Join us for an opportunity to explore the artwork at this year’s Being Scene juried show by attending an in-person guided tour. There will be a number of artists in attendance speaking about their work on exhibit and their overall practice, giving insight to their processes and conceptual choices. This is a great opportunity for visitors to interact and speak with artists in-person about their work.

 

Must RSVP for this in-person tour. There is a limit of 25 attendees.

All Guided Tours are FREE but donations are always welcome through here.

  • Saturday, April 2 at 2:00 - 3:00 PM EDT
  • Thursday, April 7 at 6:00 - 7:00 PM EDT
  • Saturday, April 16 at 2:00 - 3:00 PM EDT
  • Thursday, April 21 at 6:00 - 7:00 PM EDT
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APRIL 23, 2022

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Workshop: Overview of Intellectual Property Rights for Artists

MAY 7, 2022

ARTIST TALKBEING SCENE 2022WORKSHOP

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to tour Being Scene’s curated group show, Diapause, in-person with Guest Curator Oliviano Cinco. Oliviana will guide visitors through the work on exhibit and reflect on her theme of Diapause and how each artist explores the concept from within their work. This is a great opportunity for visitors to engage with the curator in-person about the show.

 

Must RSVP for this in-person tour. There is a limit of 25 attendees.

All Guided Tours are FREE but donations are always welcome through here.

  • May 28 at 2:00 - 3:00 PM EDT
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Inward Lens: Workshop by Esmond Lee in Partnership with the AGO

April 8 2022

ARTIST TALKBEING SCENE 2022EXHIBITION

Workshop: Boundary Setting For Artists

MAY 15, 2022

ARTIST TALKBEING SCENE 2022WORKSHOP

Workman Arts and the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) are inviting participants to a live online art making workshop focused on creative making as a form of wellbeing.

Esmond Lee will lead participants through a photography workshop, considering personal narratives and visual identities. This workshop is inspired by the Matthew Wong: Blue View exhibition which invites contemplation of quiet everyday objects and spaces. Lee is a self-taught artist who processed experiences of isolation and depression through photography and will facilitate discussions about how to photograph objects and scenes in relation to our own emotional state, pointing the lens “inwards” as a process of ongoing reflection. Beginner and experienced photographers alike, are welcome.

Esmond
Lee

Esmond Lee is an artist, researcher, and practicing architect based in Toronto’s suburbs. He explores long-term, intergenerational experiences of migration in peripheral spaces. Recent public installations include a continuous 250-foot vinyl mesh installation for Nuit Blanche Toronto and a 30-foot tall installation at Malvern Town Center for CONTACT Photography Festival.

  • April 8 at 6:00 - 8:00 PM EDT
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MAY 19, 2022

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IN(SITE)

IN(SITE)

In(site) Logo

A Virtual Exhibition
In-Site, Incite, & Insight

Rather than experience the festival’s exhibition on-site, this year we experience it “in-site” — in a website, in the digital world, in the virtual. The works in the festival this year have been selected with the intention of being experienced virtually.

The artists bring insight to their experiences of the world having changed, how it continues to change and what this change can offer. This includes our growing awareness around mental health, our relationships with both the physical and digital worlds, and how the works can incite us into action. The exhibiting works investigate these themes and more, providing room to engage with the arts in a time when interacting and experiencing work has been significantly impacted. Through these works, we recognize that we are in the moment, in the current, in the site.

Visit the virtual exhibition here:

insite.workmanarts.com

IN THE EXHIBITION:

Blurred grey smoke-like smudges.

SELF // ISOLATION
Chelsea Watson

Top half of an individual in front of a multi-coloured graffiti filled wall. They wear mixed textiles of red where their face is covered with a chain mail piece which reveals their eyes.

UNBREAKABLE
Amplify Collective

Black and white drawing of a thin lined body of a human figure with a bird head and thin neck. One arm is a wing where both arms hold a cane each. There are two cross-hatched rectangles with dots

HYBRID PRECARITY
Leena Raudvee

Collage of a graph on the left and a handwritten letter on the right in the background, with a figure above walking away, and a headless figure holding a headless child below. Overtop of the letter is a diagram of a body part nearly resembling the brain. Overtop of the letter and graph is a portrait of a headless figure wearing a button up shirt. This is layed over a colourful rorschach implying that it is the head of this figure.

SZEPTY/WHISPERS: DIALOGUE

Man making "shush" gesture to bird

COAL MINES AND TREE TOPS
Dani Crosby

A laptop in the centre, open to a complicated program. In the foreground there are medical monitors connected to a plant. There is another plant on the right and more in the background. In the far back there is a projection of indiscernible plants.

