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Career Launcher Exhibition: Allison Morris


Please join us in celebrating the new artwork of 2015 Photography Alumni Allison Morris.  This exhibition is part of the 2015 Artscape Youngplace Career Launcher award – a collaboration between OCAD U’s Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers and Artscape Youngplace.

IMPERSONATIONS is an exploration of the ways that social media allows us to reveal and curate our best selves. Allison performs as a variety of different characters who are only revealed by their material and aesthetic choices, without revealing a face or ‘true’ self. This allows the viewer to acknowledge their own vulnerability to succumbing to these false identities, as they are given the space to create their own narrative and fill in the blanks of each character.

Bio: Allison Morris is a fine art photographer living and working in the Greater Toronto Area. She has exhibited in Toronto, Ontario and Florence, Italy. She is currently completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography at OCAD University, and spent her third year of study abroad as part of OCAD U’s Off-Campus Florence program in Italy.

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 idea of the male gaze by consciously performing for the camera and herself.

UNION STATION Holiday Market Place: Print Sale and Showcase


REMINDER: PRINTS FOR THE PRINT SALE are due on Fri, Nov 20 at 2pm.

In addition, please consider apply to be featured in the booth: 

Selected artists for the 1st installation will be contacted before Tues, Nov 24.

SUBMISSIONS EMAILED TO: Janine Sinclaire Arellano at jsinclairearellano@gmail.com
Please include “Holiday Marketplace Submission” in your subject line

As part of the Union Station Holiday Marketplace, CRCP student Janine Sinclaire Arellano will be curating 3 installations on a 5’ section of our booth. This may be the work of single artist/week or groups. Janine will be looking at the artwork dropped off for the print sale (due tomorrow – Friday, Nov 20th at 2:00pm) as well as expressions of interest mailed to her. If you have work that is framed/matted/mounted that you would like considered, please email Janine with the following:

  • jpgs of the images (max. 5 pieces – 72 dpi, approximately 8”x10”)
  • image list (your name, size of final piece, presentation – framed with white wood/drymounted with 2” boarder…., media, year)
  • recommended, but not required: short artist statement/overview of practice
  • your contact info (phone and email)

NOTE: Given the tight time constraints, Janine will only be in touch with artists whose work was selected for the showcasing.

Please note, if selected you will be required to provide:

  • A brief artist statement
  • CV
  • Business card (handmade is acceptable)
  • Delivery of the artwork to the Union Station Holiday Market (time to be determined between you and the curator)
  • A price for your work. Please note 20% will be deducted for monitor hours & square reader charges. Funds from the artwork sold at the Holiday Market will be paid to students in late January 2015. Feel free to reach out to your faculty/the curator for help with print pricing.

Simon Glass: Artist in Residence at Tanenbaum Centre


Photography professor and visual artist Simon Glass has been named the 2015/2016 artist in residence at University of Toronto’s Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies. His work is on view through to the end of April 2016 (Room 318, 170 St. George St., Toronto).

The exhibition includes nine pieces from 1996 to 2015. They include archival and original photographic imagery, combined with biblical, prophetic and liturgical Hebrew. “The pieces in my exhibition address Jewish history of the 20th century, as well as loss and translation,” explains Glass. “I am delighted to be the artist in residence, and I look forward to the opportunity to share my work in an exchange with the Jewish academic community in Toronto.”


Sell your prints at Union Station! Nov 20th deadline

Cailen Speers, Untitled 2015 (Sample of a strong selling image: quirky, simple, cute)

Cailen Speers, Untitled 2015 (Sample of a strong selling image: quirky, simple, cute)

 This is a call for all 3rd – 4th year students to submit photos.

We are putting together a print sale for the Union Station Holiday Market, running From November 30th – December 20th,.  Toronto Market Co.’s Union Station Holiday Market showcases unique merchandise from specialty retail vendors, artisans, designers, food merchants and cultural institutions.  A destination for Torontonians and visitors to browse, shop and embrace the holiday spirit.  Attendance is free.

