orange cape with black and grey squares wrapped around stone
copper sequins sewn on fabric and red stitching on a white metal stand
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Please join us for Eco|Femin|Isms, a free panel discussion hosted at OCAD University on Wednesday October 24th at 7pm, at 49 McCaul Street. This will be an opportunity to discuss eco arts practices with special guests including J.P King, Eco|Femin|Isms artist Marjan Verstappen, and Alia Weston. The Panel is moderated by Vicki Clough.


Ecofeminism, with its inception during Second Wave Feminism of the 1960s and 70s, was quickly sidelined due to an apparent lack of coherent vocabulary that could serve to unify emerging environmental considerations equitably. Contemporary Feminism, while not specifically ecological in intent and practice, allows for the multiplicity of voices that inherently illustrates the intersectional ways in which environmental issues have an effect on us all. 

Eco|Femin|Isms creates space for a range of creative practices that explore our relationship to the environment. 

The Panel is hosted in conjunction with the Eco|Femin|Isms Exhibition held at the White House Studio Project. The exhibition is curated by Vicki Clough, and features artwork by Tsēmā Igharas, Elyse Portal , Dana Prieto and Marjan Verstappen. Eco|Femin|isms showcases contemporary ecological considerations as they relate to culture, politics, spirituality and materialism and provides multiple entry points for critical dialogues that are both urgent and salient in contemporary society. 


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Event Schedule: 
Panel Discussion 
Wednesday, October 24th, 2018 — 7pm-8.30pm 
49 McCaul Street, Toronto

Exhibition Opening Day
Saturday, October 27th, 2018 — 12pm-17.00pm
The White House Studio Project
277 Augusta Avenue, Toronto
*light refreshments will be provided.

Opening Times
Sunday, October 28th, 2018 — 12pm-17.00pm
Saturday & Sunday, November 3rd & 4th, 2018 — 13.00-16.00

By Appointment
Tuesday, October 30th, 2018 — 18.00-20.00pm
Wednesday, October 31st, 2018 — 18.00-20.00
Thursday, November 1st, 2018 — 18.00-20.00

This project is generously hosted by The White House Studio Project and supported by the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council.  

Venue & Address: 
49 McCaul Street, Toronto

Onsite up for Ontario Association of Art Galleries awards

Three people looking at works in a gallery
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

OCAD University’s professional gallery, Onsite, has been shortlisted for three prestigious OAAG Awards. These are province-wide, juried art gallery awards of artistic merit and excellence in exhibitions, publications, programs, and community partnerships produced by Ontario's art galleries.

Exhibition of the Year Budget over $50,000 Short List:
The Sunshine Eaters, Onsite Gallery

Innovation in a Collections-Based Exhibition Short List:
raise a flag: works from the Indigenous Art Collection, Onsite Gallery

Education award:
raise a flag:works from the Indigenous Art Collection (2000-2015) Education Guide, Onsite Gallery

177 nominations came from 34 Ontario galleries and art institutions. The award winners will be announced on November 19, 2018. This is the 41st edition of the awards program highlighting the key achievements of the year among OAAG members, curators, art professionals, collectors, and the entire visual arts community.

For the full list of award categories and other shortlisted institutions, visit the OAAG website.

Onsite Gallery is OCAD University’s professional gallery and experimental curatorial platform for art, design and digital media. Serving the OCAD U community and the general public, Onsite Gallery aims to foster social and cultural transformations.


two people looking at a large painting by Christi Belcourt
Ryan Rice with Janet Rogers, holding flag designed for exhibition

Ignite Gallery Student Monitor

Ignite Gallery
Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 12:30pm

Ignite Gallery represents the current creative voice of OCAD University students and recent graduates through exhibitions, events and community programs. 

Ignite Gallery (formerly the OCAD U Student Gallery) continues its 40+ year history of support for the exciting work of emerging artists, designers and curators from OCAD University.  

Located in Kensington Market, Ignite Gallery is currently recruiting IWSP-eligible Student Monitors for the Fall/Winter term to serve as front-line staff welcoming and informing visitors about exhibitions and public events, to supervise the gallery, and help with install and de-install of shows.  

Reporting to the Community Coordinator, Ignite Gallery, the Ignite Gallery Student Monitor will:  

  • Greet visitors as they enter the gallery and provide information on present and upcoming exhibitions, public events and general gallery and OCAD U information.  

  • Assist with installation and de-installation of exhibitions, as needed, which may include: light lifting and moving of objects, installing hanging material, moving plinths, patch/repair and paint walls and hanging wall labels.  

