OCAD U Photography Program

News about events, our community & opportunites

Month: October 2016 (page 1 of 2)

This course includes working with Isaac Julian and a trip to the UK – APPLY!


Proof 24 Call for Emerging Canadian Artists

9_doucet_webI Never Recognized Her Except in Fragments, 2015 © Hannah Doucet

Don’t forget to submit your application for Proof 24 at Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography!

DEADLINE: November 1, 2016
Exhibition Dates:
June 9 – July 8, 2017
Gallery Website:

OCAD’s very own Kotama Boubane speaks about Proof’s impact on emerging artists:

“I was one of the artists in Proof 9 at Gallery 44 along with other great photographers like Stacey Tyrell and Althea Thauberger. Being apart of a Proof show is a catalyst for many emerging artists in getting valuable exposure and experience within the Toronto art scene and nationally. I was able to connect with other artists, curators and administrators that helped further my artistic endeavors. I currently teach in the photography Department at OCADU and York University and am represented in Toronto by ESP – Erin Stump Projects.” – Kotama Bouabane

Volunteering Opportunity

Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art is a registered charitable organization that fosters the appreciation and understanding of contemporary photographic, media and digital arts through exhibitions, publications and related activities. We are presently looking for volunteers to help out at our lectures, exhibition openings and with general office administration.
Below are some of the upcoming 2016/17 volunteer opportunities. Depending on the event or task, the time commitment is usually 3-4 hours during the day or in the evening, and each volunteer will receive a copy of the current issue of Prefix Photo magazine.
Upcoming Events:
Administrative help
Monday, November 7, 2016
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Anytime between 10:30am and 5pm for a few hours
Prefix Photo Launch Party
Thursday, November 24, 2016
6:30pm to 10pm
Prefix ICA is located at:
401 Richmond Street West (East of Spadina, South of Queen), Suite 124
If you are interested in volunteering with Prefix ICA, or have any questions, please contact:

Alysha Rajkumar (Photo Program Alumni), Gallery & Operations Manager
E: info@prefix.ca
T: 416-591-0357

Farihah Aliyah Shah: Career Launcher Solo Exhibition

Prefix, Untitled: P2, 2016 © Farihah Aliyah Shah

Congratulations to Farihah Aliyah Shah who has been selected as the winner of the 2016 Career Launcher and will have a solo exhibition at Artscape Youngplace in 2017. An accompanying exhibition text will be commissioned from Sharene Shafie, recipient of the inaugural Curatorial and Criticism Practice Artscape Youngplace Career Launcher.


Artist Bio: Farihah Shah is a 27 year old emerging photographer and visual artist originally from Edmonton, Alberta now based out of Bradford, Ontario.  She has a Bachelor’s in Human Resources Management from York University and a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts in Photography with a minor in Integrated Media from OCAD University in Toronto, Ontario.

Farihah’s practice includes an array of conceptual, street, and studio photography, time-based film work,multi-media installations and performance based works that explore issues of racial identity, constructed and natural landscapes, personal and collective memory, and the ebb and flow of people in private and public spaces.  Her work has been displayed in galleries in Finland, Germany and Canada.

For more information:
Career Launcher
Artist Website



A small selection of the events that occurred as part of ART CAMP 2016


1214 Queen Street West (at the Gladstone Hotel)
Reception: 7:00-10:00 pm

Traces is a group exhibition at Ryerson Artspace that celebrates the work of 2016 ART CAMP Residency Participants: Ailene deVries, Alexander Rondeau, Cat Bluemke, Claire BartlemanClea Christakos-GeeDana Prieto, Kesang Youdon Nanglu, Maddie Alexander, Melanie Winter, Mara GajicNicholas AidenPaige LindsaySaba Giani


ART CAMP 2016 brings together 14 emerging artists from OCAD University and Ryerson University to build community and create art during a five month residency program.  Participants  were selected through an open call  to artists in their 2nd year of study through to recent graduates who are enrolled/alumni from a program within OCAD U’s Faculty of Art, Indigenous Visual Culture or Ryerson’s School of Image Arts.  Working alongside faculty supervisors Robyn Cumming (Ryerson University), Jennifer Long & Jennie Suddick (OCAD U), the participants attended professional practice workshops, studio visits, talks, film screenings, brainstorming sessions, critiques and learned new artistic skills.

A special thanks goes out to  programming support from:

The Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Ryerson University’s Digital Media Experience Lab

OCAD University’s Emerging Centre for Artists & Designers

This project would not have been possible without the funding support Ryerson and OCAD University.

Call for Submissions: SNAP! Auction

SNAP! 2017 Contemporary Photo Competition is open! A juried competition for all photographers, there are cash prizes for top entries! Selected images will be included in the SNAP! 2017 silent auction, part of Toronto’s most exciting gala celebrating contemporary art photography. This year’s gala takes place March 30, 2017.

