Polymers in Action: Art Making with Waste Plastics Workshops

Monday, January 12, 2015 - 5:45pm

Led by Vicki Clough, MFA Criticism and Curatorial Practice 

All students and faculty are invited to take part in the following workshops— "Polymers in Action: Art Making with Waste Plastic". They are an integral part of a graduate research project on the creative and art-making and community building possibilities that can be achieved when using recyclable plastic materials as the primary medium. The aim is to engage with important environmental issues regarding waste plastics and ethical disposal methods.

A presentation and critical discussion about environmental stewardship through art-making will allow participants to learn about similar existing artistic practices that can then be adapted into the practical workshop section. Feedback and idea sharing will be extremely valuable to this platform and both are encouraged to enrich the experience for all involved.

All artists and makers who attend these sessions may be invited to attend an interview prior to and following the events. 

An online community of socially and environmentally conscious art-makers will be established with interested attendees and all work produced during this investigation will be exhibited on a website, to be launched in March 2015. 


Spaces are limited to 25 per session.

For more information, please contact Vicki Clough via the Eventbrite registration page. 


30th Annual Book Arts Fair

Saturday, November 29, 2014 - 3:00pm to 10:00pm

OCAD University’s printmaking department presents the 30th annual Book Arts Fair. Come and browse the uniquely handmade and crafted works by many book artists, printmakers, artists, small publishers, students, professional artists, papermakers and printmaking suppliers.

This is a fundraiser! The money raised by donation and raffle tickets goes to the upcoming year’s students awards and initiatives in the OCAD Printmaking Department. Suggested donation of $5.00 (or more!) 

Many thanks to ABOVEGROUND, for their support of this event.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Great Hall 100 McCaul St.
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Toronto Wearables Meetup 30

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Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 12:00am to 2:00am

The Toronto Wearables Meetup is a monthly lecture series and gathering of people interested in wearable technology, fashion, wearable electronics, soft circuits, electronic textiles, emerging materials, and other creative and innovative approaches to things that live on the body. This Meetup is a gathering for artists, fashion designers, industrial designers, textile enthusiasts, engineers, researchers, students, and anyone interested in these emerging and intersecting fields.

AmpGear, Rickee Charbonneau, OCADU Masters Candidate

AmpGear is a 3D printed prosthetic hand with interchangeable attachments. It aims to completely shift the paradigm of limb replacement from the current, strictly bound, and nearly obsessive aim to replicate hand function, towards an open discourse of prostheses as accessory tools. This project involves the use of 3D printing technology to allow for the prosthetic hand and its attachments to be quickly and cheaply printed at home with a desktop 3D printer, such as the Makerbot, or through a local 3D printing service.

Rickee Charbonneau is a recent graduate of the Digital Futures undergraduate program at OCAD U. As a digital media designer, Rickee is especially interested in the use of new and upcoming technologies (ie. 3D printing, wearable technology, game design) to creatively solve challenges.  As a student in the Inclusive Design masters program at OCAD U, Rickee’s current research interest is in eHealth and mHealth applications and how they can be inclusively designed to be more broadly adopted by users.

Peak Skis, Ken Leung of Normative

Peak Skis is an R&D project at Normative focussing on the development of sensor-enhanced, network-ready skis capable of measuring various aspects of the skier’s performance. Ken will discuss the experience of developing both the physical ski prototypes and an accompanying mobile app for skiers, as well as the challenges around designing software which networks with sensor-enabled devices — such as determining what data is most meaningful to measure, how to integrate mobile app design with hardware design, and designing an experience that is ambient and seamless.

