Apanaki Temitayo M
Apanaki Temitayo M is born in Toronto & raised in Trinidad & Tobago, Apanaki is an author, actor, multimedia artist & teacher. Her artworks are an expression of her Trinidadian heritage & spirituality. Apanaki’s visual artworks have been exhibited at the Workman Arts Being Scene Annual Juried Exhibition at Hart House, University of Toronto, Gladstone & at the Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival. Her poetry has been published in PHOTI, Fresh Arts Literary Journal, Black Girl Talk Anthology, Black Women & of Colour Press, the Caribbean Erotic Anthology, Poetry, Prose & Essays, Peepal Tree Press UK & the Re-Imagining The Sky Anthology. She was featured in the award-winning independent movie Sistagod at 2006 TIFF. Apanaki is an Visual Artist In Residence at Workman Art & an Art Facilitator for Art Cart partnership program with CAMH .
WEBSITE : apanaki-temitayo-m.pixels.com
Teresa Ascencao is a multimedia artist and instructor whose artworks explore social constructs of body language. She was born to Azorean parents in Sao Paulo, Brazil and immigrated to Canada at a young age. She holds a Graphic Design Diploma from Humber College and graduated with distinction from the University of Toronto’s Honours Fine Art Studio program. She holds an MFA specializing in Media Art and Sex-Positive Feminism from OCAD University. Ascencao’s work has been exhibited widely in Canada and internationally. She lives and works in Toronto and teaches at OCADU.
Stephanie Avery is a Toronto-based artist, author, art director & adventurer. Working in multi-media, her practice concentrates on themes of play, discovery, identity & memory. Stephanie’s most significant project ‘Ruins’ is an ongoing photographic series of abandoned buildings from around the world. So far she has traveled over four continents documenting sites of beautifully poignant decay & deconstruction. Stephanie writes for Torontoist’s Vandalist feature about street art & graffiti – plus she won a project grant from the Toronto Awesome Foundation for being awesome!
WEBSITE : stephanieavery.com
Mark Belvedere is a New York-born, Toronto-based visual artist, media artist, curator and instructor. He holds a BA in Philosophy from Western University with post-graduate study in Photography at Ryerson University. He is a member of Gallery 44 & Workman Arts, where he was Artist-In-Residence and served on the Board of Directors. Mark has received the Applied Arts Broadcasting Award for his work in video and has received multiple art and editorial commissions including for Newsweek, Toronto Life and Report On Business Magazine. He has exhibited widely and his work is placed in both private and public collections such as CAMH. Mark’s art practice involves creating wry visual narratives about power imbalances, on themes of spiritual, psychological and political identity.
WEBSITE : Mark Belvedere G44
Mel Bender is a visual artist, writer & editor. Her work taps into the subconscious through nonlinear & automatic processes such as blind-contour drawing & stream-of-consciousness writing. She has a BFA in Drawing & Painting from OCAD University & a BA in Psychology from the University of Waterloo. Mel teaches blogging workshops at Workman Arts & is currently working on her first book with working title kind of like wilson.
POETRY BLOG : mel-bender.tumblr.com
Andy Berthiaume holds an MA in Education from Athabascan University & is a graduate of Seneca College Broadcast Journalism Institute. He is the founder of Concrete Sound Documentaries & the Toronto Podcasters Meetup group. Andy recently fulfilled one of his lifelong dreams of working with the CBC on The Doc Project as producer, creator & host of State of Mind, a podcast focusing on the realities of living with mental illness. This topic is close to his he art as he has battled anxiety & depression throughout his life & he shares his story & others with audiences as speaker & interviewer. Andy is Media Artist In Residence at Workman Arts.
