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L: Artist Pins by Jennifer Long, 2016 R: Blanket Forts by Crazy Dames, 2016

L: Artist Pins by Jennifer Long, 2016 R: Blanket Forts by Crazy Dames, 2016

SEPTEMBER 3, 2016, 7-11pm
Giardino Dell’ArteCultura, Florence

An evening of art, installation, video and performance
Curated by Crazy Dames and Creative People in Florence

PLACE MAKING // FARE SPAZIO invites artists and performers to reflect on the role of public space, seeking to develop new ideas for the ways in which we design, interact, and play with our city.   The evening will include participatory art works, installation, video projection and performance by diverse artists selected through an open call, as well as a workshop lead by the Canadian artist duo Crazy Dames. 

ARTISTS INCLUDE: Jessica Russo ScherrRmogrl OttantunoventiMartino Di Napoli RampollaVictoria DeBlassieMehrnaz RohbakhshSaba Giani (OCAD U Alumni)Cat Bluemke (OCAD U Alumni)David HartonoSpasic SanjaAnna Rose, Alex McLeod (OCAD U Alumni), Luke Painter (OCAD U Faculty), Jamie McMillan (OCAD U Alumni), Jennifer Long (OCAD U Photo Faculty), Mike McDonnell, Trudy Perks, Ursula Handleigh (OCAD U Photo Alumni), Jennie Suddick (OCAD U Faculty) and Sara Udow

International Artists Series: Wolfgang Tillmans in Toronto


The Canadian Art Foundation presents critically acclaimed German artist Wolfgang Tillmans in Toronto.

Tillmans has radically redefined how photographic images are made, exhibited and encountered. This talk, along with a talk in Vancouver in October, marks Tillmans’s first visit to Canada in more than 20 years.

Tillmans will be joined in conversation by New York– and Toronto-based writer and critic Tom McDonough, a lead contributor to the recently published monograph “Wolfgang Tillmans: What’s wrong with redistribution?” (Walther König).

Based in Berlin and London, Wolfgang Tillmans was the recipient of the 2015 Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography. He has had numerous prestigious appointments, including artist trustee at Tate Britain, a professorship at the Städelschule in Frankfurt and membership in the Royal Academy of Arts. In 2000, Tillmans was the first photographer, and non-British artist, to receive the Turner Prize.

Presented by BMO Financial Group
Sponsored by Goethe-Institut

November 11th 2016, 7pm at the Isabel Bader Theatre

Tickets available: http://canadianart.ca/talks/wolfgang-tillmans/


SAVE The Date: Sept 14


SPOTLIGHT on Photosequence

April Hickox, from the series Echo, 2010

April Hickox, from the series Echo, 2010

If you are looking for a Fall 1.0 credit studio-based Photo course, look here:  PHOT 3017 – Photosequence: Multiples & Text with April Hickox

This course is for intermediate students interested in combining photographs. Students will be exposed to the history, concepts and practice of image sequencing. A wide variety of approaches to image making are covered. Including, the visual narrative, image formatting, text/image relationships, book and film works. Assignments are varied and student driven. Areas that have been explored in the past include Stop animation, book binding, installation and 3 dimensional works, fiber base printing, historical practices, collage, and the intersections of digital and analogue technologies.

Prerequisites: PHOT-2002 or PHOT-2008 and 7.5 credits, including all first-year requirements

For more information contact:  ahickox@faculty.ocadu.ca

At the conclusion of this course students will:

  • become familiar with current and historical trends in narrative, sequenced and text-based photographic works
  • explore step animation
  • master skills needed to do multiple printing, masking and black border printing
  • become familiar with different printing styles and other formal concerns
  • gain a general understanding of the history and contemporary practice and skills necessary to incorporate text with image in both digital and analogy systems
  • gain a general understanding of the use of the process camera, copy stands and 8×10 enlarger
  • gain an awareness of the book work as a format
  • develop skills and an understanding of the potential of combining analogy and digital applications


FREE Grant Writing Workshop


Tuesday, August 30 at 6 PM – 9 PM

Xpace Cultural Centre
2-303 Lansdowne Ave, Toronto, Ontario M6K 2W5

Xpace is pleased to present a FREE workshop and discussion with Peter Kingstone, Visual and Media Arts Officer at Toronto Arts Council. He will lead an informal discussion on what is needed for a grant, and will address specific questions on difficulties with translating work for a jury. There will also be tips on how a grant should be written, highlighting things like storytelling, audience, history, and documentation.

The workshop will be followed by one-on-one meetings with Xpace staff who can consult on grant-writing strategies for projects specific to attendees.

RSVP at xpace.eventbrite.com to attend.

About Peter Kingstone:
Peter Kingstone is a Toronto-based visual artist and curator, working primarily in video and photography. As an independent artist, Peter’s installation pieces have been shown across Canada and internationally, and he was awarded the Untitled Artist Award in 2005 for his installation The Strange Case of peter K. (1974-2004). Peter holds a degree in Philosophy/Cultural Studies from Trent University in Peterborough and a Masters of Fine Art focusing on video and new media from York University in Toronto. Peter has presented at many conferences on the ideas around storytelling and social engagement.

