This Art Works! Exhibition

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 to Saturday, October 21, 2017

There are artists who make pretty pictures to hang on your mantle. This Art Works! is not about those artists. A new original series created by Madeleine Co, in partnership with OCAD University for CBC Arts, This Art Works! is a subversively surreal showcase of provocative projects by Canadian artists tackling today's most pressing and controversial issues. Using a variety of artistic methods, the artists let their imaginations run wild to make art work for social change. With a supporting cast of comedians, This Art Works! fuses the wholesomeness of children's television with an absurdist comedic bent, creating a bizarre world unlike any other.

This Art Works! emerged out of the Impact Collective project, led by Zev Farber (Manager, Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers) and Dr Alia Weston (Assistant Professor of Creative and Business Enterprise), at OCAD University.
Watch the original pilot episode from 2016 at

Watch all 10 new episodes at CBC Arts and search for “This Art Works!
This Art Works! has empowered more than 30 OCAD U students and recent alumni to showcase - on a national platform - how they use their art and design skills to effect social change. Students and alumni were employed in the making of the series, every episode was filmed at OCAD U and the project intersects with programs we offer in the Art, Design and Liberal Arts and Sciences Faculties.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U Lobby 100 McCaul St.
Image of words on a palette: This Art Works

OCAD U celebrates launch of CBC’s new digital series This Art Works!

This Art Works! launch event
Friday, July 14, 2017 - 2:15pm

OCAD University celebrated the launch of This Art Works! along with Madeleine Co. and CBC at the Gardiner Museum on July 13.  A new digital CBC series, This Art Works! airing on the CBC Arts online platform, profiles many OCAD U students and recent alumni whose work deals with art and social change.

Dr. Alia Weston, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and Zev Farber, Manager, Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers were instrumental in getting this project off the ground on behalf of OCAD University.

Hosted by Amanda Parris (host of CBC Arts’ Exhibitionists) the launch featured an exclusive screening of two episodes. The 10-episode series provides a peek into the curious and often magical behind-the scenes processes of socially innovative artists working today. 

CBC’s new digital series This Art Works! features OCAD U artists

Title slide of Video This Art Works!
Friday, July 7, 2017

A new digital CBC series, This Art Works! airing on the CBC Arts online platform, profiles many OCAD U students and recent alumni whose work deals with art and social change. The 10-episode series, described as “a gleeful mix of ‘90s nostalgia, comedy and contemporary art practice,” is co-produced by Madeleine Co., CBC Arts, and OCAD University. 

A launch event for This Art Works! will take place on July 13th at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto. Hosted by Amanda Parris (host of CBC Arts' Exhibitionists), the launch will feature an exclusive screening of two episodes and a chance to hear from the show's creators and producers.

You can also visit Works for Change, an exhibition that runs from July 4 to 13, 2017 at the Gardiner Museum featuring workshops by This Art Works! artists and an interactive installation on how to make art work for change. The exhibition recreates the film set of This Art Works! which will serve as the backdrop to a program of how-to workshops and performances led by the artists about their creative practices. Spanning one of the walls of the space, the audience can also join in the collective creation of a large-scale artwork.



Industrial Design students help make Regent Park Proud

Group of six students and faculty in front of display
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 4:00am

Messenger bags, placemats, hats and totes were on display at Regent Park Proud, an exhibition at the Student Gallery on June 17 and 18. The exhibition is the outcome of the second year Industrial Design class Identity Materialized, led by assistant professor Ranee Lee. Students in the class collaborated with members of a women’s sewing collective in Regent Park to develop prototypes for soft goods that could be fabricated by the collective and sold within and outside the community.  

Identity Materialized introduces students to the field of design for social change and engages them in experiential learning. OCAD University students had the opportunity to be immersed in the diverse backgrounds of the women from the Regent Park community and work with the Yonge Street Mission on a project that has the potential to reduce poverty on a local scale.

Lee and her students thank Zev Farber, manager of the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers, and OCAD U’s social innovation hub, Impact Collective, for their support with the ambitious project.

To learn more about the students and the project read this story in the Toronto Star.