  • Track daily attendance 

  • Perform opening and closing duties including: turning on and off the works in the exhibition, keeping the gallery tidy and locking all doors.  

  • Provide staffing assistance for all public programs and events, such as the opening reception, where duties may include: setup and takedown of chairs and tables, serving food, selling drinks and taking photographs.  

  • Ensure all exhibition elements are in proper working order and all gallery areas are clean/tidy. Examine the exhibitions daily to identify if maintenance is needed on artworks, perform corrective action (as appropriate) and notify other staff as needed.  

  • Perform administrative tasks including, basic graphic design, writing reports related to gallery attendance and audience response. Replenishes gallery material, such as exhibition brochures, at the front desk and other areas as needed.  

  • Perform other tasks as assigned by the Community Coordinator and Gallery System management.  


  • Eligible for the Institutional Work Study Plan (IWSP)* 

  • Currently enrolled as an OCAD University student  

  • Interest in contemporary art and design  

  • Able to work with power tools and on ladders 

  • Comfortable in a public speaking role  

  • Strong verbal communication skills  

  • Ability to work under general direction and in a team environment  

  • Strong interpersonal skills; enjoy working with the public  

  • Must be able to work flexible hours for public event shifts  


  • Ability to operate audio/visual and office equipment  

  • Knowledge and comfort using social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) to assist with Onsite Gallery's digital presence and promotion  

  • Smart Serve certified  

  • Graphic design skills or competence in creative suite 

Duration: early September 2018 to end of the school year 2019, with possibility of renewing for the following exhibition period  

Rate of pay: $15.68 per hour (which includes pay in lieu of vacation and benefits) 

Schedule: 1-2 regular weekly shifts to be determined, resulting in between 5-10 hours/week, depending on availability  

Vacancies: 2-3 

Please submit the following to Morgan Mavis, Community Coordinator, 

  • a cover letter 

  • resume 

  • your IWSP eligibility confirmation for the Fall/Winter 

*Institutional Work Study consists of part-time employment for students on or near campus while they are enrolled in a program of instruction, to supplement OSAP assistance received by students, or to assist other students with demonstrated financial need. 

Students must meet the following criteria in order to apply for the IWSP: 

  • Be a Undergraduate or Graduate student at OCAD U during the 2018 Fall/Winter 

  • Be a Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident or Protected Person 

  • Be Ontario resident or out-of-province student and have submitted an error-free loan application  

  • Be registered in full-time studies (as defined by OSAP) during the 2018/19 fall/winter semester; for the summer session students must be registered in at least 0.5 credits 

  • Demonstrate financial need (priority is given to OSAP students; out-of province students will only be considered if funds are available)   

  • Note: if you are an out-of-province student, you must attach a copy of your loan/student aid assessment document showing federal/provincial funding. 

  • Note: if you are restricted from OSAP or out-of-province loans, please visit the Financial Aid & Awards Office in person to meet with an advisor to discuss your restriction. 

For more information on the IWSP program, please visit the Student Employment webpage here


Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m., August 29, 2018. 

As an employer committed to employment equity, we encourage applications from members of equity-seeking communities including women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions 

O-DAYS! CURATOR’S TOUR: Diagrams of Power

Image: Forensic Architecture, The Ayotzinapa Case: A Cartography of Violence (still), 2017. Video, 18 min. 24 sec
Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

As part of O-DAYS! 2018, new students are invited to join curator Patricio Dávila for an exhibition tour! Diagrams of Power showcases art and design works using data, diagrams, maps and visualizations as ways of challenging dominant narratives and supporting the resilience of marginalized communities.




Venue & Address: 
OCAD U Onsite Gallery, 199 Richmond St. West
416-977-6000, Ext. 4021
O-DAYS! 2018

Unhistories: Art and the Unconcluded

Ukiuktaqtumi, Stephen Puskas, 2017
Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 3:00pm

Artwork on display:
Ukiuktaqtumi, Stephen Puskas, 2017
30:10 minutes, colour

A father picking arctic berries with his daughters on a sunny September day and a group of elders playing dice at a local community centre make up two separable moments bound together by Montreal-based Inuk artist Stephen Agluvak Puskas’s short-film Ukiuktaqtumi (2017). Lyrically stitching together video footage found on the web (each
borrowed with consent from the original videographers), Puskas shapes a wide-ranging view of Inuit life ukiuktaqtumi (“in the North”). In a gesture of endurance, the independent yet woven threads of narrative in Ukiuktaqtumi often begin inside of a moment and unravel without conclusion.