WEBSITE : energyhealingforallages.com/podcast.html
James Buffin holds a BFA in Film Production and Screenwriting from York University with subsequent study at the Canadian Film Centre in TV Drama and Development. He is a filmmaker, photographer, instructor and presenter with over 28 years experience working on movies, TV shows, commercials, music videos and documentaries, shooting across North America, South America, Asia and the South Pacific. Projects include feature length documentaries that involve working with culturally sensitive communities, marginalized populations, addictions and mental health sectors. Themes of disaster/recovery are prevalent. James is currently Producer, Director and Cinematographer of Veritus Pictures, as well as Contributing Editor of POV Magazine, covering major festivals, political events and ethical issues facing documentary filmmakers.
Marco Buonocore is a self-taught photo-artist, printer and instructor whose work revolves around the analog darkroom and exploring the possibilities of silver gelatin materials. He has exhibited and received grants and awards for his meticulously crafted photo-art projects and essays. Marco is an instructor at Gallery 44, Toronto Photographers Workshop and Workman Arts.
Ani Castillo was born in Guadalajara Mexico & emigrated to Canada in 2006. She studied Fine Arts & Communications at Universidad de Guadalajara & del Valle de Atemajac. Her artwork has been published & exhibited in Mexico, Canada, USA & Spain since 2004. Her current project Imaginary Friend is the result of the 3 years of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy she received in order to overcome social anxiety. Her work is irrevocably linked to issues of being a woman, mental health & immigration. Ani has been generously awarded & her artwork selected for publication & wide distribution by CAMH for this year’s Gifts Of Light.
WEBSITE : miamigo.ca
Jaene Castrillon is an interdisciplinary artist, activist, author & filmmaker who explores her relationship to the world through various spiritual teachings & the wisdom of the land. She describes herself as a settler to Turtle Island of mixed heritages, Hong Kong Chinese & indigenous Colombian who was adopted as an adult, by Elder Isaac Day of Serpent River First Nations. Her spirit name is White Bear Woman of Bear Clan. Having survived abuse, institutionalization, homelessness & sex work Jaene found herself in Isaac’s lodge where she learned to feel again. Since then, her art has become an adventure that celebrates the brilliance & heart-break of living a life less ordinary. She believes art creates an alternative to harmful notions around wellness, illness & worthiness. Jaene uses her art as medicine.
WEBSITE : whitebearcreative.com
Miles Cohen has been performing & directing 40 years. He is a graduate of the Canadian Mime School & Playhouse Acting School, & has a BA in Drama from Bishop’s University. Miles is an alumnus of The Second City Touring Company, a founding member & teacher at Kytes Youth Theatre for street youth. He studied Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction at St. Joseph’s Hospital, relaxation techniques at Dorothy Madget Centre & taught Living Meditation at Ralph Thornton Centre. He a founding member of MadPower Theatre, which is dedicated to the encouragement of artistic achievement & the protection of the rights of psychiatric survivors. He currently teaches CAMH patient programs “Learn” & “Encore”, & Improv workshops at Workman Arts, where he formerly served on the Board of Directors for several years.
Nature informs Toronto-based, visual artist and instructor Ann Davidson’s paintings, with a deep emotional intensity. She studied at Sheridan College, and the Ontario College of Art. Ann has been selling and exhibiting acrylic, and oil based realist paintings in numerous public and private galleries’ collections including: Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, the Mental Health Commission of Canada, Ottawa and the Law Society of Upper Canada. An Elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists (SCA) since 1998, Ann is currently working on a body of paintings from summer travels in Ontario, the East Coast of Canada and Scotland, that speak to mood, memory and interconnection.
Kathy Friedman’s writing has appeared in journals such as The New Quarterly, PRISM international, Grain, Geist, Room, Canadian Notes & Queries, and This Magazine. She has been a finalist for the Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers and runner-up for the Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award and PRISM international’s short fiction contest. Kathy has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph and a BFA in Creative Writing from UBC. She teaches creative writing at the University of Guelph, Workman Arts, and InkWell Workshops, where she is also the Artistic Director.
