Dr. Bonaventure Ndikung named first OCAD U International Curatorial Resident

Dr. Bonaventure Ndikung; photo by Abrie Fourie
Tuesday, July 23, 2019

After an extensive search of candidates internationally,OCAD University has selected Berlin-based curator and biotechnologist Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, PhD, as the first curator of its International Curators Residency (ICR) program. The ambitious new program, supported with a grant from Partners in Art, will be the largest of its kind in Canada. The program will stimulate curatorial research and excellence through an original exhibition at OCAD U’s flagship professional gallery, Onsite Gallery. Curated by Dr. Ndikung, the exhibition will then travel internationally to promote Canadian creators abroad. The ICR program will also create educational opportunities for the OCAD U community and the public, introducing innovative curatorial methods while advancing cultural dialogue on contemporary curatorial practice. 

“We are delighted to announce the selection of Dr. Ndikung as OCAD U’s first curator of our exciting, new International Curatorial Residency,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor, OCAD University. “The opportunity to interact closely with innovative international curators will enhance the learning experience for OCAD U students and our community, while heightening international awareness of Toronto as a vibrant contemporary art community. It will build opportunities abroad for Toronto artists. We must take our talent out to the world.”

Born in Yaoundé, Cameroon, Dr. Ndikung is an independent curator, author and biotechnologist, and is the founder and artistic director of SAVVY Contemporary Berlin. He was curator-at-large for Documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel, and guest curator of the 2018 Dak'Art Biennale in Senegal. Together with the Miracle Workers Collective, he is curator of the Finland Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2019. Dr. Ndikung is currently guest professor in curatorial studies and sound art at the Städelschule in Frankfurt; artistic director of the 12th Rencontres de Bamako, a biennale for African photography, 2019; as well as artistic director of Sonsbeek 2020, a quadrennial contemporary art exhibition in Arnhem, the Netherlands.

Dr. Ndikung was selected from a shortlist of five international curators by OCAD U’s Curatorial Advisory Committee to develop his project titled, “The Cochlea: Sonic by Nature,” which explores sonority and auditory phenomena in a world saturated with images. 

The three-phase program will begin in January 2020, with the arrival of Dr. Ndikung for his extended residency at OCAD U. The second phase will be the presentation of an original exhibition at Onsite Gallery in early 2022, curated by Dr. Ndikung. In the third phase, the exhibition will tour internationally to a venue that will be announced at the opening of the exhibition in Toronto. 

Partners in Art will support OCAD U on phases one and three. “We are thrilled to be supporting OCAD U in its first cultural residency program. Dr. Ndikung’s international experience and vision will be an incredible asset for Toronto’s multicultural landscape and will also help promote the work of Canadian artists globally,” said Antonella Vergati, Co-President of Partners in Art.  

While in Toronto, Dr. Ndikung will participate in multiple engagements that will include visits with OCAD U classes, local studios, artists and designers, as well as public talks and dialogue with multiple cultural leaders. The program will also include symposia, workshops and publications in order to support and extend scholarly knowledge on contemporary curatorial practices in art, design and new media. 

About OCAD University
OCAD University (www.ocadu.ca)is Canada’s university of the imagination. Founded in 1876, the university is dedicated to art, design and digital media education, practice and research, and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. 

About Partners in Art
Partners in Art (PIA) is a volunteer-led charitable organization that funds contemporary art projects across Canada and around the world. Since 2002, the Toronto-based PIA has raised over $4.7 million and supported 80 projects. PIA collaborates with Canadian curators, arts organizations and museums to fund projects featuring contemporary artists with challenging works and thoughtful perspectives. For more information visit www.partnersinart.ca.

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For more information, please contact:

Natalie Pavlenko
Strategic Communications Officer, OCAD University
416-977-6000 Ext. 475

Photo: Abrie Fourie

Call for Applications - Parks Canada Photographer in Residence

Call for Applications - Parks Canada Photographer in Residence
Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 9:30am to Monday, January 28, 2019 - 9:30am


DEADLINE:  Monday, January 28, 2019

RATE: $16.5/ hour for 35 hours/ week

TERM: Full-time, May - August 2019 (16 weeks)

The Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers is excited to announce the return of the Parks Canada Career Launcher for Photography students. Students are invited to apply for this opportunity and a successful applicant will be employed at Rouge Park - Canada’s first national urban park. The recipient will split their time between the office and the filed; processing images in the Rouge National Urban Park photo library, shooting imagery and doing graphic design.  

Successful applicant will also receive a $500 equipment grant from the CEAD. 

