John Walsh: This is a Political March / 1973 – 2016

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 9:00am to Friday, June 30, 2017 - 7:30pm

100 McCaul St., Lobby
Runs June 1 to 30, 2017
Monday to Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

This is a Political March / 1973 - 2016
Video (4:16 minute loop), 2016

In 1973 Sylvia Rivera, a prominent figure of the Stonewall riots, fought her way onto the stage at New York’s Gay Liberation Rally. After years of fighting for the rights of trans and gender non conforming individuals of the queer community, she found the oppressed had turned into the oppressors; attempting to silence her voice as well as others. The feminists and gay men of 1973 believed that queens and trans women such as Sylvia were not the right face of the Gay Liberation movement, which we now celebrate as Pride. 

How far have we come?

In 2016, Black Lives Matter Toronto staged a sit-in at the Pride Parade, protesting the treatment and representation of the most marginalized of the LGBTQ2S community in Toronto. Booing from the crowd ensued. Within seconds of critiquing the current system of Pride, and asking for a more inclusive approach, Black Lives Matter were denounced by the very people who belong to the same community. Is this a political march, or a capitalist party?

With rebuilding and reinventing the ways we navigate through the movement of queer liberation, we cannot allow our most marginalized to be an afterthought.

- John Walsh

John Walsh is a multidisciplinary designer based in Toronto. Through political and speculative work, he aims to promote dialogues and discussion within topics such as identity, society and activism.

This work is presented by Onsite Gallery at OCAD University, as part of OCAD U's participation in Toronto's Pride Month.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul St., Lobby
416-977-6000, Ext. 456
John Walsh, This is a Political March / 1973 - 2016 (still)

Call for Submissions: Nuit Blanche Toronto

Zahra Saleki, Girl Talk at 401 Richmond, 2016. Photo by Kaveh Safarnejad.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 2:45pm to Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 6:00pm

Nuit Blanche Toronto - Call For Submissions

Calling all Toronto artists and independent producers! Nuit Blanche Toronto is now accepting submissions to the Independent Projects program for its 12th edition on Saturday, September 30, 2017. 

Nuit Blanche Toronto, the city's free all-night contemporary art event, attracts over one million local and out-of-town audiences to its diverse program of curated exhibitions, commissioned installations, and enthusiastic partnerships with Toronto-based artists, collectives, galleries, cultural organizations, neighbourhood groups, and educational institutions. 

Future partners are invited to apply to the Independent Projects program with self-produced, self-funded projects for inclusion in the official event. 

Independent Projects can take place anywhere in Toronto and are provided an opportunity to present projects at cultural institutions, engage with large audiences, and receive marketing, programming and production support from the City of Toronto. 

Don't miss this chance to include your project in Toronto's largest contemporary art event!


Nuit Blanche 2017: Many Possible Futures 

To mark Canada's 150th anniversary in 2017, the City of Toronto has launched "TO Canada with Love", a year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions honouring this milestone. As part of "TO Canada with Love", Nuit Blanche Toronto has created an overarching theme for the entire 2017 event, entitled Nuit Blanche 2017: Many Possible Futures. Applicants to the Independent Projects program are encouraged to look forward to the many possible futures of Canada in their proposals, addressing notions of identify, nationhood, migration, reconciliation, settlement, and the natural landscape, among others.


Information Session – Thursday, January 12, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, Toronto City Hall, Council Chambers 

Interested applicants are welcome and encouraged to attend the Independent Projects Information Session, where they can meet the programmers of Nuit Blanche Toronto, learn more about the program and discuss their project ideas. 

Applications and guidelines for Independent Projects are available at 


Venue & Address: 
Nuit Blanche Toronto

P.U.P Contemporary: Superfluous Appetite

Black and White Woodcut, two hands extending from clouds and gripping
four portrait images in colour of humans and non humans
Friday, November 25, 2016 - 5:00am to Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 5:00am

P.U.P CONTEMPORARY: Superfluous Appetite November 3-30th @ The Gladstone Hotel, #208 (2nd Floor), 1214 Queen St. W, 12-5pm Daily.

P.U.P Contemporary is excited to show an amazing work of local printmaking artist duo,

Gideon Näf & Justin Labine of Free North Press.

For Superfluous Appetite, the duo has teamed up to present a survey of illustrative prints and drawings from the past three years. Whether in Justin's sprawling historically influenced drawings or Gideon’s dream inspired, tongue and cheek compositions; the pair use both the content of their imagery and the very essence of hand crafted work to present a critical response to the mania that is modern life. We invite you to take a bite.

Please find the press release attached for further show info.

Venue & Address: 
The Gladstone Hotel, #208 (2nd Floor), 1214 Queen St. W, 12-5pm Daily

Professional Gallery Information Session

Thursday, January 17, 2008 - 2:30pm

Students, faculty and staff are invited to join OCAD Curator Charles Reeve for an information session about the Professional Gallery's upcoming exhibitions. Find out what kind of resources the Gallery can provide to you.