For the submissions, please submit the following:

  • Size: We will accept the following sizes: 4″x6″, 5″x7″ or 8″x10″
  • Number of prints: 3 to 10 prints.  (We may be in touch to obtain extras)
  • Presentation: Please ensure the prints are in good condition and edges are cleanly and evenly trimmed
  • Packaging: Board and Bags will be available from the Photo Cage as of Friday, Nov 13.  Please take the appropriate number from the cage and place your print and backing inside.  A business/contact info should be provided.
  • Drop: Once packaged, please place your prints in the container found in the Epson Digital Lab (marked “Print Sale”)
  • Deadline: Friday, November 20th at 2 pm.
  • Please note: depending upon the amount of submissions received, image selection may be rotated throughout the day.

**Because this is a public event, please refrain from submitting any works involving nudity, mature content and political reference**

Prints will be sold at a set price with a small percentage going to costs for packaging, square reader, and monitor fees.  If you are interested in working in the both, keep an eye open for a general call for paid workers!
(Approximate pricing: 4″x5″/5″x7″ prints = $5, 8″x10″ prints = $15)

Sample images that have sold well at recent print sales:

Jacquelyn Holland, seascapes, dreamscapes, 2014

Jacquelyn Holland, seascapes, dreamscapes, 2014


Francis Zhang, Untitled, From “Dangerous Journey II” Series, 2013

Francis Zhang, Untitled, From “Dangerous Journey II” Series, 2013

Images with people are OK but there has to be more than one face (ex: street photography – crowd of people, hidden faces, etc.)

Feel free to email your questions to Jay Chau (jc11tg@student.ocadu.ca) and Jenn Long (jlong@faculty.ocadu.ca)

P.U.P. CONTEMPORARY presents Lea Sanders – TODAY

Lea Sanders Impalpable Transference (Darkroom Enlargement) 2015 silver gelatin print variable edition 1 of 3 40″ x 30″

Lea Sanders, Impalpable Transference,, 2015,  lumen print on silver gelatin paper

Transcendence by Lea Sanders
Gladstone Hotel #208 (2nd Floor), 1214 Queen St W
Reception: Saturday, November 7, 4-8pm
Exhibition continues to November 20, 2015

FORWARD by Linda Book

Like a wood fire in a room, photographs….are incitements to reverie – Sontag

The lumen photographs of Lea Sanders are inexplicable beautiful and delicate.  They are modest in size and tonality, richly provocative and reticent.  Natural materials, liek leaves and floweres, are placed directly onto photosensitive film, which is then left outside and exposed to natural light for 5 to 15 days.

As the subjects begin to wilt, the chemicals released by their decay, fuse with the film producing an organic silhouette.  Silently, time and light writes on the film with poetic majic; the marks remaining trace the timeline of their touch.

Lea Sanders is a photo-based artist recently graduated from OCAD University.  This is her first exhibition with P.U.P CONTEMPORARY.

PUP Contemporary (Pop Up Projects Contemporary) is a gallery with geographical flexibility. Founded in 2012, PUP Contemporary “pops up” in temporary spaces around the city as artist and gallery needs dictate. PUP Contemporary exhibits art works in all disciplines including painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture installation, and integrated media. Our goal is to facilitate an easy engagement between new artists and curators, new collectors and patrons.

We do shows. We disappear. And we POP UP again!

Exhibition spaces and duration is based on the availability of spaces, artists, and curators.

If you wish to be on our mailing list or inquire about exhibition opportunities, please contact us: contact@pupcontemporary.com

PUP Contemporary


2016 RIC Research Fellowships: Nov 30th deadline

2016 RIC Research Fellowships

In 2016, the Ryerson Image Centre is once again pleased to offer four fellowships for research related to photography:

The Nadir Mohamed Postdoctoral Fellowship
$10,000 (for candidates holding a PhD)

The Doina Popescu Fellowship 
$5,000 (for candidates holding or working toward a PhD)

The Howard Tanenbaum Fellowship 
$2,000 (for candidates holding or working toward a Master’s)

The Elaine Ling Fellowship 
$2,000 (for candidates holding or working toward a Master’s)

Research fellows have the opportunity to study select areas of the RIC’s photography collections first-hand. These include the acclaimed Black Star Collection of photo-reportage, with over a quarter-million prints spanning the 20th century; historic and fine art photography collection; and several archives devoted to the life and work of a diverse group of photographers, including Werner Wolff, Jo Spence, Wendy Snyder MacNeil and the newly acquired Berenice Abbott Collection.

