FORM TOGETHER: Work by students and alumni of OCAD University

PATCH, in partnership with OCAD University's Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers, facilitated a call for artists for an exhibition on hoarding surrounding the FORM condo development site on McCaul Street. More than 120 OCAD U students and alumni submitted work in response to an exhibit concept developed in collaboration with Tridel, one of Canada’s leading developers.

Mural Unveiling by OCADU Lecturer / Artist Tannis Nielson

Monday, September 30, 2019 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

The Mural unveiling will be held at Front and Simcoe street.  The accumulated length of both walls are 420 feet long which is equal to the height of the Great Pyramid of Size and 14 stories taller than The Statue of Liberty. 

The event will also be catered and will be giving away 150 free orange t-shirts in commemoration of 'orange shirt day"

Venue & Address: 
Olympic Park - 222 Bremner Blvd (Lower Simcoe Underpass between Front St W and Bremner Blvd)


Monday, January 28, 2019 - 1:45pm to Friday, February 15, 2019 - 11:45pm


From student-run group OCAD U STUDENT PRESS:
The Yellow Staircase is an iconic interior space at OCAD U, displaying the energy and vitality of the student body. It is the structural spine of 100 McCaul, connecting all faculties and floors. Students are drawn to this arena, expressing a range of thoughts, feelings, and moods. OCAD U is a school with very little common areas for students to exchange and collaborate together; add commuter culture, high stress levels, living costs and you have cause for concern that students can feel isolated and frustrated with university culture.

Launched in 2018, the Yellow Staircase Yearbook mural project challenges these issues through the annual addition of four murals in The Yellow Staircase. Instead of condemning artistic expression and continuously painting over graffiti, we seek to turn this phenomenon into a positive and community-minded project, taking advantage of how the staircase is currently functioning in the interest of the school and the student body.

We are currently seeking proposals for murals by current OCAD University students or student collectives that creatively represent a student community or an official student group at the school. Successful proposals will receive a flat fee of $250 which includes the artist fee and money for materials. The Student Press will provide ladders, drop cloths, and will prime the mural surface with white paint.


1. Students may submit as individual artists or as groups.

2. The murals must be painted between 18 March and 19 April, 2019.

3. The murals will be painted between Levels 5 and 6 in the Yellow Staircase.

4. The average mural size is 5x4 feet, but you are welcome to suggest other dimensions. Your mural does not have to be rectangular!

5. You can use acrylic paint, or acrylic paint markers to create the mural. Spray paint can not be used.

Proposals should be emailed to with the subject line “Yellow Staircase Proposal”. Any images included should be attached to the email, or you may provide a link to a Google Drive folder. Please email us if you have any questions about submitting!

In your submission, please include the following:

1. A sketch of the mural design.

2. A photo of the yellow staircase wall space between Levels 5 and 6 that you would like to use. Please make sure some identifiable graffiti is visible so that we can locate it.

3. A one to two sentence artist biography that includes your name(s) and program(s).

4. A short artist statement that explains what student community the mural represents and how. For examples of the communities represented last year, please see the murals below.

If you have any questions about the project or the submission guidelines, please email us at


The OCAD U Student Press serves as a platform for idea sharing, research, and communication among the OCAD U community. We publish a major book every year, showcasing ground-breaking academic research and projects done by our most promising students in the fields of art and design. The Press offers a series of educational workshops, additional publications and events, offering students new opportunities to get involved.


Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street
YELLOW staircase murals call for submissions

OCAD U join Womxn Paint Jam, 2018

illustration of a woman in water reaching up to another woman, by Natalie Very B
Friday, August 17, 2018 - 4:30pm to 7:00pm

Womxn Paint, with support from StreetARToronto, is hosting a second jam on August 10 to 12 and August 18 to 19th , 2018, in the laneway between 136 McCaul St. and 39 D’Arcy St. A talented mix of 25 emerging and mid-career artists have transformed more than 3,500 square feet of space into murals responding to the theme “Uplifting Each Other”. 

As a closing celebration, community members, mural enthusiasts and interested Torontonians are invited to meet the artists and be inspired by the murals on Sunday, August 17 from 4 to 7 p.m.