A rich assembly of natural, cultural and agricultural landscapes, Rouge National Urban Park is home to amazing biodiversity, some of the last remaining working farms in the Greater Toronto Area, Carolinian ecosystems, Toronto’s only campground, one of the region’s largest marshes, unspoiled beaches, amazing hiking opportunities, and human history dating back over 10,000 years, including some of Canada’s oldest known Indigenous sites.

Parks Canada is excited to work towards the establishment of Canada’s first national urban park – Rouge National Urban Park – in the Greater Toronto Area.


    • Must be a graduating Photography student or a recent Photography graduate from the class of 2018
    • Must possess a valid driver’s license
    • Available to hold a 5 day week position between May and August 2019
    • Available to work on some weekends
    • Willing to undergo a basic security screening
    • Open to wearing a uniform for special events 
    • Social media skills and experience is desired 
    • Interests and skills in videography and graphic design will be considered as an asset


    • Full contact information (Name, phone, and email)
    • Current CV, listing relevant creative experience
    • Online portfolio or an attached PDF portfolio
    • Examples of social media and/or videography experience
    • A statement of interest that contextualizes your creative practice and communicates your interest in the opportunity. Why are you a good match?
    • Written confirmation of the Parks Canada conditions of employment(see Qualifications listed to the left)


    Please submit all written components in one (1) PDF to the attention of Tak Pham tpham@ocadu.ca

    For more information, visit the Career Launchers website.

    Venue & Address: 
    Rouge National Urban Park
    416-977-6000 Ext. 361

    Call for Submissions - Career Launcher: The Brandscape Residency 2018

    Call for Submission Career Launcher the Brandscape Residency 2018
    Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 2:30pm to Friday, September 14, 2018 - 11:45am


    Tough Guy Mountain and the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers are excited to announce the Brandscape Residency Career Launcher 2018 providing an OCADU graduate working with VR/AR or other digital media a 6-month residency at the Brandscape located at 1136 Dupont St. Toronto. 

    The successful applicant will have access to all available facility at the Brandscape as well as a mentorship on video editing and post-production from Tough Guy Mountain. Additionally, the artist in residency will also receive a production stipend from the CEAD. 

    The Brandscape is an artist studio, a new media lab and a rentable event/shooting space. It is a 2500 square foot hall equipped with a 12’x12’x10’ cyclowall. It was established in 2016 by the artist-run company Tough Guy Mountain. 

    Tough Guy Mountain (TGM) is a Toronto based artist-run company focusing on the glories, trials, and absurdity of late capitalism. As an artist collective of over a dozen members, TGM creates “total works of art”, presentations of capitalist aesthetic and consumer culture. TGM creates narrative performances where the collective plays a fantastical corporation that treats Art as another client. 


    • Must have graduated from OCAD U in 2017 or 2018. 
    • Recommended programs: DPXA. DIGF. INTM, PHOT, DF, IAMD



    Friday, September 14, 2018 



    The Brandscape 


    1136 Dupont St. Toronto, ON, Canada 



    • Full contact information (Name, phone, and email) and a current CV. 
    • Biography and artist statement. 
    • Project proposal for the residency (200 words) with visual support (jpeg images or links to video). 
    • 200-word statement considering the possibilities and limitations of artist spaces, their operations, and the role of artists in Toronto. 


    Please submit all written components in one (1) PDF with separate visual attachments to the attention of Tak Pham tpham@ocadu.ca 


    For more information, please visit https://careerlaunchers.format.com/2018-brandscape-residency 

    Venue & Address: 
    The Brandscape 1136 Dupont St. Toronto, ON, Canada
    (416) 977-6000 x 361

    Call for Submissions - Career Launcher: The Brandscape Residency 2018

    Tough Guy Mountain and the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers are excited to announce the Brandscape Residency Career Launcher 2018 providing an OCADU graduate working with VR/AR a 6-month residency at the Brandscape. 

    Exhibition - Joi Arcand, Works In Progress 

    Pair of silver earrings hanging from a metallic sculpture of a mounted deer head
    Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 12:00am to Friday, November 10, 2017 - 11:30pm

    Indigenous Visual Culture’s Nigig Visiting Artist Resident Joi Arcand will present new work made during her residency. These works in progress build on Arcand's previous inquiries, using vinyl, posters, and jewelry inserting Cree language into our lives. The Nigig Visiting Artist Residency provides an opportunity for an Indigenous artist to visit OCAD University to focus on a short-term project and explore in a collaborative environment, issues impacting their work.

