Family Kit: Among All These Tundras

Among All These Tundras family kit
Friday, November 1, 2019 - 11:45am

Onsite Gallery, OCAD University is happy to offer a free interactive guide for families and young visitors to creatively engage with our current contemporary art exhibition, ᐊᕙᑖᓂᑦ ᑕᒪᐃᓐᓂᑦ ᓄᓇᑐᐃᓐᓇᓂᑦ / Among All These Tundras.

What is the family kit?

The family kit is a self-guided tour designed for families or younger visitors. It contains questions and activities to help younger audiences engage with the artwork within the exhibition.

The family kit has:

  1. Activity cards that includes questions and activities organized by artwork. It consists of three parts:
    1. Something to think about…
      This section has questions that encourages viewers to have a closer look at the artwork in order to help them engage with the main ideas proposed by the artwork. Great for any age 3 years+.
    2. Activity (each has its own name)
      These are didactic activities thought to stimulate the use of diverse senses as well as the imagination of the young visitors and their companions.
    3. Let’s continue the discussion!
      Questions with a higher level of complexity. They are meant for a teen audience and those that are critical-thinking oriented.
  2. Family kit (the box) with diverse materials that are provided for the activities.


Intended audiences

  • Children from 3 years +, but toddlers may also join the fun
  • Teenagers
  • Their companions and/or caregivers

How to access the family kit
Simply visit Onsite Gallery (199 Richmond St. West) and ask for the family kit at the front desk.

The family kit was created by Karina Roman Justo and activity cards designed by Ghislan Timm.


Among All These Tundras, a title taken from the poem ‘My Home Is in My Heart’ by famed Sámi writer Nils-Aslak Valkeapää, features contemporary art by Indigenous artists from around the circumpolar world. Together, their works politically and poetically express current Arctic concerns towards land, language, sovereignty and resurgence. Artists from throughout the circumpolar north share kinship with each other and their ancestors, love for their homelands, and respect for the land and its inhabitants. Yet they also share histories of colonialism and experience its ongoing legacies and are united in their desire to protect northern ecologies, languages, peoples and knowledge from the nefarious effects of climate change, encroaching industry and competition. These resistance efforts do not merely express, they give shape to a collective ecology of care, a “decolonial love” (in the words of Leanne Simpson and others) that is both generous and generative. These works invite viewers to contemplate relationships between textual and embodied Indigenous knowledges, innovation and sustainability, humour and resilience, and our collective responsibility to northern life and land. The exhibition publication is available online here.

Onsite Gallery is the flagship professional gallery of OCAD U and an experimental curatorial platform for art, design and new media. Visit our website for upcoming public events. The gallery is located at 199 Richmond St. W, Toronto, ON, M5V 0H4. Telephone: 416-977-6000, ext. 265. Opening hours are: Wednesdays to Fridays from noon to 7 p.m.; Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. Free admission.

Onsite Gallery: Call for OCAD U Faculty of Art Students

Onsite Gallery is currently recruiting an OCAD U student who is currently enrolled in the Faculty of Art to participate as a member of the gallery’s Advisory Programming Committee. The member will attend and participate in biannual committee meetings.

Onsite Gallery: Call for OCAD U Faculty of Art Students

raise a flag: works from the Indigenous Art Collection
Friday, November 1, 2019 - 9:45am

Call to: OCAD University Faculty of Art Students

Position: Member on Onsite Gallery’s Advisory Programming Committee

Onsite Gallery is currently recruiting an OCAD U student who is currently enrolled in the Faculty of Art to participate as a member of the gallery’s Advisory Programming Committee. The member will attend and participate in biannual committee meetings.

Onsite Gallery’s Advisory Programming Committee

Purpose and Role:

  • The committee is a component of the internal Onsite Gallery advisory council.
  • Members of the committee are non-voting and will provide advice and input on overall direction for exhibitions, public programming, artists/designers, as well as discuss possible risks, related conversations, and other related items.


  • The committee is made up of five members from OCAD University’s Faculties of Art, Design, and Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies, and Onsite Gallery's administrative staff.

Duration and Frequency:

  • Must be able to serve on the committee for two years.
  • The members will meet biannually (twice a year), with the first meeting the afternoon of April 21, 2020.


  • Currently enrolled as an OCAD University student in the Faculty of Art.
  • Must be able to serve on the committee for two years and attend all biannual meetings.
  • Interest in contemporary art and design.


Please submit the following to Lisa Deanne Smith, Curator, at

  • A cover letter outlining:
    • your program and year of study
    • your interest in the position
    • your interest in art and design

Deadline is March 1, 2020. It is recommended you submit your cover letter as early as possible, as submissions will be reviewed as they are received and the position may be filled if a suitable candidate applies prior to the deadline.


Sarah, Duchess of York, opens T.M. Glass exhibition at Onsite Gallery

Sarah, Duchess of York, with President Sara Diamond at Onsite Gallery, photo by Kathryn Hollinrake
Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 2:30pm

A capacity crowd gathered yesterday evening for the opening night of Onsite Gallery’s new exhibition, T.M. Glass: The Audible Language of Flowers, which showcases the artist’s recent series of images featuring blooms from unique gardens across the globe and vessels from international museums.