Ken is a multidisciplinary designer from Toronto with a passion for creating meaningful interactive experiences across a variety of mediums: from web and mobile software, to smart environments, wearable tech, and physical computing. He has worked for over 8 years as both a designer and software developer in a variety of corporate, healthcare, and academic research environments. He also studied Industrial Design and Digital Media at OCAD University, and holds a Psychology degree from the University of Toronto.  Ken currently works as an interaction designer at Normative, in Toronto.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Graduate Building, Social Body Lab 2015 Richmond St. W. Room 7401, 4th Floor

Design With Dialogue

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 11:00pm to Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 2:00am


Involving the Whole Person Within Community Dialogue

How might action methods and dramatic expression be applied to help groups build relationships, gain understanding and develop trust?

One of the more pressing demands of civic engagement and community building is to provide ways for members to personally relate and commit to deeper conversations. Where this is possible, we can move beyond engagement and toward building systemic insights that can support behavior change, community-driven innovative and development.

This DwD workshop offers a way to learn and discover for yourself:

  • How group drama approaches can build community trust and release communication barriers.
  • Experience the co-creation of narratives that help gain understanding of different perspectives and social landscapes.
  • Experience making meaning using a simple, yet powerful, Action Sociometry process
  • How to express ideas and explore themes of interest using dramatic methods
  • Gain a brief overview of how ADCID works with these types of approaches within larger, complex, multi-disciplinary project configurations.

Through years of practice in international development and collaborating with local community-based organizations, Stephen Sillett of ADCID has been working with these aims in mind. Through long-term projects, Stephen has helped shift the relationships and dynamics that local community-based organisations have with the marginalised communities they serve, in Africa and Canada.

Stephen will present a taster of group exploration with a focus on Action Sociometry methods and dramatic approaches where individuals and groups engage in non-verbal reflective inquiry. For this session participants will explore a field of strategic action that they can connect to personally.

For more information – the innovative use of mood drawings to unpack body images(PDF)

A video of drama activity being worked on by members of the Zisize Drama Group around the theme of Love and Protection, This shows some deep, silent, engagement by the local team around an emotional image.

About the Host

Stephen Sillett is co-executive director of Aiding Dramatic Change in Development(ADCID), and helps the organization research, facilitate and direct dialogue, drama and art processes for healing and community development. Through ADCID projects and in partnership with other social actors, he is exploring approaches that engage community members in conversations, consciously orientated to maturing visions of the future. Research interests include the facilitation of non-verbal and spatial meaning-making practices within group workshop and the creation of interactive performance. He directs InFusion Labs where theatre artists, therapists, scientists and social practitioners explore spatial approaches to exploration and discovery.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD Univesity 100 McCaul St.

Portfolio Reviews [at] Onsite

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Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Flash Forward 10: Uncanny Worlds special event.

Portfolio Reviews with Patrick Macaulay, Director, Visual Arts, Harbourfront Centre; Nicholas Pye, artist; and Meeramargaret Singh artist. With a Sharing Table facilitated by, April Hickox and Jennifer Long.

Open to emerging and mid-career photographers with a cohesive body of work. Space is limited. Please email onsite@ocadu.ca for details.

Onsite [at] OCAD University
230 Richmond St. W.
Toronto, Ont.

Presented by Onsite [at] OCAD U and OCAD University Alumni Relations in partnership with TD Bank Group and The Magenta Foundation.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite [at] OCAD 230 Richmond Street West Toronto, Ontario

Beyond our Roots 2014

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 4:00am to Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 4:00am


Opening: October 16, 6 to 10 p.m.

Artist Talk: October 18, 2 to 4 p.m.

The Beyond our Roots 2014 Visual Arts Exhibition is a contemporary multi-disciplinary Visual Arts Exhibition presented by the Latino Canadian Cultural Association that shows the fusion between the different cultures and roots of the Latin American and artists from other parts of the World and the influence of the multicultural society where they work and reside. The artists' starting point is their own cultural background and experiences, going through the discovery first, and then the sharing of other cultures, to finally, develop and transform them into a new and original product.