Through these rifts in continuity, Puskas echos the imperative of self-representation for Inuit communities in Canada, whose prolonged subjugation to the colonial lens has fostered inaccurate narratives that call for an unlearning and dismantling of such histories. Ukiuktaqtumi does just this—made in response to non-Inuit filmmaker Dominic Gagnon’s Of the North (compiled of taken footage that constructed a distorted image of Inuit), Puskas presents a selfdetermined
and consenting outlook of life in the North – full of variance, movement, and (dis)/continuities.


Artist Bio:
Stephen Agluvak Puskas is co-founder and former producer for Nipivut, Montreal's Inuit community radio show. Selected by the Senate in 2017 as an Indigenous Youth Leader, Stephen works to improve Indigenous representation in media and to shed light on the exploitation of Inuit culture like with Ungava Gin. He volunteers for Dawson College's Indigenous Education Council and has also helped write the Inuit chapter of the Indigenous cultural awareness manual for the SPVM. Stephen's film about Inuit self-representation, Ukiuktaqtumi (OO-KEE-UKTAK-
TOO-MEE) recently won the Prix de la Releve at 2017's Presence Autochtone and he is currently an associate producer at the National Film Board, working on the coastal Labrador project, which aims to support Labrador Inuit in producing documentary films.


Throughout this exhibition we are encouraging and accepting donations for Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami: The National Representational Organization Protecting and Advancing the Rights and Interests of Inuit in Canada.
Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami serves as a national voice protecting and advancing the rights and interests of Inuit in Canada, with a stated vision for Canadian Inuit to prosper through unity and self-determination.
More information can be found at :


We would also like to thank VTape ( for their assistance in organizing the presentation of this work.

Venue & Address: 
Graduate Gallery, 205 Richmond St. W

Hunter's Moon

Ossa: White Skull
Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 3:00pm

Through photography, installation, and video, Hunter's Moon explores the complex ethics of getting close to nature as a post-industrial person. The artists engage with hunting culture while raising ethical questions about interspecies relationships.

Carlson and McCallum are graduate students in the IAMD program at OCAD University. Their practices interrogate the conceptual systems through which humans embrace or seperate themselves from "nature".

Venue & Address: 
Experimental Media Space, 1st floor, 205 Richmond St. W
Ossa: White Skull

OCAD U Gallery Crawl

OCAD U Gallery Crawl
Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

OCAD U Gallery Crawl

Saturday, March 10, 2018
2 to 5 p.m.



Visit the new OCAD University art district at OCAD U's first annual Gallery Crawl, featuring special programming at our nine galleries!


Gallery Crawl Locations:

  • Ignite Gallery (165 Augusta Ave.)
  • Continuing Studies Gallery (285 Dundas St. W.)
  • Learning Zone (113 McCaul St.)
  • Ada Slaight Student Gallery, Anniversary Gallery and The Great Hall (100 McCaul St.)
  • Open Space Gallery (49 McCaul St.)
  • Graduate Gallery (205 Richmond St. W.)
  • Onsite Gallery (199 Richmond St. W.)


Ignite Gallery (165 Augusta Ave.)
You Done Taken My Blues and Gone
Artists Timothy Hunter and Erin Jones with speak about their Collective and work in the exhibition.

The title, You Done Taken My Blues and Gone, is a quote from Langston Hughes 1940’s poem ‘Note on Commercial Theater’ which speaks on the theft of Black cultures by white dominated markets. The poem, much like this show, remarks on the insidious ways in which Black art forms and material culture are co-opted and divorced from the distinct Black experience that produced them. Artists: Sydne Barnes Wright, Tim Hunter, Oreka James, Aaron Jones, Ekow Stone, Destiny Grimm.


Continuing Studies Gallery (285 Dundas St. W.)
Convergence: Works by Continuing Studies Instructors
Director of Continuing Studies, Evan Tapper, will speak about the exhibition and the Continuing Studies program.

Artists and designers: Adrian Bica, David Griffin, Thomas Hendry, Karen Justl, Chung-Im Kim, Olenka Kleban, Gideon Näf, Fritz Park, Lauren Schaffer, Janice Schulman, and Cortney Stephenson


Learning Zone (113 McCaul St.)
Exhibiting artists Nataly Kais, Ehiko Odeh and Kaylee Meyer will speak about the exhibtion and their work.

Perspectives is an exhibition showcasing the work of international students at OCAD U. While being international means different things to each student, it is oftentimes a big part of one's identity. This diverse body of work that international students are creating that highlights their abilities, personalities and passions. Artists: Chen Luo, Chenjun Zhu, Ehiko Odeh, Ji Woo Lim, Kalore Jingmei Cao, Kaylee Meyer, Michelle Scholz, Nataly Kais, Qirou Yang, Raquel Gouvea, Jose Felicio da Costa, Rui Kang, Tim Hu, Tony Mulo, Zhiyi Qian.


