Natalie King Announced as Recipient of Xpace Programming Coordinator Career Launcher

Natalie King
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 3:15pm

Congratulations to Natalie King (DRPT 2018') who has joined Xpace Cultural Centre as the team's Programming Coordinator. Natalie will work in collaboration with the Director and second Programming Coordinator to manage, plan and execute workshops, events and exhibitions for Xpace’s exhibition spaces. Natalie will also act as a liaison between the OCAD U student body, local and national arts organizations, artists and the general public for all information pertaining to Xpace.

Xpace Cultural Centre is a not-for-profit artist-run centre supported by the OCAD Student Union. We are dedicated to providing emerging and student artists, designers, curators and art writers with opportunities to showcase their work in a professional setting. Our programming responds to contemporary issues, and the interests and needs of our membership and community.  Xpace is committed to maintaining an anti-oppressive, queer positive environment, welcoming marginalized, racialized and indigenous folks.

Natalie King is a queer Anishinaabekwe artist, facilitator and member of Timiskaming First Nation. King's practice ranges from drawing, painting, and installation as well as community engagement and activism. Often involving portrayals of femme identities, King’s works are about embracing the ambiguity and multiplicities of identity within the indigenous queer femme experience. King's practice operates from a firmly critical, decolonizing, equity-oriented, non-oppressive, and future-bound perspective, capturing the realities of lived lives through frameworks of desire and survivance.

As part of the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers, the Career Development office supports the professional development of emerging OCAD U creative talent. The Career Launchers program offers unique, high-profile opportunities developed in partnership with industry leaders in order to help senior students and new graduates start their professional practice after school.

Winner of Come Up to My Room 2019 Career Launcher Announced

Cleo Halfpenny. Image courtesy of the Artist.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 2:45pm

The Gladstone Hotel and the Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers are excited to congratulate the Recipient of the Come Up To My Room 2019 Career Launcher, Cleo Halfpenny, and the honourable mention recipient, Natalie King

Cleo and Natalie will create site-specific, immersive installations that stimulate the imagination and encourage discussion and dialogue between contributors and visitors alike. Cleo will transform a hotel room into a complete immersive, “otherworldly” environment art installation. Natalie's installation will welcome visitors into the 2nd floor hallway.

The event will take place between January 17 and January 20, 2019 at the Gladstone Hotel. 

Framed within the backdrop of the historic 130-year-old Gladstone Hotel, Come up to My Room is an alternative design exhibition that provides a platform for experimentation outside the norms of art and design, at the edges between intention and interpretation. Freed from the constraints of traditional practice, CUTMR encourages spatial exploration that engages our senses, our memories and our perceptions of reality.

As part of the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers, the Career Development office supports the professional development of emerging OCAD U creative talent. The Career Launchers program offers unique, high-profile opportunities developed in partnership with industry leaders in order to help senior students and new graduates start their professional practice after school.