GREEN GAZING
Ashley Bowa & Lesley Marshall

Three video stills ontop of blueprints and maps

HOW WE CARED
Saroja Ponnambalam & Rupali Morzaria

This year, the exhibition in the Rendezvous With Madness Festival will be presented virtually which will be accessible throughout the festival from October 28 to November 7. Work including timed events and performances will be accessible through the virtual exhibition site through the link below:

VIRTUAL GUIDED TOUR

Watch the virtual guided tour of the In(site) exhibition held on Sat, Oct 30, 12 PM ET

SPECIAL IN PERSON FEATURES

  • How we cared video installation will be on the ground floor window of 1025 Queen St W, available 24/7.
  • UNBREAKABLE performance will be presented live on opening night, in the CAMH Auditorium at 1025 Queen St W.

ONLINE LIVE EVENTS

  • Green Gazing invites the public to engage in a movement class as a virtual participatory performance on the final day of the festival.

ARTIST TALKS

ACCESSIBILITY

If either online or in-person access is a barrier, please contact Paulina Wiszowata at paulina_wiszowata@workmanarts.com.

Workman Arts will have available the In(site) virtual exhibition displayed and interactable on a monitor in their front office at 1025 Queen St W Suite 2400.
Available during Box Office hours:
Monday – Friday, 10 AM – 4 PM.

Visit the Accessibility page for further festival info.

David Constantino Salazar: Forever (Bird-Botanicals) @ Gardiner Museum

David Constantino Salazar: Forever (Bird-Botanicals) @ Gardiner Museum

Artist Davis Salazar working on clay birds for the installation Forever (Bird Botanicals).
Saturday, August 21 to 31, 2021

Community Arts Space 2021
Project led by David Constantino Salazar
In collaboration with participants from Workman Arts

Established in 2016, Community Arts Space (CAS) is the Gardiner’s incubator for arts-based projects that build community through clay making. As part of CAS2021, artist David Constantino Salazar presents Forever (Bird-Botanicals) in partnership with members of Workman Arts, a Toronto-based arts organization that promotes a greater understanding of mental health and addiction.

Inspired by folk tales and allegories passed on from his grandparents in Ecuador, Salazar uses the symbol of the bird to explore themes of hope, freedom, and growth while reflecting on personal tragedy and collective trauma. Salazar asks us to meditate on the concept of human resilience, an idea especially pertinent as we begin to recover from the impact of the global pandemic.

Salazar created over 200 birds during a two-month residency at the Gardiner. While the clay was still soft, he threw the birds at a wall, evoking a physical, mental, and spiritual rupture, and at the same time preserving their beauty and energy. As the title suggests, the birds endure, albeit in a new form. Salazar encourages us all to approach traumas as opportunities for transformation, adaptation, and renewal, while remaining sensitive to how these experiences change and challenge us.

Appearing alongside Salazar’s work are birds made by participants from Workman Arts who took part in online workshops lead by the artist in July 2021. In contrast to Salazar’s birds, displayed on the gallery walls, the birds created by the Workman Arts participants gather on the ground. The space between these two groupings creates an uncomfortable tension that we are encouraged to sit with rather than ignore.

Additional birds made by community members and Gardiner visitors in a series of hands-on workshops are on view throughout the Museum.

David Constantino Salazar is a Toronto-based sculptor with a Master of Fine Arts degree from OCAD University. He has exhibited widely, including at Carnival, Rio de Janeiro (2012); the Spadina Museum, Nuit Blanche, Toronto (2015); and the first presentation of Forever (Bird-Botanicals) at the third International Biennial of Asunción in Paraguay (March 2020).

Supporting Sponsors

Susan Crocker & John Hunkin

Gardiner Museum

BROWSE CURRENT EVENTS

CHANNEL 2400

6 NOVEMBER 2021 - ONGOING

FILMLIVE PANEL/Q&A

Art Cart Summer 2021 Showcase

Art Cart Summer 2021 Showcase

Join us for a virtual showcase of artwork created in the Art Cart program! The exhibition will run online from July 29 through August 27, 2021, here on our website. Make sure to bookmark this page and come back on July 29 when the virtual exhibition will go live.

The exhibition will also be viewable in the window of the Shoppers Drug Mart at 1033 Queen Street West (corner of Queen & Ossington – window is on the south-west corner) if you would prefer to view it safely from the street in person.