    Joi T. Arcand is a photo-based artist and a member of the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation currently based in Ottawa, Ontario. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 2005. In 2006, along with Felicia Gay, she co-founded the Red Shift Gallery, a contemporary Indigenous art gallery in Saskatoon. In 2012, she founded kimiwan 'zine, a quarterly Indigenous arts publication. http://www.joitarcand.com

    Arcand’s work has recently been exhibited at the Contemporary Native Art Biennial – Art Mur (Montreal), Kenderdine Art Gallery (Saskatoon), aka artist-run (Saskatoon), Access Gallery (Vancouver) and internationally in the United States, London UK, and Bilbao, Spain. She curated the recent exhibition Language of Puncture at Gallery 101 (Ottawa).

    The Nigig Visiting Artist Residency, hosted by the Indigenous Visual Culture Program at OCAD University, is a program that provides an opportunity for an Indigenous artist to visit OCAD University for a three-to-four week period to focus on a short-term project and explore in a collaborative environment, issues impacting their work. The visiting artist will engage and interact with students and faculty in the capacity of mentorship, critique, lecture and a public workshop and/or demonstration. This residency supports the dynamism located in Indigenous contemporary art and design practices and is a tremendous educational opportunity for the artist and students.

    The Nigig Artist In Residence Program is supported through the Ministry of Advance Education and Skills Development Targeted Initiative Fund.


    Venue & Address: 
    Ada Slaight Gallery OCAD University 2nd Floor, 100 McCaul St.

    Kunlé Adeyemi: The Angelo Donghia Foundation Design Residency Lecture

    Monday, October 23, 2017 - 7:30pm

    In this our inaugural year of the Design Residency, OCAD U will host architect, designer and urban researcher Kunlé Adeyemi of NLÉ as the 2017-2018 Design Resident. 

    Kunlé Adeyemi is an architect, designer and urban researcher. He is the founder/principle of NLÉ and a Design Critic in Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. His notable work includes ‘Makoko Floating School’, an innovative prototype floating structure located on the lagoon heart of Lagos, Nigeria. This acclaimed project is part of an extensive research project – ‘African Water Cities’ – being developed by NLÉ an architecture, design and urbanism practice founded by Adeyemi in 2010, focusing on developing cities and communities. NLÉ recently launched MFS II – a new, improved iteration of Makoko Floating School at this years’ la Biennale di Venezia, for which it was awarded the Silver Lion. Other projects include Chicoco Radio Media Center – an amphibious community building in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, ROCK – Lakefront Kiosk in Chicago, USA, CDL Microfinance Bank in Lagos, Nigeria and Serpentine Summer House at the Royal Kensington Gardens in London, UK. 

    Before founding NLÉ, Adeyemi worked for OMA, where he led the design, development and execution of high profile projects such as the Shenzhen Stock Exchange tower in China, the Qatar National Library, and Prada Transformer in Seoul. 

    Alongside his professional practice Adeyemi is an international speaker and thought leader serving as jurors for the 2014 AIA award and 2016 RIBA international Prize. He is a multiple award winner, and holds an honorary doctorate degree in Architecture. He has taught at Cornell University and was an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, New York, researching architecture and urban solutions that are closer to societal, environmental and economic needs.


    The Angelo Donghia Foundation Design Residency brings a renowned designer of the built environment to OCAD University whose work focuses on collaboratively working in global contexts by creating bridges between communities, inform urban areas, and focus on the education and development of a new generation of professionals, who will transform spaces, landscapes and cities in the 21st century.


    Venue & Address: 
    100 McCaul Street, Room 190 (Auditorium)
    The Angelo Donghia Foundation Design Residency Lecture

    Nigig Artist In Residence Welcome Lunch - Neebinnaukzhik Southal

    Multic-coloured button pins on a white background
    Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Indigenous Visual Culture with the Faculty of Design at OCAD U welcomes Neebin Southall as our Winter 2017 Nigig Visiting Artist in Residence (February 27 - March 18).

    Welcome Lunch - Buffalo Stew and Artist Talk
    Wednesday, March 1, 2017 from 12 pm - 2pm
    Indigenous Visual Culture Student Centre, Room 410, 113 McCaul at OCAD University.

    The Nigig Visiting Artist Residency, hosted by the Indigenous Visual Culture Program at OCAD University, is a program that provides an opportunity for an Indigenous artist to visit OCAD University for a 3-4 week period to focus on a short-term project and explore in a collaborative environment, issues impacting their work. The visiting artist will engage and interact with students and faculty in the capacity of mentorship, critique, lecture and a public workshop / demonstration.

    The Nigig Visiting Artist Residency supports the dynamism located in Indigenous contemporary art and design practices and is a tremendous educational opportunity for the artist and students.


