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Monday, January 22, 2018 - 10:00am to Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 6:00pm

Wandering Ground: Finding Paths

The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation Global Experience Project

OCAD University

Monday, January 22 to Saturday, January 27, 2018

OCAD University, Ada Slaight Gallery, 100 McCaul St., second floor, Toronto, ON.

Exhibition opening: Wednesday, January 24, 8 p.m.

Panel discussion: Friday, January 26, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Wandering Ground is a multi-disciplinary exhibition exploring social identity through anecdotal histories, diaspora and metaphor. From hysterical modernization to pop culture activism, the works within the exhibition look closely at coping mechanisms and the dream worlds that mirror dangerous power structures. 

The works in this exhibition were created by student artists in the inaugural Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation Global Experience Project  ̶  a trailblazing initiative designed to explore and build Canada’s prominence in global communities of art and culture. Launched in 2016, the project was established to bring leading international artists to OCAD U while providing a unique opportunity for OCAD U students to travel abroad over the next five years. Each four-to-six-week artist residency at OCAD U is followed by a reciprocal visit by selected students to the artist’s home community. In 2017, during the inaugural year, OCAD U hosted the renowned artist Isaac Julien, culminating in experiences in Toronto, Buffalo, New York, and London, England. 

Artists: Aaron Moore, Yuling Chen, Justyna Werbel & leaf jerlefia

This exhibition is presented with the generous support of the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation.

PANEL DISCUSSION: Friday, January 26, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. 
Artists: Aaron Moore, Yuling Chen, Justyna Werbel & leaf jerlifa

Monday, January 22 to Saturday, January 27, 2018

Generously supported by the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation.



Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, Ada Slaight Gallery 100 McCaul St., Second floor, Toronto, ON

Inaugural Global Experience Project takes off!

Group photo of students with Isaac Julien, Sara Diamond and Carol Weinbaum
Thursday, February 9, 2017

OCAD University is launching a trailblazing international initiative, bent on elevating Canada’s prominence in the global communities of art and culture. The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation Global Experience Project (GEP) will bring leading international artists to Toronto for a significant residency at OCAD U over the next five years. The GEP will connect selected students with the visiting artists and notable scholars, on campus and abroad.

“We are thrilled beyond words to realize the launch of the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation Global Experience Project,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor, OCAD University. “The opportunity to interact closely with ground-breaking international artists will shape the learning experience for OCAD U students in a way that no classroom ever could, and heighten international awareness of Toronto as a vibrant contemporary art community.”

For GEP’s inaugural year, OCAD U is hosting the renowned Isaac Julien as its artist-in-residence. A London-based filmmaker and video installation artist, Julien is working with five students who have access to the behind-the-scenes installation of his current show at the Royal Ontario Museum (Isaac Julien: Other Destinies, now on until April 23, 2017) and will participate in events involving the artist and his work, including the upcoming Images Festival, which will screen Who Killed Colin Roach? and Territories.

As part of his residency, which extends until the end of March, Julien will engage with students and the arts community through lectures, screenings and discussions. In May, GEP students will travel to London, England to spend time with Julien in his studio and learn about his process. The students will continue to develop their own projects with Julien’s feedback and critical perspective on their work, while immersed in London’s arts community.

 About The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation Global Experience Project

In residence at OCAD U for a period of five to six weeks, each year’s visiting artist will commit to open studio hours where students can engage informally with the resident.  The artist will collaborate in faculty-led classes, conduct public presentations, create art and engage with the broader community through exhibition and/or artistic research.

While visiting the resident artist’s home community abroad, students and faculty will have the opportunity to engage with the local art community and gain exposure to a broader, international artistic network. Depending upon the resident artist’s medium of choice, the students’ work abroad could take various forms: as in-situ art projects, gallery and studio assistance, entrepreneurial activity, research projects, community projects, artist visits and more.

Global Experience Project students will be selected through a rigorous process of faculty review based upon portfolio, grades and a formal proposal.

Introducing this year’s GEP students:  Yuling Chen, Aylan Couchie, leaf jerlefia, Aaron Moore, Justyna Werbel.

“These young artists are being given a chance to build a diverse international network that will continue to influence their development long after they leave OCAD University,” said Carol Weinbaum of the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation. “We are very honoured to play a part in the development of Canada’s next generation of emerging artists.”

“The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation has been a supporter of OCAD University for nearly 15 years,” said Diamond. “We are extremely grateful for its longstanding commitment to OCAD U and continued investment in the Canadian art landscape.”

You can find more on GEP on the OCAD U website and social media:

Facebook (Global Experience Project)
Twitter (GlobalXProject)
Instagram (@globalxproject)


Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 4:00am to Friday, November 4, 2016 - 8:00pm


The Global Experience Project is a 0.5 credit, independent study which will run during the winter-term in 2017. The GEP course will be led by Paulette Phillips and Derek Liddington featuring UK artist Isaac Julien. Known for his politically groundbreaking work in film, video and installation, this class will examine Isaac’s poetic investigation into history, space, place and self.

Successful students will come together to creatively respond to the themes resonant in Isaac’s work, will gain access to the behind the scenes installation of his upcoming show at the ROM, attend events related to Isaac’s work in Toronto and his Images Festival Screening and travel to Isaac’s studio in London, UK.

We are looking for applications from upper year students in their 3rd, 4th year of study as well as graduate students. Please email your completed applications to dliddington@ocadu.ca with subject line “Global Experience Project Application”

Applications must include:

An artist statement that outlines the primary themes in your work, your current research interests, and a brief statement of outlining your interest this experience.

3-5 images of recent work (the year of last study) that could relate to this Global Experience Project.

The deadline for applications to take this course is 4pm on Friday, November 4th.

Special thanks to the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation


Venue & Address: 
poster photo with text details of the project