Venue & Address: 
Location to be confirmed 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Scene by Scene: A Psychogeography

Saturday, September 22, 2007 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

What is the impact of place on art? How do issues of locality intersect with the character of an art scene? Join us for a panel discussion with leading artists and arts figures that takes up the question of how art centers carry the imprint of place and differ in terms of their art production. The conversation is about the ways that local space and character'the "psychogeography" of the panel title'play into the shaping of the contemporary global art scene. Panelists for the discussion bring wide ranging national and international experience.
They are:
Jessica Bradley of Jessica Bradley Art + Projects, former curator of contemporary art at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the National Gallery of Canada
Nathan Carter, the noted New York multimedia and language artist, represented by the Casey Kaplan Gallery in Chelsea
Greg Girard, the China-based Canadian photographer whose book, Phantom Shanghai, was published this spring by Magenta Foundation
Elizabeth Legge, essayist, art historian and professor of contemporary art at the University of Toronto
Join us at 11 am, Saturday, September 22 as they address the theme and spark some fresh thoughts to carry forward into a day of art gallery tours.

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

Francisco Alvarez named Executive & Artistic Director, Galleries System

Portrait of Francisco Alvarez, photo by Michael Kushnir
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 4:00am

OCAD University has appointed Francisco Alvarez as Executive & Artistic Director, Galleries System beginning September 26, 2016.

Alvarez has extensive experience in the arts, heritage and cultural sectors, most recently as Executive Director with Heritage Toronto, where he developed and implemented a new strategic plan with the goal of transforming programming to attract more diverse audiences. Prior to this role, he was Managing Director of the Institute for Contemporary Culture (ICC) at the Royal Ontario Museum, where he oversaw the production of more than 25 exhibitions, including David Hockney and El Anatsui.

“With his personal passion for contemporary art and design, profound commitment to diversity and significant museum and heritage management experience, Mr. Alvarez will be instrumental in strengthening OCAD U's national and international reputation as an innovative cultural hub in downtown Toronto. He will also help to foster a deep culture of stakeholder engagement, including among students and faculty,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor, OCAD University.

OCAD U’s growing Galleries System is made up of a number of spaces on and off-campus, including the Student Gallery, the Ada Slaight Gallery, the Graduate Gallery and Onsite Gallery, OCAD U's experimental curatorial platform and professional gallery. Through innovative programming, Onsite Gallery stimulates art, design and digital media research, creation, exhibition and dialogue that brings together and activates the wider public and university communities.

With support from the De Gasperis Family and the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund at Canadian Heritage, Onsite Gallery is moving into a new location at 199 Richmond St. W. where it will exhibit a curated selection of the university’s permanent collection of paintings, drawings and prints by faculty and students. Among its key works are significant canvases by G.A. Reid, J.W. Beatty, J.E.H. Macdonald, Fred Haines, Jack Bush, and David Bolduc.

OCAD U offers undergraduate and graduate programs in curatorial studies and a Tier One Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Visual Culture & Curatorial Practice.

"I'm very excited to join OCAD U as Director of the Galleries System. I look forward to working with the university's outstanding faculty and students, and the national art, design and new media communities, to create compelling exhibitions and events that celebrate innovation and creativity. My first priority will be preparing for a successful opening of the new Onsite Gallery in June 2017."

This past year, Mr. Alvarez served as a member of the Advisory Group for Ontario's first Culture Strategy. He holds BFA and MBA degrees from York University.

The university is grateful to Peter Milligan and Dorene Mccaulay for their generous support of the Galleries System at OCAD U.

Student Gallery Call For Submissions! FALL

Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 9:00pm to Monday, May 30, 2016 - 9:00pm

The OCAD U Student Gallery is accepting submissions for the fall 2016 exhibition period. We accept group applications, and curatorial proposals from students and recent grads of all disciplines. For application guidelines, visit the OCAD U website ( and our facebook page.

Who may apply?: applications from individual artists, designers or curators, as well as group submissions. All exhibitions at the Student Gallery must be driven by a student or recent grads. No solo shows can be accommodated. The Selection Committee works to create a balanced program that reflects the diverse range of work produced across all programs at OCADU.

If you miss this submission period, there will be a second in the fall term!


An application must include the following:

  • A completed application form
  • An artist statement or exhibition proposal. Whether you apply as a group or as an individual, you must limit your written presentation to one page.
  • All proposals should be accompanied by visuals. This material should either document the actual work you propose toexhibit, or present work that will give the Selection Committee some understanding of your present and/or upcoming projects. You may submit a maximum of 10 hard-copy images or 5 minutes of time-based media. All images must be submitted as computer printouts or printed photographs. Time based media may be handed in on a CD, DVD or USB stick. No emailed material will be accepted, and please do not enclose original artwork. All visual documentation must be clearly labeled with the artist’s name and its medium, size, title and date etc. Your support materials will not be returned.
Venue & Address: 
Please send submissions to 52 McCaul Street OCAD U Student Gallery
416-977-6000 ex 262 or 263
Student Gallery Call For Submissions!

