To celebrate the annual International Day for Persons with Disabilities on December 3, OCADSU and Access Ryerson will visit Mad Room by Gloria Swain with an exclusive artist talk and gallery tour. Please arrive at Student Union Office (6th floor, 230 Richmond St.) at 2:30 and we will walk together to be at the show for 3pm.
(Please message us if you have additional accessibility needs)
- The gallery is wheelchair accessible and all work is hung at an accessible level
- All visual work includes audio description
- Service animals are welcome at the gallery
- All exhibits include touchable art
In case we miss you, our exclusive trip is from 3-4pm at:
401 Richmond St. W S-122
Toronto, Ontario M5V 3A8
Mad Room is an exhibition on the theme of mental health to raise awareness, open conversation, and promote effective coping strategies and self-care through art. It features images and installations that symbolize institutionalization, forced medication, domestic abuse, sexual abuse and the stigmas that come with depression.
Gloria Swain is a multidisciplinary artist (painting, photography, poetry, installations) whose work stimulates an understanding of mental illness. She is currently completing her Masters in Environmental Studies.
Gloria holds a Certificate in Community Arts Practice and is a recipient of the York University Robert J. Tiffin Student Leadership Award. Her work has shown at the Toronto Gladstone Hotel and various other venues. She is recipient of the Canadian International Black Women’s 100 Black Women to Watch.
Gloria’s practice includes work as a community arts facilitator and she coordinates art making spaces. Using art to explore mental health and (intergenerational) trauma, her art is an opportunity to share her own stories of mental health and create dialogue to remove the stigma. As a Black woman artist, she recognizes the lack of economic resources for marginalized people living with mental health issues and hopes to reduce the stigma of mental illness. Website:
“FieldTrips00” is the first of the OCADSU's series of outings. The idea behind FieldTrips00 is this offers an opportunity for you to attend great events around the city with a friendly crew. This way, you don’t have to show up at events alone if you don’t want to, you can meet other OCADers across disciplines, and you have people to find the location with you - so if you get lost, we all get lost together.