OCAD U participants:

  • Emily May Rose (Illustration, 2015)
  • Natalie Very B (Natalie Bochenska) (Illustration, 2016)
  • Shelby McLeod (Illustration, 2016)
  • Erin McCluskey (Illustration, 2017)
  • Wenting Li (Illustration, 2017)
  • Caitlin Taguibao (Illustration, 2011)

See the full list of participants on the Womxn Paint website

Venue & Address: 
laneway between 136 McCaul St. and 39 D’Arcy St.

Eryn Lougheed completes stairwell mural as part of Career Launcher

Stairwell mural by Eryn Lougheed
Monday, July 9, 2018

Fourth-year Illustration student Eryn Lougheed has completed a stairwell mural in 230 Richmond St. W. for the second annual Hullmark Stairwell Mural Career Launcher, a partnership between OCAD U’s Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers and the university’s development and property management collaborator, Hullmark Developments. 

To see the mural, from the main entrance, take the stairs left of the elevators. On the third floor, pass the mural by Adam De Souza (2017 Career Launcher muralist). Enter the third floor, cross over to the south stairwell by walking around the elevators. Walk down one flight to find Eryn’s mural in the north exit passageway of the building. 

Congratulations Eryn! Read more about her work in this article from Intern magazine.

Faculty of Design mural project

Mural of bright shapes with sign reading Faculty of Design
Friday, March 9, 2018 - 4:15pm

When you step off the elevator on the ninth floor of 230 Richmond St. W., your field of vision is filled with the vibrant colours of a mural that leads to the Faculty of Design offices.

Designed by alumnus and sessional instructor Adrian Forrow, the mural is the result of a project led by Jody Hewgill, Assistant Professor in the Illustration program.

The project began with a presentation of several OCADU alumni illustrators and recent graduates’ work. Forrow was chosen for his colourful bold imagery and his compelling design aesthetic.

"I wanted to work with dynamic and playful proportions that created a strong image flow within the breaks in the mural walls and corners,” said Forrow. “The initial sketching on the wall was probably the more challenging part. Due to the dimensions of the space I was unable to use a projector for the majority of the mural. I relied on detailed measurements that I had to take in a computer program to relay the measurement to the wall and build the image in a connect-the-dot style of sketching.”

Hewgill recruited three current Illustration students to apprentice with Forrow and help execute the mural. Through a workshop framework, students learned mural techniques such as taping and frisketing, and how to translate an illustration to mural scale.

The conceptualization, sketching, rendering and approval of the initial image took approximately two weeks to complete, the mural itself took five days to paint.

The signage was designed by Hewgill. The letters were cut on the CNC mill by Darrell Currington, then sanded, painted and assembled by Industrial Design student monitor Shayn Martens.



Three people painting the mural
Six people standing in front of the mural

The Mural of the Story – Mini-Symposium

Three panels of murals
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Indigenous creative expression is gaining momentum by occupying space as murals on Toronto’s concrete walls. The city as “project space” extends beyond graffiti, postering, flag-raising and site-specific public artwork to address an Indigenous presence located across the GTA. Recent murals speak to land acknowledgement, history and honoring as means to recognize Indigenous tradition, knowledge and beauty.

The Mural of the Story brings together a panel of artists including Tannis Nielson, Philip Cote, Tia Cavanagh and Jason Baerg, who will introduce and discuss their recent mural projects and how they activate community and insert Indigeneity within the urban landscape.

The mini-symposium is supported by the Indigenous Visual Culture Program in conjunction with the winter course Language and the Land.

Panelists Bios:

Jason Baerg is an Indigenous curator, educator, and visual artist who graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts and a Masters of Fine Arts from Rutgers University. He currently is teaching as the Assistant Professor in Indigenous Practices in Contemporary Painting and Media Art at OCAD University. For more information about his work, please visit

Tia Cavanagh, originally from the northern shores of Lake Huron in Ontario, has also lived and studied in Havelock, Norwood, Peterborough, Montreal and Toronto. Achieving her BFA at OCAD university she now studies at Trent University working on her Masters degree in Indigenous methodologies applied to art making.

Tannis Nielsen is a Métis Woman (of Saulteaux/Anishnawbe and Danish descent,) with twenty years of professional experience in the arts, cultural and community sectors, and ten years teaching practice at the post-secondary level. Tannis holds a Masters in Visual Studies Degree (M.V.S.) from the University of Toronto, an Art and Art History-Specialist Degree from U of T, as well as a Diploma in Art and Art History from Sheridan College, in Oakville, Ontario.

