OPENING & PERFORMANCE Nov. 13, 2021 : Breaching Nirvana

Video by Elaine Stewart. Breaching Nirvana Churla Mitchell Opening & Performance:  Performance: Nov. 13, 3 pm Churla Mitchell will be performing “Breaching Nirvana”, a journey of healing, on Saturday, Nov. 13. The performance/procession will begin at 3 pm at the corner of Seaforth Ave and Lansdowne. It will progress South towards Gallery 1313’s courtyard where it will culminate and transform into an installation in the Window Box Gallery.  Installation, Window Box Gallery: Nov. 13 – Dec 30 WIA@1313 in Window Box Gallery,  Gallery 1313, 1313 Queen Street West, Toronto. This is the next event/exhibit in the series entitled Through a Glass Lightly of works by international women disability artists. Churla Mitchell  is a multi-media, bi-polar performance and visual artist and maker of things. She studied painting and sculpture at The Alberta College of Art and Fashion Design at George Brown College. Her medium use includes watercolour, indigo and other natural dyes, wax encaustic, emb

International Women's Day Walk with Alisa Oleva

Please join us on Monday morning of the 8th of March to celebrate International Women's Day by walking to a place in your city/town/village of an important women's presence.  What places in your neighbourhood are connected with the women of your residence, with their contribution to the life of the community? Streets, monuments, buildings, parks, benches ... We invite you to a walk to these places from where you are now. In this way, together, around the world, we will put these important places on the map to identify and manifest them, to show and mark how many women are investing in the creation of the places and spaces in which we live. Register to join the telegram chat and connect with others.  Hope to walk with some of you then...

National Day of Remembrance and Action - Dec 6 2020

Pam Patterson & Leena Raudvee as ARTIFACTS and   WIAprojects  invited feminists nationwide to come together on zoom with us at 6 PM on Dec 6, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, to remember the 14 women who were murdered 31 years ago in 1989. They were targeted because they were women in a male-dominated profession and because they were women identified as feminists.  We gathered together in solidarity against the rampant misogyny and violence against women that continues still in 2020, and to witness and honour women who have strived, and continue to thrive, in study, through creation, and for action especially those in schools, colleges, and universities.  We held a place for them and each other in ritual, in grief, in rage, but also in love, in joy, and in celebration. Four generations of feminists came as witnesses to this moment. Women from across Canada and the UK each read the 14 names of the women from École Polytechnique. We were of differ

Congrats to Pailagi Pandya!

  Pailagi Jaimin Pandya has just won the OMA Award of Excellence 2020 for Promising Leadership! Pailagi was a curatorial intern for  WIAprojects when we were associated with the now-closed CWSE at OISE/University of Toronto.  The link to her OMA profile is at : The link to her acceptance video is at:

Window Box Gallery

My dirty laundry … by Elaine Stewart Sept13, 2020 -  Window Box Gallery Gallery 1313, 1313 Queen Street West Toronto, ON My dirty laundry, as installation, reflects on two of my most appalling experiences with the medical industrial pharmaceutical complex. It is an ambivalent response as the system that rescued me is the same system that undid me. The psychiatric drugs that I fought against taking to halt my post partum depression induced a psychotic break. My resultant suicide attempt, as a result of this break, left me with one functional limb and a wheelchair. I continue to consume psychiatric drugs; I have not been able to roll away from them. They continue to interrupt my thinking and functioning and making processes. Elaine Stewart immigrated to Canada from Scotland at a very early age and has worked with threads and fabrics for much of her life. Her family history is bounded by textiles. When older, she started at the Toronto School of Art and began to

ARTIFACTS and WIAprojects Terminalia 2020 Event: Walking Women Feb 23, 5.30 - 6.30PM Grange Park, Toronto

The global festival of Terminalia is about boundaries and borders, real, historical, fictional, imagined, and marks places of beginnings, endings and thresholds. ARTIFACTS and WIAprojects join Women Who Walk exploring the cusp of night for Terminalia. For ARTIFACTS, this event is another stage in their continuing project ARTISTS@WORK intended to indicate/enact the razor’s edge precariousness of women artists’ lives and labour here played out at the physical edge of two nationally respected art institutions: Art Gallery of Ontario and OCAD University. Raudvee and Patterson will circle the park, in concert and communion, with other Women Who Walk worldwide, imagining boundless potentials for women’s safety, health, housing, creativity, and access. The synchronised walk will start in Grange Park at 5:50 PM on February 23 (sunset is at 5:58 PM) and we will walk about 30 mins. Those who are interested may join us in the main lobby of OCAD University, 100 McCaul Street between

Tari Ito - Window Box Gallery

Opening Feb 5 and running until March 17th in the Window Box Gallery... Tari Ito's Video/Installation: Before the 37 Trillion Pieces Get to Sleep Photo by Leena Raudvee Tari Ito is a feminist performance artist who lives in Tokyo, Japan. Seven years ago, Ito was initially diagnosed in 2014 with a neurologic disease called SMA. But in October 2019, it was announced that, as a result of genetic testing, she now has ALS. The disease initially progressed rapidly and as a result she has become confined to a wheelchair. Ito has had to necessarily review the creative expectations she has of her own body. After a four year break from performance, Ito took part in LIVE Performance Art Biennale 2019 with the North American premiere of  Before the 37 Trillion Pieces Get to Sleep , a new project which addresses the crucial reality, and the inhabitants fear, of the “invisible” presence of residual radiation in Fukushima following the March 11, 2011 nuclear disaster. This 2019 performanc