BEING SCENE 2021

Workman Arts’ annual Being Scene exhibition is back for its 20th anniversary! Going digital for the first time, Being Scene 2021 was offered virtually and included three exhibitions in one: a guest-curated exhibition of 11 commissioned artworks, a juried exhibition of 60 artists, and a retrospective exhibition honouring the 20th anniversary of Being Scene. The exhibition also included a program of free, virtual events.

With the exhibition scheduled for exactly a year from when COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic, the curated portion of Being Scene 2021 responded to the tumultuous previous year. Yet rather than proposing a theme orbiting around the pandemic, guest curator Jacqueline Kok encouraged us to think through the different ways in which we respond or have trouble responding to the many deep-rooted scars that have resurfaced as a result of the health crisis, as well as the fluctuating meanings of normality. To Speak Without Speaking, the exhibition curated by Kok, featured new artwork by Workman artists Mei Chan-Long, Jenny Chen, claro cosco, Heather Fulton, Eduardo Hatch, Rick Miller, David Constantino Salazar, Laura Shintani, Apanaki Temitayo, V Vallières, and claude wittmann that illustrate the many individual experiences of this global trauma.

In conjunction with the commissioned works, Being Scene 2021 showcased eighty artworks by artists living with mental health and addiction issues, exploring different conceptual and material approaches that illustrate compelling ideas and narratives inspired by diverse lived experiences. Also included with the virtual Being Scene 2021 programming, a deep dive into the Workman Arts archives explored the first two decades of Being Scene.

A program of free, virtual events accompanying Being Scene— such as public conversations with the curator and commissioned artists — provided the chance to delve deeper into the works on display and the themes raised by the exhibition. Additional events will focus on conversations around current ideas and trends in the arts sector and topics that support the advancement of artistic practices.

Being Scene opened online on March 4, with a virtual opening reception.

  • MARCH 4-28, 2021
  • A VIRTUAL EXHIBITION


JURIED EXHIBITION FEATURING ARTWORK BY

Ashmeed Ahamad
ArtDog Studio
Stephanie Avery
lita b.
Leopold Beeg
Candice Beuckx
Jason Burton
CADA LUI ART
Anna Camilleri
skylar cheung
Coley
Anne Coulter
Eve Crandall
M.C Cruz
C. L. Darvill
Trinley Dorje
ehiko
Lisa Faiz
Constanza Farias
Sylvia Frey

Kate Gorman
Kiril Goushleff
Hanan Hazime
Marcia Hon
Jean
Robin Jones
Mustafa Khan
Althea Knight
Naomi Hendrickje Laufer
Dorothy Ogda Laxton
Amanda Lederle
Taryn Lee
Steven Lewis
Wendy Lu
Lorette C. Luzajic
Kristine Maitland
Wendy Mataija
Hazey May
Griffin Llewellyn McAllister
Serena McCarroll

Claire Mercer
Leslie Ordal
Alan Parker
Sean Patenaude
Marisha Pula
Danica Rasovic
Kurt Rostek
Chris Scott
Susan Spagnuolo
Greg Staats
Asma Sultana
Jan Swinburne
T. U.-P.
Jace Traz
tired bees
Shozo Ushiroguchi
Amanda Vandekerckhove
Sam Waters
TK Workman

Special thanks to the Norman and Marsha Paul Family Trust for supporting Being Scene.

Image: Mustafa Khan, Eating Grass, 2017

PARTNER
CAMH Mental Health is Health
FUNDER
Province of Ontario logo
FUNDER
Ontario Arts Council Logo
FUNDER
Toronto Arts Council - Funded by the City of Toronto

BEING SCENE EVENT SERIES

Being Scene 2021 Opening

MARCH 4, 2021

BEING SCENE 2021PANEL/Q&ARECEPTION

Roundtable Discussion – To Speak Without Speaking Curator & Artists

ON DEMAND MARCH 4-28, 2021

ARTIST TALKBEING SCENE 2021PANEL/Q&A

Mental Health Check-In for Artists and Arts Workers: Adjusting to the New Normal

MARCH 8, 2021

BEING SCENE 2021MENTAL HEALTH CHECK-IN

Mental Health Check-In for Queer & Trans Artists & Arts Workers

MARCH 9, 2021

BEING SCENE 2021MENTAL HEALTH CHECK-IN

Mental Health Check-In for Black Artists & Art Workers

MARCH 16, 2021

BEING SCENE 2021MENTAL HEALTH CHECK-IN

Panel Discussion – Supporting Artists by Closing the Margins

MARCH 18 2021

BEING SCENE 2021PANEL/Q&A

Workshop – Grant Writing: From Ideation to Implementation

MARCH 23, 2021

BEING SCENE 2021WORKSHOP

Workshop – Negotiating Contracts & Fees for Artists

MARCH 24, 2021

BEING SCENE 2021WORKSHOP

CLAUDE WITTMANN ARTIST ACTIVATION

MARCH 25, 2021

ARTIST TALKBEING SCENE 2021PERFORMANCE

Workshop – How To Write and Speak About Your Work

MARCH 26, 2021

BEING SCENE 2021WORKSHOP