ONSITE/INSIGHT/INCITE: Reinventing Public Galleries to Affect Change

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Saturday, January 23, 2016 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Onsite Gallery is pleased to present a panel discussion and workshop: ONSITE/INSIGHT/INCITE: Reinventing Public Galleries to Affect Change.

To thrive, people need to see themselves reflected in the culture that surrounds them. There are many, many powerful works of art, design and media that don’t get to shine. Why are public art institutions not valuing and exhibiting creators that reflect their location’s demographic diversity? If public galleries reflect their populations how would their cities and towns change?

Andrea Fatona, Elisha Lim, Irene Loughlin

Lisa Deanne Smith

This panel discussion and workshop, along with many other inspiring events, is part of the OCAD U Student Union's ART + DESIGN SOCIAL JUSTICE EXCHANGE. Click here for full information on the event and to register your attendance: https://www.facebook.com/events/211602899177784/

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul Street Room 554
416-977-6000, Ext. 456
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Panel Talk: Collaboration as Process

Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 1:00pm

Collaboration as Process
Saturday, January 19 at 1 p.m.


Onsite Gallery
199 Richmond St. West

Panel talk with exhibiting artists Maryanne Casasanta, DaveandJenn and Pejvak (Rouzbeh Akhbari + Felix Kalmenson)
Moderated by Lisa Deanne Smith

Collaboration is the keystone of many of the exhibiting artists’ practices in Onsite Gallery's Winter exhibition, How to Breathe Forever. Taking place at Onsite Gallery, the artists will share their perspective on what collaboration means to them and their practice.


How to Breathe Forever underlines the importance and interconnectedness of air, animals, coral, humans, insects, land, plants and water. The belief that everything in the universe has a place and deserves equal respect is the core of this exhibition and positions our relations with others — including the natural world — as active and reciprocal. The artwork invites you to consider a personhood that attentively collaborates and exchanges with all living things.


Maryanne Casasanta (Toronto, Ontario)
Maryanne Casasanta is an artist educator working in photography, video and performance. Central to her practice is the relationship between art and home, and art and life. Often documented through photos or video, performances of light gestures and subtle interventions propose ways of transforming a routine experience, promoting an active immersion—and reconsideration of—small, ordinary events. Maryanne observes other areas of research such as, process-based learning and art making, co-creation, and movement, which she explores by working alongside artists across a number of fields. She has exhibited widely and her projects have been supported by the Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council. Maryanne earned a BFA from OCAD University (Integrated Media, 2005) and holds an MFA from the University of Guelph (2014). She is currently a Master of Education candidate in the Curriculum, Teaching and Learning program at the University of Toronto.

DaveandJenn (Calgary, Alberta)
DaveandJenn (David Foy and Jennifer Saleik) have collaborated since 2004. Foy was born in Edmonton, Alberta in 1982; Saleik in Velbert, Germany, in 1983. They graduated with distinction from the Alberta College of Art + Design in 2006, making their first appearance as DaveandJenn in the graduating exhibition. Experimenting with form and materials is an important aspect of their work, which includes painting, sculpture, installation, animation and digital video. Over the years, they have developed a method of painting dense, rich worlds in between multiple layers of resin, slowly building up their final image in a manner that is reminiscent of celluloid animation, collage and Victorian shadow boxes. They have been shortlisted for RBC’s Canadian Painting Competition (2006, 2009), awarded the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta’s Biennial Emerging Artist Award (2010) and longlisted for the Sobey Art Award (2011). Their work can be found in both private and public collections throughout North America, including the Royal Bank of Canada, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Calgary Municipal Collection and the Art Gallery of Hamilton.

Pevjak — Rouzbeh Akhbari (Tehran, Iran/Toronto, Ontario) and Felix Kalmenson (St. Petersburg, Russia/Toronto, Ontario)
Pejvak (Rouzbeh Akhbari & Felix Kalmenson) is the long-term collaboration between Felix Kalmenson and Rouzbeh Akhbari. Through their multivalent, intuitive approach to research and living, they find themselves in a convergence and entanglement with like-minded collaborators, histories and various geographies.

Rouzbeh Akhbari is an artist working in video installation and film. His practice is research-driven and usually exists at the intersections of political economy, critical architecture, and planning. Through a delicate examination of the violences and intimacies that occur at the boundaries of lived experience and constructed histories, Akhbari uncovers the minutiae of power that organize and regiment the world around us.

Felix Kalmenson is an artist whose practice navigates installation, video and performance. Kalmenson’s work variably narrates the liminal space of a researcher’s and artist’s encounter with landscape and archive. By bearing witness to everyday life, and hardening the more fragile vestiges of private and collective histories through their work, Kalmenson gives themselves away to the cadence of a poem, always in flux.


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.


Image: DaveandJenn; No Horizons; 2017; polymer clay, acrylic paint, silicon carbide, fibre, wire, acetate and dichoric film; 8.5” x 11.25” x 19.75”. Courtesy of the artist. Image courtesy of Glenbow Museum, photo by Owen Melenka.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery (199 Richmond St. West)
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DaveandJenn; No Horizons; 2017; polymer clay, acrylic paint, silicon carbide, fibre, wire, acetate and dichoric film; 8.5” x 11.

'Where Are You From? Where Are You Going? Panel Discussion

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 6:00pm

The Panelists will be:

Aura (Visual Artist); Chief Lady Bird (Visual Artist); Dori Tunstall (Dean Faculty of Design, OCAD); Gordon Shadrach (Visual Artist); Kris Noakes (President of Peel Aboriginal Network); Lamoi Simmonds (Spoken Word Artist), Quentin VerCetty (Visual Artist) and Tennille Dowers (Visual Artist).

Moderator: Nicole N. Hanson (Environmental Planner)


The flow for the evening will be:


6:00 - 6:20 pm - Mingling, refreshments & viewing of the artwork (Panelists seated by 6:15 pm)


6:25 - 6:30 pm - Territorial Land Statement --Kris Noakes 


6:30 - 6:35 pm - Welcome by the Museums—Noa Bronstein (Including a blurb about Myseum Intersections Festival that I will send you)


6:35 - 6:40 pm - Spoken Word performance of "Black + Tired" by Lamoi Simmonds 


6:40 - 6:45 pm - Introduction of the panel - Nicole Hanson (Moderator) 


6:45 - 7:45 pm - Panel Discussion - All panelists 


7:45 - 7:50 pm - Closing Remarks and Thank Yous - Tennille 


7:50 - 8:15 pm - Mingling and Refreshments


Event Description:

Join us on March 29, at 6 pm, for the 'Where Are You From? Where Are You Going?' exhibition Panel Discussion and Closing Reception, in the Glass Pavilion at Mississauga Celebration Square (beside Central Library).


'Where Are You From? Where Are You Going?' brings together a group of intergenerational Black and Indigenous artists who are using their artwork and voices to take up public space to represent and share perspectives and experiences from their communities and cultures. The discussion will centre these perspectives and bodies which have often been historically silenced or left in the margins of Canadian art.


The 'Where Are You From? Where Are You Going' screen exhibition will be on display on the Mississauga Celebration Square outdoor screens from March 7 - 30, 2018. The contributing artists are: Aura, Chief Lady Bird, Gordon Shadrach, Lamoi Simmonds, Othello Grey, Quentin VerCetty and Tennille Dowers. For more information on the exhibition, click here: http://bit.ly/2FpM0ZQ


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Visual Literacy and Perception in the Contemporary World

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Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

You are cordially invited to attend: Visual Literacy and Perception in the Contemporary World, a panel discussion that will be held at OCAD University on Thursday May 11 at 230 Richmond St. W. room 322, from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.  Please join us as we unfold this important area of scholarship and research.


Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, 100 McCaul St. Auditorium room 190 Toronto, ON
Free admission, limited room capacity
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Jennifer Long in a panel discussion regarding women in photography

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 11:00am to 4:00pm

Assessing the legacy and impact of feminist photographer Franki Raffles

25th April, 11am - 4pm
Theatre, Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA), Sauchiehall Street

Lunch will be provided.

This symposium is a contribution to the appreciation of the current Franki Raffles exhibition Observing Women at Work at Reid Gallery, The Glasgow School of Art, 4 March - 27 April 2017.

What are the lessons for contemporary feminist and social documentary photographic practice, archive collections and exhibition curation from this work now over 20 years old?

This symposium will draw on the Franki Raffles Research project to look in depth at Raffles' work from 1981 until her death in 1994. There will be papers that outline the initiatives leading to the current exhibition and charting how it was planned. Raffles died suddenly and unexpectedly and without the chance for her to select and organise her work for future preservation. For twenty years, her photographic practice has been largely forgotten and unkown. This symposium will consider the legacy of her work, in Scotland and in other countries, examine how the central themes of her practice are relevant to women and photography today.

Dr. Alistair Scott (Associate Professor, Film and TV Edinburgh Napier University) will introduce the breadth and range of Raffles' photographic practice and examine the wider contexts of her career.