Heather Fulton (b. 1989, Canada) is a photo-based artist and instructor practicing out of Toronto, Ontario. Using unconventional and inherently destructive materials and processes, Heather’s work explores the vulnerability of memory and the fragility of nostalgia. Her practice is largely rooted in analog photography, including historical and experimental photographic processes. Heather has participated in many exhibitions, and has growing curatorial and facilitation experience. When away from the studio, she fills several roles in community based arts organizations.
Erella Ganon has been illustrating her experiences in journals for most of her life. She worked as a writer/journalist/radio announcer & in 1986, as a producer of Canada’s first AIDS benefit. Erella was one of the organizers of Kumbaya for AIDS, helped to establish Canada’s AIDS hospice, Casey House & the literary event, Word On the Street. She has plied her trade as a reviewer/journalist for NOW Magazine, CKLN-FM, CFNY-FM & for CBC Radio & TV. She was a New Media Designer for Extend Media/ Digital Renaissance & continues to be a strong community advocate as the Moderator for the Dufferin Grove Neighbourhood. In 1998 Erella was diagnosed with a brain tumour caused by a usually fatal, rare disease called Cushing’s. She documents her world living with an invisible disability through speaking, writing, blogging & art-making.
WEBSITE : facebook.com/erellaartist
Emily Gillespie is a Toronto-based author, disability activist and professional daydreamer. Her work explores the themes of memory, identity and mental health journeys. Emily enjoys working in community spaces and examining individual and collective experiences. She views storytelling as a tool for resisting predominant social narratives.
Emily has a BA in English, and an MA in Critical Disability Studies from York University. Dancing with Ghosts (Leaping Lion Books, 2017) is her first novel. In 2018, she won a contest for her short-story “D is for Despair,” sponsored by the Ontario Book Publishers Organization. She currently teaches at Workman Arts and is drafting her second novel.
Kate Gorman has spent most of her life in Toronto and calls the city her home. She is a painter and a maker of things. Kate is engaged as a Gallery Assistant at YYZ Artists Outlet, as well as a Yoga Instructor & an Accounting student at Ryerson University .
WEBSITE : katiefgorman.com
Eduardo Hatch is a self-taught artist from Havana, Cuba. In the mid 1980’s, he moved to Canada. His paintings reflect real as well as imaginary life experiences. He works both figuratively & expressively, preferring pure, spontaneous color combinations, form, movement & brightness. For Eduardo, painting is a source of joy, healing power & a haven where he creates a beautiful, colorful world.
Hanan Hazime is a poet, a story teller & an avid scripturient living in Toronto. She has a MA in English Literature & Creative Writing from the University of Windsor. Hanan’s poetry & prose have appeared in a number of publications, including The Windsor Review & Generation magazine. Currently, she is in the process of revising her novel Rosewater which challenges stereotypes about Muslim women, & working on Hymens & Hijabs, a collection of short stories & poems that explore Muslim female sexuality. She is also working with her husband, Shae Stamp, on Chiaroscuro, a collection of poetry, which aims to dispel myths surrounding mental illness in both Eastern & Western cultures. Hanan is Literary Artist In Residence at Workman Arts.
WEBSITE : hananhazime.wordpress.com
Robin Jones is a Toronto-based visual artist, He holds a Bachelor of Arts from OCADU where he studied painting, music production and renewable energy design. Robin spends part of his time in Mexico, where he initially became inspired and influenced by ancient Mayan and Aztec civilizations and motifs, which appear as patterns and references in his work. His portraits capture subtle expression and likeness in character, enhanced by fractal geometrics and artifacts. His paintings and drawings are luminous dream-like places, full of colour and movement. Robin is passionate about creating a better world and his concepts for sustainable, co-operative communities are visionary.
