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Blindspots: Opening tonight

Congratulations to OCAD U Photography alumni Dainesha Nugent-Palache on the curation of Blindspots, opening tonight at Xpace Cultural Centre!

Derrick Woods-Morrow, A Tale of Three Women

Derrick Woods-Morrow, A Tale of Three Women

June 24th – August 6th, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, June 24th, 7-10pm

Curated by Dainesha Nugent-Palache

Artist Involved: Darryl Terrell, Derrick Woods-Morrow, TeeJay Hayche, Mariel Zinman, Shellie Zhang

LGBTQ is often synonymous with gay-white-able-bodied-male; Blindspots puts the focus on those who exist under the queer umbrella, but don’t fit under this category. Blindspots is an exhibition composed of the work of five queer-diasporic artists (Darryl Terrell, Derrick Woods-Morrow, TeeJay Hayche, Mariel Zinman and Shellie Zhang), aiming to bring to light the often hidden facets of the queer experience.


303 Lansdowne Avenue Unit 2, Main Floor.
Toronto ON. M6K 2W5 (between College and Dundas)


Photo by Antonio Giacchetti

Dainesha Nugent-Palache is a Toronto based artist, writer, curator, and recent graduate of OCAD University—working primarily in photography, video, and with perfomativity—Her practice is often centred around themes of otherness, identity and representation, in relation to both femininity and the Afro-Caribbean diaspora. By employing the use of satire, pastiche and colour, Dainesha’s work is aesthetically tantalizing enough to pull viewers in, to then consider the deeper layered complexities which exist within her work. All in all, it is Dainesha’s intent to provide documentation and commentary on twenty-first-century realities through visual narratives, for the sake of posterity.

Xpace Cultural Centre is a membership driven artist-run centre dedicated to providing emerging and student artists and designers with the opportunity to showcase their work in a professional setting. We program contemporary practices that respond to the interests and needs of our membership. As we program with shorter timelines this allows for us to respond to contemporary issues in theory and aesthetics, keeping an up to the minute response to what is going on directly in our community.

Call for Submissions: Jan 4, 2016


Photo Program Alumni & Curator Dainesha Nugent-Palache is currently seeking artworks by (queer) emerging artists dealing with themes of identity, nationality, and diaspora to be shown in an exhibition at Xpace Cultural Centre, June 24-Aug. 6, 2016.

The direct focus of this exhibition is the threat of discrimination, violence and imprisonment due to the intersection of one’s queer identity and nationality, with the intent to uncover and expose the often hidden faces of queerness. Existing pieces and works in process, in all mediums will be considered. Works must be ready for exhibition by June 10, 2016.

Deadline: Midnight, Monday January 4, 2016.

Electronic submissions can be sent to: suppressed.oppressed@gmail.com

Please include:
1. Artist statement
2. Project description including technical requirements
3. Short bio (100 words max.)
4. CV
5. 3-5 images or videos of existing work/examples of proposed work and past work as support, along with a list of this support material.

File formats:
Written material: PDF
Images: JPG, 72 dpi
Video: MOV or web-accessible link(s)

E-mail: Dainesha at suppressed.oppressed@gmail.com for any further inquiries.

Exhibition: Those that belong to the Emperor

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Those that belong to the Emperor explores, analyzes and playfully disrupts the seemingly invisible order that governs the way in which we group, juxtapose, compare and categorize things.  Dainesha Nugent-Palache, Gregory McCarthy, Rachel Guglielmelli, Sonet Providence and Taikun Kambashi explore language; perception; and the organization and hierarchy of personals experiences as sites where this order of things manifests itself. In their works, these artists propose new arbitrary ways for indexing memory. They have created systems that reveal their own structural contradictions. The exhibition’s title references the fictitious taxonomy presented by Jorge Luis Borges in his 1942 Celestial Emporium of Benevolent Knowledge.

Curated by Sebastián Benítez

Opening Reception: September 10 / 7 – 10 PM

Panel Discussion: September 23 / 4 PM
Moderated by Rachel Guglielmelli, OCADU Faculty and guest panelists will talk about the professional field of publications and opportunities for artists/designers.

OCAD U Student Gallery
52 McCaul St, Toronto, ON

The Artist Project: UNTAPPED

Ursula Handleigh, Breathing Into Empty Spaces, 2014

Ursula Handleigh, Breathing Into Empty Spaces, 2014

Congratulations Alumni Ursula Handleigh & 4th year student Dainesha Nugent-Palache for being select to participate in The Artist Project: UNTAPPED.  

Better Living Centre
Exhibition Place, Toronto
Opening : Feb 19,  7-10pm
Fri, Feb 20,  11am-8pm
Sat, Feb 21, 11am-8pm
Sun, Feb 22, 11am-6pm

UNTAPPED Emerging Artists is a juried competition that awards new artists an opportunity to participate in a dedicated feature space at a professional-level art fair. This program aims to provide a platform for artists to launch their artwork to a public audience, make connections within the arts industry and gain experience in the contemporary art world.

Selected from hundreds of applications, 20 of the country’s best up-and-coming artists are invited to showcase their work for FREE!

Bio: Ursula Handleigh is a visual artist based in Toronto and a graduate of OCAD University’s BFA program. Working with experimental photography, film and historical processes of imaging making, her work explores questions of identity, perception, memory and familial relationships. Ursula has participate in the XPACE/SPARK Art Space Residency in Syracuse, New York, the M.C. McCain Post-Graduate Residency in Toronto, Ontario and the Spark Box Residency in Prince Edward County, Ontario. Her work has been exhibited across Canada, the United States and Europe.

Bio: Dainesha Nugent-Palache is a Canadian lens-based artist living and studying in Toronto, at OCAD University, who creates performative and conceptual video works and photographs. In the process of completing her BFA in photography, Dainesha is currently working on her thesis, in which she hopes to explore the dichotomies and paradoxes present in Jamaican culture. Most of Dainesha’s work is concerned with representations of society, self, and black diasporic identities, in relation to both the past and present; she also expresses an interest in the ever present cult of the consumer within a Post-Ford capitalist society, fixated on glamour and excess. All in all Dainesha hopes to continue to provide documentation and commentary on twenty-first-century realities.

HERE: opens Feb 5, 7pm

Abigail Lomboy

Abigail Lomboy

Opening Reception: Thurs, Feb 5, 2015, 7pm
Exhibition Runs: Tue, Feb 3 -Feb 15, 2015

A photography exhibit showcasing work from 10 emerging OCAD U artists exploring the self as a performative subject within the photographic frame.  Curated by: Madelyn Alexander

Featuring: Madelyn Alexander Sebastián Benítez Mara Gajic Antonio Giacchetti Abigail LomboySheana KanthanDainesha Nugent-PalacheNaz Niazi, Karella Mara Raffinan & Victoria Wojtan



478 Roncesvalles Ave
Toronto, ON, M6R 2N5


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