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Allison Morris: Vogue Italia

Congrats to Photo Alumni, Allison Morris on another feature in Vogue Italia!

allison morris

BIO:  Allison Morris is an emerging fine art photographer living and working in the Greater Toronto Area. She has exhibited in Toronto, Ontario and Florence, Italy. Allison has recently completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography at the Ontario College of Art and Design University, and spent her third year of study abroad as part of OCAD University’s Off-Campus Florence program in Italy.

Allison Morris

Allison Morris

Allison’s artistic practice explores themes of female representation, the construction of femininity, beauty, youth, identity, and performance from a feminist perspective. She uses self-portraiture as a tool with which she can control her images and challenge the male gaze by consciously performing for the camera and herself.

Opportunities: Apply Now!

Residency in Nepal: July 25th Deadline

Photo Kathmandu is very pleased to invite 6 artists to Nepal for a period of 4 weeks to come together and explore intersections between photography, sound, video, writing, performance, poetry and other mediums. The festival encourages artists to experiment, collaborate and respond to each other and the historic city of Patan. Artists will live together in Patan, and work with the residency curator Mabubur Rahman (Bangladesh) to create a site-specific body of work that will be included in the main exhibition program of Photo Kathmandu 2016.

Artists will be provided shared accommodation in Patan and a daily meal stipend. They will be provided a shared work space and a production budget for the final site-specific installation. Artists are required to make their own travel arrangements to and from Kathmandu and arrive by 19th September. Residency accommodation will be provided until 28th October which is the end of the main programming week of the festival.


Outdoor Arts Festival in Florence – Deadline July 31, 2016

Creative People in Florence and Crazy Dames are organizing a unique one-evening outdoor arts festival and are looking for participants to respond to the theme of ‘place making.’ We welcome proposals form artists and performers to share temporary public works or lead workshops connected to community building and art in public spaces. Works can speak to ideas connected to social or personal engagement with place – making one’s imprint or finding one’s footing in new environments, highlighting individual’s connections to specific sites, looking at how communities and physical spaces are built or developed, etc.

There are no fees to apply or participate, however participating artists will be required to cover all costs associated with the presentation of their work. Therefore, we suggest applying with ideas for works that take this into consideration, by sharing works in progress, documentation of previous or ongoing projects, or DIY community engagement activities.

Keep in mind that this is an outdoor garden with no walls or structures for hanging/installing. Some equipment for live performances and screening of multimedia work can be supported.

Interested individuals or groups are asked to write a proposal of maximum 250 words outlining the work they would like to share or create, and up to 3 images of relevant work with descriptions.
Application deadline: July 31st, 2016
Send all applications or questions to: thecrazydames@gmail.com
Please indicate if you are will be in Florence on the date of the exhibition.

Crazy Dames is a reclamation and an ode to Jane Jacobs, the seminal urban theorist who was often dismissed as a ‘crazy dame’ by male counterparts. We use the artist’s studio as an experimental lab to test Jacobs’ ‘crazy’ ideas – her focus on people and her tradition of fostering tactical and collaborative approaches to citybuilding. As a collaboration between Jennie Suddick, a visual artist/educator, and Sara Udow, an urban/community/cultural planner, we develop creative, and experiential spaces aimed at generating conversations and new ideas about how we design, interact and play in our cities.

Patch: Deadline Aug 1, 2016 (Toronto Specific Call)

Millions of feet of construction hoarding (the plywood that surrounds construction sites) line our city’s streets – this could be your next canvas.  Take advantage of this unique opportunity to exhibit existing or newly commissioned artwork. Apply to be a PATCH Artist today!

Fake Geek Girls Like Us: TONIGHT



This exhibition brings together art works that look at pop culture and nerd culture through a variety of feminist lenses. Working in various disciplines, artists explore gender representation in comic books, video games, movies and different forms of media. While some pieces are critical of the ways in which we consume pop culture, others celebrate characters or representations with whom the artists identify. Fake Geek Girls Like Us aims to create a community space in which people who are made to feel unwelcome in geek culture because of their gender feel safe expressing themselves and sharing their artwork.

There will be a merch table full of zines, stickers, prints and other amazing things for sale.

Poetry and acoustic performances will start at 9pm. PWYC.

Featuring artwork by: 23kg50lb, Alison Postma, Anna Campbell, Brianna Hoy, Caitlynn Fairbarns, Carly Whitmore, Christine Shepherd, Couture by May, Dana McCool, Deena Pagillero, Emily Adams, Emily Norry, Emma Arkell, Jay Chau, Joanna Yetter, Kelsey Whyte, Ketzia Kobrah, Lenox Daley, Mariah Ramsawakh, Martine Romero, Matt Tribe, Morgan Sears Williams, Okay Collective, Roha, Shanna Van Maurik & Sophie Paas-Lang

Performances by: Robyn Matuto, Rachel Chiong, Amy Hurst & Taylor Murray.

Poster by Sophie Paas-Lang


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