Friday, November 13, 2015



Artists, this is your chance to show what feminism means to you. 
From November 10 to December 6, The Learning Zone at OCAD U will exhibit the collaborative creativity of artists reflecting on feminism. For a month, interact within a feminist space that connects artists across ages, mediums and perspectives.  
Don’t let the word feminism dissuade you. This is an all-inclusive event. 

Artists, email us for more information including name, school, copyright and redistribution rights. 
Groups, this is the perfect time and space to host discussions, presentations and events relating to feminism. Submit a date on which you would like to host an event during the exhibit along with a description of it. We will accept work through the month . If there is no room on the wall, there will be online! 

For further information contact Julia Pereira at 

The Learning Zone is located on level one of the Village by the Grange building. The space can be accessed through the entrances at 113 McCaul Street and 122 St. Patrick Street. Bike parking is available outside the space at the St. Patrick Street entrance.

This exhibition is sponsored by WIAprojects at CWSE/OISE University of Toronto, the OCAD University Library’s Learning Zone, OCAD U's Office of Diversity, Equity and Sustainability Issues (ODESI) and the Feminist Art Conference (FAC). 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Feminist Organizing! Feminist Art Conference (FAC) Sept. 2015.

FAC 2015 Conference link:
at OCAD University
Sept 23- 27 2015

Opening Sept 23 as satellite event to FAC at Artscape Youngplace

Making Feminism (In)Visible
Our interest is in the creative use, and transgressive potential of, non-institutional spaces, the spaces in between and outside of the conventional galleries or academic settings where women and feminism, as praxis in particular, leak out of the cracks and make a mark. We do not intend to define feminism per se but rather to map a presence - perhaps intangible and ill-defined but certainly energetic, active, and persistent - in culture and in society.independent yet interrelated exhibitions address these considerations in very different ways.

Women’s Poster Project: Feminist Organizing!
View the history of feminist organizing through historic posters which detail key cultural, social and political events in the women’s community. Curated by Paula Bourne & Frieda Forman.
CWSE with WIAprojects
Hallway Gallery
252  Bloor Street West, 2nd floor, Toronto
Sept 10, 2015 -April 30, 2016

Feminist Architectures
Adrienne Reynolds

Wall works by New York artist Adrienne Reynolds and Toronto-based ARTIFACTS (Pam Patterson & Leena Raudvee) explore imagery which defines how, and engages with, the limitations and potentials of feminist theoretical and architectural space. They articulate imagery through vectors of activity and/or, as bodies contained by/in structures. The work is critiqued and reframed by academic and cultural critic Dina Georgis. This critique (presented in the opening panel on Wednesday Sept 23) will stimulate discussion and affect how the work will be re-presented in future exhibitions.  

ARTIFACTS (Pam Patterson & Leena Raudvee)
ARTIFACTS with Miklos Legrady: Legrady document ARTIFACTS, interprets and extends its concepts and practice through photo, video, and web.

Artscape Youngplace
2nd floor Hallway Gallery
Opening Reception:  Wednesday Sept 23, 6.30 pm with Panel at 7 pm 
Exhibit Dates: Sept. 16 – 27

[insert feminism]

Curator: Julia Pereira
The online intersectional feminist movement frequented by young artists is filled with uplifting propaganda complete with pastel color palettes, sparkles, transparent backgrounds and pretty girls of all sizes and skin colors telling the people to “Fight like a girl” and “No does not mean convince me.” This differs from the more established theory based artworks that frequent galleries in that these art pieces are meant to cater to young people and make the complicated ideas of feminism easier to digest. The goal is to get people excited: about body positivity, different races, genders, sexualities and being kinder to yourself. It is about being inclusive and making people unafraid of the word feminist. When examining the artworks, you can easily see these underlying messages the artists have consciously put behind the pastel colors and sparkles.It’s important to recognize the things closest to the hearts of teenagers and young adults because it is sometimes the first kind of feminism young people experience, and they will be the critical thinkers that will dominate the discussion in the future. Insert Feminism is an online exhibit created by Julia Pereira and is designed to showcase this positive and supportive space for emerging feminist thinkers.
Opening as video: 
Artscape Youngplace
2nd floor Hallway Gallery
Opening Reception:  Wednesday Sept 23, 6.30 pm 
Exhibit Dates: Sept. 16 – 27

Also showing in the 1st floor Vitrines: 
Girls Art League presents "Gal Pals" an exhibition of small works of various mediums from the Girls Art League community. 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

That F Word - Lana Missen

That F Word  - Lana Missen 

Curated by Meaghan Barry

May 29  - July 31, 2nd Floor CWSE Hallway Gallery, OISE/UT, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto

Opening Reception: May 29th 5-7pm

“I’m a feminist with a small ‘f’ not a capital one, just trying to raise awareness. But these stigmas are sticking and becoming a hindrance. We need to reclaim something but I don’t know what it is yet.” 
                                                                                                                                                                                  ... from Missen’s spoken word piece “It Doesn’t Matter” (2014)
Lana Missen’s work “That F Word” brings together a diverse community of self-identified feminists. Through portraiture and personal handwritten texts, various voices express ideas, feelings, and positions from within the movement. This project embraces those from different backgrounds and cultures, ranging from Zimbabwe, Aboriginal heritages, and 8th generational Canadians, as well as the spectrum of genders, and generations representative of those from ages 19 through to 70. “That F Word” exists as prints, a book, and a blog in order to democratize the work and encourage engagement through multiple public spaces.
The series has assisted Lana in finding her own position within feminism and has enabled her to passionately connect with others, collaborate on ideas, and share stories. Feminism is about equal rights and opportunities for all genders but it is also about much more on a personal level. In ‘Khadijah’, the viewer is challenged by a woman’s gaze, experiencing her sense of her pride and strength. The accompanying text piece emphasizes ‘I am a black feminist’. Whereas in ‘Marie’, there is a comfortableness and a quiet confidence at play. The participants in this project represent diverse voices and backgrounds but echo similar thoughts on feminism through their own personal lenses. However, negativity towards feminism saturates our media and online dialogues in both threatening and derogatory ways. This project is in response to the misinformation, hatred, and stereotyping that exists. “That F Word” creates a safe space for feminists to share self and voice. You are invited to participate in the conversation by visiting: 

Born and raised in Cobourg, Ontario, Lana Missen is a Toronto-based visual artist working with photography to explore themes of the body, identity, and female representation. Through portraiture, she aims to create visibility and a space to share her own and others’ stories to a wider audience. A strong believer in the importance of collaboration and community, Missen’s practice is based on engaging with individuals and her viewers.               
Her current body of work “That F Word” was shown at OCAD University’s 100th Graduate Exhibition this spring, and was part of the ‘Contact’ photo festival in Toronto this May. She has also displayed works in the juried CLIC Eastern Ontario Photo Show, where she won first place in 2012. She was part of the "Aperture" show at Moniker Gallery in downtown Toronto in 2014. She has an interest in art education, and outside of her fine art practice, Lana enjoys documenting performances of live theatre, dancers, and musicians. 

Lana Missen graduated this year from OCAD University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and a minor in English.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Walking - May 2015

We are going to contribute to 

Global Performance Art Walk 

From Gustaf Broms:

A proposal for a joint action:
Last year I made a five day walking project in Stockholm, Sweden.
In its exhausted state this MIND started to think about :
    my moving feet as the cause for the planet spinning,
    like a hamster in the treadmill.
    This image lingered on and became a question about,

The possibility - responsibility of our expression.
If we had many bodies, in many places,
that simultaneously made actions with intention

If you are interested in this type of exploration,
making parallel actions - in time
wherever your body might BE
feel free to join.
4 TH - 10 TH OF MAY 2015
9-4 GMT

Please share your performances with us at:

Talking - Winter 2015

"Talking" performances and research were done individually and in outreach with others. One such "talking" research event  and performance (organised by Pam Patterson) evolved into an exhibition HOW ARE U OCAD U? opening April 15 at CWSE Gallery. Here we took stock of one learning community and recommended strategies for change.  The link to our OCADU talk project  is on Facebook at:

Friday, April 10, 2015


Info Graphic by Meaghan Barry

Research/exhibition by undergraduate art and design education students.
Curated by Meaghan Barry, OCADU.
Facilitated by Pam Patterson, OCADU (Faculty) & Director WIAprojects, CWSE/OISE/UT

April 15 - May 30, 2nd Floor CWSE Hallway Gallery, OISE/UT, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto.

A community of art & design educators mounted a campaign inviting the OCADU community to assist them in re-imagining OCADU for the 21st C .  This action was an outgrowth of our deep curiosity about our own complicity in teaching and learning at OCADU. We wanted to open the Pandora’s Box and excavate the messiness. We all know that we need to dig deep and take risks in studio practice in order to push our work to stronger and richer iterations. But, how can we as educators do the same? How can we define OCADU as a community: Is it a place of/for community gathering(s)? What is its ethical grounding? What is its reason for being? How can we determine what learning means? How can we realize this research in political and artistic form?

While our posters are presented as tongue-and-cheek, the data they were derived from was diverse, compelling, and often contradictory. This inquiry is located in a feminist-inspired community of practice which, in honouring WIAprojects’ mandate and the vision of the CWSE OISE/UT, engages artists, activists, researchers and students in critically examining their own education.