Co-Curated by Alejandro Freeland and Hugo Ares


Born in Buenos Aires. Freeland established himself as an artist in Toronto. He is the executive director of Latino Canadian Cultural Association. Freeland received his formal training in photography, film and video at the Ontario College of Art & Design. During the past few years, Alejandro has been programming and curating for different festivals and visual arts exhibitions including: "Latin-Afro Fest II" (2008), "Latin-Afro-First Nations Festival", "Latin-Afro-South Asian Festival" (2010) and "Rhythms of the Earth Festival" (2011). He has showed his work in several contemporary art events in Canada and abroad such as: Light Bringers Art Show (Collective) at Gallery 1313, Alter Toronto (Collective) in collaboration with Georgeta Marcus at Gallery 1313, Beyond our Roots (Collective) at Gallery 61, EBB & FLOW (Collective) at Gallery 1313, AlucinArte (Collective) at Gallery 1313, Gothic Buenos Aires, with painter Gustavo Ferreira, at Danish church, Buenos Aires, Argentina and Latin American Group(Collective) at OCAD.



Hugo is an independent visual art curator, programmer and art administrator based in Toronto, Canada. I completed my degree in Multimedia Arts at the National Institute of Art, at the University of Buenos Aires City and a Post-degree in Visual and Critical Studies at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). I have been working as a curator, and programmer and art manager for artist-run centres, arts collectives and cultural associations like: Espacio Ecléctico; Southern Currents Film and Video Collective, aluCine–Toronto Latin Media Arts Festival, "Digital Event" by -e-fagia-Visual & Media Art Organization; and ArtsXplosion Cultural Society.



www.gildamonreal.blogspot.com / www.essenciartcollective.com

I carry in my blood legends that echo passionate love, unity, terror, loss and hope. I have in my blood the stories that my mother and father shared with me about their home, about their lives, about why I am here and not there. I have in my blood, in my voice, and in my gaze, our stories of survival. I have in my blood the beautiful colours of this land. And here I am, with my feet standing firmly on Canadian soil, while my hair dances along with Andean winds. To those southern winds that knot my hair, I thank you for your truths and for your folklore. It is with your truths and your folklore that I have become this woman. I am a Canadian Chilean storyteller, multidisciplinary artist, community builder, and strong believer in equalitarian values. I am the living dualities, contrasts and contradictions that exist between the North and the South. I wish to create atmospheres that will transcend viewers into a world of magical realism. By creating stories, characters and new worlds I take them on a dark and mysterious voyage, where different thresholds of meaning and value systems can be explored. The various mediums I work with include: video, performance, writing, sound, costume making, puppetry, muralism, graffiti, street art, and installation. My artistic work speaks through these various mediums to create spaces that question the truths and beliefs that surround me; their subtleties, and the boundaries of their generally assumed connotations. There are questions that must be asked, so that we do not take for granted where we came from, and so that we know where we are headed. It is a responsibility, a privilege and a gift to question this vast and ever changing reality.



For over 20 years she has been a Notorious Deluge of Paintings and Illustration that often conspicuously feature a rag tag cast of young Misfits rockers Oddballs and cute Monsters and obsessive love to detail modified physiques. Operating a busy art studio, showing in galleries and selling at the Art Fairs of Toronto since 2009, born in Ottawa she has also left her mark on New Orleans Montreal Ottawa and SF/Oakland. Her work is sold at a number of Galleries in Toronto and around the Continent. Her work has been featured at Ryerson University 2014, contemporary pop art factory SuperWonderGallery 2012-2014, The Gladstone Hotel 2013, Gallery Videofag 2013, Morgan Page's and Michael Mackid's Projects at Buddies in Bad Times 2012, Come As You Are 2011, and Unit2 2011. From 2005 to 2008 she founded and administered the Termite & Vine Artist's and Musicians Homesteaders Studio Collective Co-operative Association in New Orleans Louisiana and was Collected and Shown by Barristers Gallery. Trained in parade float construction by Julian Schnable from Royal Floats, she has Moonlighted a tech for giant group sculpture performance projects including Rockaway Armada 2007, The Cult of The Little Lambs Trash Noise Rock Band 2008. See her Portraits of North American Traveling Strippers and Punk Rock Freight Train Culture, 91 foot longCommissioned Historical Mural for the Church Wellesley Village/ World Pride 2014, 11 foot wide triptych depicting a "Window Girl" fight in Amsterdam, and work with Bipolarbear Productions Animated Cartoons on her Epicly Enormous Website.


