Thinking Through Making - Open Studio

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 10:30am to 2:00pm

Open Studio

Thinking Through Making Graduate Studies Summer Institute

OCADU Graduate Gallery and Experimental Media Space

205 Richmond Street, Toronto, ON

July 20, 2018 10:30 – 2:00 


OCAD University Graduate Students and Faculty are invited to the Open Studio for the inaugural Thinking Through Making graduate summer institute. Artists and designers of the Digital Futures, Criticism and Curatorial Practice and the Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design programs will share their research/creation activities from the wood, metal, plastics, digital fabrication and textiles studios. Please drop by from 10:30 – 2:00 on Friday, July 20, 2018. 



Venue & Address: 
Graduate Gallery and Experimental Media Space, 1st floor of 205 Richmond St. W
Thinking Through Making

Doors Open OCAD U - Sharp Centre for Design

OCAD University's Sharp Center for Design
Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 2:00pm to 9:00pm

OCAD U - Sharp Centre for Design

Educational Institute Library or Archives, Built after 2000

100 McCaul St., Level 5&6 (map)

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Days Open

Saturday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Last Admittance: 5:00 pm


Year: 2004
Style: Contemporary (1995 – Present)
Original Architect: Will Alsop in partnership with Toronto-based Robbie/Young + Wright Architects Inc.

Building Description

This centre opened in 2004 as part of a major campus redevelopment. The award-winning, black-and-white 'tabletop' structure stands above OCAD University's main campus building on 12 multi-coloured steel legs. The centre is named after benefactors Rosalie and Isadore Sharp. It was designed by acclaimed British architect Will Alsop in partnership with Toronto-based Robbie/Young + Wright Architects Inc., along with structural engineers from Carruthers & Wallace Ltd. and MCW Consultants Ltd. In 2013, critic Christopher Hume named it one of the 'five most influential buildings' in Toronto. Awards include: Royal Institute of British Architects Worldwide Award, 2004; Award of Excellence, Toronto Architecture and Urban Design Awards, 2005; Most Outstanding Technical Project, Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards, 2005; and Benjamin Moore Contract Exterior Award, 2006 (Awarded to Will Alsop).

Visitor Experience

Walk around the award-winning Sharp Centre and take a sneak peek at OCAD University's amazing teaching facilities. This is a unique opportunity to peer behind the scenes at some of the most popular courses including: the textiles and fibre studio, screen printing, watercolour, chair design, animation and wearable media. Meet some of OCAD's students and the outstanding professional faculty members that are artists and designers with active practices in their respective fields.


Tours throughout the day but non-scheduled.

Photography / Filming

Interior photography permitted, including tripod
Interior filming permitted, including tripod

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Sharp Centre for Design 100 McCaul St., Level 5&6

Open Access Week 2015

Open Access Week orange logo with black text
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 4:00am to Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 4:00am

Open Access Week is a global event which provides the academic and research community with an opportunity to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation.  OCAD University is planning events, including information sessions, panels, presentations, and a film screening during the week of October 19 to 23, 2015.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University


Grad Open Event poster
Friday, March 7, 2014 - 5:00pm to Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 2:00am

Graduate Studies Open House Event

In an effort to make known the remarkable range of graduate programs at OCAD University and the rich and rigorous work being done by artists and scholars across disciplines, the Office of Graduate Studies at OCAD University extends an invitation to the artistic and design communities of Toronto and to all interested in knowing more about what is a dynamic place of learning, experimentation and creativity to
attend the second annual GRAD OPEN. This open house event features open studios, open study hall, demonstrations by art and design practitioners, an exhibition of thesis work from the acclaimed Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design program, and lectures and roundtables on such subjects as creativity, museology and the challenges and achievements of interdisciplinarity in the context of cultural production.

Featuring the stellar and innovative work of our diverse scholarly community, GRAD OPEN 2014 will provide the opportunity to learn about OCAD University’s distinct programs of study, to meet students and talk about their work, meet faculty and administrators, attend open classes and wander the graduate building to experience what is a compelling world of ideas and action. Visitors will also have the opportunity to attend the Graduate Student Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories conference. The theme for this event is “Recombinant Creativity: Temporal Intersections, (de)Historicizing Strategies, and Contemporary Cultural Products”. GRAD OPEN will culminate in a special Graduate Mixer event with food, beverage and music, courtesy of DJ Mary Tremonte of the IAMD program.


MFA Thesis Exhibition: 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Explore Patrick Francis Decoste’s MFA Thesis Exhibition for the Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design program, “Dreaming of Bear and Crow: A search of métis identity”.

Graduate Open Studios, Study Spaces & Labs: 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Join our graduate students and faculty for an afternoon of open studios, classes and research labs. Take the opportunity to discover the work of a new generation of graduate art and design scholars and visit our maker space supporting students’ art and design practices.

Graduate Conference “Recombinant Creativity: Temporal Intersections, (de)Historicizing Strategies, and Contemporary Cultural Products”: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Attend one or all of the panels at this exciting graduate conference, organized by master's students in the Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories program. Recombinant Creativity will include presentations by graduate and post-graduate students from institutions across North America. The conference will start on the evening of March 6 with a keynote lecture by acclaimed artist and writer Douglas Coupland. Tickets for Mr. Coupland’s lecture – “Anything is Everything” are available through On Friday March 7 at 1:00 pm, attend a special conference lecture by Nicholas Bell, the Fleur and Charles Bresler Senior Curator of American Craft and Decorative Art, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum. Mr. Bell, an acclaimed scholar of craft and design will talk on the subject of “The Restless Museum: Curating at the Boundaries of Discipline.”

Graduate Open Classes: 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Discover our innovative approach to education by participating in graduate classes “Innovation Research Methods” with Professors Suzanne Stein and Stuart Candy, “Effecting Cultural Change” with Professors Jutta Treviranus and Annette Blum, or “Creating Inclusive Communities Online” with Professor Kate Sellen and experience graduate learning first-hand. Please RSVP, at, if you plan to attend as seating is limited.

GRAD OPEN Mixer: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Share refreshments and conversation with members of our graduate community while enjoying a graduate thesis exhibition.

Venue & Address: 
Graduate Studies @ 205 205 Richmond Street West Toronto, Ontario

Monthly Open Review at the Inclusive Design Research Centre

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Please join us!

Interested in having a say about inclusive design? Want your ideas about digital accessibility heard? Your feedback is important to us!

We will be holding a monthly, open design review meeting where we will present work from current and ongoing projects at the Inclusive Design Research Centre. We want to hear from you -- our potential users, fellow designers and anyone interested in seeing what we're up to here at the IDRC. Spread the word!

Join us from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at the Inclusive Design Research Centre, OCAD University, 205 Richmond St., 2nd floor.

If you are interested please respond with your preferred contact information. You will receive a reminder each month and you can choose to participate on a month-by-month basis.

Questions or concerns? Please send an email to

The IDRC is a research and development centre at OCAD University where an international community of open source developers, designers, researchers, advocates, and volunteers work together to ensure that emerging information technology and practices are designed inclusively. Learn more about the IDRC.

Venue & Address: 
Inclusive Design Research Centre, 2nd Floor 205 Richmond Street West Toronto, Ontario