YYZ Artists’ Outlet and Onsite Gallery at OCAD University co-present a FREE panel discussion and workshop to collectively discuss emerging artistic practices and conversations and the work that’s needed for artist-run-centres to continually reinvent themselves.

How can we reinvent publicly funded art institutions to better serve their artists and communities? Artist-run-centres are a crucial lifeline for emerging artistic practices and conversations, so how do we keep them vital? YYZ Artists’ Outlet and Onsite Gallery at OCAD University co-present a FREE panel discussion and workshop to collectively discuss the work that’s been done and the work that’s needed for artist-run-centres to continually reinvent themselves.


Director, YYZ Artists’ Outlet

Director, XPACE Cultural Centre

Curator, Onsite Gallery, OCAD University

Artistic Director, Trinity Square Video

Director of Programming, Whippersnapper Gallery

Event is FREE, all are welcome
Refreshments will be provided
Space is wheelchair accessible

Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
OCAD University
100 McCaul St., Room 284

Image credit: Lee Henderson, The Known Effects of Lightning on the Body, 2014, video still.

Ana Barajas is a Toronto based independent curator. She holds a BFA from OCAD University in Sculpture/Installation. She received a MVA, Curatorial and a MA, Art History, Modern from the University of Toronto. As the Director of YYZ Artists’ Outlet, Barajas has managed more than one-hundred exhibitions to date and managed the production of six YYZBOOKS. She has participated in several juries and served on the Board of Directors at the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) from 2003 to 2009.

Emily Gove is a practicing artist, educator, programmer and Director of XPACE Cultural Centre. Her work is inspired by subculture, folk art, craft, horror and kitsch, and often includes collaboration and community engagement. Emily has worked extensively with various communities including post-secondary students, emerging artists, children and youth, adults and seniors. She has an MFA in Studio Art and her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.

Cheyanne Turions is a curator and writer currently based in Toronto. She has mounted curatorial projects with the Audain Gallery at Simon Fraser University, the Doris McCarthy Gallery, SBC Gallery, Gallery TPW, the Art Gallery of Windsor, Art Metropole, the Images Festival and others, and is widely published. She sits on the Board of Directors for Kunstverein Toronto, the Editorial Advisory Committee for C Magazine and the Education and Community Engagement Committee at the Art Gallery of Ontario. She is the director of No Reading After the Internet (Toronto) and Artistic Director at Trinity Square Video.

Lisa Deanne Smith is the curator of Onsite Gallery at OCAD University. Her practice includes curating, writing, community events and art that explore issues of voice, experience and power. Recent curatorial projects include Objects for Listening: Cheryl Pope; Ads for People: Selling Ethics in the Digital Age and I Wonder: Marian Bantjes. She has previously held positions at YYZ Artists’ Outlet, Gallery 44 and the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers. Selected exhibitions of her work include White Columns (NY), The New Museum (NY) and Mercer Union (Toronto). She earned an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, 1995 and an AOCA from OCAD University, 1993.

Joshua Vettivelu is an artist working within sculpture, video, performance and installation. Their work seeks to explore how larger frameworks of power manifest within intimate relationships. Recently, their practice has been examining the tensions that emerge when personal experiences are mined for art production, and how this allows institutions to posture and position themselves as self-reflexive. Vettivelu currently teaches at the faculty of Continuing Education at OCAD University and is the Director of Programming for Whippersnapper Gallery.

Onsite Gallery
Onsite Gallery, OCAD University’s professional gallery and experimental curatorial platform for art, design and digital media, fosters social and cultural transformations. Onsite Gallery serves the OCAD University community and the general public. In preparation for the launch of Onsite Gallery’s new location in June 2017, our 2016 ONSITE/ programming imagines and creates what a public gallery can be.

Onsite Gallery’s education program is generously supported by Nexus Investment Management.

YYZ Artists’ Outlet
A site of contemporary cultural conversation, YYZ exists to give artists space and support to take risks and create freely. YYZ values collaboration in both our internal operations and our programming activities. Internally, we act on consensus and encourage dialogue. Externally, we engage with other institutions and work closely with artists. Our imprint, YYZBOOKS, is an alternative Canadian press dedicated to critical writing on art and culture. Our mandate is to encourage ideas and critical thinking and to foster appreciation of contemporary Canadian art and culture by producing challenging yet accessible publications that reach diverse audiences. Our objective is to provide a discursive forum for artists and writers and to facilitate new avenues of discourse within Canadian publishing.