Ala Roushan

Ala Roushan is a Persian/Canadian curator and Associate Professor at OCAD University. Ala’s research is focused on the polemics of artificial environments, contemporary digital culture, and the public realm. Most recently she was the co-curator/director of SUGAR, a curatorial platform exploring new trajectories for public art informed by site. At SUGAR, Ala curated projects such as a solo exhibition and lecture marathon with artist collective Slavs & Tatars and co-published the book ShapeShift: Sugar, Oil, Gold.

Call for Submissions - Career Launcher: 401 Built for Art Nuit Blanche 2018

401 Richmond Street West and the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers are excited to announce the 401 Built for Art Nuit Blanche Career Launcher providing exhibition opportunity inside 401’s historic building to one public art project (installation, performance, etc.) during Nuit Blanche Toronto 2018 on September 29 2018 from 7pm to 7am.

Call for Submissions - Career Launcher: 401 Built for Art Nuit Blanche 2018

Call for Submission Career Launcher 401 Built for Art Nuit Blanche 2018
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 9:15am to Friday, August 31, 2018 - 11:45pm


401 Richmond Street West and the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers are excited to announce the 401 Built for Art Nuit Blanche Career Launcher providing exhibition opportunity inside 401’s historic building to one public art project (installation, performance, etc.) during Nuit Blanche Toronto 2018 on September 29 2018 from 7pm to 7am.

The successful artist(s) will work with curator William Huffman to realize the project. In addition to the exhibition opportunity, the Career Launcher recipient will also receive a production grant from the CEAD.

On September 29, 2018 from dusk ‘til dawn 401 Richmond will be teeming with dynamic and interactive exhibitions, installations and performances created by home-grown talent and by artists from as far away as the Canadian Arctic. Entitled Built for Art, this curatorial initiative will feature many of the galleries and arts organizations that call 401 Richmond home, while also presenting visiting creators in a variety of public and not-so-conventional spaces in the building. Two floors of creative exploration await Nuit Blanche Toronto revellers for a unique experience that both highlights a diversity of cultural practice and showcases the iconic address that continues to transform Toronto’s cultural landscape.

401 Richmond is a restored, heritage-designated, industrial building turned arts-and-culture hub in downtown Toronto. It is home to over 140 artists, cultural producers, social innovators, micro-enterprises, galleries, festivals and shops. 



  • Must have graduated from OCAD U in 2017 or 2018



Friday, August 31, 2018 



401 Richmond

401 Richmond St. W.

Toronto, ON, Canada



  • Full contact information (Name, phone, and email) and a current CV
  • Description of the project (maximum 500 words)
  • Maximum 5 visual support material
  • Installation/ preparation plan and technical requirements (feel free to include a wish-list)
  • Biography and artist statement 



Please submit all written components in one (1) PDF and with separate image attachments to the attention of Tak Pham

Venue & Address: 
401 Richmond St. W. Toronto, ON, Canada
(416) 977-6000 x 361

Artist Talk: Julie Andreyev

Julie Andreyev
Wednesday, April 2, 2008 - 9:30pm

Julie Andreyev is a Vancouver-based artist whose practice explores the social and spatial character of the city using mobility and performance; and animal consciousness through interactive installation and video. Her work has been shown across Canada, in the US, Europe and Japan. Andreyev is Associate Professor in Digital Visual Arts at Emily Carr Institute, Vancouver and co-curator of Interactive Futures.

Andreyev will discuss her recent practice including her projects Four Wheel Drift and Animal Lover.

The Four Wheel Drift projects explore the city as mobile tableaux in order to link up and investigate public space. Video and audio representation of site, space and location in the city are interwoven with aspects of audiovisual representation that take their motivation from popular culture, specifically car culture and club culture. Serving as hybrid forms, a fleet of customized cars equipped with interactive, audio-video technologies cruise the city seeking engagement as urban performance. These projects contribute to experimental practices by artists, such as the Situationists International (1957-1972). The Situationists used the nautical metaphor “dérive” (drift) to imagine (as a psychogeographical sea) traffic flows and pedestrian routes that avoid the mechanistic functioning of the capitalist city. To learn more, visit

Animal Lover is a new category of practice for Andreyev, which explores animals as subjects. In these works interactive video and forms of musical expression are used to explore animal experience and human interpretation. Here, the intent is to create a space of tension between the human and animal as a momentary opportunity to question assumptions and expectations about animal intelligence and awareness, as well as our larger relationship to animals and our role in relation to them.

Art Creates Change is made possible through the generous support of the Musagetes Fund at the Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation.

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

ONSITE/onward: Art/Design and Public Spaces Panel Talk

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 10:30pm to Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 12:00am

What role does public art and design play in our everyday urban experience? Join us for a conversation on art/design and public spaces, presented by Onsite Gallery in partnership with Design Exchange.


