Report envisions the future of public art in Toronto

Dr. Sara Diamond at podium next to screen with presentation
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Sara Diamond and a team of researchers from OCAD University and the University of Toronto have collaborated on a blueprint to make Toronto a world leader in public art projects. Incorporating interviews with artists, real estate developers, architects and other key stakeholders, Redefining Public Art in Toronto examines local and international public art policies. The researchers examined the city’s history of public art projects dating from 1967 to 2015. The report was presented at a launch event on Oct. 23 at OCAD U's Onsite Gallery. 

“Toronto is at a threshold as a growing and dynamic city. Public art can and should be front and centre to its inhabitants, its visitors and its identity,” says Diamond, “It’s not just about beautifying a neighbourhood; public art creates community hubs, spurs social engagement and promotes vibrant and inclusive communities.”

The report makes a number of recommendations including updating the public art policy drafted in the 1980s, improving funding mechanisms and opening up the definition of “public art” to include digital and performance art, while integrating public art into all future planning.

"Bringing together researchers across disciplines and universities, our report catalogs Toronto's many achievements in the field of public art, while also identifying how it could more fully realize its great potential,” says Daniel Silver, Associate Professor, Faculty of Sociology, University of Toronto. “We hope to inspire policy-makers, civic leaders, and community members to seize the moment and come together to re-invigorate Toronto's public art policies.”

The report is available for download online.

O-DAYS! CURATOR’S TOUR: Diagrams of Power

Image: Forensic Architecture, The Ayotzinapa Case: A Cartography of Violence (still), 2017. Video, 18 min. 24 sec
Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

As part of O-DAYS! 2018, new students are invited to join curator Patricio Dávila for an exhibition tour! Diagrams of Power showcases art and design works using data, diagrams, maps and visualizations as ways of challenging dominant narratives and supporting the resilience of marginalized communities.

CLICK HERE TO RSVP AND ATTEND THIS ACTIVITY:
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/ocad-u-orientation-week-curators-tour-of-diagrams-of...

ABOUT O-DAYS!
http://www.ocadu.ca/orientation

ABOUT ONSITE GALLERY:
www.ocadu.ca/gallery/onsite.htm

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U Onsite Gallery, 199 Richmond St. West
Website: 
www.ocadu.ca/services/campus-life/orientation/o-days-schedule.htm
Email: 
ocadcampuslife@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000, Ext. 4021
Cost: 
Free
O-DAYS! 2018

Special visit by Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly

MP Adam Vaughan, Minister Melanie Jolie, Lisa Smith and Francisco Alvarez touring the gallery
Monday, September 18, 2017

On Friday, September 15, OCAD University welcomed Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Member of Parliament for Ahuntsic-Cartierville. This is Minister Joly’s first official tour of OCAD U since taking elected office in 2015, although she visited in April 2016 to host a creative sector roundtable here.

Minister Joly met with OCAD University President Dr. Sara Diamond and other university leaders to discuss priorities and policies. The Minister took part in a personal tour of the campus, including a visit to Imagination Catalyst, OCAD U’s entrepreneurship and commercialization hub. Member of Parliament Adam Vaughan joined Minister Joly for a preview the new Onsite Gallery, funded partly by the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund.

The Department of Canadian Heritage oversees an umbrella of organizations dedicated to the cultural, civic and economic vitality of Canada. Mélanie Joly was appointed Minister of Canadian Heritage by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after the 2015 Federal Election.

 

President's Speaker Series: Mel Chin "You are Never Done"

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 11:30pm to Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 12:30am

"You are Never Done" Presented by the President's Speaker Series in association with Onsite Gallery’s ONSITE/EXCITE/INSPIRE program, Chin's lecture, "You are Never Done" will focus on the eternal and essential vigilance justice requires of its advocates and the parallel condition within the practice art - the worthy project we can never consider finished.

An ever-shifting political landscape serves as a backdrop and source of inspiration for art with social impact, work that must remain responsive to change and continually extending and reinventing itself to effectively inhabit the society it aims to help shape. Mel Chin breathes life into the once static work of art with his complex and poetic collaborative projects that learn, adapt and evolve to the ever-changing communities they inhabit.