Philip Cote is an artist, an educator, and a Sweat Ceremony leader. A graduate of OCAD University’s Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design in 2015, Philip creates opportunities for teaching methodologies on Indigenous symbolism, language, knowledge, and history. His teaching philosophy comes from his personal experience of Active Participation and experiential learning through his work as Indigenous knowledge and wisdom keeper, and observations through land-based pedagogy.

For information –

Images courtesy of the artists


Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Room 230, 100 McCaul Street

OCAD University hosts film and video marathon and interactive mural for Nuit Blanche!

Image of video still from Treasure Hill Camouflage (2014) by soJin Chun
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 4:00am

Wander through the darkened classrooms and corridors of OCAD University and lose yourself in moving images, interactive art and augmented reality. OCAD U is the site of two large-scale installations for Nuit Blanche starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1 through 7 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 2

Multiplex, curated by The Modest Eyes collective, is an all-night video and essay-film marathon of work by local and international artists and designers.

Sit in a theatre, join an on-site slumber party or use your mobile device to plunge into the streams of image, sound and text to experience the marathon in your own way. A list of programming, artists and artworks can be seen at The Modest Eyes website.

OCAD U is also the site of The Merging. Artist Nicola Verlato’s interactive mural on the front of the main campus building at 100 McCaul St. depicts two of Toronto’s most prominent historic figures: communications theorist Marshall McLuhan and mathematician Donald Coxeter. Using an app on their mobile devices, viewers can see elements of the mural float in space like 3D objects.

A second version of the mural inside OCAD U’s Great Hall lets people enter the painting using the app. The Merging is one of 10 projects in the city-produced exhibition Militant Nostalgia, curated by Paco Barragán.  

Location: OCAD University, 100 McCaul St., Toronto. Wheelchair accessible at front doors.

A few blocks away from OCAD U at Toronto’s City Hall, Michael Prokopow, Interim Dean of Graduate Studies, is co-curating an exhibition with Jeanine Marchessault. Oblivion presents the works of three artists: OCAD U alumna Floria Sigismondi, architect Philip Beesley, and Director X. Their interconnected works encourage reflection on “the immensities, vulnerabilities and breathtakingly terrifying realities of the universe.”

Painting the town.....

Mural painted by Kendra Yee, Meaghan Way and Meg Dearlove at Peter and Richmond Street.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 7:00pm

Congratulations to 3 Illustration students: Kendra Yee (3rd year) and alums Meaghan Way and Meg Dearlove who painted a large mural at Peter Street and Richmond Street (see attached picture). This student project with Carlyle Communities started back in November 2015 and now is a reality.




Collaboration Mural Project at OCAD U

Wall Mural with colours of red and yellow
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 4:00am

On Saturday March 19th, Jon Todd – Assistant Professor from OCADU’s Illustration Program, led a Collaboration Mural Project Workshop for OCADU students. 

20 OCADU students participated in the four hour workshop which featured a presentation from guest speaker, Jacquelyn West, Agency Director & Strategist, Hermann and Audrey, who provided the students with important information on submitting mural pitches, networking and executing successful mural/urban installations.

Students were then divided into groups and had 3 hours to produce a large scale unified art piece, with help and support from Jon Todd and guest artist Tessar Lo (mixed media artist, Toronto Ontario).  

The workshop encouraged confidence, self-expression and collaboration. It also provided students with experience working with a team on a large-scale piece. 

Paintings from the workshop are currently on display in the 6th floor Open Studio.

Thank you to the following guest speakers and students for their participation in the project. 

Guest Artist: Tessar Lo

Guest Speaker: Jacquelyn West, Agency Director & Strategist Hermann and Audrey  

Group #1:  Jean Demers, Christopher Dupon-Martinez, Zachary Oliver Monteiro, Nicki Park, Kyle Stewart, Jinkie Wang

Group #2: Natalie Bochenska, Ramsay Mariah Drover, Courtney Gillatly, Adam Glowienka , Erin Mccluskey, Lily Taylor

Group #3:  Meghan Dearlove, Jennifer Victoria Fryer, Kaitlin Maclean, Shelby Mcleod, Sam Roe, Ann Phillips Somers, Meghan Way, Jenn Woodall

Jon Todd

CLTA Assistant Professor, Faculty of Design

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