Ada Slaight Student Gallery (100 McCaul St.)
Consciousness: The Embodied Space of Isolation
Consciousness: The Embodied Space of Isolation
is curated by Emma-Kate Deuchars, Avery Geboers, Jamie Park and Dana Snow, students of the 3rd year Curatorial and Criticism Practice course, The Work of the Curator. Artists: Ron Siu, Janica Olpindo, Morris Wazney, Michelle Homonylo, Hana Elmisry and Michelle Cieloszczyk.

In Flux
Curated by Sanjit Dhillon, Alessia Dowhaniuk, Abby Ho and Meredith Wood, students of the 3rd year Curatorial and Criticism Practice course, The Work of the Curator. In Flux explores idleness and the fluidity between production and rest. Artists: Lamont Abramczyk, Gabrielle Leighton, Sam McGuire, Jeremy Saya. 


Anniversary Gallery (100 McCaul St.)
Wandering Ground: Finding Paths
Four OCAD U students who were part of last year's Global Experience Project, with artist Isaac Julien, reflect on their experiences. Artists: leaf jerlefia, Yuling Chen, Aaron Robert Morre, Justyna Werbel.


The Great Hall (100 McCaul St.)
Festival of the Body
The Festival of the Body is a showcase of the best Student work that engages with the notion of body/figure through a wide range of concepts and media. Artists: Kelly Adams, Noor  Awan, Rebekah Bowen, Alexandria Boyce, Marli Davis, Hana Elmasry, Jonathan Fong, Zamila Islam, Kate Kilty, Ante Benedict Kurilić, Gabrielle Leighton, Amanda Lindenbach, Toni  Lomax, Clara Lynas, Noah Melrose, Janica Olpindo, Kelly O'Neill, Mira Marie Pedari, Emma Russell, Jeremy Saya, Suzanne Simoni, Janine Steeper, Ahlena Sultana-McGarry, Josiah  Tsang, Kristin Thorlaksdottir, Teresa Williams, Qirou  Yang.


Open Gallery (49 McCaul St.)
The Opioid Crisis: Naloxone Kits for Public Spaces 
This project developed product responses to the opioid crisis for the treatment of overdoses, making available the drug Naloxone in public spaces. Three systems to make Naloxone kits visible, accessible, and to break stigma, were developed by industrial design students for the undergraduate studio course, Design for Health and Wellness. Team Restrooms: Zoe Trommer, Lucas Bruketa and Perry Miller. Team Bars/Restaurants: Winnie Chen, Yifei Li and Madeleine Bailey. Team Libraries: Chris Cimini, Murtaza Kerani and Connor Novac.

Exploratory Interactions Between Spatial Platforms
Dr. Claire Brunet and Digital Future Graduate student Thoreau Bakker experiment with Virtual Reality and 3D data capture technologies to convey meaning inside digital sculptural referents. The researchers are studying interactions between spatial platforms that stimulate and challenge artists’ perceptions and relationships to space, time, and materiality. This research explores artistic interactions with digital modes of production. 


Graduate Gallery (205 Richmond St. W.)
Ukiuktaqtumi is a 30 min. film by Montreal-based Inuk artist, Stephen Agluvak, using video images sourced from the internet. Puskas presents a self-determined and consenting outlook of life in the North. The film is shown in conjunction with the 2018 Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories Graduate Student Conference "un-histories: art and the unconcluded", which seeks to seeks to counter history’s containment and to foreground its continuing relevance in the present. 

Hunter's Moon
Artists Sarah Carlson and Kirstie McCallum with speak about their work.

Through photography, installation, and video, Hunter’s Moon explores the complex ethics of getting close to nature as a post-industrial person. The artists engage with hunting culture while raising ethical questions about interspecies relationships. Carlson and McCallum are graduate students in the Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design program at OCAD University. Their practices interrogate the conceptual systems through which humans embrace or separate themselves from “nature”.


Onsite Gallery (199 Richmond St. W.)
The Sunshine Eaters
Francisco Alvarez, Dorene & Peter Milligan, Executive Director, OCAD U Galleries will speak about the gallery and exhibition. Artist Jessica Karuhanga will be present and speak about her work.