Mel Chin, born in Houston, Texas, has become internationally synonymous with "art as social change", creating over the past thirty years an exceptional body of often political and activist work that provokes greater social awareness and responsibility. Through his broad and multidisciplinary range of approaches, Chin's art insinuates itself into unlikely places, including destroyed homes, toxic landfills and even popular television. Chin's work, described as both analytic and poetic, often employs community and collaborative teamwork, conjoining cross-cultural aesthetics with complex ideas. Documented in the popular PBS Program, Art of the 21st Century, Chin has received numerous awards and grants from organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council for the Arts, Art Matters, Creative Capital, and the Penny McCall, Pollock/Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Rockefeller and Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundations, among others.

Onsite Gallery’s 2016 ONSITE/ program investigates stimulating change through public platforms outside the gallery.

Please arrive early as seating will be limited
Event is FREE, all are welcome
The space is wheelchair accessible

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul St. Auditorium (Room 190)
Website: 
http://www.facebook.com/events/548850265291705/
Email: 
lcolumbus@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000, Ext. 456
Cost: 
FREE
"You are Never Done" poster with event info and photo of Mel Chin and photo of Chin's work

From 15 Minutes into the Future: work by Karim Rashid

Rendering of a cross shaped vessel
Friday, November 9, 2007 - 11:00pm to Sunday, January 20, 2008 - 11:00pm

The OCAD Professional Gallery at the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) is pleased to present From 15 Minutes into the Future, an exhibition of work by internationally renowned designer Karim Rashid, from November 9, 2007 to January 20, 2008. The exhibition launches Friday, November 9, with an opening reception from 4 to 6 pm, followed by a free public lecture at 7 pm.

Karim Rashid is one of the most significant cultural shapers in the world today. He is a leading figure in the fields of product, interior design, fashion, furniture, lighting and art, known for his uncanny ability to visually describe our contemporary culture with his democratic design sensibility.

The OCAD Professional Gallery will showcase a selection of Rashid’s more than 2000 designed objects that have been put into production, as well as custom-designed ceiling and wall treatments created especially for the gallery and the exhibition.

Born in Cairo, half Egyptian, half English, and raised in Canada, Karim now practices in New York. Designing for an impressive array of clients from Alessi to Georg Jensen, Umbra to Prada, Miyake to Method, Rashid is radically changing the aesthetics of product design and the very nature of consumer culture. In addition to his many designed and produced products, Rashid has successfully entered the realm of architecture and interiors as evidenced by the design of the Morimoto restaurant in Philadelphia and Semiramis hotel in Athens, which won a Sleep05 European Hotel Design Award.

OCAD recognized Rashid’s extraordinary career with an Honorary Doctorate in 2006. Other awards include the 2005 Honorary Doctorate from Corcoran College, 2005 Pratt Legends Award, 2004 A.D. Dunton Alumni Award of Distinction from Carlton University’s Alumni Association, 2002 ID Magazine Annual Design Review Best of Category, and 2003 best Retail Store in the USA. His work is in the permanent collections of major museums around the world, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Rashid has taught at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, the Pratt Institute, Rhode Island School of Design, and OCAD, and is a frequent guest lecturer at universities and conferences globally. He has published several books; his most recent entitled Design Your Self is published by Regan Books.

From 15 Minutes into the Future: work by Karim Rashid
November 9, 2007 to January 20, 2008
Exhibition reception: Friday, November 9, 4 to 6 pm
Public Lecture (OCAD auditorium): Friday, November 9, 7 pm

Karim Rashid’s lecture is presented as part of the Faculty of Design’s lecture series, generously supported by M.C. McCain.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery: 100 McCaul, Level 2
Website: 
http://www.ocadu.ca/onsite
Email: 
onsite@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000, Ext. 456
Cost: 
FREE
Rendering of a cross shaped vessel

FREE Portfolio Review Workshop

Photo of a cucumber wrapped in a condom, standing upright on a stool.
Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

As part of Onsite Gallery's Flash Forward 10: Uncanny Worlds exhibition.

