Xpace Cultural Centre annual fall programming launch and back-to-school party

Xpace Cultural Centre invites you to join them for their annual FREE fall programming launch and back-to-school party on September 8 from 7-11pm, featuring new work created this summer at Akin Lansdowne by our summer artists-in-residence Emily Norry and Kendra Lee, with accompanying essay by Sam Roberts. Emily, Kendra and Sam were winners of the Xpace Summer Residency Program for OCAD U graduates.

September 8 – October 14, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, September 8, 7-11pm

Poster by Wil Brask

Poster by Wil Brask

Emily Norry, Queeries into History: The Love of Loring and Wyle (Project Space)

With accompanying essay by Sam Roberts.

This series by Emily Norry explores the lives of Toronto artists Frances Loring and Florence Wyle and their lifetime spent together. Through this show, Norry looks to expand upon her series Queeries into History with a more in depth exploration of these two artists. Where Queeries into History was meant to outline an entire ancestry of queer women through time, The Love of Loring and Wyle is a biography of two beloved but often forgotten artists that helped shape Toronto’s art world, while never wavering in their commitment to one another.

Using watercolour printmaking, Norry takes historical photos of Loring and Wyle’s careers and personal lives, paints them in colour and transfers them onto fabric. These leave images cracked, faded, and sometimes warped from the originals; this is reflective of the way history is often forgotten and overwritten in modern view. These images are then embellished, with embroidery, patterning and dried flowers as a way to describe intimacy, relationships and the way the past is reframed and added to in the present. The works will explore their sculptures, time as students, associations with arts societies, and their more then 50 year relationship. 


Kendra Yee, Pantry Shelf (Window Space)

With accompanying essay by Sam Roberts.

The attempts to trace back family lineage are swallowed by the movements of time. Documents discarded, photographs burned, tombstones never carved and names changed to survive systems. Mimicking the setup of Kendra Yee’s Yeh-Yeh’s corner store in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, this installation honours family-run businesses. The items displayed replace the culture that has been lost, reclaiming broken narratives and forming new stories.


Save the date! Akin will be visiting these exhibitions as a part of our Fall Gallery Crawl on Saturday September 16. Stay tuned for more info! 



Join us for the 3rd OCAD University Alumni Exhibition! This exhibition gives viewers a glimpse into the type of work produced by OCAD University graduates spanning six decades.


1214 Queen Street West

Exhibition Runs: April 3rd to April 6th

Opening Night: April 3rd, 7-10pm.

This year’s distinguished jurors:
OCADU faculty member, Barbara Astman
Former OCA instructor, John Inglis
Writer, cultural administrator and arts advocate, David Silcox

List of Featured Artists:
Robert Anderson
Kirista Arnold
Katherine Bellman
Donna Blanco
Stella Cade
Ozzie Ciliberti
Michelle Crockett
Alea Drain
Pat Dumas-Hudecki
Sandy Fairbairn
Eric Field
Adrian Fish

Stephanie Flowers  
Natasha Gouveia
Marina Hanacek
Jill Harmer
Kate Hogg
Nicole Kagan
Jessamyn Khan
Hyun Mi Kim
Elaheh Koneshlo
Joe Han Lee
Zhan Ni Li
Erin Loree 
Joseph Medwecki
Romena Mohammadi
Alfred Ng
Stan Olthuis
Jeannie Pappas
Carol Pasternak
Michael Rachlis
Amita Sen Gupta
Jacquelyn Sloane Skilos
Elly Smallwood
Anna Snyder
Cortney Stephenson
Keijo Tapanainen
Michelle Tourikian
C.A. Way

Akin Collective at OCAD- TOOLBOX



TOOLBOX is a two-part event including a tradeshow and public lecture.


4th annual celebration of studio education
Thursday November 7, 2013
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Great Hall and Main Lobby
Free Admission!
Organized in the style of an industry tradeshow, TOOLBOX Tradeshow is an open house event designed to celebrate fabrication and studio-based education. We've invited vendors, suppliers and friends of the shops and studios to participate by setting up booths to promote their products and services. This event is a valuable opportunity for knowledge and resource exchange with a large audience of OCAD U students, staff, faculty, alumni, as well as members of Toronto’s art and design community. There will also be giveaways, door prizes and ongoing demonstrations in the lobby by our studio technicians, including technicians from the Printmaking Studios, Fabrication Studios, and Material Art & Design Studios. Come visit the Great Hall to learn more about studio resources and equipment available to you!  
Vendors confirmed for TOOLBOX 2013 (more to come!):
If you are a vendor interested in participating, please contact Kim ArmstrongExt. 362 or Emily Gowan Ext. 2268 for more information.


Safe Studio Practice for Students & Graduates: Talk by Monona Rossol
Thursday November 7, 2013
5 to 7 p.m.
Central Hall (Room 230)
Open to public!
TOOLBOX Lecture will feature a presentation by Monona Rossol. Many young artists and designers learn their skills and craft within an institutional context, where safety is managed by professionals, and significant resources are dedicated to establishing and maintaining the safest possible work environments. However, upon graduating from these institutions, they often must continue to work without these resources. Many young graduates end up setting up their own studios, either individually or collectively, but almost always on a strict budget. Many will work in their own homes   or live in their workplaces. Even though they have received training and education in safe work practices, financial exigencies often trump caution.
Ms. Rossol will deliver a talk aimed at students and graduates making the transition from an institutional setting to a developing professional one. Given limited resources and the pressure of establishing independent practices, Ms. Rossol will identify essential safety issues that new artists and designers should be concerned with for their continued health and sustainability of practice. This will be an exciting and informative lecture followed by an open discussion period.The event takes place in Central Hall on November 7, from 5 to 7 p.m.
This lecture is hosted by Studio Management and Office of Safety & Risk Management at OCAD U. Generously supported by Henry's Canada and Heritage Safety.
Monona Rossol is President/founder of Arts, Crafts and Theater Safety, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to providing health and safety services to the arts.  She is a chemist, artist and industrial hygienist. For more information, visit Acts: Monona Rossol.

Val Sears @ Alison Milne Gallery

Val Sears: In Passing
October 2 - November 2, 2013

Opening Reception: Wednesday, October 2, 6pm - 9pm

The Alison Milne Gallery is proud to present the first solo show of OCAD Graduate ValSears
Please join us for the opening reception on Wednesday, October 2 from 6pm-9pm.

Through richly painted cityscapes, Sears explores how car travel dictates our perspective of the landscape and provides us with fragmented memories of our environment. Windows distort our sight lines. Interior colors leak into the exterior scene. Light absorbs and spreads across scuffed-up glass, altering our view. Reflective surfaces such as mirror and metal bounce beams of light between each other, exaggerating the luminosity of outside light sources.  

Presenting the view of Passenger, Sears constructs a movement-based experience within a static landscape, separated from sites by glass, rubber, and steel.

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