Arts & Crafts Garden Visit

Sunday, June 9, 2019 - 2:00pm

Arts & Crafts Garden Visit
Sunday, June 9, 2019
2 p.m.

Limited availability; advance registration required
Tickets available on Onsite Gallery’s Facebook page as of Friday, May 24 at noon

Co-presented with the Toronto Botanical Garden

Join T.M. Glass, Onsite Gallery and the Toronto Botanical Garden for a special visit to T.M. Glass’ traditional Arts & Crafts Garden. The artist and the Toronto Botanical Garden will lead a tour of the garden and speak about the flowers in bloom, gardening and the history of Arts & Crafts Gardens.

 

T.M. Glass: The Audible Language of Flowers
May 8 to August 18, 2019

Curated by Francisco Alvarez, Dorene & Peter Milligan Executive Director, OCAD U Galleries

T.M. Glass: The Audible Language of Flowers presents recent series of images by lens-based artist T.M. Glass that feature blooms and vessels from unique gardens across the globe. Glass' distinct photographic style is characterized by extensive digital embellishment of textures and colours to enhance the emotion and geometry of flowers. Recently, the artist’s large-scale flower images expanded into the third dimension through advanced 3-D printing technology. Inspired by 17th century European flower paintings, the artist contends that contemporary digital photographers are also painters who work with pixels instead of oils.

T.M. Glass is a digital artist based in Toronto, whose practice explores the historical, technological, and aesthetic conditions of photography to stretch it beyond its traditional definition. The works have been showcased in multiple solo exhibitions and held in private collections in the Canada, the United States, Britain, France, and Australia. Glass turned to photography as the primary mode of production after studying sculpture at the Ontario College of Art and Design and pursuing a distinguished career in writing and production for film and television. Glass uses rapidly advancing digital technology to celebrate the beauty of nature.

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. The gallery is located at 199 Richmond St. W, Toronto, ON, M5V 0H4. Telephone: 416-977-6000, ext. 265. Opening hours are: Wednesdays from noon to 8 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 7 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Free admission.

Onsite Gallery acknowledges that the 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. Onsite Gallery logo by Dean Martin Design.

 

Image: T.M. Glass, Orchids in a Gold-Coloured Ceramic Vase, 2018, archival pigment ink on archival cotton rag paper fused to Dibond, 58" x 58". Courtesy of the artist.

Venue & Address: 
Address provided upon registration
Website: 
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/arts-crafts-garden-visit-tickets-60709997236
Email: 
onsite@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 x456
Cost: 
Free
Image: T.M. Glass, Orchids in a Gold-Coloured Ceramic Vase, 2018, archival pigment ink on archival cotton rag pape

grOCAD Plant Propagation Workshop

Photograph of seedlings in small pots.
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Celebrate Spring at grOCAD's plant propagation workshop! Join us at the Learning Zone next Wednesday April 3rd to learn the basics of plant propagation using seeds and cuttings.

It’s a hands-on workshop so be prepared to get your hands dirty between 2 – 4 pm

Open to all in the OCAD U community - students, faculty and staff

grOCAD is a group of students, faculty and staff who are working together to integrate plant life to our everyday experience by cultivating areas in and around OCAD U’s campus. grOCAD’s aim is to increase healthy food accessibility, encourage discourse about how plants improve quality of life and heighten awareness to urban agricultural practices.

 

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1. Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street
Email: 
ocadgrows@gmail.com
Cost: 
Free

GROCAD Community Garden Project Meetup

Photograph of a volunteer watering herbs and vegetables in raised garden bed.
Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

A call to OCAD U gardeners – students, staff or faculty who are interested in supporting grOCAD’s community garden project, located on the grounds of St. George the Marty at 197 John Street. We need volunteers to help plant/water/harvest herbs and vegetables in summer through fall.

