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Career Launcher: Gallery 44 Production Membership Deadline Extended

Update from the Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers Office, OCADU

 G44 Production Membership
Deadline extended to May 10th at 11:59 PM.

Updated link: https://careerlaunchers.format.com/6883075-2020-g44-production-membership.

 Zviko Mhakayakora is available to help with this and other applications

The CEAD is offering one-on-one advising that can be booked through the OCAD U Talent Network. Please let me know if there is another type of support that could help you in putting applications together.


E. zmhakayakora@ocadu.ca        W: ocadu.ca/cead


SUBMISSIONS for the exhibition “Displacement” are now open!

 “Displacement” is a curated exhibition of OCAD University student work from the facilities of Art and Design. The moving and still images in the exhibition should all consider the placement or displacement of subjects, objects, experiences, geographies and/or ideas in order to disorient or re-orient the viewer.

All work will be displayed in the Ada Slaight Gallery at OCAD University as part of the 2020 Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival.

The show will run from May 22nd – June 7th, 2020.


If you are looking to submit please visit,  http://ocaducontact.com for more information.



Photography Workshop in Florence with April Hickox


May 10th – 16th, 2020


This collaborative course, Reframing Histories: Photography in Sequence focuses on connections to the landscape, which embrace land use (urban and rural), sustainability, site-specific interactions, and personal relationships to the land.

Through the exploration of site and place, this studio-based photography course will propel participants to respond to a new environment while intertwining their personal areas of interest.  During this seven-day experience, learners will be given a series projects asking them to respond using their personal cultural history or their experiences in Florence as inspiration.  At the start of the session, each day will center around responding to a landmark in the city, including both the natural environment, historical sites and museums. The participants will have the opportunity to link the series of small assignments into a linked body of work or to use the tasks as a way to generate new directions for their creative practice.


Spaces are limited, submit your registration fee to reserve your space!

Register or learn more at http://ocadu.ca/florence

At the link there are also photographs of our studios, details of what is included in each program, draft schedules and testimonials from past participants.
For any questions about any of the series non-credit courses being offered in Florence, contact:
E jsuddick@ocadu.ca


OCADU Alumna Shivani Sharma hosts Fashion Photography 101

On February 23, OCADU Directed Studio grad Shivani Sharma will host a one-day workshop in shooting fashion editorials and invites you to sign-up. The workshop includes a full studio session at Collab Studio Toronto and she will help you coordinate a team to work alongside you (makeup artists, hair stylists, wardrobe, lighting assistant). Food and drink is provided, a theory booklet to take home, shooting demo and then participants can shoot with two different models.

Check out her website for more info: shivanisharmaphoto.com


GDES-3115 The Portrait (0.5 Credits): WINTER 2020

This GDES course is available to Photo students!
The portrait, as a specific kind of constructed image is considered in relation to notions of identity, race, gender. Concentrating on technical and theoretical frameworks, independent research, studio projects will dialogue with topics such as self-portraiture, digital (re)constructions, multiple identities, and masquerade, through the intersections of art, editorial, documentary and commercial practices. Foundational theories of representation and the lens will guide students through their projects.
8.5 credits overall – Must be completed prior to taking this course.
7.0 credits from subjects ADVR ENVR GRPH ILLU INDS MAAD GDES ASOC CRCP CROS DRPT EXAN FABR GART INTM IVCA LIFE PHOT PRNT SCIN DIGF INVC IVCL IVCV – Must be completed prior to taking this course.
1.5 credits Liberal Studies from subjects ENGL HUMN SCTM SOSC VISA VISC VISD VISM – Must be completed prior to taking this course.
Main Campus
The Portrait 001

2020-01-06 – 2020-04-03
Seats Times Locations Instructors
3:10 PM – 6:10 PM
2020-01-06 – 2020-04-03
Main CampusMain Building / Sharp Centre 506
Boyce, K

