On Impact: Reception, Screening & Panel Discussion

On Impact
Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 11:00pm to Friday, December 2, 2016 - 1:00am

On Impact focuses on the recent work of The Impact Collective, OCAD U’s art and design social innovation project, and brings together a selection of new creative projects developed in partnership with a wide range of collaborators. Working with faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, as well as outside organizations, the work in this exhibition explores the potential - and limits - for influencing a cultural shift associated with creating meaningful change using the language(s) of art, design and media.
Featuring projects developed in collaboration with:


Event is FREE, all are welcome
Refreshments will be provided
Space is wheelchair accessible

OCAD U Student Gallery's closing reception for On Impact is from 6 to 8 p.m. on December 1 with a panel talk at 7pm.

Venue & Address: 
52 McCaul Street
On Impact

What happens when ‘90s show Art Attack meets real, working artists?

Still image of an actor costumed as a sculpted bust, Brandon Hackett, host of Art Works
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 4:00am

Art Works! is an online tv show parodying the beloved ‘90s British children’s television series Art Attack to humorously share the process of socially innovative Canadian artists working today. Created by Toronto-based art collective Madeleine Co. in partnership with OCAD University, and hosted by Toronto comedian and Second City performer Brandon Hackett, the project features artists Allyson Mitchell, Sean Martindale, and Dana Prieto showcasing their artworks. 

 Art Works! mixes the wholesome cheesiness of Art Attack with the surreal comedy of Adult Swim’s Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!. The show’s host, Toronto comedian and Second City performer Brandon Hackett, plays “The Head,” a talking sculpture who introduces the three featured artists and their friendly how-to guides on bringing artistic ideas to life. The video also features OCAD U students and alumni who discuss their processes. 

Artist and designer Sean Martindale, whose art interventions activate public spaces to encourage social engagement, shows us how to turn a city wall of poster ads into a garden of beautiful “Poster Pocket Plants”

Artist Dana Prieto bakes a unique batch of cupcakes to represent her complex cultural identity and "mestizaje", a spanish word for the process of mixing ancestries.

Watch the artists in action at www.artworks-show.com. Art Works! is commissioned by the Impact Collective www.impactcollective.ca, OCAD University’s art & design social innovation project. You can access images and gifs here.

Madeleine Co. is a Toronto-based art collective reimagining social issues through experiential storytelling and multimedia art. Projects include: Climate Talks commissioned by the Ryerson Image Centre, Creative Catalyst symposium on art and social change, internationally touring walking performance These are the People in Your Neighbourhood, and Let's Imagine Canada's Future commissioned by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Madeleine Co. has been featured in festivals such as Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, Luminato, and Art of the Danforth. Learn more about past projects at www.madeleineco.com


Community gathers to support Lifeline Syria

People standing by a podium
Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 4:45pm

November’s Lifeline Syria fundraiser and silent auction expressed OCAD University's efforts as part of the Lifeline Syria Challenge, in concert with our sister universities in the GTA. The event on November 27 involved an impressive 20 volunteers and 40 contributing artists, with a total of 50 works put up for auction.

More than a hundred students staff and faculty came together to share stories, enjoy a meal and raise awareness about the refugee crisis. They also raised money: approximately $3,000 over the course of four hours.

Several guests spoke at the event: Deanne Fisher, Associate Vice-President, Students; Professor Nabil Harfoush (who talked about his experiences as a Syrian immigrant to Canada); Martin Ginsherman, a resettlement volunteer, former refugee justice and the parent of an OCAD U student; and Pablo Munoz, an Industrial Design student who also donated a print for the auction.

The afternoon was made possible through the amazing efforts of the Impact Collective team, OCADSU and Jay Ginsherman, Bianca Channer, Sharene Shafie, Madison Leeson and Dana Prieto. A highlights for guests was the delicious curry, kibbeh, salad, sambusak, sweets and more prepared by a team of volunteer cooks that included: Nadia Zoobi Shafey, Najah El-Zoobi, Rima Hanbali, Mona Saab, Ghada Algabi, Amana Sanjakdar, Hanna Husamaldin, Mona Alkari, Fatoon Alkari, Radieh Moussa and Zarina Decambre.

Please visit ocadu.ca/syria to see how you can contribute!

MESH Exhibition

Poster for fundraising event
Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 12:00am to 4:00am

Come and support OCAD U's fundraiser for Syrian refugees! Enjoy music, drinks and art - All proceeds going to Lifeline Syria. If you can't make it in person, please show your support through an online donation.

Presented in conjunction with the OCAD University Lifeline Syria Challenge and Impact Collective, OCAD U's social innovation project. #MESHFORCHANGE

Venue & Address: 
49 McCaul St., Toronto