It’s a great opportunity to share and learn about urban gardening. For those who can't attend the meeting but would like to get involved, email us ocadgrows@gmail.com.

grOCAD is a group of students, faculty and staff who are working together to integrate plant life to our everyday experience by cultivating areas in andaround OCAD U's campus. grOCAD's aim is to increase healthy food accessibility, encourage discourse about how plants improve quality of life and heighten awareness to urban agricultural practices.

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1. Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street
Website: 
http://www.Facebook.com/groups/ocadgrows/
Email: 
ocadgrows@gmail.com
Cost: 
Free

grOCAD Plant Propagation Workshop

A sheet of paper towel with 20 jade leaves laying on it in three rows
Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Come out and get your hands dirt-y with grOCAD! This workshop is about propagating common houseplants such as spider plants, golden pothos, jade and snake plants. We'll talk about the basics of plant propagation and get some baby plants started. All the materials will be provided and the baby plants will later be sold at the Plant Sale to generate funding to maintain our current garden projects.

grOCAD is a group of students, faculty and staff who are working together to integrate plant life to our everyday experience by cultivating areas in and around OCAD U’s campus. grOCAD’s aim is to increase healthy food accessibility, encourage discourse about how plants improve quality of life and heighten awareness to urban agricultural practices.

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1 Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street
Website: 
http://www.facebook.com/groups/ocadgrows/
Email: 
ocadgrows@gmail.com
Cost: 
Free

grOCAD Plant Propagation Workshop

grOCAD student group logo
Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Do you want to learn how to make new plants out of your existing house plants/garden plants?
Do you want to learn about the air-purifying qualities of house plants in a window farm?
Do you want to meet other students interested in gardening and caring for plant life?

Attend grOCAD's Plant Propagation Workshop!

ABOUT GROCAD:
grOCAD is an open group of students, faculty and staff collaborating to develop urban agriculture on and off campus, exploring themes of biophillia, food security and community building through plant life. We believe that the natural world and the human world are one and the same, and work to bridge this constructed divide in daily life. grOCAD is involved in on-campus installations, research, promotion of student and community work, gallery shows and publications relating to sustainable urbanism.

Find out more about this OCAD University student group or others: www.ocadu.ca/studentgroups

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone (Level 1), 122 St. Patrick Street (SPA)
Email: 
ocadgrows@gmail.com
Cost: 
Free

Seed Saving Workshop

Fall is Time to Save Seed poster with illustration of hands holding a seedling
Monday, September 12, 2016 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Join the OCAD U Seed Library for a seed saving workshop led by OCAD U student Amanda Dong. This will be a hands-on workshop on how to collect and save seeds for coming seasons or to share with family and friends. Seed saving is an important practice in sustainable farming, it builds a stronger future for the community — keeps costs down, improves the yearly production/preservation of healthy produce, offers diversity and food security. Come expand your gardening skills and browse through our Seed Library!

The OCAD Seed Library, launched in June 2014, is an official branch of the Toronto Seed Library. The Toronto Seed Library (TSL) was started in November 2012 by the Occupy Gardens of Toronto Collective and students from the University of Toronto and York University. The TSL has grown into a strong cooperative made up of a diverse membership creating a free, self-perpetuating seed library system. To learn more about the Toronto Seed Library please visit their website at torontoseedlibrary.org

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1 Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street
Email: 
mchudolinska@ocadu.ca
Cost: 
Free
Fall is Time to Save Seed poster with illustration of hands holding a seedling

OCAD & CPAR launch Foodprints exhibit at Canada Blooms

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 4:00am

(Toronto — March 17, 2010) From a unique partnership comes a uniquely placed installation, at this year’s Canada Blooms flower and garden festival. The Ontario College of Art & Design’s faculty and student design team ‘Frogpond’ and the non-profit organization Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief (CPAR) have teamed up to launch Foodprints: Edible Environments, Sustainable Gardens, a feature garden installation at Canada’s largest flower and garden festival, opening in Toronto this week.

The partnership originates from early discussions between the Sustainability Office at OCAD, which has a mandate to cultivate sustainability awareness through on-campus and outreach projects, and CPAR, which is committed to engaging the public on issues related to its international development work in Africa.