AVAILABLE WORK : Robin Jones
Jim LeFrancois is Workman Art’s Musician In Residence who is an award-winning artist & producer. He is a trained pianist & singer who holds a BFA in Musical Theatre Performance from the University of Windsor. Jim enjoyed a 10-year stint with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre as Artistic Producer where he received a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Musical for his work on Buddies’ 2007-08 Season Opener, ARTHOUSE CABARET created with David Oiye. He was the inaugural winner of the Leonard McHardy & John Harvey Award, administered by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts, which recognizes 10 years of commitment to the performing arts. Jim is also the recipient of a Harold Award & a Silver Medal from the Royal Conservatory of Music.
Steven Lewis is Workman Art’s Visual Artist In Residence & a Toronto-based painter. He studied at the Ontario College of Art, which included one-year in Florence Italy. He furthered his studies at the Academy of Realist Art in Toronto. Steven is the former Vice President & founding member of Spin VFX, (Formerly Spin Productions), who pioneered the use digital tools in video post production in Canada, for editing, visual effects, animation and graphics. Steven’s work has been exhibited widely & he has been awarded the Kingston Prize & the Touched By Fire Best-In-Show.
WEBSITE : stevenlewisart.com
Lorette C. Luzajic
Lorette C. Luzajic is a Toronto-based artist, photographer and writer. She has a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Journalism from Ryerson University. Her work has been exhibited at the Royal Ontario Museum, the San Sebastian Cultural Center in Tunisia, and the Biennale in Sarria, Spain. Her works are placed in collections in Canada, USA, Japan, UK, Ireland, Mexico, Israel, Italy, France and North Africa. Lorette is the editor of The Ekphrastic Review, a literary and arts journal that publishes poetry and prose that responds to visual art. She is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry, fiction and essays on art and writing, and has been published in over 175 different journals and blogs.
WEBSITE : mixedupmedia.ca
Gregg Allan McGivern
Gregg Allan McGivern is a Toronto-based visual artist and instructor who experiments extensively with materials, substrates and multi-media forms such as collage, pigment, pen & ink on stone paper or wood panel, and creates dimensional relief constructions. He is an outsider. After becoming disillusioned with the corporate world, he became a self-taught artist in mid-life. Gregg is a prolific, sequential painter, who usually produces five to ten paintings in series. He has exhibited widely and his unique artworks are collected internationally. Gregg is an active member of Gallery 1313, Workman Arts, Saatchi On-Line Galleries and founded The Toronto ART Collective FB Group.
WEBSITE : artbygam.com
Rick Miller is a filmmaker & photographer with a long history in the Canadian documentary industry. He has over 100 editing credits with CTV, TVO, Discovery, History & Bravo. Rick has edited award-winning theatrical documentaries that have screened in North & South American, Oceania & Europe. Rick’s documentary on creativity & insanity received an Ontario Arts Council Deaf & Disability Arts Projects Grant & a Canada Council Cultivate: Creative Development Grant for artists living with mental illness. His short autobiographical documentary, Memento Mori, screened at the 2016 Rendezvous With Madness film festival, & he was the 2016-17 Media Artist in Residence with Workman Arts in Toronto. Rick holds a Master of Fine Arts in Documentary Media. Currently living & working in Toronto, Rick is a member of the Métis Aboriginal Community of Gaspésie, Québec.
Michael Morbach is a Toronto-based visual artist who paints lyrical abstract canvases informed by landscape forms & impressionistic still-life compositions. He works in oil, acrylic & mixed media. He has had numerous solo & group exhibitions & his painting are placed in both public & private collections. In 2011 he was awarded a significant commission to design a large-scale mosaic for the Intergenerational Wellness Building at the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health, as well as lead the team production project through its construction in a broad range of material consisting of ceramic, glass tile, marble, slate, stained glass & copper. Michael is a visual arts workshops instructor at Workman Arts.