Art Cart is a partnership between Workman Arts and Gifts of Light, which pairs established Workman Arts member artists with CAMH client services to provide peer-to-peer arts instruction with an emphasis on skill development and creative exploration. These art workshops connect artists with lived experience of mental health and addiction issues with those currently in recovery through structured 10-week workshop series exploring a specific art medium in-depth and building a body of work. Each season of workshops concludes with an exhibit of work produced across all of the classes, and participating artists are given the option to select works to exhibit and sell. Art Cart engages participants in a process of creation that not only provides recreational richness, expressive agency and quality of life, but allows them to create pieces that are theirs to showcase and keep.

  • JULY 29 - AUGUST 27, 2021
TO VIEW IN PERSON

Shoppers Drug Mart at 1033 Queen Street West
(south-west corner of Queen & Ossington)

BROWSE CURRENT EVENTS

CHANNEL 2400

6 NOVEMBER 2021 - ONGOING

FILMLIVE PANEL/Q&A

Art Cart Spring 2021 Showcase

Art Cart Spring 2021 Showcase

Join us for a virtual showcase of artwork created in the Art Cart program! The exhibition will run online from April 8-29, 2021 on Flickr. Make sure to bookmark this page and come back on April 8 when the link will go live.

The exhibition will also be viewable in the window of the Shoppers Drug Mart at 1033 Queen Street West (corner of Queen & Ossington – window is on the south-west corner) if you would prefer to view it safely from the street in-person.

Art Cart is a partnership between Workman Arts and Gifts of Light, which pairs established Workman Arts member artists with CAMH client services to provide peer-to-peer arts instruction with an emphasis on skill development and creative exploration. These art workshops connect artists with lived experience of mental health and addiction issues with those currently in recovery through structured 10-week workshop series exploring a specific art medium in-depth and building a body of work. Each season of workshops concludes with an exhibit of work produced across all of the classes, and participating artists are given the option to select works to exhibit and sell. Art Cart engages participants in a process of creation that not only provides recreational richness, expressive agency and quality of life, but allows them to create pieces that are theirs to showcase and keep.

  • APRIL 8-29, 2021
TO VIEW IN PERSON

Shoppers Drug Mart at 1033 Queen Street West
(south-west corner of Queen & Ossington)

BROWSE CURRENT EVENTS

CHANNEL 2400

6 NOVEMBER 2021 - ONGOING

FILMLIVE PANEL/Q&A

BEING SCENE 2021

BEING SCENE 2021

Workman Arts’ annual Being Scene exhibition is back for its 20th anniversary! Going digital for the first time, Being Scene 2021 will be offered virtually and includes three exhibitions in one: a guest-curated exhibition of 12 commissioned artworks, and a juried exhibition of 60 artists, a retrospective exhibition honouring the 20th anniversary of Being Scene. The exhibition also includes a program of free, virtual events.

  • March 4-28, 2021

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Re:Building Resilience Exhibition

Re:Building Resilience Exhibition

Promotional image for the festival incorporating artworks and event posters by participating artists. Imagery includes clay fish, from “Multitude of Fish” by Jenny Chen, multicolored blocks from “Alpha Support” by Justin Mence, a mobile titled “Cry Baby Mobile”, by Kassandra Walters, wallpaper-style design from “Post-Part” by Longernin Collective, and a pattern from “Ectoplasms” by Megan Moore.

Re:Building Resilience features 25 installations that examine all facets of mental health issues. This will be our last festival at 651 Dufferin Street before moving to a brand new facility at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. What better way to say “good-bye” than to animate all 11,000 square feet with performance art, installations, theatre, dance, film and media art?

Tickets and Viewing Options

Tickets for virtual viewing are pay what you wish. Virtual viewing is available throughout the festival. With your ticket, you will have access to a virtual tour that includes a virtual swag bag with extra features from the 25 projects on offer. All ticket holders will also be invited to receive physical RWM swag bags available for free curbside pickup during festival hours.

Please Note: There is one virtual ticket available for the entire Re:Building Resilience Exhibition. Whether you’d like to see one project or all of them, you only need to book one ticket to access everything. The exhibition runs October 15-25, and all purchasers will be sent a link to view the virtual content. Any ticket bought prior to October 15 will receive a follow up email on the 15th with the link.

ACCESSIBILITY

Self-Care Kits are available for free curbside pickup to ticket holders. Kits can be picked up from 651 Dufferin Street between the hours of 12PM-9PM, October 15-25. If pickup is not an accessible option for you, contact justina_zatzman@workmanarts.com for accommodation.