Born in Mexico City in 1971, I was always preoccupied with drawing and painting. I grew up as an only child within an abusive but artistic family. I was a very solitary, odd and curious girl and painting was not only my escape but also the only way in which I gained some attention and recognition. I confronted my emotional situation through art. I was told that I had that gift and spent my childhood and early adolescence always trying to be close to artistic forms, whether it was an alternative movie or an art book or a painting show. In 1988, being only 17 years old, I formally started my inception into the Arts participating in the now extinct counter-culture performance group "El Sindicato del Terror" (The Syndicate of Terror) and a few months later opening an underground art gallery "El Ghetto". Some of the artists I curated at the time are now well known and respected - such as Francis Alÿs, Nahum Zenil, Alejandro Arango, Adolfo Patiño, etc. After three years of University level Communications studies in Mexico City, I moved by myself to Toronto and applied to the Ontario College of Art (now ODADU) with my drawings and paintings and was accepted. Originally, I wanted to pursue a painting career but became fascinated with Toronto's flourishing cyber culture of the 90´s. So I joined the Integrated Media program earning my Honours Diploma in Fine Arts four years later. In 1999 I received a grant and completed a Masters program in Barcelona in Digital Arts. I have just received a grant by the OAC to produce first documentary and I enjoy sporadically making my own experimental videos and working in collaboration with other artists. After all these years I decided to return to OCADU to complete my degree and obtain a BFA. Further, after all these years the experience of being back in a creative environment stirred in me the desire to accomplish what originally inspired me to study Art but that I never did: painting. Subsequently, I am currently entering my second career as a painter under the mentorship of two Toronto based professional painters. These are some of my first paintings, arising purely from the core of my naivety and my lack of style or experience. They are the beginning of an exploration of multiple layers of interest and self-expression and the beginning of a much-desired personal journey.


Jennifer Humphries won first place in the Toronto-wide Graphix Art Competition Scholarship in 1992. She then graduated from OCADs' 4-year Drawing & Painting program and has an upcoming solo exhibition entitled "The Shining Series." Jennifer also paints commissioned portraits, often of client's dogs. The paintings in this show capture iconic villains taken from stills in classic horror films. By delving into the paradoxes of existence both terrible and beautiful, powerful, yet sublime, these three paintings centre around the philosophy of Nietzsche's concepts of evil, the will to power, the necessary destruction and overcoming before creation and the affirmation of life in the face of great suffering. This body of work also addresses one of the unique features of our time, the domination of the screen, be it a television, Smartphone or computer. All three images have been painted directly "from the non-life" of a television screen reflecting both the isolating factor of a viewer removed from the characters and drama on the screen and the replacement of direct contact with a virtual reality, which has become not only a replacement for reality, but also a main factor of today's reality itself.


www.aramika7ra.blogspot.ca / www.zorachk.wix.com/aramika

Aramika Kliavin, was born in Eastern Europe, Belarus, is a Toronto based contemporary visual artist and sculptor. She received her BFA in Fine arts at OCAD University in 2012. In her work she employs traditional European techniques and ongoing western traditions and concepts. Presently Aramika exhibits around Toronto and does public commissions, as well as artworks for private collectors. I create conceptual, at times surrealistic artwork that captures the essence of my imagination. I combine traditional European techniques in new and innovative ways. I approach my work with a unique perspective that takes into account your needs and your individual style. My style and technique are broad and flexible, developed over years of training and experience.