PORTICO ARTISTS PROFILE : Michael Morbach
Brad Necyk is a Canadian multi-media artist working in drawing, painting, photography, video, film, sculpture & performance. He is completing an arts-based Ph.D. in Psychiatry & recently completed a residency with AHS Transplant Services as Artist-Researcher on Head & Neck Cancer. Brad also recently held a studio residency at Workman Arts & is currently Visiting Artist-Researcher at CAMH. His work focuses on patient experience, auto-ethnography, psychiatry, pharmaceutics & biopolitics. He has internationally exhibited, delivered academic papers & participated in multiple artists’ residencies. He is a committee member of several professional bodies & is a Scholar at the Integrative Health Institute at the University of Alberta. Currently, Brad teaches several senior level courses in Drawing & Intermedia at the University of Alberta & MacEwan University.
WEBSITE : bradnecyk.com
Sean Patenaude is a photographer, writer & educator who began working in portrait, event, industrial & site photography in the 1980’s. His clients include the Bronfman family, the Anne Murray Museum & the Simon Wiesenthal Centre. Sean’s artwork has been exhibited at Hart House, Artscape Youngplace, the Gladstone Hotel Gallery & at the Contact Photography Festival. His photographs have been published internationally in books, magazines & online. Sean is the current instructor for Workman Arts : Arts & Minds Community Arts Series in Victoria Village in partnership with Neighbourhood Arts Network.
ARTISTS PROFILE : Arts & Minds
Alan Parker is a prolific visual artist. He attended Ontario College of Art in the early 1970’s. His unique approach to landscape painting was first inspired when he lived in the countryside in the 1980’s. His artworks are placed in private & corporate collections such as CAMH & have been been exhibited widely & published in limited editions. Alan is a peer support leader for the Art Expressions Group Program sponsored by Equitable Bank & a member of Workman Arts.
AVAILABLE ARTWORK : Alan Parker
Neri Paul is a Toronto-based visual artist, born in Vancouver and has lived in Montreal and Ottawa. She studied at Western University and York University. She is practiced as a Peer Support Worker at MDAO through the Warm Line, which offers support and guidance to those dealing with mood disorders. Neri has been a guest speaker at Beyond the Cuckoo’s Nest, which is a CAMH educational mental health outreach program for youth. She a painter, photographer and is the founder and owner of Neri Designs and Infinity Jewelry, which raised $15,000 for the CAMH Transforming Lives campaign. Neri is currently an Artist in Residence at Workman Arts.
WEBSITE : imgrum.me/user/neri.paul
Marisha Pula holds a Bachelor of Design from OCAD University. She is a Toronto-based multi-media artist, curator, graphic novelist, designer & illustrator aka Rosie Pea. Marisha works with living materials, such as wood, in detailed sequential visual art & narrative formats to examine contemporary issues such as mental health, marginalized youth, environmental changes, gentrification & social justice. Occasionally she likes to make hand painted hats & attempt to weld things. Marisha loves dogs & characterizes them in humorous illustrated children’s books such as Dogs Don’t Share The Bed which uphold values of companionship & collaboration.
WEBSITE : rosiepea.com
Julie Riemersma grew up in Vancouver, lived in Ottawa for 6 years, & after an abrupt turn away from a career in medical science, moved to Toronto to attend Humber College. She graduated with honours from the Creative Photography program in 2012. Commercially, Julie pursues a career in fashion & portrait photography. Julie has been published internationally for her fashion & art work, was an Adobe Design Achievement award Semi-Finalist in 2012 & recently won the Rise Asset Development Dr. Paul E. Garfinkel Award as the Youth Entrepreneur of the Year for 2017.
WEBSITE : julieriemersma.ca
David Constantino Salazar
David Constantino Salazar is a Toronto-based sculptor who holds a MFA from OCAD University. He is interested in exploring the borders between necessity & excess, desires & addiction, & explores these relationships through humourous allegorical sculptures. He has exhibited his work in Canada & abroad. His public commissions include 2012 Carnaval, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2015 Spadina Museum, Nuit Blanche, Toronto, Canada & was recently commissioned by First Capital Realty Inc. for two permanent public art sculptures in Georgetown, Canada.
