/nest/ Call For Submissions

image of a pink texture wall with a evergreen tree at the base of the image.
Friday, March 29, 2019 - 10:30am to Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 12:00am

Call for Submissions

/nest/ is a platform for OCAD U undergraduate students to showcase diverse forms of critical essays, studio and process writing, creative writing and text-based works. We welcome works which express linguistic diversity and are inclusive of a range of student abilities, year levels and disciplines. 

/nest/ is currently seeking written work and text-related artworks to feature in an upcoming exhibition based on the theme of TEXTURE. Process writing and works that have been submitted as a class assignment are welcomed. 

If you are unsure about submissions, please do not hesitate to contact us for clarification at wac@ocadu.ca.

Only digital submissions will be accepted via the submission form: bit.ly/nestcall

Please submit a maximum of three works in any of the following categories:
Text & Image
Critical Writing (essays, reviews)
Creative Writing (fiction, non-fiction, poetry)
Studio Writing (artist’s statements, precedent analyses, research documentation, reflection)
Process Writing (sketch/process books; works in progress, drafts)
Other forms of writing and creative work will be considered.

Submission Deadline:
Saturday, April 20th by 11:59pm

Opening Reception:
May 2nd, 2pm-4pm

Exhibition Dates: 
May 1st - June 28th, 2019

Selected artists are responsible for their own materials. Installation assistance will be provided. 
This exhibition will be installed in the display cases on the 5th Floor at 113 McCaul St. from May 1st to June 28th, 2019.  

Check https://www.ocadu.ca/academics/writing-across-the-curriculum/nest.htm for updates.

/nest/ is a Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Initiative. The editorial board acknowledges the ancestral and traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Haudenosaunee, the Anishinaabe and the Huron-Wendat, who are the original owners and custodians of the land on which we stand.

Venue & Address: 
416-977-6000 ext. 2662

Research Wednesdays: Artists as Writers Index

Research Wednesdays, 1 to 2pm in the Learning Zone, October 17: The Artist as Writers Index
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Celebrate the recent revisions of the Artists as Writer Index at the OCAD University Library. This resource is designed to explore the many divergent forms of writing artists and designers are engaged in, especially those that are affiliated with OCAD University.

Hear about the production of the database in 2015 with a taped intervew with the creator Farah Friesen, then hear how Reference Intern Lauren Orav revised the research portal using UX principles.

Research Wednesdays is a speaker series presented by the OCAD U Library. It's a forum for anyone (undergrad or graduate students, staff or faculty) to present in a supportive environment. Take a break over lunch to learn about new opportunities for Toronto creative researchers!

Interested in presenting at Research Wednesdays? We are currently programming our 2019 winter schedule (January to April). Send an email To Daniel Payne (dpayne@ocadu.ca) and include:

  • brief 250 word description of your talk
  • indication of which Wednesdays would be available for you
  • list of technological needs
  • ideal set up of the presentation seating arrangement
  • description of any participatory activites that may used (NOTE: any focus groups or survey-type activities may need Research Ethics Board approval, so be prepared to include this in your proposal)


Venue & Address: 
OCAD U Library's Learning Zone, Level 1, 113 McCaul Street. Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street
416-977-6000 ext. 217

Writing Through the Creative Wall: The Student Perspective on the Role of Writing

The Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Initiative and the Writing & Learning Centre, are pleased to invite you to our lunchtime roundtable discussion

Scholarly Writing Panel TODAY! 9:30AM-11:30AM RM 510 @ 205 Richmond

Moderated by the Dean (Interim) of Graduate Studies, a panel of Graduate Faculty Members will discuss scholarly writing at the graduate level.

Editorial Committee Call: Journal of Visual and Critical Studies

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 11:45pm

Journal of Visual and Critical Studies

Editorial Committee Call

Deadline to apply: October 18th, 2017

Fellow students! You have the chance to be part of the publication of the Journal of Visual and Critical Studies 2018.

Formerly known as the BA Annual, this student-run publication was founded in January 2016 and since then has been a great platform to share and celebrate interdisciplinary and diverse perspectives on art, visual culture, aesthetics, and critical theory.

What makes the Journal so unique is that all is produced by students! It includes critical essays, non-fiction writing on art, exhibition reviews, thesis abstracts from graduating students, and artwork by students.

Help us create this publication! Be part of our Editorial Committee this year if you would like to get experience in:

  • Editing
  • Fundraising, Grant writing, and Budget Management
  • Event planning
  • Community Outreach

In other words, you will learn how to run an academic publication and it will be great for your CV.


Email us to ocadbaannual@gmail.com

Tell us a bit about yourself and what responsibilities you hope to have as a member.

Want to know more about the publication? Want to read our past volumes?

Check out our website!



Francisco-Fernando Granados

Francisco-Fernando Granados is a Toronto-based artist and writer. His practice extends from performance and drawing into a range of media that includes site-specific installation, moving image, text, public and participatory projects. He uses abstraction as a conceptual strategy to challenge perceptions regarding the stability of identity categories.  Born in the midst of the Guatemalan Civil War, his experience of coming to Canada as a refugee informs the aesthetics and politics of his practice.


Ian Carr-Harris is an artist based in Toronto whose work has been exhibited nationally and internationally since 1971. Exhibitions include the Paris Biennale (1975), the Venice Biennale (1984), Documenta (1987), the Canadian Biennial at the National Gallery (1989), the Sydney Biennale (1990), the Montreal Biennale (1998) and Threshold at The Power Plant, Toronto (1998). Formerly represented by the Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Carr-Harris is now represented by the Susan Hobbs Gallery in Toronto.