Frogpond is an interdisciplinary, hands-on extra-curricular forum that grew out of OCAD’s Think Tank program, bringing together students, alumni and faculty on real-life projects responding to the theme, “design for humanity.” Frogpond is lead by Keith Rushton, Chair of OCAD’s Graphic Design program, and Bruce Hinds Chair of OCAD’s Environmental Design program, and comprises of undergraduate students, recent graduates and OCAD Think Tank faculty members Zahra Ebrahim, Carl Hastrich and Andrew Nisker. The project provides students with a practical opportunity to consider sustainability issues in a context where scarce resources are often about survivability and making creative use of materials to enhance community livelihoods.

Foodprints draws inspiration from African farmers’ own design of edible gardens to generate sources of income, nutritious food for their families, and soil and water conservation measures that help small farmers remain resilient in the face of such challenges as climate change and HIV and AIDS. As a design challenge, Frogpond students and faculty embraced the stories, images and approaches employed by the farming communities that CPAR works with in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Malawi and Uganda to promote food security.

“We are thrilled to be undertaking this project with CPAR,” said Sheila Waite-Chuah, Coordinator of OCAD’s Sustainability Office. “Taking a concept through to implementation is a critical part of the learning process. Our students have contributed huge amounts of time and creativity to this project. They’re excited to be helping create awareness about the challenges and successes of farmers in Africa.”

The mobile exhibit challenges the public to examine the connections between the global and the local. With the growing interest in community gardens and locally sourced, organic food here in Canada, one of the important ‘lessons from the field’ promoted by the exhibit is that growing healthy food grows healthy communities, no matter where one lives.

Creatively employing savaged and renewable materials found at renovation sites throughout the city, and with an eye to a reusable and natural aesthetic for the exhibit, Frogpond students have generated a living, colourful and thought-provoking piece sure to attract interest at this year’s Canada Blooms festival. Foodprints will, post-Canada Blooms ‘go mobile’ — with plans to land at farmers markets, events and on the invitation of members of the public interested in issues of sustainability and local-global food security connections. The exhibit, and the real-life stories which inspire it, can be explored further on CPAR’s new website www.puttingfarmersfirst.ca. (launching Wednesday, March 17).

“This was really a dream collaboration in a lot of ways” notes Anna Miller, CPAR’s Director of Programs. “Not only did the Frogpond students and faculty approach this challenge with a trained eye to sustainable design, but they truly ran with the real life stories and approaches used in communities we work with in East and Southern Africa in such a sensitive and thought-provoking way.”

The CPAR-OCAD partnership was formed in early 2009, and will continue to engage students in practical projects focusing on real life, everyday design solutions faced and employed by the African communities with whom CPAR works.

Foodprints: Edible Environments, Sustainable Gardens will run at Feature Garden #9 at the Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition Place in Toronto from Wednesday March 17 to Sunday, March 21, daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday). For more information about Canada Blooms visit www.canadablooms.com.

About Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief (CPAR)
CPAR (www.cpar.ca) is a non-profit organization that supports community efforts to ensure access to clean water, adequate food, primary health care services and a safe and healthy environment. Founded in 1984, and staffed at field level by a dynamic team of local African staff and specialists, CPAR works in partnership with vulnerable communities and diverse organizations to overcome poverty and build healthy communities in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Malawi and Uganda. CPAR’s latest project, a 5-year program entitled ‘Farmers First: Community-led Food Security’ and is funded by CPAR donors and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). Putting Farmers First (www.puttingfarmersfirst.ca) will be launched on Wednesday, and will feature further information about the ‘Foodprints’ exhibit, the OCAD-CPAR collaboration and the farmers that inspired the exhibit.

About the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD)
The Ontario College of Art & Design (www.ocad.ca) is Canada’s “university of the imagination.” OCAD is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. The university is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinarity, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.
 

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For more information and images please contact:

Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer, OCAD
416.977.6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)
 

Anna Miller, Director of Programs, CPAR
416-369-0865 Ext. 27 (mobile: 647-241-8714)