Nicole Beno (graphic designer and visual artist)
Karen Carter (Executive Director of the Myseum of Toronto)
Shawn Micallef (author and weekly columnist at the Toronto Star)
Ala Roushan (OCAD U Assistant Professor, Faculty of Design)
with Nina Boccia as moderator (Director of Programs at Design Exchange)

Tuesday, April 5, 6:30 p.m.
100 McCaul St.
Auditorium, Room 190

Event is FREE, all are welcome
Space is wheelchair accessible

This talk formally launches a public work by Nicole Beno that celebrates Onsite Gallery’s upcoming move. View Beno’s larger-than-life vinyl mural on the window façade of 230 Richmond St. W., directly across from the gallery’s new location. From April 2016 to May 2017. Curated by Linda Columbus.

Nicole Beno
Nicole Beno is a graphic designer and visual artist from Toronto, working with bold colours, layers and screen printed compositions. Her playful process combines hand drawings, materials, and textures with computer generated illustrations to form a unique graphic style.

Onsite Gallery is pleased to present a public non-commercial graphic design vinyl work installed on the two-storey street-level exterior window surface of 230 Richmond St. W. – the former site of Onsite Gallery which directly faces the gallery’s future location across the street at 199 Richmond St. W.

Karen Carter
Karen Carter is the Executive Director of the Myseum of Toronto an innovative approach to the museum experience, and a new way to experience Toronto’s natural spaces, cultures, history, archaeology and architecture. She has over 20 years experience working and volunteering in a variety of cultural and educational settings in Toronto. She is the co-founder and Chair of Black Artists’ Networks Dialogue (BAND), an organization dedicated to the promotion of Black arts and culture in Canada and abroad. Karen is also the Program Coordinator and faculty member for the Culture and Heritage Site Management program at Centennial College’s Story Arts Centre.

Shawn Micallef
Shawn Micallef is the author of The Trouble With Brunch: Work, Class, & the Pursuit of Leisure, Stroll: Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto and Full Frontal TO (nominated for the 2013 Toronto Book Award), a weekly columnist at the Toronto Star, and a senior editor and co-owner of the independent, Jane Jacobs Prize–winning magazine Spacing.  Shawn teaches at the University of Toronto and was a 2011-2012 Canadian Journalism Fellow at University of Toronto’s Massey College. In 2002, while a resident at the Canadian Film Centre’s Media Lab, he co-founded [murmur], the location-based mobile phone documentary project that has spread to over 20 cities globally. Shawn is the Toronto Public Library’s urban-focused Writer in Residence until December 2013.

Ala Roushan
Ala Roushan is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Design at OCAD University and a Ph.D. candidate at the European Graduate School focused on Philosophy, Art & Critical Thought of the Digital. She is engaged in speculative design research, writing, curatorial practice and teaching through which she explores the boundaries of design, art and architecture. She is the co-curator/co-director of flip project space, a curatorial project for contemporary art based in Napoli, Italy. Through exhibitions and printed publications flip addresses various aspects of contemporary artistic practice by reevaluating the intricate networks between object, content, concept, form and space.

Nina Boccia
Nina Boccia is the Director of Programs at Design Exchange, Canada’s only museum dedicated exclusively to the pursuit of design excellence and preservation of design heritage. Nina was previously the Managing Editor at Designlines magazine, Toronto’s ultimate guide to design, and the Associate Editor of Azure magazine, where she wrote about design and architecture. She has interviewed some of contemporary design and architecture’s leading talents including Stefan Sagmeister, Philippe Starck, Rem Koolhaas, and Patrizia Moroso.

Onsite Gallery
Onsite Gallery, OCAD University’s public gallery and experimental curatorial platform for art, design and digital media, fosters social and cultural transformations. In preparation for the launch of Onsite Gallery’s new location in May 2017, our 2016 ONSITE/ programming imagines and creates what a public gallery can be.

Onsite Gallery’s education program is generously supported by Nexus Investment Management.

Design Exchange
Design Exchange, a not-for-profit museum funded by its members and donors, is Canada’s only museum dedicated exclusively to the pursuit of design excellence and preservation of design heritage. At the crossroads of multiple disciplines, their programs are curated to reflect the popular zeitgeist and contemporary culture while demonstrating the relevance and importance of design to everyday life. DX is committed to delivering accessible design experiences and education and it aims to provide the tools necessary to connect design learning to the ordinary and extraordinary. 

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University’s Auditorium 100 McCaul St., Room 190
416-977-6000, Ext. 456
Art/Design and Public Spaces Poster

Karyn Olivier: Eye Around Matter

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 11:00pm to Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 2:00am

Eye Around Matter is a public talk by Karyn Olivier, presented by the Master's Program in Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories & Third Space Art Project Curatorial Collective.

Karyn Olivier, who was born in Trinidad and Tobago, received her M.F.A. at Cranbrook Academy of Art and her B.A at Dartmouth College. Philadelphia-based artist Karyn’s practice has interrogated the ways in which we engage with public space. The artist presents viewers with different scenarios that lead us to reflect on the ways in which we move our bodies through environments and respond to different locations.

