The Board of Directors can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ellyn Walker (Chair)
Ellyn Walker is a writer and curator based in the area today known as Toronto. Her work engages with the politics of representation, intersectionality and social justice work in the arts. Her writing has been widely published by McGill-University Press, Inuit Art Quarterly, Prefix Magazine, BlackFlash Magazine, Journal of Curatorial Studies, Public Journal, amongst others. Her projects have been presented by the Art Gallery of Mississauga, Prefic ICA, Queen’s Art & Media Lab, and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Ellyn is currently a PhD candidate in the Cultural Studies program at Queen’s University.
María Alejandrina Coates
Maria Alejandrina Coates is a Uruguayan-born, Toronto-based curator and writer whose interests include art practices grounded in feminist, social, and collaborative frameworks. Coates received a bachelors degree from the University of British Columbia; and a Masters degree in Art History and Curatorial Studies from York University.
Amanda White is a Toronto-based artist who’s current research interests include: cultural imaginations of nature, interdisciplinary and collaborative art practice, art and the environment, posthumanities, issues in agriculture and food, and urban ecologies. She is a PhD candidate in the Cultural Studies program at Queen’s, holds an MFA from the University of Windsor and a BFA from OCADU. Her work has been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, SSHRC, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council among others. She has exhibited in galleries such as the Harbourfront Centre, The Walter Phillips Gallery, PlugIn ICA, Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre, as well as independently producing many independent public interventions and engagements. Recent publications include; feature articles in esse- Art and Opinions, Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture, chapters for edited collections; Perma/Culture: Imagining Alternatives in an age of Crisis, and Why Look at Plants? (forthcoming)
Abdi Osman is a Toronto-based Somali-Canadian multidisciplinary artist whose work focuses on questions of black masculinity as it intersects with Muslim and queer identities. Osman’s video and photography work has been shown in Canada and internationally in both group and solo exhibitions. Osman holds an MFA in Documentary Media from Ryerson University, and a B.A. in African Studies from the University of Toronto. Previous work has been supported by grants from the Ontario Arts Council. His photographs are also housed in private collections and the Art Bank of the Canada Council for the Arts. Among numerous exhibitions, a selection of works was exhibited in the yearlong group show DiaporaArt: Strategy and Seduction by Canadian Artists from Culturally Diverse Communities at Rideau Hall, Ottawa. Osman was an artist-in-residence at the McColl Centre for Visual Arts in Charlotte North Carolina in 2010. In 2012, he was a fellow at The Interdisciplinary Center for Culture and Creativity (ICCC) at the University of Saskatchewan. Most recently, Osman gave invited artist talks at the University of Rochester, New York (2014) and the University of Toronto (2016), and held an artist fellowship at the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies at the University of Bayreuth, Germany in 2015. Upcoming exhibitions include FAVT, Goethe-Institut Johannesburg, South Africa, August 24-October 19, 2017; Photopolis, Halifax, Canada, October 1-31, 2017. Upcoming exhibitions include i believe in living at Untitled Art Society (Calgary) and contact landing(s) at the Thames Art Gallery (Chatham-Kent), both 2018.
Adrienne Marcus Raja
Adrienne Marcus Raja is a multidisciplinary artist whose practices blend in painting, audio, installation, moving images, and photography. As a Malaysian artist with Kelabit and Hainan ancestry who is currently living in Toronto, her work has been presented nationally and internationally.
She is an MFA graduate of Ryerson University with a focus in Documentary Media. She also holds a BA degree in Mass Communication and Television Production from Curtin University. She enjoys working with miniature worlds, interweaving voices of personal stories and loves all sorts of puppetry especially shadow puppets.
She currently works at Jumblies Theatre as their Media Coordinator and also the Tour Coordinator for Jumblies’ most recent collaborative nationwide touring project, The Four Lands (2016-2018). She was also their Arts Management Intern (thanks to an Ontario Arts Council 2016/2017 Compass grant).
Born in the heart of the industrial revolution and the birthplace of Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, the
Moody Blues, and Duran Duran, in 1976 Tanya Gordon moved from Birmingham, UK to the deep frost of
northern Alberta. Raised in Edmonton, Tanya’s stomping grounds included: Grant MacEwan Community
College’s Theatre Arts Program; the University of Alberta, where she graduated with a BA with
distinction in 1999; and music venues across the prairies. After moving to Vancouver in time to celebrate
the new millennium, Tanya was surprised to find herself adept at bookkeeping and accounting and so
completed a Financial Management Diploma in Advanced Accounting from the British Columbia Institute
of Technology with honours in 2003.
Working for an accounting firm in Vancouver, Tanya decided she’d rather work with artists and
musicians and people more like herself. She began to work with various people in the arts, fashion,
music and entertainment industries to help them with their financial needs like bookkeeping and tax
filing. In 2007, Tanya made the big move out to Toronto and has been working to help make sense and
order of financial information and tax requirements to Torontonian creative folks ever since.