We also offer access to the Ryerson University Library Archives/Special Collection, which includes additional important resources related to photography, including the archive of Kodak Canada.

Click here to download the application

Applications must be sent to Charlene Heath via email at charleneheath@ryerson.ca no later than November 30, 2015 by 5:00 pm EST. Fellowship recipients will be announced online by December 15, 2015.

Call for work: Nov 12


How It Works

  • Selected entries will become part of the Silent Auction at SNAP! 2016, Toronto’s most exciting contemporary art auction, taking place Thursday March 31, 2016. All proceeds of the Silent Auction support the programs and services of the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT). Photographic entries will be submitted by email. Photos selected for the Silent Auction will be printed and matted by our print sponsor.All photographers and photo-based artists are welcome.PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION FINALISTS AND AWARDS:
    A total of 7 prizes will be awarded as follows:
    One prize of $1,000 – The Jim P. Shea Award for Best Overall Submission
    Six awards of merit of $500 eachSUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
  • All entries must be completed online by 11:59 PM EST Nov 12, 2015.
  • A $30 submission fee for the first entry and $10 for each additional entry
  • A .jpg file of photograph(s). No watermarks.
    – Resolution size: maximum 1280 pixels on the longest side, .jpg files only
    – File naming: TitleYourInitials, example Red Car by Karl Smith file name is “RedCarKS”
    – Please no characters, symbols, punctuation or spaces.
    All entrants will be notified the week of November 19, 2015.
  • ACT reserves the right to withold any submissions from exhibition or sale that fail to meet the expectation of quality elicited through the original .jpg submission.
  • Artist Name and Title of Work will appear at auction beside the work to ensure the artists’ image(s) are properly credited.
  • Each print will be labeled on the back with the artists’ name and image title, and “SNAP! 2016 Silent Auction Selection”.
  • Contact information will only be used for the purpose of contacting the contestant with regard to the SNAP! event and to advise them of future SNAP! events, unless the contestant has otherwise indicated on their submission form.
  • All submissions must comply with the SNAP! Contemporary Photo Competition and Silent Auction Rules as outlined. All other submissions may be disqualified. Please read the SNAP! 2016 Official Rules.Questions? Please contact Cheryl Powers, SNAP! 2016 Silent Auction Chair, at cpowers@actoronto.org.

Call for Submissions: Flash Forward 2016


An opportunity not to be missed: DEADLINE Dec 29, 2015

The 1st place cash prize of $8,000 will be awarded to the 2016 Bright Spark, an emerging photographer whose submitted body of work is identified by the jury as being extraordinarily accomplished.

The 2nd place winner will receive a $2000 cash prize.

Air Canada enRoute Magazine will commission one of the Flash Forward winners for their magazine. Not only will their work get featured in the magazine, additional images will be exhibited as a solo exhibition during the Flash Forward Festival in Boston. This is NOT limited to 1st or 2nd place. This award is for any of the winners that are selected from the 2016 year in CAD, UK or US.

The Flash Forward group show, made up of a selection of photographs from the accompanying annual catalogue, will travel from Toronto Fall 2016 to Boston Spring 2017.

As in the past, all 2016 Flash Forward Winners and Honourable Mentions will have their work published in the catalogue that chronicles the annual juried competition.

Selected artists get chosen to show their portfolio in Magenta Magazine.

All artists that are part of the Flash Forward selected winners will get loads of promotion through all our social media outlets and platforms.

All submitted work is seen by leaders in our industry in every profession.


  • Sara Knelman
    Writer, curator and assistant professor,
    School of Image Arts, Ryerson University
  • Tony Fouhse
  • Rachel Wine
    Associate Photo Editor/Producer, enRoute Magazine
  • Rafael Katigbak
    Senior Editor/Producer, VICE
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