Rosa Mindreau is a Toronto-based visual artist. A graduate of the Art Institute of Toronto, and she will be soon to be graduate at Toronto School of Art, Rosa specializes in multiple forms of printmaking such as Screen-printing, Block Printing and Etching. She also creates mixed media pieces that range from 2D to 3D, with elements of encaustic and acrylic painting, screen-printing, found objects and collage. She has exhibited and sold work widely across the city including at the Artist Project, Queen West Art Crawl, The Gladstone (as part of Come Up To My Room), North by Northeast, Whippersnapper Gallery, AWOL Gallery, and many others. Rosa is dedicated to alternative and accessible learning opportunities for emerging artists. She has conducted printmaking workshops at her own studio, as well as at PARC (a drop-in centre in Parkdale), Queen West Community Health Centre, Pathways to Education (in Rexdale), and Sketch Working Arts. She avidly supports social justice and grassroots community endeavors—Rosa has donated original artwork for exhibitions and auctions to support Sketch Working Arts, the United Way, and GBLGay Youthline, among others. Her work has been featured in the Toronto Star and online art forums.

Gomo George is a multi-disciplinary artist and writer who immigrated to Canada in the mid 1970's from Dominica. His academic achievements include a B.F.A. from The University of Manitoba and a M.F.A. from the University of Western Ontario. Gomo has shown his work in group and solo exhibitions in galleries across Canada for more than two decades. Gomo has worked as an art instructor (Red River College 1982-83, University of Western Ontario 1995-7), storyteller, and artists in the schools and in community settings as a counselor and program coordinator. Gomo has received grants from the Manitoba Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. The author/initiator of several developmental projects in the arts, notably curator of landmark exhibition X-Position 1983, the Project "Positive Manoeuvres" a African Canadian visual arts festival, and "The Last Stop" projects bearing the objective of promoting African Canadian Art and Artists. Gomo also founded and directed ColoLux Studios the first and only Alternative Art Gallery run by African Canadian artist, 1984-1987. Gomo's work is represented in various collections including the Canada Council Art Bank.



I am originally from South Wales in the UK. South Wales is a beautiful part of the world which I feel privileged to have grown up in and taken inspiration from. The Welsh are proud and passionate people. We're certainly not afraid to show our feelings. Most of my artwork represents mood and emotion. I often translate my feelings through eccentric colour palettes, but lately have been drawn to using textured white surfaces. All of my art creations have been created to catch the light and have impact. You will also notice that all of them of them use the colour black, which I think echoes the dark moods that often haunt me. I have always been one to wear my feelings on my sleeve, so recording my feelings on canvass was a natural step forward for me. Apart from a few key phrases to describe the theme of each painting, I always avoid giving away too much information. It really is half the enjoyment looking at a piece of art and finding your own interpretation. My piece "Lost" is about the re-occurring dream. Trying so hard to get back to you.



Static Flow is an opportunity for me to showcase the images that I collect and compose on my day to day. They are reminders of the many wonders that surround us all the time, everywhere, and also of the possibilities of what the ordinary can become when you look through the window of your imagination. These images are a sampling of the work that I have done so far. I hope you enjoy them and come back soon as I will be updating the site from time to time. Please visit Static Flow Imaging on Facebook at and if you see something that you like please press the "like" icon or leave a comment.



John Nobrega is a Toronto-based artist best known for accomplished figurative paintings that engage with art- historical imagery. In recent years he has focused increasingly on drawing and video projects. He has been exhibited widely and is featured in several public collections, including the Agnes Etherington Art Centre in Kingston. He is represented in Toronto by the Edward Day gallery.




