You Are Invited to the Closing Reception for the Indigenous Visual Culture’s Nigig Visiting Artist Residency

When: Thursday, November 19, 2015
Time: 6pm – 8 pm
Where: OCADU Student Gallery, 52 McCaul Street.

The OCAD U Student Gallery is hosting a closing reception for the Indigenous Visual Culture’s Nigig Visiting Artist Michael Belmore. Please join us in celebrating the inaugural residency and see the work Michael produced over the last 3 weeks.

The Nigig Visiting Artist Residency is a new INVC program that provides an opportunity for an Indgenous artist to visit OCAD University for a 3 week period to focus on a short-term project and explore in a collaborative environment, issues impacting their work.

INVC’s Nigig Visiting Artist Residency is generously supported by the Delaney Family Foundation.



Icons of Identity
A conversation about Prudence Heward and Tom Thomson
Presented by the Art Canada Institute

WHEN: 7:00 p.m., Monday, Nov. 23, 2015,  Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: George Ignatieff Theatre, 15 Devonshire Place, Toronto

Capacity is limited. To confirm a seat please RSVP at:

This discussion will explore the legacy of two pioneering painters and how their work changed Canada’s cultural landscape.

What makes a Canadian legend? In the early twentieth century, Prudence Heward and Tom Thomson were both esteemed for their celebrated paintings. Yet only Thomson became a household name. This discussion explores the legacy of two remarkable figures—one from Montreal, one from Toronto; one female, one male—and how they changed the country’s cultural landscape.

Featuring Dr. Julia Skelly and David P. Silcox

Moderated by Charlotte Gray



“Deanna Bowen: Race + Media +Archive”

Admission is FREE.
WHEN: Tuesday November 24th from 7:00-9:00pm
WHERE: Eaton Lecture Hall (80 Gould Street), Room 204

Contact: Amy Siegel
Phone: 647-241-1224

From Ferguson to Toronto, Black lives have become targets – of violence, racism and misrepresentation. In this lecture/workshop, Toronto-based interdisciplinary artist Deanna Bowen will present her recent work using archives to discuss representations of Blackness and narrative omissions in Canadian & US history. In particular, she will discuss recent media coverage/omissions about Black Lives Matter, as well as race-baiting strategies that unfolded in the Canadian election and the run-up to the US presidential election.

This event is part of the Means of Production Speakers’ Series at Ryerson University, a project of The Studio for Media Activism & Critical Thought. This event is co-sponsored by Black Lives Matter, a coalition of Black Torontonians working in solidarity with communities seeking justice from state-sanctioned violence. A representative of BLM will provide an update on their current activities.

Deanna Bowen is a descendant of the Alabama- and Kentucky-born Black Prairie pioneers of Amber Valley and Campsie, Alberta. She is an award winning interdisciplinary artist and recent recipient of the 2014 William H. Johnson Prize. Her work has been exhibited internationally in numerous film festivals and museums, including the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; the Images Festival, Toronto; Flux Projects, Atlanta; the Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival; Oberhausen Film Festival; Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina; and the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Halifax.

The Means of Production Speakers’ Series is a free event that encourages open dialogue and invites the public to look critically at the global mediascape and investigate power and privilege in society. The Studio for Media Activism links media theory, cultural work and activism. The Studio’s director, filmmaker and author Dr. Marusya Bociurkiw says, “Many of us are debating the role of social media: is it enough to sign an online petition or Tweet our support for a cause? This series brings people together in real time to explore the issues, techniques and ethics of activist media beyond the Facebook page.”

RTA School of Media
Ryerson University, 350 Victoria St.
Toronto, ON M5B 2K3
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