PANEL: Photography & Representation: Working From Insider/Outsider Perspectives

PHOTOGRAPHY + REPRESENTATION: Working From Insider/Outsider Perspectives
Panel Discussion with: Indu Antony, Jeff Bierk, Michele Pearson Clarke, Gabrielle Moser
Organized and moderated by: Meera Margaret Singh
Presented by: The OCADU Photography Department
October 4, 2019
Centre For Emerging Artists and Designers
3rd floor, 115 McCaul

SONY World Photo Student Competition

Every year the SONY World Photo Organization holds a student competition on a theme with major equipment prizes and travel to London, UK if you are selected. This year the competition is open to all OCADU Photo students between the ages of 18-30 (along with schools around the world). If you are interested, check out the website for the Student Focus part of the World Photo competitions and prepare and submit your submission.  https://www.worldphoto.org/student-competition

The deadline for submissions is November 29, 2019 – 1300 GMT

The competition is split into two challenges, with a shortlist of 10 students selected after the first challenge. The second and final challenge will then be given to the finalists.

2020 First challenge: Invisible lines

The world we live in is structured around a variety of invisible lines. This could be in a natural environment (ie oceans, mountains, forests), in our society (ie gender, wealth, race), or intellectually. Show the judges the stories of people fighting against that and trying to break the invisible lines that most intrigues you in a positive way.

The entry process is simple:

(You will need the following password to login: 2020@student)

  • Choose and upload at https://www.worldphoto.org/sony-world-photography-awards/student-focus/submission (password: 2020@student) a zip file with the image series of 5-10 images that the student thinks is responding best to the challenge of ‘Invisible Lines’. These image series will represent your institution in the 2019 Student competition.
  • You can enter multiple series from as many students, that fill in the age criteria
  • When uploading your zip file, please keep the size below 10MB
  • Please name the images as follows:
  • ImageTitle_OCADU_StudentFirstName_StudentLastName

You will need to add the images to a zip archive in order to upload them.

For Mac users select your images and right click and select Compress. For PC users you will need to download a use an app for that. We recommend 7zip


All shortlisted photographers are given Sony digital imaging equipment and flown to London to attend the Sony World Photography Awardsceremony, with the winner receiving €30,000 worth of Sony photography equipment for his or her university. All shortlisted photographers will be able to attend a morning of intimate portfolio reviews with World Photography Organisation editorial staff and the Student judges.

Berlin-Toronto Exchange Exhibition

Fall 2019 Berlin-Toronto Exchange Exhibition Opportunity

During the fall term, an exchange exhibition will take place between Photo students at OCADU and the University of Europe in Berlin. Student work from each school will be installed at the partner school, printed from selected digital files. OCADU Photo students in the 300 and 400 level are invited to submit up to 5 images from a series.

This exhibition is planned in coordination with the teaching exchange between Professors Peter Sramek of OCADU and Walter Bergmoser of the University of Europe, who will teach this fall at the opposite school. The OCAD works will be installed in Berlin by Peter Sramek and the UE Masters students.

For the OCADU students, there will not be a pre-determined theme, rather students are invited to submit work that represents a key conceptual direction in their own photographic output. Selection will be coordinated by Peter Sramek. Not all work will be included.

Files will be uploaded as a folder with the student’s name into the folder Exchange OCADU in Berlin:

Image files must be named ‘FirstinitialLastname_Imagenumber’, in tiff or jpeg format and set to 300 ppi and approximately 20×24 inches in dimension.

Files which are too small will not be considered for printing.

A text document with the student’s name, year level, project title and up to 50 word statemen.t is to be included. Not all of the submitted works will be selected and you may wish to include fewer than 5 as a more specific edit.

Deadline: September 15, 2019

Note: Accepted students will be required to assist in printing and installing the show of Berlin students in the Ada Slaight Gallery with the supervision of Prof. Walter Bergmoser.

Questions and communications to: Peter Sramek:   psramek@ocadu.ca

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