Through discrete placement, rearrangement, embellishment, and replication of everyday objects in various sites, Olivier tries to shift our experience of the familiar. She explains, “This manipulation reveals the malleable and unfixed nature of objects and spaces — forcing us to reconcile memory(ies) with the present moment, collapsing the past with the present. The hope is to create a sleight of eye, a slit into something else — a conflation suggesting a visual accord that’s not necessarily there.”

Her public talk will include a discussion of her current installation, FREE LIBRARY, a social sculpture project exploring the site of the community grocery store in Toronto as a site of cerebral space engaging cultural identity, nostalgia, Caribbean intellectualism and pedagogy.

Venue & Address: 
205 Richmond Street West, room 514

OCAD U students envisage Grange Park as an urban oasis designed for everyone

Monday, January 30, 2012 - 6:15pm

Winners of the university’s annual design competition reimagine
the downtown Toronto park with an eye to inclusivity and accessibility

(Toronto—January 30, 2012) Two teams of students have tied for first place in OCAD University’s annual design competition For All, which this year challenged students to redesign Toronto’s Grange Park as an outdoor space that engages people of all ages, abilities and culture. The winning formula was both teams’ approaches to the design process, which looked at the history of Grange Park and its connections to the community.

Over the course of four intense days, 14 teams of students responded with design concepts to turn Grange Park into an environment without barriers that supports a communal experience designed for full enjoyment and participation. “At OCAD U we embrace the notion that excellence flourishes in inclusive environments that value diversity and equity,” said Beth Alber, Associate Dean of OCAD University’s Faculty of Design, and organizer of this year’s competition. “What better way to demonstrate this than to invigorate what is literally in our own backyard?”

One of the competition’s major requirements was for students to apply The Principles of Universal Design as developed by The Center for Universal Design at NC State University, to their concepts. These principles stipulate that designs need to be equitable, flexible, simple and intuitive, that they communicate effectively, have a tolerance for error, require low physical effort, and use appropriate size and space.

Fourth-year Environmental Design students Bettina Carating, Alissa Bryson, Alexandra Chacinski, Rui Felix (third-year Environmental Design) and Vuk Dragojevic (fourth-year Integrated Media), created the concept Making Moments: Gather. Play. Transit. Repose. It transforms the park into a culturally vibrant space that hosts a variety of community-oriented events and activities, such as weekly markets, performances and exhibitions. Using Universal Design Principles they added new pathways, lighting and accessible and interactive water features into the playground zone that enhances the parks exploratory learning opportunities.

Students Hannah Smith, Calvin Kuo, Maxyne Baker (third-year Environmental Design), Bohdan Anderson (thesis Graphic Design) and Matthew Kalimin (third-year Graphic Design) are co-winners of first place. Their concept Sense. Play. Engage. is a response to the team’s realization that universal design is not a resolution of boundaries, but rather a sensitivity and awareness of the diversity of all people and their experiences of a space. Their concept invites users to meander through the park using their senses: touch, scent, sight, movement and sound, with the intention of reconnecting the user with urban nature. Each team receives a $1500 prize.

A keynote talk delivered by Judith Heumann, Special Advisor for International Disability Rights at the U.S. Department of State kicked off the competition. Huemann’s talk, which attracted wide attendance from Toronto’s community of people with disabilities, encouraged audience participation and evolved into community discussion around advocacy, awareness, acceptance and integration of people of all abilities.

Competition sponsor, the Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT) also took part in mentorship sessions over the weekend. OCAD University is grateful for both CILT’s generous sponsorship and participation in sharing the organization’s insight and experience with students. 

Other winners of the competition include:

Third Place ($500): Arula: community hearth and gathering place
Designed by Andrew Morson, Corey Mostacca, Karan Patel, Ksenija Gogic, Sakari Hartikainen (fourth-year Industrial Design) and Cassandra Tice (third-year Graphic Design)

Honourable Mention: A Park FOR ALL Seasons

Designed by Joanne Jin (fourth-year Material Art & Design), Benjamin Verdicchio (second-year Environmental Design), Anton Kotelenets (fourth-year Illustration) and Brad MacDonald (second-year Advertising)

Concepts by all of the student teams are on exhibit until Friday, February 3 in OCAD University’s Great Hall (Level 2, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto). For more information on the competition and the exhibit, visit OCAD University’s website.

More about the competition
OCAD University's Design Competition is an annual event wherein interdisciplinary teams of three to six students are presented with a design challenge — usually a real-world issue — and over the course of an extended weekend asked to respond with their solutions. Faculty advisors with expertise relating to the challenge are on hand on Saturday to answer questions about concepts and technicalities, and students must present their designs by the end of day on the following Monday. Past competitions have challenged students to improve the public transit customer experience, to redesign the public space in front of Toronto Police Service’s 52 Division headquarters and to imagine the kinds of products or services that might exist 10 years into the future. Many of OCAD U graduates cite the challenge as one of the most important experiences in their time at the university. 

OCAD University (OCAD U): 135 Years of Imagination
OCAD University ( is Canada’s “University of the Imagination.” The university, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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