Jenny Brownrigg (The Glasgow School of Art Exhibitions Director), curator of the current GSA exhibition, will describe the curatorial process drawing from the three bodies of Raffles' work which are included: To Let You Understand... (1988); Women Workers, Russia (1989); and the Zero Tolerance 'Prevalence Campaign' (1992).

Dr. Rachel Nordstrom (Photographic Collection Manager, University of St. Andrews Special Collections) will outline her work within a Photography Archive and discuss the work which will be required to properly conserve Raffles' photographs and ensure that her work can be available for exhibition and study.

Other papers will assess Raffles' international project work and the importance of her feminist politics to her practice.

The symposium will also focus on questions about the challenges for archival collection and curation of feminist creative practice, with a focus on social documentary photography.

Supported by Edinburgh Napier University, The Glasgow School of Art and University of St. Andrews.


10:00: Reid Gallery GSA
Observing Women at Work exhibition open for symposium attendees

11:00: Morning session: Chair Dr. Nicky Bird (GSA)
Welcome and introduction: Alistair Scott, Jenny Brownrigg

11:15: Paper 1: The Franki Raffles Archive Research Project
Alistair Scott, Edinburgh Napier University
Re-discovering Franki Raffles' photographic career

11:45: Paper 2: Building the Archive
Rachel Nordstrom, St. Andrews University Library, Photographic Collections
How do women photographers sit within the St. Andrews Collection? What are the next possible steps with Franki Raffles Archive?

12:15: Paper 3: Franki Raffles' Soviet photographs: bodies, machines, and the politics of representation
Marine Benoit-Blain, Ecole du Louvre, Paris

12:45: Questions

13:00: LUNCH (provided)

Afternoon session: Chair Dr. Nina Bacos (Notes Journal, TalkSeePhotography)

13:30: Paper 4: The Collective Female Subject within Franki Raffles' Lot's Wife
Anastasia Philimonos, University of Edinburgh Postgraduate student

14:00: Paper 5: Curatorial ethics and process relating to Observing Women at Work
Jenny Brownrigg, The Glasgow School of Art
What curatorial methods were employed for interpreting Raffles work for exhibition? How did considerations of Raffles' own process and methods as well as debate around visibility and 'reclaiming' the work of 'forgotten' women photographers impact on exhibition decisions?

14:30: Paper 6: Fast Forward - Women in Photography
Professor Anna Fox, University for the Creative Arts
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15:15: Panel Discussion: WildFires: creating an ecology for women's practice in Scotland today.
Chair: Mary Ann Kennedy (Lecturer, Edinburgh Napier University)
Dr. Katherine Parhar (Founder Focas Scotland, WildFires curator, Lecturer, Edinburgh Napier University)
Sophie Gerrard (co-founder, Document Scotland)
Jolanta Dolewska (artist)
Gina Lundy (photographer/visual artist)
Jennifer Long (Associate Chair, Cross-discplinary Art Practices, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Art, OCAD University, Toronto)
Do we need a platform for women's - and/or feminist - practice in Scotland today? Our panel will address this in relation to the founding and rapid development of WildFires since Sept. 2016, looking to past practice and its impact with a view to the future. As a new initiative, what are we working towards? What examples can we draw on? How will we ensure WildFire's impact and sustainability as we move forward?

15:45: Conclusions

16:00: Finish

Jennifer Long is an artist, curator, and educator holding a BAA from Ryerson University (1998) and a MFA from York University (2009).

For the past fifteen years, her artistic practice has explored issues of doubt, vulnerability, perceived ideals, and communication within the context of interpersonal relationships. Working with constructed narratives and a Feminist lens, Long describe the emotions and quiet moments of everyday life. Long's interest in the experiences of women, as well as their absence, spurs her practice and forms a lineage from her earliest work through to her current research. Long's artwork has been exhibited in over thirty shows nationally and internationally, and showcased in numerous publications such as Camera Austria and Prefix Photo. She is currently based in Toronto, Canada and works at OCAD University as an Assistant Professor and Associate Chair of Cross-Disciplinary Art Practices.

Venue & Address: 
The Glasgow School of Art 167 Renfrew Street

On Impact: Reception, Screening & Panel Discussion

On Impact
Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 11:00pm to Friday, December 2, 2016 - 1:00am

On Impact focuses on the recent work of The Impact Collective, OCAD U’s art and design social innovation project, and brings together a selection of new creative projects developed in partnership with a wide range of collaborators. Working with faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, as well as outside organizations, the work in this exhibition explores the potential - and limits - for influencing a cultural shift associated with creating meaningful change using the language(s) of art, design and media.
Featuring projects developed in collaboration with:


Event is FREE, all are welcome
Refreshments will be provided
Space is wheelchair accessible

OCAD U Student Gallery's closing reception for On Impact is from 6 to 8 p.m. on December 1 with a panel talk at 7pm.

