The Future of Inhabited Form Exhibition -- Closing Reception TONIGHT

Design Study Abroad
Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

The Future of Inhabited Form with Professors Doreen Balabanoff & Stuart Reid are pleased to present the exhibition of student work from the Design Study Abroad course.

November 12 to 23 in the Great Hall


Venue & Address: 
The Great Hall, OCAD U, 100 McCaul St. 2nd Floor
Design Study Abroad
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Study Abroad Venice/Florence Info Session

Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

This 1.0 credit elective is an intensive 4-week interdisciplinary studio. Students will focus on imaginative consideration of the future… of human dwelling, urban development and our creative interaction with the world that surrounds us. This course has a primary focus on the built environment but is open to all students eligible for 3rd or 4th-year studio coursework who have a passionate interest in the immersive and interwoven world of architecture and art, and the creative development of the built environment.


We will begin with a few days in Venice, experiencing the Venice Biennale Architecture  – this year’s exhibition is entitled  Freespace  –see among other events and sites of interest across Venice.


We will then travel to Florence – with visits to Padua and Vicenza along the way. We will take up residency for three weeks in the OCADU Florence studio, and students will work there on completion of their own (pre-defined) project.


There will be an information session on Thursday, Jan 18, from 11 am – 1 pm in room 530 (5th floor 100 McCaul – the Materials Lab). Please come whenever you can in that time period, we will start at 11 am and repeat information as needed.


The deadline for student application to the Future of Inhabited Form Study Abroad course is midnight Saturday, Feb 10th.


Info on how to apply and FAQ's can be found online at


Professor Stuart Reid will be teaching the course, and Professor Doreen Balabanoff will be participating as guest lecturer and critic.


Venue & Address: 
OCAD U, 100 McCaul Street Material Innovation Centre -- ROOM 530

Gerald McMaster heading to 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale

Dr. Gerald McMaster, photo by Sebastian Kriete
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

OCAD U’s Gerald McMaster, together with an Indigenous design team, is representing Canada at 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. The Canada Council for the Arts announced that the Indigenous project UNCEDED has been selected through a national juried competition to represent Canada at the Architecture Biennale. 

Led by internationally-renowned architect Douglas Cardinal, the team includes Anishnaabe Elders and Indigenous co-curators, Dr. Gerald McMaster, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Visual Culture and Curatorial Practice at OCAD University, and Dr. David Fortin, incoming director of the McEwen School of Architecture at Laurentian University. Joining them is a decorated group of Indigenous architects from across North America.

“Having represented Canada as curator to the 1995 Venice Biennale of Visual Arts, and to be asked to be lead curator by such a distinguished group of Indigenous architects is both an honour and privilege," says Dr. McMaster. 

UNCEDED will emphasize and celebrate the work of Indigenous architects and designers throughout Turtle Island. It is grounded in the legacy of the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Report.

Dr. McMaster has more than 30 years of international work and expertise in contemporary art, critical theory, museology and Indigenous aesthetics. Throughout his career, his championing of the mainstream value of Indigenous art, among other things, has led to his being chosen to represent Canada at a number of prestigious international events.

OCAD University professor joins Black Canadian curators and critics at Biennale di Venezia

Black Canadian curators and critics (and international colleagues) in Venice
Friday, June 5, 2015 - 1:30pm

Criticism and Curatorial Practice professor Andrea Fatona joined other leading Black Canadian curators and critics on a unique four-day preview of the 56th Biennale di Venezia – one of the world’s most prestigious art shows.

Called Expanded Context, the expedition to Venice sought, Fatona explains, “to raise the profile of Black Canadians on the international art scene and to engage with global diasporic networks.” To that end, Fatona and her colleagues toured the Biennale and held meetings with partners from Nigeria’s Centre for Contemporary Art and the United Kingdom’s International Curators Forum.

What struck Fatona in Venice was the sheer number of Black artists included by the show’s artistic director, Okwui Enwezor. “Because of the event’s huge influence in the art world, it was thrilling to experience Enwezor’s inclusion of politics throughout, including discussions of labour, capital and the ongoing effects of colonialism.”

Supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council, Expanded Context arose from the ground-breaking State of Blackness conference Fatona convened in February 2014. “Travelling to the Biennale was a way to further our State of Blackness discussions,” Fatona says. Fatona is planning an international symposium in Toronto in fall 2015 to keep the momentum going, and she is looking towards another overseas research-and-networking group trip in 2017, when all the major European biennial art shows will occur in the same year.


The Cave Painter, 2013. Courtesy the artist and Jessica Bradley Gallery. Photo by Rafael Goldchain

Music for Silence, a multimedia installation by Shary Boyle (AOCA, Experimental Arts, 1994), one of Canada’s most acclaimed artists, is Canada’s official entry in the Venice Biennale 2013. The National Gallery of Canada curated the installation and helped raised some of the funds needed to bring it to Venice.

Boyle, who spent long hours working on the installation seven days a week to prepare for the fair, is enjoying an enthusiastic reception to her work. The Canada Pavilion is reporting long queues. The art fair, which features work from over 90 countries and is considered the world’s largest and most influential, runs from June 1 to November 24, 2013.

Boyle’s installation is intended to get people to slow down and experience silence, and as a result, she worked to create an intimate, darkened space for the exhibition. It includes colourful projections ceramic figures, record players, 16-mm film, and images in sign language. At the centre is a three-metre sea deity in an all-white cave.

Boyle is well-known for her bold, fantastical explorations of imaginary narratives featuring a cast of marginal characters. Her work is multidisciplinary, combining craft, a high degree of detail, porcelain figurines, animist mythologies and arcane techniques to create a symbolic language uniquely her own.

Learn more:

Canadian Art profile

CBC profile