WEBSITE : davidsalazar.ca
Annette Seip graduated with an MSc from McMaster University. After many years in the field of science, she turned her talents to photography and digital art. Her award-winning photographs study the relationship between order and chaos, isolation and connectedness, light and darkness. She has exhibited widely in juried and solo art exhibitions, including at the Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Visual Arts Mississauga, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, CONTACT Photography Festival, and the Royal Ontario Museum. R.M. Vaughan described Annette’s “Ice Diamond” in the Globe and Mail as …”a photograph so dappled with liquid light, it could be mistaken for a Mary Pratt painting.”
WEBSITE : nettiephotography.com
Fiona Seth is a gender-queer illustrator, author, filmmaker & instructor who lives & works in Toronto, Canada. Their work embraces gender-queer identity, mental health & justice issues through visual storytelling. Fiona’s autobiographical 2014 film short, Pink Like Salmon focuses on the horrific reality of solitary confinement. They have published a number of books including She Said What About Love, documenting a 17 year struggle as a member of International Church of Christ Boston. Fiona is currently working on a graphic memoir.
WEBSITE : fionaseth.com
Simon Shimout is originally from Rankin Inlet, Nunavut and arrived to Toronto in 2008. He learned how to carve soap stone from his early childhood by watching his father, and began carving them himself at the age of thirteen. Simon carves soapstone figures because they are associated with his childhood memories of hunting on the land. The soapstone sculptures he creates relay the stories he grew up experiencing. His favourite figures to carve are the Polar Bear and Fisherman.
Lorene Stanwick is a playwright, actor, writer, counsellor & instructor. She is a co-founder of CreateTruth Productions, and is currently dedicated to exploring, expressing and raising awareness of the issue of Sibling Abuse. Lorene has a B.A. in Drama in Education, a B.Ed. in English & Dramatic Arts and an M.Ed. in Counselling Psychology. This foundation in arts and education, along with experience as an actor, teacher, writer and counsellor, provides a unique opportunity to explore and celebrate the healing and transformative power of art and theatre. She envisions her play, Broken Branches is a theatrical springboard to further projects about this issue, incorporating performances, presentations, workshops and co-creations with relevant groups including teachers, mental health professionals, parents, children and youth. Lorene is Theatre Artist In Residence at Workman Arts.
WEBSITE : brokenbranches.ca/partners.html
Sheri STRanger is a Toronto-based, multi-disciplinary artist, instructor & entrepreneur. She has over 25 years of experience creating art & over 15 years of instructing art at elementary schools, seniors centres, hospitals, corporate offices & community centres. Her work is placed in private & public collections & has been exhibited in spaces from the platforms of the TTC, to movie screens at TIFF Bell Lightbox Theatre, to history-making runways of the Art Gallery Of Ontario & Rideau Hall, resulting in features from a variety of media outlets including CBC Radio One & City News. Sheri supports & works with numerous community arts projects in cooperation with Barbara Schlifer Clinic, Heart & Stroke Foundation, Canadian Cancer Society, Screen Colons Canada, MDAO, YWCA, CAMH, World Mental Health Day & Workman Arts.
WEBSITE : sheristranger.com
Jan Swinburne is an alumnus of Dawson College & the Ontario College of Art & Design University. Her visual & interdisciplinary practice approaches all media from a painter’s sensibility. She makes use of traditional & digital media, including large-scale, site-sensitive installations. An experimental approach to art is central to her practice. As a video-sound artist, her interest is oriented to meta-exposure and image degeneration in the form of music-video-painting. Apart from creating original soundtracks, Swinburne collaborates with musician-composers, primarily, Philippe Gerber (JOHN 3-16). Jan Swinburnes videos have been screened in Brooklyn, NYC at Experi-MENTAL Festival 6 & New Jersey Filmideo Index Art Centre & Vector Festival Toronto. In 2015 she signed with Alrealon Musique. Jan Swinburne’s work has been exhibited internationally & her work resides in various public & private collections.