PROJECTS INCLUDED IN RE:BUILDING RESILIENCE

Blurry repeating abstract patterns with thick elongated orange streaks on a yellow background.
Grey K P Muldoon: Mad Carpets - Hotel Carpet Dance Projections
A line drawing of a two-storey house on the top half of the page and a bee with its wings spread on the bottom half of the page.
Saba Akhtar: The Anatomy of a Home
An abstract image of a blue and yellow rectangular block resting precariously upon a brown rectangular block.
Justin Mencel: Alpha Support
An abstract painting of a monstrous figure; its arms are spread and its head appears to be exploding.
Mitchell Clark Meller: Scarecrow
A pixel drawing of lungs, colored in pink and light purple, and outlined in red against a brown background.
Kara Stone: Medication Meditation
A cropped photo of a person in a lacy top with the word “threadbare” embroidered across the chest. Chunky blue-green yarn streams out of their mouth and fills the foreground of the image.
Alexandra Caprara & Raechel Kula: ThreadBare
A multiple-exposure photograph of a crouched nude figure on a black background.
Wieslawa Nowicka: Into the dark of my skin
A backlit circular paper cut image with a series of imaginative scenes involving a sea voyage.
Kristine White: Mad Fairy Tales
A photograph depicting a wire wastebasket in the corner of a room, overflowing with crumpled tissues covered in a smooth, hard yellowish or grayish substance.
Kassandra Walters: untitled (`{`not`}` always like this)
Two still frames from the video “Instruction to the Ball Measure” with the following captions: “The ball measure is designed to assess the intolerance of uncertainty “ and “A ball is a particle”.
Ivetta Sunyoung Kang: Intolerance of Uncertainty
A photo collage depicting a nude person jumping into a water vortex with their arms spread, viewed from above.
Sophie Dow: Mountain Duets
A photograph of a bottom half of a mannikin with a roll of silver duct tape on top of it against a concrete block wall. A piece of pink duct tape on the wall overlaps a piece of silver duct tape, with the two pieces forming an X shape.
Van Lisa: Due to Renovations
A collage-style photographic poster featuring prescription medication in containers, loose pills, notes, and Polaroid photos, overlaid with the text spelling “Prose in Therapy."
Quarter Kid Productions: Prose in Therapy
A photograph of many small hand-sculpted red clay fish laid out on a rocky river bank.
Jenny Chen: Multitude of Fish
Headshot of a person facing the camera with vividly colored stretchy paper strips wrapped around their head.
Laura Shintani: Neuroelastic
Abstract image of blurry, fluid, white shapes on a dark background.
Megan Moore: Ectoplasms
goat(h)owl theatre: Jo, Don't Go There
Post Part
Longernin Collective: Post-Part
A simplified icon depicting a person in a hospital gown hooked up to an IV drip placed within a photograph of a hospital hallway.
Rochelle R: Queen Latifah Give Me Strength
A photographic still life image with an ink bottle, books, a round analog clock with Roman numerals, large transparent bottles containing handwritten messages on yellowed paper, and a quill pen spelling out “Mad Poetry Apothecary” on a piece of paper.
Hanan Hazime: Mad Poetry Apothecary
An event poster featuring a cutting mat, scissors, a ruler, an exacto knife, and a cut up sheet of paper with words “The Collage party”.
Paul Butler: The Collage Party
A photo collage depicting a person, positioned on their back, hanging off the bed in a darkened room. One of their hands points to flaming words “the Apocalypse in Your Bedroom” above them.
James Knott: Apocalypse In Your Bedroom
Photograph of a person mid-somersault on a theatrical stage.
Mike 'Piecez' Prosserman: BREATHE: a dance production on Hip Hop + Mental Health
White logo of a bridge on a dark blue galaxy background.
Pesch Nepoose: The Bridge

MEET THE ARTISTS

MEET THE ARTISTS

TYPE: ARTIST TALK, EXHIBITION

Participating artists in this year’s Being Scene will be on-site each and every Saturday and Sunday during the run of the exhibition from 12 – 6 PM to answer questions and share their artistic processes. Drop by to meet the artists and find out more about the artwork on display!

  • SUNDAY, MARCH 8, SATURDAY, MARCH 14, SUNDAY, MARCH 15, SATURDAY, MARCH 21, SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 10 AM - 6 PM
TMAC - Toronto Media Arts Centre

32 Lisgar Street
Toronto, Ontario

FREE
ACCESSIBILITY

Wheelchair Accessible Venue

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