New Living Wall Garden by Raquel Da Silva in Rosalie Sharp Pavilion

Raquel Da Silva Wall Work
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 9:15am

A new living wall wall work by DRPT student Raquel Da Silva has been installed in OCAD University’s Rosalie Sharp Pavilion. This project was commissioned by the Faculty of Art and the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers (CEAD), and generously supported by Mercedes Benz Financial Services (MBFS) sponsorships.

As part of the Faculty of Art’s Painting in the Expanded Field course, students were asked to create site-specific proposals for a window/wallcorner in the recently renovated Rosalie Sharp Pavilion. Taking into account the building’s focus on experiential learning, the CEAD on level 3 and the publicly visible space, seventeen unique proposals were presented.

A committee of representatives from the CEAD, the Faculty of Art and OCAD U’s Health and Safety team shortlisted three proposals before selecting Raquel Da Silva’s project, Garden of CEAD. Raquel’s piece interpreted the CEAD as a safe space which provides students with the opportunities to grow and flourish. With this in mind, this project realizes the concept of a “garden” through the integration of live plants to foster the idea of growth and transformation. The piece is composed of several layers: a background design painted on the wall, wall-mounted planters and several laser-cut shapes and characters. The result is a three-dimensional wall garden that will grow over time.

Special thanks to Colette Laliberté for facilitating this project and making it possible.

Honourable Mentions:
Fourteen Art Students by Brianna Bruce
Sunseed by Hana Elmisry and Nicole Kim

Raquel Da Silva Announced as Recipient of 2019 Sky Lounge Career Launcher

Raquel Da Silva Announced as Recipient of 2019 Sky Lounge Career Launcher
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 3:45pm

Great West Life Realty Advisors, Oni One Sourcing and Purchasing and the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers are excited to announce Raquel Da Silva as the Recipient of the 2019 Sky Lounge Art Commission Career Launcher.

For this commission, Raquel created a large-scale wall mounted art piece at 8’ x 12’ that is hung in the two-story amenity sky lounge of the Livmore, a upscale rental building in downtown Toronto. The building has been impeccably designed with an understated refined elegance making it the perfect backdrop for energetic and contemporary art. Raquel's work will share the space in a building with existing art by Canadian artists.

As a Career Launcher recipient, Raquel received a production budget and artist fee of $13,000. Additionally, Raquel will have her production and artwork documented by professional photo and videographers provided by the partner. The documentation will accompany the commissioned artwork during an opening reception in March/ April 2019.

Raquel was also recently listed by BlogTo in their “Ten up and coming Toronto Artists you should know". list.

As part of the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers, the Career Development office supports the professional development of emerging OCAD U creative talent. The Career Launchers program offers unique, high-profile opportunities developed in partnership with industry leaders in order to help senior students and new graduates start their professional practice after school.