Implications: Emma Harrison, Allison MacPhail, and Ayala Reznik

artwork with makeup wipes, embroidery and beading
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 10:00am to Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 5:00pm

Implications is an exhibition that will display a collection of artworks by Emma Harrison, Allison MacPhail, and Ayala Reznik.

Reception and exhibition will be held at Beaver Hall Gallery at 29 McCaul Street. The opening will take place Thursday March 15th from 6-9 PM. Come hang with us, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. 

The full exhibition will run from March 14th-24th
The gallery is open Wednesday - Saturday from 12 PM - 5 PM

Featuring Artists:

Allison MacPhail- My work revolves around being an activist within your community. Preventing the normalization of abuse within the service industry is what I have chosen to examine in detail within this body of work. We all go through it so now lets fight against it! Using craft methods and mutual experience I attempt to start a conversation to build community driven resistance for these important issues.

Ayala Reznik- Born and raised in Israel, Ayala is a Toronto-based sculptor and multi-media artist whose recent work has explored representation of the female body, particularly through the aesthetics of the Paleolithic and Neolithic eras, and its contemporary relevance in considering issues and representations of abuse, trauma, and healing.
She has developed her understanding of this theme through sculpture and installation, performance art, and photography, and through this work has come to understand the profound and meaningful continuity between prehistoric representations of women's bodies and self-representations of female bodies today.
To view her work please visit-

This exhibition is part of the 2018 Sculpture/ Installation Undergraduate Thesis Exhibition Series, Spaces Like That, being held from March 1 to April 22, 2018. It has been made possible by the generous support of the Nora Vaughan Bequest to OCAD University’s Sculpture/ Installation Program and the University’s Faculty of Art Innovation Fund.


OCAD University's Sculpture/Installation Program— in collaboration with Abbozzo Gallery, Beaver Hall Gallery, Coldstream Fine Art, Gallery 1313 and Lonsdale Gallery— is pleased to announce the 2018 Sculpture/Installation Thesis Exhibitions series titled Spaces Like That, taking place from March 1 to April 22, 2018. This series of twelve exhibitions will feature the multi-media artworks of 4th-year students in professional Toronto galleries. It has been made possible by the generous support of the Nora Vaughan Bequest to the Sculpture/Installation Program and of the Faculty of Art Innovation Fund.

Venue & Address: 
Beaver Hall Gallery 29 McCaul Street Toronto, ON
figurative sculpture work
artwork with rags and embroidery
images of primative figurative sculpture works
exhibition poster
exhibition poster

Action Research & Knowledge Transfer Project: The Futures of Canadian Identities

This action research project had an explicit focus on co-creating and sharing generated knowledge and an experiential knowledge-transfer orientation, operating at multiple levels: Integrated team, buddy system between individual team members, workshops and active participation in design, analysis and conclusions. The experiential learning used a strategic foresight investigation of the futures of Canadian identities, which allowed the practice of various elements of the complexity toolkit.


1. How might we improve Canadian Heritage (PCH)'s capabilities to engage in the increasingly complex issues facing it?
2. How might PCH be better prepared for the possible evolutions of Canadian identities?


1. Provide PCH with a sound methodological approach – action research – in relation to the ways in which knowledge-sharing, -generation and -transfer are achieved.
2. Provide guidance to develop internal capacity related to ways to:
       • Reframe the chosen problem through the development of multiple futures;
       • Identify key challenges, insights and intervention points through an assessment of implications across these multiple futures; and importantly,
       • Use new, participatory and collaborative problem-solving approaches to deploy such insights and to inform and influence systems change that can improve PCH agility and resilience in the face of inevitable challenges associated with the emergent future.


To provide experiential learning of a number of complexity tools, a framework was needed that offered enough complexity to provide opportunities for using the various tools of the toolkit. Strategic Foresight offers such a wide framework.

The topic for the foresight investigation was selected such that it presented a topic directly related to the mandate of PCH, which enhances interest and incentive to pursue the topic itself rather than focusing on individual tools and their concepts.

The introduction of multiple futures and identities, was challenging enough to the established orthodoxy to reduce boredom and raise curiosity and engagement throughout the project.

The foresight investigation followed a modified 2x2 matrix method incorporating the participatory elements specific to the foresight practice at OCAD University.

In addition to the transfer of knowledge and capacity building, the project yielded 268 relevant signals of changes, a set of 14 trends, and an analysis of 12 underlying drivers. It also uncovered the top critical uncertain drivers for the PCH team and built 4 scenarios using the top two such uncertainties. Using the scenarios, a rich list of implications and a set of strategic perspectives were developed to assist the MTP process in articulating policies and strategies. 


One of the results from this project is that PCH hired 5 SFI students to look in more detail at process for embedding artists in policy development processes. This new project builds partially on the final report of this project. The PI of this project has been invited to be a member of the Steering Committee of the new project.
All artefacts of the foresight process as well as the final report are property of PCH, who can decide what to release publicly and when.

The following video was developed by PCH during the workshops conducted and was distributed to all workshop participants in English and French:

L’avenir des identités canadiennes (Français)
The Future of Canadian Identities (English)

Photo of Join Team at Workshop #1
Photo of Joint Team during break at Workshop #1
Monday, September 25, 2017 - 11:15am
Lab Member: 
Nabil Harfoush
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