OCAD U Photography Program

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Residency Opportunity: Robert McLaughlin Gallery

2022 RBC Emerging Artist Residency Program at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa

This is a fully funded program that provides emerging artists with studio space and production support within the vibrant setting of the RMG. We pay a residency fee of $2000 to support production, materials, travel, and installation costs, as well as a $3500 artist fee. The 12-week residency culminates in a five-week solo exhibition in Gallery A, a 700sq. ft gallery within the RMG, and is accompanied by numerous opportunities for professional development.

RBC Residency at Robert McLaughlin Gallery

We are looking for artists under the age of 35 who will thrive as artists-in-residence with bold ideas, innovative vision, and who are interested in making meaningful connections with our visitors and community.

The full call and application instructions are available on our website: http://rmg.on.ca/artist-residency-program/.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

The deadline for submissions is June 6, 2021 at 11:59 pm EST.

Associate Curator, Public Programs

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery
72 Queen Street, Civic Centre, Oshawa, Ontario
905 576 3000 ext 102


Artscape Daniels Launchpad Opportunities

Have a look at what is offered in this Artscape complex. There are studio spaces, tech facilities, great photo support and then lots of workshops, career dev programs, bursaries and more.






International Collaboration Studio Course Registration

International Collaboration Studio              Sept–April, 2020-21          1.0 credit
Register Now at the appropriate course level (no application)

Open to all OCADU Programs

You will register for both semesters, comprising 2 courses at either the 300 OR 400 level:

International Collaboration Studio: Photo 3018
International Collaboration Studio II: Photo 3019
International Collaboration Studio III: Photo 4016
International Collaboration Studio IV: Photo 4017 

Open to 200 level students with Approval



For more information, contact Prof. Meera Margaret Singh   msingh@faculty.ocadu.ca


INTAC Exhibition, CONTACT Photo Festival, 2019, Canada




What is INTAC?

This hybrid studio course takes place over two semesters during which time students design and undertake collaborative projects with international partners. Directions identified by the group will vary from year to year, but address the ongoing goals of engaging global issues and communicating across cultures. Participants will respond to an overall theme with project proposals in whatever way they may interpret it, although we hope that global and cross-cultural issues will be fore-fronted. Projects will be developed in a range of media, but particularly those that may be shared readily through online channels. For this reason, photographic and time-based formats are a primary focus, however past students have also worked in other media – most recently audio, sculpture, writing, quilting, jewelry, drawing, painting and performance.


Along with creating relationships with students in the various schools, OCAD students will meet each other and interact online, propose project concepts, join project groups and produce collaborative artworks. Participants will maintain online communication and build a sense of community here at OCAD through group crits, fundraising activities, an exhibition event and possibly publication. Guided by Professors Meera Margaret Singh and Peter Sramek, they will take responsibility for cooperative leadership and initiative.



Using class meetings, video conferencing (sometimes very early in the morning) and online blogs/communication environments (currently Slack and Miro) and popular social networking tools, students will communicate and develop projects under the guidance of the instructors at each school. Scheduling will be flexible, responsive to the needs of the activities while much of the work will be done on the students’ individual time with their project partners using various platforms: Slack, Zoom, Miro, Skype, FaceBook, E-mail and other channels. Specific joint activities and projects will be articulated each year, based on specific partnerships and opportunities. There will be short-term objectives and deadlines over the 8 months of the course. It is important to note that the course structure consists of a flexible online meeting schedule and the class group will not meet every week, rather, more or less every other week.



  • This course is open to students from all programs – Art, Design, INVC, LAS, DigF
  • There are two sets of course codes and students must register in the paired Fall and Winter sections.
  • Students who have taken the 300-level courses may continue in INTAC by registering
    for the 400-level courses. Students requiring 400 level credits may also register at that level with approval.

FutureArt berlin – Call for Submissions

Upcoming Online Exhibition Opportunity being organized by the INTAC student group in Berlin

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反相 invert – Online Photo Project

Here is a current online project accepting image submissions related to this time of introspection. It is poetic and reflective.

“反相 invert” Project


Internship Opportunity – The Garden Collective agency

The Garden Collective is offering a potential internship with hopes to engage recent grads during this time. 

The Garden Internship

Submit your creative book (Art Direction, Copywriting, Design, Photography, OR Design Strategy) at the link in the bio with a short write-up on why you’d make a great intern. We’ll select the top ten books in each category for an online portfolio review and offer a paid summer internship to whoever wows us on paper and in (virtual) person! Submissions open until May 18th.

INTAC virtual exhibition

The International Collaboration Studio students now have an online exhibition of their projects work, along with the students in Mexico, Finland, Germany, South Korea and China. Check out the virtual gallery platform (if you have Flash enabled) or just review each project.  intacnet.virtualgallery.com

A more comprehensive website of the project work is found at: intacvicat.wordpress.com



The platform is free to use for one 24 piece show and you can embed it into your blog or website as well. Try it out for yourself.

You can find mine at:  Peter Sramek: Object Lesson – Virtual Gallery   Click on the exhibition title to shift to the 3D viewer (if you have Flash).

Exhibition and Project Grant Opportunity



OCAD U is excited to partner with Kolab Project to create an exclusive call for submissions from members of the OCAD U community. The Next Fourteen Days is a new initiative that will provide grants to realize 14 new projects, created by OCAD U students, recent alumni and also select faculty. These projects will document new work created over a period of 14 days in May 2020. Collectively and individually these works will speak to this time of physical distancing and self-isolation.

The Next Fourteen Days is an experiment in social connection. Using creative practice to bridge social distancing, this initiative has been developed in an effort to offer a reprieve from our collective isolation, to champion creativity and to support cultural production in these challenging times. The fourteen new works selected, along with the documentation of their making, will be featured online as short digital vignettes, with a goal of reaching as many people as possible.

Individual project grants of $1,000 each will be awarded by a jury made up of Kolab Project and OCAD U representatives. Recipients will be selected on the basis of a short project proposal, the strength of their portfolio of existing work and also a declaration of financial need. Proposals could potentially respond to themes such as connectedness, time, physical space or collaboration, but are not limited to these recommendations.

GRANT VALUE: Individual project grants of $1,000 each



All applicants will submit via: bit.ly/kolabxocadu


May 6: Submission deadline
May 15: Recipients are notified
May 18 – 31: Project creation and documentation
May 31 – June 8: Digital vignettes produced
June onward: Public launch of projects


OCAD U’s partnership with Kolab Project, established in 2020, will enhance the community experience, foster faculty innovation and enrich academic programming at OCAD University.

A subsidiary of Auxly Cannabis Group, Kolab Project’s mission is to provide Canadians with a carefully curated selection of exceptional products, while championing high quality, purposeful goods and experiences produced in collaboration with culturally-relevant creators.


Zviko Mhakayakora, Special Projects Coordinator
Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers
E: zmhakayakora@ocadu.ca

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