Deadline: November 4, 2016
$30 for the first entry and $10 for each additional entry up to 8 entries

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 $500 Awards of Merit

For competition rules and regulations, please click here.
Learn more about the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT)

Contact: Cheryl Powers, SNAP! Silent Auction Chair – cpowers@actoronto.org

Call for Photographic Work

Ursha Rajah

Photo by Ursha Rajah (2016 OCAD U Photo Alumni) http://www.deaandgrey.com

PhotoEd Magazine Presents: The PhotoEd Platform
Canadian. Contemporary. Photography. Connections.


Call for Submissions: Now Open

Location: Online

Fees to artists: NONE.

The PhotoEd Platform is a new & innovative project that aims to inspire and promote emerging Canadian contemporary photographers. The PhotoEd Platform will primarily function online, with live events as community touch-points. We are invested in developing a community of people for the ethical treatment of photography.


The PhotoEd Platform creates connections between fresh image creators and seasoned industry experts, and includes the community at large. We want to show-off, and share your work with everyone in Canada AND give back to the community. By creating an online gallery/ marketplace curated by a professional jury, the NOURISH COLLECTION looks to demonstrate what’s possible through collaboration.

Submit images that NOURISH.

Share what nourishes the body, mind and spirit.

This theme allows photographers to share their creative interpretations on what nourishment means to them. Consider the connections viewers will have with this theme, and how sharing your work in this context will literally and directly promote the facilitation of nutritional aid within your communities.

Photographers may submit up to 5 images for consideration.

Images selected as part of the collection will be available for sale online as:

  1. Images for commercial license use. Profits from commercial license sales are divided equally between the PhotoEd Platform & the artist.
  2. High quality fine art prints. Profits from print sales are divided equally between the PhotoEd Platform & the artist.
  3. Low-res digital images for PERSONAL use as desktop/ mobile wallpaper. 100% of the profits from these sales will be donated to FOODBANKS CANADA. 


Janetta Dancer – Art Manager/Simon and Schuster Publishing – NYC // Liz Sullivan – Maclean’s Magazine Director of Photography // Natalie MacNamara- NAMARA represents // Andrew Tolson- Editor-in-Chief, Video-Rogers Media, Publishing Division // Raff Melito & Julie Belanger – Full Serve Productions // Nuno Silva – Stocksy United // Thomas Bouquin – enRoute Magazine //Adam Snellings – Art Director // Derek Shapton – Westside Studio – Photographer //

Dolores Gubasta – KlixPix Photo Agency //SOFIA (Society of Females in Art) // Ruth Alves – Art Director // Alexis Marie Chute – Curator // Jean-Francois Proulx – Direction artistique + collaboration graphique





 Questions?  Contact: Rita Godlevskis/ rita@photoedplatform.ca /416.452.2415



Thinking about Grad School? Check this out!

080_1Gallery 44 Workshop:
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2016 , 6-9 pm

$50 – (OCAD U students, alumni & Gallery 44 members)

This workshop is designed to guide and outline the basic requirements of Graduate Schools in Fine Arts/Visual Arts in various Canadian post-secondary institutions. As one of the key components in the grad application is your visual support material, the workshop will focus on how to compile visual documentation in order to prepare comprehensive and focused visual representation of participants’ art practices. In addition, instructor June Pak will discuss some of the necessary elements in writing a concise letter of intent. 

This workshop will be a great opportunity for participants to share information on different graduate schools. Prior to attending the workshop, participants should make sure to do some research on the schools that they are interested in, such as articulating what they are looking for in a graduate program, and why they are interested in that particular program.

Things to bring:

– Participants are encouraged to bring a draft copy of their letter of intent (this could be in point form as well).

– Digital versions of participants’ artwork  (.jpg, .mov, .wav. etc.)

*Students will receive member’s rates for this workshop

Instructor: JUNE PAK was born in Seoul, South Korea, and now lives in Toronto, Canada. By utilizing the assumed functions of hyphenation, as to both connect and divide two (or more) entities, she investigates different means to articulate visualization of ethnicity. She resists the prescribed ethnic subject’s positioning in the current universalized and institutionalized construction of ethnic work. Her multi-disciplinary works (photo, video, sound, text, installation, performance and writing) have shown around nationally and internationally. She received numerous grants from Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council for her projects, and was a recipient of the K.M. Hunter Artist Award (Visual Arts) in 2004. She holds a BFA from York University, a MFA from University of Windsor, and a PhD (Practice-based in Visual Arts) from York University. She currently teaches as a sessional lecturer in Visual Studies program at University of Toronto. http://www.junepak.ca/
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