OCAD U Photography Program

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Month: January 2016

Sabbatical Presentation by Professor Simon Glass

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Tonight at Harbourfont Centre

Palimpsest by Ursula Handleigh
Opening Jan 29, 6-9pm, Exhibition continues to June 19, 2016

Harbourfront Centre 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON, M5J 2G8

Ursula Handleigh. Untitled (068) (detail), 2014. Silver gelatin paper, cotton thread.

Ursula Handleigh. Untitled (068) (detail), 2014. Silver gelatin paper, cotton thread.

Between presence and absence, Palimpsest is an intervention of the familial archive. Working with thread and light, I am retracing the transitory moments of my ancestral past. Being the first generation in my family to be born in Canada, I have always felt detached from my family’s history. Growing up, I was surrounded by old family photographs and enveloped by the stories accompanied by them. The stories I heard about my parents and ancestors informed who I was and fill in the gaps of my own life’s story. These memories, created by others before me, became an extension of my own. Methodically retracing these remnants, I am creating my own ephemeral moment, physically binding myself to a familial history of which I was detached while simultaneously creating the kinship I longed for.

– Ursula Handleigh

This installation features almost 100 silver gelatin prints from the series Breathing into Empty Spaces which which were hand-sewn with cotton thread presented alongside an original work from her Journal series, and three large-scale reproductions of the artist’s original work within and outside the building. The works were produced between 2014-2016.

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Ursula Handleigh is a conceptual lens-based artist. Working with experimental photography, film and historical processes of image making, her practice explores questions of identity, perception, memory and familial relationships. Handleigh earned a BFA from OCAD University and is currently working towards a MFA from NSCAD University in Halifax. Her work has been exhibited across Canada, the US and Europe.



TODAY: Town Hall for Photo Students!


Call for OCAD U Student Art


Welcome back for another exciting semester at OCAD U!

As you mark your calendar with assignment deadlines, exhibition openings, and work schedules, don’t forget to mark February 23, 5pm as the deadline to submit your work for posting on the Photography Program’s Instagram account!  The concept for this account is to showcase the works of our students and department in an on-line portfolio.  It will act as a tool to help promote our students outside the university while also representing the strength of our program.

Call for submission:

Open to all students in the Photography Department regardless of year or stream.  Please submit works!!!  (Note: at least one image from every submission will be selected.)

What We Need:

-send us 5 images to select from

-file size 10 by 10 inches at 100 dpi

-file type .jpg

-please caption your images as follows:

Artist Name, Title of work, Year of work, Year of study, @insta username #ocadu_photo
example: Joe Brown, Untitled, 2015, 4th year photo, @joebrown #ocadu_photo

-if your images are landscape or portrait format please adjust the canvas size and include a white border.

-Images should be colour corrected and sized appropriately.  We will not make any aesthetic decisions on your behalf.

When Do We Need It?

Deadline for the second round of submissions is February 23, 5pm.  Sooner is better!

Please send submissions to:  photoposts@ocadu.ca

Note: we do not send confirmation emails.

Jan 25: Free Nikon Camera Sensor cleaning!



Congratulations to 4th Year Photo major  Madelyn Alexander for being included in the Student Union’s upcoming exhibition ART + DESIGN FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE!  Mark your calendars for the opening reception at  the Great Hall (100 McCaul st, 2nd floor) on Jan 22, 6-9!

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Bio: Maddie Alexander is a Canadian artist studying and working in Toronto. She began her education studying at NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and is now in her final year at OCAD University to graduate with a BFA in Photography. Her work explores multiple themes including the female bodies’ presence in our society and history, stigmas surrounding mental illness/health, and LGBPTTQQIIAA+ issues. Mainly through portraiture and combining image and text, she enjoys working experimentally by integrating both analog and digital practices.


Jan 15: Deadline for Flash Forward (get published, get exhibited, get a $10,000 grant)


The Flash Forward Emerging Photographers Project Grant by The Magenta Foundation is for all photographers who already meet the criteria of the Flash Forward program and need seed money to continue working on their projects. Interested and qualified emerging photographers need to apply for inclusion in Flash Forward 2016 by January 15, 2016

Magenta has always been proud of everything Flash Forward has accomplished for emerging artists. And now the trailblazing program continues to invest in artists who have talent and need support and encouragement to continue their work. The most lasting achievement of the program is all the talent that has come through in what we call The Flash Forward Family. These artists have built formidable careers—thanks to the launching pad nature of the program, which helps bring attention to the work they do. Artists such as Andrew Rowat, Donald Weber, Dominic Nahr, Simon Roberts, Melissa Gibson, Spencer Murphy, Matt Eich, Jenn Ackerman, Lucas Foglia and many, many others, are the true testament to this world-class program and how it has helped encourage and empower emerging artists at the beginning of their careers. Watching them grow and prosper has been a true honour.

The Flash Forward Emerging Photographer Project Grant is for all those artists who need the monetary funds to continue their projects, longer term, or to help them finish what they have been working on. This extended prizing is fully in line with Flash Forward’s original mandate to be a program that invests in artists, though recognition, publication, exhibitions, social media and acknowledgement in every possible way.

Follow this link to submit http://www.magentafoundation.org/flash-forward/. Everyone must fall under the criteria of Flash Forward. There will now be three prizes, plus a high-end publication, touring exhibitions, a festival in Boston and all the accolades that come from our program now and in the future.

We wish everyone the best of luck. Thank you for always inspiring us to work harder to bring your talent and work to a larger global audience.

MaryAnn Camilleri


Flash Forward Emerging Photographer Project Grant: $10,000

In the continuance of Flash Forward and its proactive leadership on artist encouragement and support, this grant will enable all photographers, in all mediums, to fulfill the goal of a larger scale of project. This monetary grant is for ALL photographers who need the essential seed money to work on long-term projects in progress.


  • Money goes toward projects that are in progress and not completed.
  • Funds are to assist photographers and help them fulfill their vision.
  • All types of photography are welcome, including documentary, photojournalism, fine art, digital mixed-media, etc.
  • Also included in prizing is a chapter in the next Flash Forward publication. The selected winner of this grant and the work in progress will be highlighted.

How It Works

All photographers who submit to Flash Forward will be considered. Those who already submitted are also part of this award judging process.

Five semi finalists will be contacted and asked questions about their work, after which a winner will be chosen.

The competition catalogue will include a chapter dedicated to the selected project and its progress in the 2016 year and the following year.

Thank You

The Magenta Foundation would like to extend their gratitude to TD Bank Group for jumping into 2016 with us and helping us create another exciting opportunity for emerging photographers.

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