Portfolio Reviews with Patrick Macaulay, Director, Visual Arts, Harbourfront Centre; Nicholas Pye, artist; and Meera Margaret Singh, artist. A Sharing Table facilitated by April Hickox, Jennifer Long, and more!

Open to emerging and mid-career photographers with a cohesive body of work. Space is limited. Please email onsite@ocadu.ca for details.

To apply please email onsite@ocadu.ca

Please include:
- A short bio of 50 to 100 words, or a CV
- 3 photos that represent your practice (JPEG under 1 MG)
- Your top choice for reviewer

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, October 29th at 5 p.m.

Onsite [at] OCAD University
230 Richmond St. W.
Toronto, Ont.

Presented by Onsite [at] OCAD U and OCAD University Alumni Relations in partnership with TD Bank Group and The Magenta Foundation.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery: 230 Richmond St. W.
Website: 
http://www.ocadu.ca/onsite
Email: 
onsite@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000, Ext. 456
Cost: 
FREE
Photo of a cucumber wrapped in a condom, standing upright on a stool.
Keywords: 

Portfolio Reviews [at] Onsite

Upside down plant box
Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Flash Forward 10: Uncanny Worlds special event.

Portfolio Reviews with Patrick Macaulay, Director, Visual Arts, Harbourfront Centre; Nicholas Pye, artist; and Meeramargaret Singh artist. With a Sharing Table facilitated by, April Hickox and Jennifer Long.

Open to emerging and mid-career photographers with a cohesive body of work. Space is limited. Please email onsite@ocadu.ca for details.

Onsite [at] OCAD University
230 Richmond St. W.
Toronto, Ont.

Presented by Onsite [at] OCAD U and OCAD University Alumni Relations in partnership with TD Bank Group and The Magenta Foundation.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite [at] OCAD 230 Richmond Street West Toronto, Ontario
Website: 
http://www.ocadu.ca/exhibitions/onsite.htm
Cost: 
Free

Artist’s Talk with Meryl McMaster

Meryl with work
Friday, October 31, 2014 - 4:30pm

Flash Forward 10: Uncanny Worlds speaker series with Meryl McMaster

Artist’s Talk with Meryl McMaster
Friday, October 31, 12:30 p.m.

McMaster will discuss her career since graduating from OCAD U. Her work explores questions of identity, representation, perception, myth, memory and the environment. Her recent exhibitions include In-Between Worlds at the Art Gallery of Hamilton Design Annex, the 2014 CONTACT Photography Festival at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) in Toronto, and RED: Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis

Friday, October 31, 12:30 p.m.
Onsite [at] OCAD University
230 Richmond St. W.
Toronto, Ont.

Presented by Onsite [at] OCAD U and OCAD University Alumni Relations in partnership with TD Bank Group and The Magenta Foundation.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite [at] OCAD 230 Richmond Street West Toronto, Ontario
Website: 
http://www.ocadu.ca/exhibitions/onsite.htm
Cost: 
Free

Developing Focus with Stacey Tyrell

covered driveway and garden
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 10:30pm

Flash Forward 10: Uncanny Worlds speaker series with Stacey Tyrell

Developing Focus with Stacey Tyrell
Tuesday, October 28, 6:30 p.m.

Tyrell will speak about developing her career, exploring her practice, current projects and the challenges a contemporary artist can face in the career market. Tyrell was one of the Magenta Foundation’s 2012 top emerging Canadian photographers as well as Toronto Life and NOW Magazine’s “must see” pick for the 2014 Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival.

Onsite [at] OCAD University
230 Richmond St. W.
Toronto, Ont.

Presented by Onsite [at] OCAD U and OCAD University Alumni Relations in partnership with TD Bank Group and The Magenta Foundation.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite [at] OCAD 230 Richmond Street West Toronto, Ontario
Website: 
http://www.ocadu.ca/exhibitions/onsite.htm
Cost: 
Free