Venue & Address: 
52 McCaul Street
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Social Justice Arts Education: Opportunities, Challenges and Contradictions

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 11:00pm to Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 1:00am

LOCATION : OISE - University of Toronto, 252 Bloor Street West - Room 11-164
TIME : 7pm - 9pm
DATE : Tuesday October 4, 2016


Andrea Fatona, Associate Professor, OCAD University, Toronto

Kathleen Gallagher, Distinguished Professor, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

Carmen Mörsch, Institute for Arts Education, Zurich University of the Arts

Patrick Scmidt, Chair, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Music Education, Western University


Rubén Gaztambide-Fernández, Associate Professor and Director of CMCE, OISE.

Venue & Address: 
Centre for Media and Culture in Education, 252 Bloor Street West, OISE
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Design for the Other 90%: A Panel Discussion

Design for the Other 90%
Saturday, November 8, 2008 - 12:30am

The Professional Gallery of the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) present Design for the Other 90%: A Panel Discussion, in response to the Smithsonian’s touring exhibition of design solutions addressing the basic needs of poor and marginalized populations not traditionally serviced by professional designers, on now at the university.

The panel, which will be moderated by OCAD Curator Charles Reeve, includes:
Cynthia E. Smith, Curator of Design for the Other 90%, of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum (New York, U.S.A.);
Vikram Bhatt, Professor of Architecture, McGill University School of Architecture, where he teaches courses in Housing Theory and Housing Project, and directs the M.Arch. in Minimum Cost Housing (Montreal, Canada) and
Modesta Nyirenda-Zabula, Project Manager with Godisa Technologies Trust (Gaborone, Botswana), designer/manufacturer of “SolarAid”, a solar-powered hearing aid (exhibited in Design for the Other 90%).

Design for the Other 90%, on exhibit at the OCAD Professional Gallery in Toronto until January 25, 2009, is the only Canadian stop for the touring exhibition. An extensive website, including a blog, discussion forum and additional resources is available at http://other90.cooperhewitt.org/.

Design for the Other 90%: A Panel Discussion is held in conjunction with the Universities Art Association of Canada’s annual conference, held November 6 to 8, 2008 at York University in Toronto. For complete conference details, visit www.yorku.ca/uaac.

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Design for the Other 90%

Design for the Other 90%
Saturday, October 4, 2008 - 4:00am to Sunday, January 25, 2009 - 5:00am

The OCAD Professional Gallery will host Design for the Other 90%, a collection of design solutions addressing the basic needs of poor and marginalized populations not traditionally serviced by professional designers.

The exhibition, organized by the New York-based Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and curated by Cynthia E. Smith, explores a growing movement among designers to design low-cost solutions for the “other 90%” — that is, the 5.8 billion people (out of the world’s total population of 6.5 billion people) who have little or no access to most of the products and services many of us take for granted. Design for the Other 90% looks at how individuals and organizations are finding unique ways to address the basic challenges of survival and progress — for example, nearly half of the other 90% do not have regular access to food, clean water, or shelter.

"Unconventionally, this exhibition highlights products that are economically self-sustaining, yet affordable to people living on a dollar a day — inexpensive irrigation systems for farming, for instance," says Charles Reeve, Curator of the Professional Gallery. "The new forms of ingenuity here focus on pressing issues like poverty relief and environmental sustainability, both of which are key themes in what we teach and research here at OCAD."

Launching as part of OCAD’s Scotiabank Nuit Blanche programming, Toronto is the only Canadian stop for the touring exhibition, which is currently showing at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. An extensive website, including a blog, discussion forum and additional resources is available at http://other90.cooperhewitt.org/.

In addition to the exhibition at the OCAD Professional Gallery, the Design Exchange will present a complementary program of exhibits and events as part of Design for the Other 90%.
Gallery hours: Wed. to Fri., 1 to 7 p.m; Sat. and Sun., 12 to 6 p.m.

Design for the Other 90% is organized by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.

The exhibition was made possible by The Lemelson Foundation. Additional funding was provided by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency, the Esme Usdan Exhibition Endowment Fund, and the Ehrenkranz Fund.

The exhibition's presentation at the OCAD Professional Gallery at the Ontario College of Art & Design is supported by the Toronto Arts Council.

Venue & Address: 
Professional Gallery 100 McCaul St., Level 2, Toronto, Ontario