Death & Dying mini-Symposium: Jan 14 – Feb 2nd 2019. Let’s get comfortable with the uncomfortable & talk about #whatmatters

Installation in front of 100 McCaul St. Dying. takes place at four exhibits across three locations.

We would like to invite you to Dying. An interactive public event series, which explores death through design and art, running during the DesignTO Festival. Brought to you by OCAD University’s Health Design Studio and Taboo Health, in Toronto, January 14 – February 2nd 2019. Let’s get comfortable with the uncomfortable and talk about #whatmatters.


Dying. takes place at four exhibits across three locations.


See below for a listing of all the events!


Keynote by Ivor Williams, Royal College of Art  (Registration Required)

Jan 24th at OCADU 100 McCaul, Room 190,@ 6:30 pm

Williams leads the end-of-life care projects at the Helix Centre, an innovation design lab inside the Institute for Global Health led by Lord Ara Darzi and St Mary’s Hospital in London, UK
To attend Ivor’s keynote is free, just register to save your seat!


Death and Dying Discussions (Registration Required)

January 25th at OCADU 100 McCaul, Room 190, 9:30am – 6:30pm

A mini-symposium on design for end of life, with an exhibition, 12 talks and Hello Game play – the easy non-threatening way to start a conversation about what matters most to you by Nick Jehlen of CommonPractice.
Tickets are $30, Student Tickets cost $10, and include lunch! Register today!


Time Moving

January 18th – 27th at OCADU 100 McCaul, Great Hall

Opening reception January 22nd 7-9 pm

A participatory exhibit by Kate Sellen to explore how people perceive time at end of life


Before I Die…

January 18th – 27th OCADU 100 McCaul, Exterior Wall

A Before I Die… wall provides an opportunity for the public to share what they wish to do before they die, by Candy Chang.



January 14th – February 2nd, Artscape Youngplace on 180 Shaw St

A participatory installation exploring the family experience of end of life.

Designers: Karen Oikonen & Kate Wilkes


Ghost Stories

Jan 18 to Jan 20th, 2019 OCAD University, Graduate Gallery, 205 Richmond St. West

A critical perspective on the liminal spaces of care and the grieving process.

Artists: Ellen Snowball & Kritsti Poole-Adler


Until the Last Breath

January 14th – February 2nd, Artscape Youngplace on 180 Shaw St

Opening reception – January 17, 6-9pm – register here

An art exhibition questioning and exploring current care experiences, asking — what is truly important at the end of life?

Artists: Lucien Durey, Corbett Fogue, Bryn Ludlow, Karen Oikonen, Robin Pacific, Katrina Pruss, Kate Sellen, Debbie Woo

& Helen Zajkowski


DIYing Free

Jan. 17 to 27th, 2019, Critical Distance, Artscape Youngplace on 180 Shaw St

We can’t stop from dying but we can die smarter and more ecological — we can D-I-Y.

Artist: Justin Tyler Tate


We hope to see you there!