The Sunshine Eaters is an original multi-sensory exhibition that highlights how artists and designers look to the land and its plants, flowers and trees as a means to imagine and conjure hope in the face of local and global crises. Artists: Shary Boyle, Nick Cave, Robert Holmes, Jim Holyoak, Brian Jungen, Jessica Karuhanga, Alexandra Kehayoglou, Nina Leo and Moez Surani, Tony Matelli, Alanis Obomsawin, Ebony G. Patterson and Winnie Truong. Curated by Lisa Deanne Smith.

Venue & Address: 
Multiple venues (see below)
416-977-6000 x456
OCAD U Gallery Crawl

NOW Magazine calls raise a flag one of 2017’s 10 best art shows

Woman looking at a photo of a woman lying down with fringes on her back
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The inaugural exhibition in Onsite Gallery’s luminous new space at 199 Richmond St. W. has been declared one of Toronto’s top ten exhibitions this year:

“Raise A Flag: Works From The Indigenous Art Collection (2000-2015), Onsite Gallery at OCADU (September 16-December 10) In the refurbished gallery, OCADU Indigenous visual culture chair Ryan Rice brought together selections from the federal government’s Indigenous art collection, a 50-year-old program at Indigenous Affairs and Northern Development that hires First Nations curators to acquire artworks that are rarely exhibited. The show highlighted the ongoing cultural strategies Indigenous artists have used in a variety of media to insert their stories into the colonial narrative and keep their creative spirits alive.”

– Fran Schechter, NOW Magazine







Onsite Gallery Grand Opening & Street Party

Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 12:00pm to 6:00pm

Onsite Gallery Grand Opening & Street Party
Saturday, September 16: noon to 6 p.m
Richmond St. W. between Duncan & Simcoe

On September 16, 2017 (noon to 6 p.m.), OCAD University will be holding a public Grand Opening of its newly expanded art gallery, Onsite Gallery. Onsite is the flagship professional gallery of OCAD U and an experimental curatorial platform for art, design and new media. To launch this new cultural space, we have a week of events culminating in a gallery grand opening and celebration on Richmond St. W. The street party will feature live performances and presentations by well-known Indigenous artists and remarks by political and community leaders (MP Adam Vaughan and Councilor Joe Cressy).

Acclaimed CBC host and arts reporter, Amanda Parris, will lead the afternoon’s events, which include onstage presentations and performances by:

  • DJ Classic Roots
  • Duke Redbird
  • Janet Rogers
  • Long Branch
  • Charlena Russell
  • Red Sky
  • Logan Staats

Save the date and join the celebration of the new Onsite Gallery


About Onsite Gallery
The new 8,000 square-foot location at 199 Richmond St. W. will house a state-of-the-art exhibition space and will reactivate the OCAD U collection. It will be a community hub serving the university and the general public, with the goal of fostering social and cultural transformations. Follow our photo blog to get a sneak peek of our progress!

Opening Exhibitions
We are excited to inaugurate the new Onsite Gallery with the following major exhibitions:

raise a flag: works from the Indigenous Art Collection (2000 - 2015)
Curated by Ryan Rice, Delaney Chair in Indigenous Visual Culture, OCAD U

Featuring: Barry Ace, Sonny Assu, Carl Beam, Christi Belcourt, Rebecca Belmore, Christian Chapman, Dana Claxton, Ruth Cuthand, Wally Dion, David Garneau, Tanya Harnett, Faye HeavyShield, Greg A. Hill, Mark Igloliorte, Jimmy Iqaluq, Elisapee Ishulutaq, Alex Janvier, Piona Keyuakjuk, Myra Kukiiyaut, Rachelle Lafond, Jim Logan, Kayley Mackay, Qavavau Manumie, Ohotaq Mikkigak, Lisa Myers, Nadia Myre, Marianne Nicolson, Lionel Peyachew, Tim Pitsiulak, Annie Pootoogook, Barry Pottle, Pitaloosie Saila and Tania Willard.

For This Land: Inside Elemental
Presented with community partner imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival

Featuring: 2Ro Media: Jackson 2bears and Janet Rogers


Onsite Gallery's Grand Opening & Street Party is produced with the support of Our Children's Medicine program and HigherMe.

Onsite Gallery gratefully acknowledges that the new gallery construction project is funded in part by the Government of Canada's Canada Cultural Spaces Fund at Canadian Heritage, the City of Toronto through a Section 37 agreement and Aspen Ridge Homes.


Photo of DJ Classic Roots by Ogichidaa Arts.

Venue & Address: 
199 Richmond St. W., Ground Floor
416-977-6000, Ext. 262
Photo of DJ Classic Roots by Ogichidaa Arts

Hiring Permanent Collections Student Monitors!

OCAD U's Galleries System department is hiring OCAD U Permanent Collections Student Monitors for the summer term.