Carolina Favale paints under the pseudonym “Cuore” and is one of the most inspirational street artists working in Buenos Aires. Her murals stand out for their striking characters, vivid colours, beautiful compositions and powerful imagery. Beneath the surface there is also deep thought, care and sensitivity behind her creations. Her art also mirrors elements that have touched her own life as well as the world around her and draws inspiration from personal journeys, experiences, relationships and moments of introspection and reflection.
Carolina studied Fine Art at the Antonio Berni School of Visual Arts in San Martín, Buenos Aires, graduating with an honours degree while also specializing in engraving. And her influences come from painters such as Mark Rothko, Antoni Tapies, Anselm Kieffer and Egon Schiele, and she points to Interesni Kazki (Ukraine), Herbert Baglione (Brazil), Kenor (Spain) and Inti (Chile) as some of the street artists whose work she admires most. Despite only starting to paint regularly in the street two years ago under the name “Cuore”, She has painted more than 20 murals in her home town and is now painting outside almost every week. “I was a painter before becoming a street artist and I was working with images and concepts a long time ago,” Carolina reveals. “I think that art should be a way to connect with other people and to help us think about who we are and it should carry a message.”




Faisal Anwar is a digital media artist/ interactive producer / UI/UX expert (Toronto/ Pakistan). He is founder of an interactive art studio, DigitalDip and Co-founder Me A Monster Inc. His project series, Oddspaces, brings together art, culture and technology in an odd configuration to explore our perceptions towards architectural space, private or public spaces and social interactivity in modern urban cultures. He has shown at the Winter Olympics 2010, and performed nationally and internationally. He has directed five other sort films which were part of various festivals in Canada and abroad, such as Monitor 3 South Asian Film and Video' presented by SAVAC Toronto, 2007, 'Pollution' presented by INTERart, Romania, 2007, aluCine Toronto Latin Festival, 2007, Shortsnonstop.com and at TPW Gallery Toronto, 2007. Anwar is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre's Habitat-LAB, Interactive Arts and Entertainment Program 2004, Anwar did his Bachelors in graphic design from the National College of Arts Pakistan 1996. Faisal volunteered on the Programming Committee of SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre) and taught part time at Centennial College. 

Venue & Address: 
Gallery 1313 1313 Queen St. W.

Toronto Wearables Meetup 27

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 11:00pm to Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 1:00am

OCAD University’s Imagination Catalyst and the Social Body Lab

This final meetup of the 2013-2014 academic year will feature a series of OCADU wearable tech projects from the Imagination Catalyst and the Social Body Lab. Projects include Loretta Faveri’s SoMo , a wireless wearable sensor board developed for dancers; Robert Tu’s MeU, a smartphone-controlled, flexible LED display; Mike Vaughan’s Lynxio, a knee brace that transmits wireless data on corrective body positioning to a physiotherapist; and a series of conceptual wearable projects developed by the research team in OCAD U’s Social Body Lab over the past year: a hood that deploys itself with a shoulder shrug; a wearable body compass that warms in the direction of “home”; and expansive shoulder pads actuated by muscle flexion.

Venue & Address: 
4th Floor, Room 7401 205 Richmond Street West Toronto, Ontario

sMarch- Bio-Circle Demonstration in Metal Shop

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Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 5:00pm to 5:30pm

sMarch- Bio-Circle Demonstration in Metal Shop

Visit the Metal Shop (Room 123) for a demonstration of Bio-Circle. Bio-Circle is a self contained bio-remediation unit used to clean oils with microbes in the Metal Shop. This event is part of sMarch.

Venue & Address: 
Room 123 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario

Interview Skills Drop-In Clinic

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Analyze and improve your interview-readiness!

Students are invited to drop in and meet one-on-one with representatives from Career Development and Experiential Learning, who will practice interview techniques with you and walk you through a reflection on the results.

Get the immediate help you're seeking, whether you're considering employment this summer or opportunities after graduation! Every student will be provided with additional take-away resources for later use.

Venue & Address: 
Room 1516, Level 5 113 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario
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Time Management Workshop

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Learn new strategies to organize your time and work.

The organizing of your time, energy and resources is an important part of student life. In this workshop, we will engage in hands-on activities to help you set realistic goals, gain insight into your personal work style, manage your stress and develop a personal schedule.

Venue & Address: 
Room 1512, Level 5 113 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario
<p>416-977-6000, ext 229</p>