    Neebinnaukzhik Southall, a member of the Chippewas of Rama First Nation, is a graphic designer, photographer, artist, and writer. Neebinnaukzhik means "summer evening" in Ojibwe, and marks the time when she was born. In 2011, Neebin graduated magna cum laude from Oregon State University, earning an honors BFA in applied visual arts with a minor in fine arts, through the University Honors College and OSU’s competitive graphic design program. Neebin works as the public relations and web coordinator at the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and she also takes on selective projects through her small creative business Neebin Studios. She is particularly interested in graphic design as it relates to Indigenous peoples and cultures, and is passionate about promoting Native graphic designers. She writes articles for the column "Exploring Native Graphic Design" for First American Art Magazine, and manages the Native Graphic Design Project (www.neebin.com/nativedesign), where she is compiling a growing list of Indigenous designers.

    Venue & Address: 
    Indigenous Visual Culture at OCAD University Room 410, 113 McCaul Street, Toronto, Ontario M5T 1W1


    The Social Body Lab offers a residency opportunity to select makers from diverse backgrounds. This gives residents access to the lab facilities and community while the residents bring new ideas and practices in the lab. 


    Friday, January 15, 2016 - 5:00am


    Aesthetic Temporalities: On the Times of New Media


    The Data Materialization Studio at OCAD University is seeking three artists to participate in a part-time residency program, running from January to May. Participants will receive work/studio space and access to the fabrication labs at 230 Richmond for the duration of their tenure, as well as a $500 honorarium. They will be expected to meet monthly with other researchers and artists involved with the studio to discuss readings and reflect on how their practice relates to the studio’s current focus on ‘temporality.’  

    These residencies will serve as the preliminary phase of a larger practice-based research program that seeks to explore the shifting temporal grounds of contemporary digital media technologies and aesthetics. For more information about the project and studio, please visit the Data Materialization Studio website at: http://research.ocadu.ca/datamaterialization/project/aesthetic-temporalities-a-practice-based-approach-to-the-times-of-new

    The ideal candidate will be a student at OCAD University, either pursuing graduate study or in the last two years of their undergraduate degree.  They will identify as a “media artist” of some sort, employing digital technology within their practice either as a creative tool, underlying material, and/or metaphorically as their object of critical reflection.  An explicit consideration of temporality in their work is unnecessary, but candidates should have an interest in reading and discussing complex theoretical texts concerning the intersection of digital media technologies, temporality, and aesthetics.


    If you are interested in applying, please submit the following materials before January 15th, 2015:


    -       A one-page cover letter that details:

    o    The role of digital technology in your practice/work.

    o   A cursory description of the project that you hope to work on while involved as a resident at the Data Materialization Studio.

    o   Why you are interested in participating in this residency program.

    -       A concise portfolio of previous work OR a link to your website

    -       An artist statement

    -       A curriculum vitae


    Submissions can be sent to: Ashley Scarlett - ascarlett [at] faculty.ocadu.ca

    Student Gallery Island Residency Call For Applications!

    Monday, May 16, 2016 - 10:00pm

    Student Gallery Island Residency

    Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto Island

    Student Gallery Island Residency is a week-long interdisciplinary residency open to current OCAD University students. Artscape Gibraltar Point will be your weeklong home base to practice, create and explore the intersections of nature and culture. We encourage artists and designers from all OCAD U programs to apply. This is a weeklong self-directed residency and is the perfect opportunity to explore your practice and the sounding landscape of Toronto Island.

    Your home base will be a large city facing studio at AGP that will be shared with OCAD U Student Gallery staff. 5 ferry tickets will be provided.

    Student Gallery Island Residency is open during 3, one-week residencies in June, July and August.

    1. June 20 - 25
    2. July 15 - 19
    3. Aug 22 – 27


    May 16th:  Applications due

    June 10th: Applicants notified of acceptance

    All applicants must be current OCAD U students.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Please submit a 250-word application letter telling us about yourself, your practice, what program you are in and why you would like this opportunity. Submit 8 images that best represent your body of work or what you would like to work on during your stay and a current CV.

    Please send proposals by e-mail to studentgallery@ocadu.ca by Monday, May 16th, 2016 with the subject line: “Student Gallery Island Residency


    Application Guidelines (Attachments or Dropbox Links):

    • Application letter (250-word maximum .doc or PDF)
    • Current CV (.doc or PDF)
    • Up to 8 images (jpegs, maximum 1M each) of past work or/ proposed project
    • For time-based projects, maximum 5 minutes of video-support material (.mov, .m4v, vimeo or youtube)
    Venue & Address: 
    Please send all applications to 52 McCaul Street OCAD U Student Gallery
    OCAD U Student Gallery Island Residency with event info and photo of seagulls on beach