WEBSITE : janswinburne.com
Andrea Thompson is a poet, novelist, educator, essayist & spoken word artist. She has published & performed her work across North America & overseas for the past two decades. In 1995, she was featured in the documentary, Slamnation. In 2005, her CD One was nominated for a Canadian Urban Music Award, & in 2009 she was awarded Poet of Honour by the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. In 2008, Andrea toured her one-woman show, Mating Rituals of the Urban Cougar across the country, & in 2011, was host of the nationally broadcast TV series, Heart of a Poet. Her writing has been featured in a variety of journals & anthologies, & she is the author of the collection, Eating the Seed (Ekstasis Editions, 2000), the co-editor of the anthology Other Tongues: Mixed Race Women Speak Out (Inanna Publications, 2005) & author of the novel, Over Our Heads (Inanna, 2014). Andrea currently teaches Spoken Word through University of Toronto, OCADU’s Continuing Studies programs & at Workman Arts.
WEBSITE : andreathompson.ca
LAVEH Lindsay A. Veh
Lindsay Veh is a Visual Artist based in Toronto. She studied at the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD-U) & has worked in the USA & Europe. As an Art Facilitator, she has taught children & adults, for the City of Toronto Parks & Recreation, CAMH (Centre for Addiction & Mental Health), Workman Arts, Regent Park & 6 St Joseph Street. She has been also been engaged as a book illustrator, received mural commissions for City of Toronto, Bell Canada & has collaborated on a large-scale project of six mosaics for CAMH.
WEBSITE : artbylaveh.ca
Lisa Anita Wegner
Lisa Anita Wegner is a filmmaker, performer, curator and speaker with a therapeutic art practise at the haus of dada. She is the creative producer of Mighty Brave Productions, a small award-winning multi-media production company and a founding member of the Akhilanda Collaborative. Her work has been shown at the Phoenix Art Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, Mayworks Festival, Nuit Blanche, ReelAsian Film Festival, Long Winter, Workman Arts, Gallery 1313, Toronto Art Fair, Buddies in Bad Times, The Black Cat Artspace and NXNE Festival. Her ventures into large-scale performance installations include the 26-foot “Queen Of The Parade,”; a 10-foot version of The Queen was commissioned by Partners in Art, for ARTrageous In Motion. Lisa is pushing further with live performance by exploring the personae of Thin(k) Blank Human with her live performance Metamorphosis at Anandam’s Body Break at Theatre Passe Murielle, PROCESS at Artscape Youngplace, a Hercinia Art Party, the FOMO Feminist Art Conference at OCADU and as a special performance at the Gallery 1313 20th Anniversary Party. Lisa is proud to be a Workman Artist.
claude wittmann lives at intersections (trans identity, double-citizenship, disability as defined by Ontario, un-ableism in the heart, mental illness as defined by the DSM-V, MAD at heart, under poverty line, with MA, PhD and bicycle wheel building skills, etc.). At this socio-political spot, and from a performance artist ethics of presence and transformative action, the difference between art, survival skills and aesthetics, and life is becoming more and more of a luxury, while the distinction between individual and systemic change is becoming clearer. This apparently simple, but in fact challenging insight constitutes his current artistic thread, mixed with a long-term natural commitment to equality, equity and anti-oppression. claude was born in Switzerland, lives in Toronto since 1998. he has performed and taught butoh-inspired work, performance art and voice and radio workshops since 2003, in international festivals, curated events, self-produced events, in art contexts, public spaces, on radio and at home. In his teaching, claude shares skills (live narrowcast FM radio, live internet radio, performance art, bicycle wheel building, sound improvisations, drawing as unlocking of deep imagination) in a practice that coaches individuals and groups towards their own paths.