Research Wednesday: Finding Mind Space

a round artwork or sculpture moulded to look like a brain
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Finding Mind Space; Art Talk with Matthew Janisse.

"I want to tell you a story about ideas and challenges. Ideas are the currency of creative people and only by acting on these Ideas can we create something of value."

Hear Matt talk about the power of art as a process of creation and healing. 

Interested in presenting for Research Wednesdays? Contact Daniel Payne

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul St., main floor

Gary Taxali's "brain" unveiled

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 1:30pm


Baycrest Health Sciences is bringing together the best minds in the arts to support the top brains in science in an effort designed to put the spotlight on aging and brain health.

The Brain Project has attracted 100 artists who have created brain sculptures that will be on display across Toronto, starting June 3

Faculty member Gary Taxali launches The Brain Project

Image of Gary Taxali standing next to a model of a brain
Monday, April 25, 2016 - 4:00am

At an event at City Hall on April 25th, Toronto mayor John Tory unveiled a striking work of art: a brain-shaped sculpture customized by the unmistakable art of illustrator, artist and associate professor Gary Taxali. Taxali is one of 100 artists, designers, architects and celebrities who have been recruited to turn models of brains into unique works of art.

The Brain Project is juried by a team of curators who will choose the designs to be exhibited publicly this summer. The works will be installed at key outdoor spots in the city such as Nathan Phillips Square, MaRS Discovery District and OCAD University.

The public will have the opportunity to vote on the top five works, and at the end of the exhibition, the customized sculptures will be auctioned off with proceeds going to support care and research into Alzheimer’s and age-related dementia at Baycrest Health Sciences.

Confirmed participants include Harold Feist, Jill Greenberg, Robert Marchessault, Karim Rashid and Janna Watson, with more to be announced in the weeks to come. Matthew Bellamy of Muse, Kim Kardashian West and daughter North West are among the celebrities also taking part in the creative fundraising campaign.







The Brain: A Site-Specific Response

image of multi-coloured swirls
Friday, January 10, 2014 - 5:00am to Monday, April 14, 2014 - 4:00am

Celebrating the works of 4th year Material Art & Design students exhibited at Toronto Western Hospital

The Material Art & Design program at OCAD University and the Artists' Health Alliance invite you to join us in the Atrium at Toronto Western Hospital on January 22 to see and enjoy the work of 18 talented students from the Fibre department.

The Brain exhibition was designed and created to be a site-specific response, and ranges from the metaphorical to the deeply personal. Interpretations range from the scientific and physical to the emotional and, in some cases, whimsical.

This association of art and medicine will be on display until January 31.

Venue & Address: 
Artists’ Health Alliance, Suite 500 250 The Esplanade Toronto, Ontario
416 351 0239