Gallery
University of Toronto Scarborough
1265 Military Trail
Toronto, Ontario M1C 1A4. Canada
Complex Social Change - October 21, 2015 - January 23, 2016

The bus is made possible through the Faculty of Art, Art & Social Change Program and the Impact Collective

Venue & Address: 
Pickup & Drop off location: OCAD, 100 McCaul Street, main entrance

Contemporary Art Bus: One Time Or Another by Adam David Brown

photos of contemporary artworks by Roula Partheniou and Adam David Brown
logos for the Idea Exchange
Saturday, October 31, 2015 - 3:00pm to 10:30pm

The University of Waterloo Art Gallery and Idea Exchange Art + Design are proud to partner on a bus tour of the following exhibitions: Inventory by Roula Partheniou and 108 Leyton Ave by Kelly Mark at UWAG, followed by One Time Or Another by Adam David Brown, and the launch of the public art project “no pressure, no diamonds” by Hazel Meyer at Idea Exchange Queen’s Square.

Free bus will be leaving OCAD University on Saturday, October 31 at 11:00 am.

11:00 AM Pick up at OCAD U: 100 McCaul Street, Toronto
12:30 PM Arrival, University of Waterloo Art Gallery: 263 Phillip Street, Waterloo
1:00 PM Artist Tour of Inventory with Roula Partheniou, and 108 Leyton Ave by Kelly Mark
2:00 PM Depart, University of Waterloo Art Gallery
2:45 PM Arrival, Idea Exchange Art + Design at Queen’s Square: 1 North Square, Cambridge
Launch of Hazel Meyer’s public art project “no pressure, no diamonds”
3:00 PM Artist Tour of One Time Or Another with Adam David Brown
4:30 PM Depart, Idea Exchange Art + Design
6:30 PM Return OCAD U, Toronto

Seating is limited to 17 passengers. First come, first seated. Bus charter, exhibitions and artist tours are free and open to all visitors and the public. For more information please contact:

263 Philip Street, Waterloo
Ivan Jurakic, Director / Curator
519.888.4567 ext. 36741

1 North Square, Cambridge
Iga Janik, Curator

Images (from left to right): Roula Partheniou, Inventory: excerpt from House & Home & Garden (detail), 2015. Courtesy of the artist and MKG 127, Toronto. Adam David Brown, Moonlight, 2015. Courtesy of the artist and MKG 127, Toronto. Photos: Scott Lee.

Venue & Address: 
University of Waterloo Art Galley 263 Philip Street, Waterloo Idea | Exchange Art + Design
519.888.4567 ext. 36741