How to start your own gallery

Younger Than Beyonce is a new, nomadic, D.I.Y. gallery in Toronto for emergent and experimental art practices. It was started by OCAD U graduate studies alumni and demonstrates Toronto's contemporary art scene is fertile ground for grads to create opportunities. 

YTB founders Marjen Verstappen and Humboldt Magnussen, along with board member Genevieve Wallen, talk about their gallery:

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INVC Program sponsors ImagineNATIVE's artcrawl and ArctiC Noise exhibition

Friday, October 16, 2015 - 4:00am

Join art lovers on imagineNATIVE’s inspiring, insightful and entertaining Art Crawl of exhibitions and co-presentations with partners A Space Gallery, Trinity Square Video, VMAC Gallery and YYZ Artists’ Outlet in the historic 401 Richmond building. At each stop, engage with exhibition curators and attending artists and enjoy some of the best in contemporary Indigenous media art, commission and retrospectives. Snacks provided. Drinks available for purchase.

Reception begins at 5:00pm at A Space Gallery, with the first artist talk at 5:30pm.

Material Experiments, A Space Gallery, Suite 110, Reception: 5:00–7:00pm, Curator & Artist Talk: 5:30pm

Heather Rae: Photographs, A Space Gallery Windows, Hallway outside Suite 110, Artist Talk: 6:15pm

ARCTICNOISE, Trinity Square Video, Suite 376, Reception: 5:30–7:30pm, Curator & Artist Talk: 6:30pm

For This Land, Vtape/VMAC Gallery, Suite 452, Reception: 6:00–8:00pm, Curator & Artist Talk: 7:00pm (see pg # for full details)


YYZ Artists’ Outlet, Suite 140, Reception: 6:30–8:30pm, Curator & Artist Talk: 7:30pm

Featuring a special performance by Cheryl L’Hirondelle and Joseph Naytowhow at 8:00pm

From 15 Minutes into the Future: work by Karim Rashid

Rendering of a cross shaped vessel
Friday, November 9, 2007 - 11:00pm to Sunday, January 20, 2008 - 11:00pm

The OCAD Professional Gallery at the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) is pleased to present From 15 Minutes into the Future, an exhibition of work by internationally renowned designer Karim Rashid, from November 9, 2007 to January 20, 2008. The exhibition launches Friday, November 9, with an opening reception from 4 to 6 pm, followed by a free public lecture at 7 pm.

Karim Rashid is one of the most significant cultural shapers in the world today. He is a leading figure in the fields of product, interior design, fashion, furniture, lighting and art, known for his uncanny ability to visually describe our contemporary culture with his democratic design sensibility.

The OCAD Professional Gallery will showcase a selection of Rashid’s more than 2000 designed objects that have been put into production, as well as custom-designed ceiling and wall treatments created especially for the gallery and the exhibition.

Born in Cairo, half Egyptian, half English, and raised in Canada, Karim now practices in New York. Designing for an impressive array of clients from Alessi to Georg Jensen, Umbra to Prada, Miyake to Method, Rashid is radically changing the aesthetics of product design and the very nature of consumer culture. In addition to his many designed and produced products, Rashid has successfully entered the realm of architecture and interiors as evidenced by the design of the Morimoto restaurant in Philadelphia and Semiramis hotel in Athens, which won a Sleep05 European Hotel Design Award.

OCAD recognized Rashid’s extraordinary career with an Honorary Doctorate in 2006. Other awards include the 2005 Honorary Doctorate from Corcoran College, 2005 Pratt Legends Award, 2004 A.D. Dunton Alumni Award of Distinction from Carlton University’s Alumni Association, 2002 ID Magazine Annual Design Review Best of Category, and 2003 best Retail Store in the USA. His work is in the permanent collections of major museums around the world, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Rashid has taught at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, the Pratt Institute, Rhode Island School of Design, and OCAD, and is a frequent guest lecturer at universities and conferences globally. He has published several books; his most recent entitled Design Your Self is published by Regan Books.

From 15 Minutes into the Future: work by Karim Rashid
November 9, 2007 to January 20, 2008
Exhibition reception: Friday, November 9, 4 to 6 pm
Public Lecture (OCAD auditorium): Friday, November 9, 7 pm

Karim Rashid’s lecture is presented as part of the Faculty of Design’s lecture series, generously supported by M.C. McCain.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery: 100 McCaul, Level 2
416-977-6000, Ext. 456
Rendering of a cross shaped vessel