Some of the images were photographed at the Royal Lodge in Windsor, England, a residence that Prince Andrew shares with his two daughters and Sarah, Duchess of York. The Duchess travelled to Toronto especially for the exhibition opening and highlighted the beauty and uniqueness of the artist’s work during her speech.

The artist, an Ontario College of Art (now OCAD University) graduate, produces works that combine photography with digital painting, which allows complex adjustment of pixels to enhance the image. Inspired by 17th century European flower paintings, the result is an interesting combination of old and new.

“Flowers play a significant cultural role with their virtually audible messages of congratulations, condolences, get well, forgive me, welcome, and peace,” said Glass. 

The artist also recently started to use 3D printing technology to create sculptures of flowers in vases, based on photographic scans, which are shown in the exhibition. A video work in collaboration with Bob Ezrin, the Canadian producer behind Pink Floyd’s album The Wall is also displayed at the gallery for the public’s appreciation.

T.M. Glass: The Audible Language of Flowers is curated by Francisco Alvarez, Dorene & Peter Milligan Executive Director, OCAD U Galleries and is part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. Supported by Epson, B3K, Phase One, Carlos Fernandes and Nexus, the exhibition is free and runs until August 18.

Sarah, Duchess of York, with Francisco Alvarez at Onsite Gallery, photo by Kathryn Hollinrake

Hiring Onsite Gallery Student Monitors!

Onsite Gallery
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 9:45am

Onsite Gallery is OCAD University’s professional gallery and experimental curatorial platform for art, design and new media. Fostering social and cultural transformations, Onsite serves the OCAD U community and the general public. 

A completely new Onsite Gallery will open in September 2017 at the centre of OCAD University's Creative City Campus. The expanded Onsite Gallery will be a stunning 8,000 square-foot space located at 199 Richmond St. W. and will be downtown Toronto's most talked-about contemporary art and design space. 

Reporting to the Programs Coordinator, Onsite Gallery, the Onsite Gallery Student Monitor serves as front-line staff welcoming and informing visitors about exhibitions and public events, supervises galleries and engages with visitors. 

The Onsite Gallery Student Monitor will

  • Greet visitors as they enter the gallery and provide information on present and upcoming exhibitions, public events and general gallery and OCAD U information. 
  • Supervise the entrance and all areas of the exhibitions to enhance visitor experience, encourage conversation and engagement and enforce gallery rules and etiquette.
  • Research the exhibiting artists/designers and exhibition themes, prepare and lead thoughtful tours and maintain a comprehensive understanding of the artists/designers and themes in the exhibition to facilitate discussion and meaningful engagement with viewers. 
  • Track daily attendance and encourage the recording of email addresses for Onsite Gallery's e-newsletter database, so patrons are aware of upcoming exhibitions and events. 
  • Ensure all exhibition elements are in proper working order and front reception and gallery areas are clean/tidy. Examine the exhibitions daily to identify if maintenance is needed on artworks, perform corrective action (as appropriate) and notify other staff as needed. 
  • Perform administrative tasks including writing reports related to gallery attendance and audience response. Replenishes gallery material, such as exhibition brochures, at the front desk and other areas as needed. 
  • Perform opening and closing duties including: turning on and off the works in the exhibition, keeping front reception tidy and locking all doors. 
  • Provide staffing assistance for all public programs and events, such as the opening reception, where duties may include: setup and takedown of chairs and tables, serving food, selling drinks and taking photographs. 
  • Assist with installation and de-installation of exhibitions, as needed, which may include: light lifting and moving of objects, installing hanging material, moving plinths, patch/repair and paint walls and hanging wall labels. 
  • Attend Student Monitor orientation meeting prior to the opening of an exhibition, and any other meetings as called by the Programs Coordinator or Curator.  
  • Perform other tasks as assigned by the Programs Coordinator and senior management. 


  • Currently enrolled as an OCAD University student 
  • Interest in contemporary art and design 
  • Comfortable in a public speaking role 
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills 
  • Ability to work under general direction and in a team environment 
  • Strong interpersonal skills; enjoy working with the public 
  • Must be able to work flexible hours for public event shifts 


  • Ability to operate audio/visual and office equipment 
  • Knowledge and comfort using social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr) to assist with Onsite Gallery's digital presence and promotion 
  • Smart Serve certified 

Duration: early September until December 11, 2017, with possibility of renewing for the following exhibition period 

Rate of pay: $12.43/hour - plus 4% in lieu of vacation and 8% in lieu of benefits

Schedule: 1-3 regular weekly shifts to be determined, resulting in between 7.25-19.25 hours/week, depending on availability 

Vacancies: 3-4 regular Student Monitor positions; 2-3 Student Monitors for special event assistance and on an as-needed basis 

Please submit the following to Linda Columbus, Programs Coordinator, at

  • a cover letter
  • resume
  • if applicable, your IWSP eligibility confirmation for the Fall 2017 semester

Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m., July 16, 2017.

As an employer committed to employment equity, we encourage applications from members of equity-seeking communities including women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions.