Art Book Week Events at YYZ

Art Book Week Events at YYZ

Launch of YYZBOOKS’ most recent publication What is our Role? Artists in Academia and the Post-Knowledge Economy edited by Jaclyn Meloche Ph.D.

Friday 6 July, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
At YYZ | 140-401 Richmond Street West

Inspired by her own experiences of having to select a professional identity as an emerging scholar, editor Jaclyn Meloche asks the question What is our Role? While interdisciplinary practices and arts-based research within academia—commonly named “research-creation”—is not particularly new, nor revolutionary, visual art departments and art history departments within North American universities often perpetuate monodisciplinary models of pedagogy within their curriculums and mandates. With

very few exceptions, faculty in each department often exemplify discipline-specific practitioners working either in painting, sculpture, photography, or art history. But what happens when a painter is also an art historian? Or when a curator is also a

performance artist? Or better yet, when an artist is also a writer? While these intertwined identities do exist, and arts-based research has started to earn recognition

within academic and governmental granting agencies, limited spaces have in fact been carved out for the practice of research-creation within university departments.

What is our Role?: Artists in Academia and the Post-Knowledge Economy brings to the page a selection of inspired negotiations of the role of the artist in academia by four artist-scholars. While narrated through the lens of the practitioner, each chapter in this publication responds to the question: What is at stake for artists with Ph.D.’s in academia today?

Sharing a variety of entangled identities, Jaclyn Meloche, Dave Kemp, Natalie Doonan, Taien Ng-Chan, and Ryan Stec are invested in proposing new understandings of arts-based research vis-à-vis knowledge production as well as creating new spaces in which to produce knowledge within the institution through material and philosophical negotiations of research-creation.



Jaclyn Meloche completed an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Humanities (Fine Arts) at Concordia University in 2015. Her dissertation, Materials Matter: The Politics of Posthumanist Performativity in Contemporary Studio Practice, narrates a philo-sophical complication of materials in a studio practice through a posthumanist performative framework: a theoretical model through which to re/negotiate material agency in contemporary visual culture. She is co-curator of the touring exhibition Alma, presented by the Ottawa Art Gallery, the Varley Art Gallery, the Judith and Norman ALIX Art Gallery, and the Art Gallery of Windsor. In the role of Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Windsor, her projects include The Sandwich Project (2017), Downtown/s – Urban Renewal Today for Tomorrow, The 2017 Windsor-Essex Triennial of Contemporary Art (2017), Isabelle Hayeur: Corps étranger/Foreign Body (2017), The Sandwich Project (2018), Deicing/Decolonizing: Hockey Histories in Canadian Contemporary Art (2019), and Carol Sawyer: The Natalie Brettschneider Archive (2019). Meloche is the author of “Milk Does the Body” in Immersive Performance: Engaging the Audience (Champaign, IL: Common Ground Research Networks) and “Camera Performed: Visualizing the Behaviours of Technology in Digital Performance” in Spaces of Surveillance: States and Selves (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). Forthcoming book chapters include “The Politics of Perception: Re/Constructing Meaning Inside the Frame of War” in Surveillance, Race and Culture (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), and “Houses, Homes and the Horrors of a Suburban Identity Politic” in Surveillance, Architecture and Control: Discourses on Spatial Culture (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). She is a practicing artist and member of the Humanities Research Group’s Board of Directors at the University of Windsor.


Zine-Making Workshop lead by Sheila Sampath from The Public

Saturday 7 July, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
At YYZ | 140-401 Richmond Street West

The Public uses popular education and participatory design to re-distribute and re-imagine power, and has facilitated workshops on several topics, including textile design, anti-oppression, and consent. The Public has a “do it yourself” spirit and brings together these efforts as much as possible to engage in sustained social change.

In this three-hour workshop, participants will be introduced to the practice of zine-making and conditional design; an adaptive, game-based process of analogue visualization that uses input, logic and creativity to respond to environmental changes. Through discussions and small group activities, Sheila will propose idealized and speculative conditions, resulting in new visualizations that imagine a more just and equitable future for all people.

Limited space available on a first-come, first-served basis.



Sheila Sampath is an educator and an activist designer, who has been crafting creative for social good since 2003. Former chair of the board of directors at the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multi-cultural Women Against Rape, she has a background in grassroots activism and organizing which she incorporates into her strategic approach to graphic design and popular education as Principal and Creative Director at The Public. She is the Editorial and Art Director of the award-winning Shameless — Canada’s feminist voice for young women and trans youth, teaches in the faculty of design at OCAD University and serves on the board of the South Asian Visual Arts Centre.

Sheila holds a honours diploma in graphic design from the George Brown College School of Design and an Honours BSc. in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Toronto. Her work as a designer has been recognized and awarded by the School of Design, the Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario, and the UTNE reader, and has received international recognition for community impact.



Weekly art-making summer camp for ages 8 to 12 at one of Toronto’s oldest artist-run gallery located in the historic 401 Richmond building.

Limited space available, so register now!


July 23 – July 27 | $300

Week 1: Paper Pirate Party – Join us as a seafarer and sail the seven seas this week exploring the many exciting uses of paper in artmaking. Create your own parrot partner from papier mache, make rustic treasure maps, and race custom designed pirate ships in the open waters of creativity!

July 30th – Aug 3 | $300

Week 2: Fantasy in Form and Fables – Live in a fantasy this week as kings and queens of your own self-made castles. Learn the basics of sculptural forms as we seek out adventurous quests to make our own 3D monster masks, dragon marionettes, and pixie wings, all while being immersed in storytelling magic.

Aug 7th – 10 | $240

Week 3: Galactic Travels in Composition – Blast into space this week exploring new worlds while mastering the art of painting and drawing allowing your imagination to come alive through oil resist alien paintings, print your way through the cosmos, and create your own tissue paper planet lanterns. Enhance your drawing skills through live astronaut life drawing. All this and more through one black hole journey into the galaxy of composition.

Aug 13th – Aug 17 | $300

Week 4: Around the world in 5 days – Inspired by globetrotting and the diverse cultures around the world take a plane ride with us this week while we seek out new countries through an arts and crafts explosion. Learn to make Indonesian shadow puppets, get inspired by Japanese indigo tie dying, travel with us to the continent of Africa where you’ll make a personalized mancala game board, and get festive with Mexican inspired paper picados. Pack your bags and get ready for a whirlwind adventure!

Camp runs from 9am to 5pm with available early drop off (8-9 am) and pick up (5-5:30) at an additional charge of $50 per week. Please select the “Extended Hours” option to your basket to register for early drop off and late pick up.

Activities will be held in suite 139.

YYZCAMP does not allow registration for children outside the 8 to 12 age range.

Campers must provide their own nut-free lunches and snacks.

There is no transportation provided.

A maximum of 20 children will be enrolled in the camp per week under the supervision of three facilitators. Facilitators have a minimum of an undergraduate degree in the visual arts with additional pedagogic early childhood education and/or experience. Facilitators hold CPR training and have presented a clear Police Record Check.

Outdoor play is scheduled at St. Andrew’s Playground or Grange Park. Gallery tours will occur at 401 Richmond St. W otherwise noted at the beginning of camp week.

401 Richmond Street West is an accessible building.

Elicser Elliott: YYZ Lending Library

Elicser Elliott explores narrative structures, new surfaces, and new sensations through the lens of more than a decade spent in the global aerosol art community. A distinctive character-based practice, the work of Elicser is highly visible in major cities from Toronto to South America to South Africa. His work was recently featured at the Institute for Contemporary Culture at the Royal Ontario Museum.

The graffiti debate rages in a city where the creative talent born from the alleys and walls of the urban infrastructure is flourishing. Known for his intuitive ability to capture the essence of a subject, Elicser Elliott leads the charge in the character-based movement in Toronto. His work can be found at

Toronto Art Book Fair 2018



The Toronto Art Book Fair | TOABF is a free public festival that celebrates and explores artists’ books and printed matter. Taking place from July 5-8 at Chinatown Centre Mall (222 Spadina Avenue), TOABF 2018 will feature curated exhibitions, installations, Canadian and international exhibitors, and community programming that includes panel discussions, readings, talks, launches, and workshops.

The Toronto Art Book Fair is dedicated to increasing the visibility, dissemination, appreciation, and understanding of the artists’ book and its contemporary manifestations within the visual arts field in Toronto and abroad. Independent artistic print culture has a rich narrative in Canadian art history, and is an often overlooked aspect of Canadian cultural identity. The goal of TOABF is to highlight these personal and collective stories, and elevate the artistic integrity of artists’ books by presenting artists’ books, multiples, and printed matter to a wide audience. The ongoing vision for TOABF is to represent the diversity of cultural production and creative expression.

Fair Hours

Thursday, July 5 6-8pm

Friday, July 6 12-8pm

Saturday, July 7 12-8pm

Sunday, July 8 12-6pm


Art Book Week is a parallel series of city-wide events that coincide with the Toronto Art Book Fair. Art Book Week features artists’ book-driven exhibitions, projects, and programs held throughout the GTA. The goal of Art Book Week is to bring attention to current artist’s book culture and practices as well as highlight Toronto’s art publishing community.

Art Book Week 2018 will kick off on Wednesday, July 4th and conclude on Wednesday, July 11th.

Call for Directors of the Board

Call for Directors of the Board
YYZ ARTISTS OUTLET Board of Directors (Volunteer Position)

We are currently accepting applications to join YYZ Artists Outlet’s Board of Directors for a 3-year term.

YYZ Artists Outlet seeks energetic and committed collaborators to actively participate in the programming, strategic planning, and leadership of YYZ Artists Outlet as members of the Board of Directors. YYZ’s Board is comprised of individuals possessing a variety of perspectives, disciplines, skills and expertise. We are committed to reflecting diversity in our composition and encourage applications from individuals of indigenous and diverse cultural heritage, as well as individuals of non-binary gender identities and with different abilities. Currently, we are particularly interested in applications from individuals who shares a keen interest in art; however, are not necessarily arts professionals. Because we are seeking insight and input toward the development, execution and championing of a new strategic plan, candidates with experience in fundraising and fiscal management, promotions, program development and oversight, and other development activities required to guide our organizational mission are especially encouraged.


The Board of Directors is the legal authority for YYZ Artists Outlet (YYZ). As a member of the Board, a Director acts in a position of trust for the community and is responsible for the effective governance of the organization.

YYZ’s Board meets monthly or bi-monthly depending on need. Estimated time commitment is 10-12 hours per month, including meetings, correspondence and individual tasks that support staff on a project-by-project basis.


Attend and participate in the scheduled Board and Programming Committee meetings;

Attend and support special events and YYZ functions;

Approve, where appropriate, policy and other recommendations received from the Board, its standing committees and YYZ management;

Monitor all Board and governance policies, review the Boards structure, approve changes and prepare the necessary bylaw amendments;

Participate in the development of YYZs annual programming and operating goals and objectives;

Approve YYZs annual budget;

Approve the hiring and release of YYZ senior management;

Actively participate in fundraising.


Knowledge of local, national and international contemporary artistic practices;

Interest in volunteerism;

Good communication, management, delegation and follow-up skills;

Commitment to YYZs goals and mandate;

Available time to participate in Board and committee activities;

A YYZ member (or willingness to become a member);



YYZ supports critical and experimental artistic practices through exhibitions, publishing, educational programs and the commissioning of new works. By prioritizing the agency of artists, YYZ provides a unique platform for building communities and advancement of culture.


YYZ is an artist-centric environment. We place the artist at the centre of all activities and advocate for fair remuneration, balanced representation, and creative freedom. YYZ fosters 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. YYZ promotes openness. We provide multiple entry points to YYZ and its activities and seek to reach and cultivate audiences locally and beyond.


YYZ Artists Outlet Board of Directors will consider expressions of interest on an ongoing basis until the position(s) are filled. Please send a (250-word maximum) statement of interest with CV to:

YYZ Artists Outlet 140-401 Richmond St. W. Toronto, ON M5V 3A8

Tel: 416-598-4546

decentre redux: concerning artist-run culture now


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 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
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
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
cheyanne turions is an 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
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
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.



Book Launch | More Caught in the Act: an anthology of performance art by Canadian women

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More Caught in the Act: an anthology of performance art by Canadian women


The long-awaited second volume, More Caught in the Act: an anthology of performance art by Canadian women is an indispensable compendium of original research and writing on, and images of, Canadian women in performance art covering work made from 1990 to 2010. Like the first volume, Caught in the Act: an anthology of performance art by Canadian women (2004), this book gives readers a first-hand glimpse into this vibrant and largely under recognized subject in contemporary Canadian art history.

More Caught in the Act includes 29 comprehensive profiles of artists from across the country, along with five contextual essays that place current performance strategies by women within broader art historical and cultural contexts. Richly illustrated by a stunning colour cover and 264 black and white images, More Caught in the Act captures the depth and breadth of this exciting field.

Edited by Johanna Householder and Tanya Mars and designed by Zab Design & Typography, published by YYZBOOKS, Toronto and Artexte Editions, Montral and.

Read more about this publication HERE.


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Catalogue Launch: Gifts+Occupations Collective

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SATURDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 2016, 2:00PM 4:00 PM

The Gifts+Occupations Collective would like to invite you to the launch of their catalogue buildbuild better, which documents their project at the Historic Zion Schoolhouse in 2015.

A conversation/panel moderated by Shannon Gerrard with the members of the Gifts + Occupations Collective, will take place at 2pm.

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build… build better was an exhibition of site-sensitive installations by the Gifts & Occupations Collective. Transforming Historic Zion Schoolhouse, the project took up the legacy of Friedrich Froebel’s kinesthetic pedagogy and its influence on the development of aesthetic modernism. Exploring issues of experimentation and the necessity of failure in learning, build… build better used the modularity of children’s toys to revisit the significance of repetition in modern and contemporary practice.

Gifts + Occupations Collective acknowledges the support of the Toronto Arts Council through their Artists Animating Historic Sites and Museums programme, in collaboration with City of Toronto Historic Sites

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Call for Submissions: decentre redux: DEADLINE EXTENDED


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Submission deadline: October 20, 2016

Presented in partnership with Onsite Gallery at OCAD University

October 20th, 2016
Room 284, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto
It’s been 8 years since the publication of YYZBOOK’s title decentre: concerning artist-run culture | propos de centres d’artistes where we published 103 short responses to questions examining artist-run culture and its environment. We would like to hear your opinions again in preparation for a public talk organized in partnership with Onsite Gallery at OCAD University to happen this October.

You can answer any or all of these questions:

  1. What interests you most about artist-run culture today in 2016?
  2. What is the most innovative public programme, exhibition or event you have seen lately in an artist-run centre?
  3. What is the greatest challenge facing artists today within the artist-run milieu?
  4. How can artist-run centres better assist current artists’ practices?
  5. What are the failings of artist-run centres?
  6. What is your best experience in an artist-run centre (as an exhibiting artist, patron or cultural worker)? You don’t have to mention the name of the centre.
  7. What is your worst experience in an artist-run centre (as an exhibiting artist, patron or cultural worker)? You don’t have to mention the name of the centre.
  8. How can we reinvent/redefine artist-run centres?

Please send your responses, along with a very short bio and url of your personal website, if available, to by September 10, 2016. Responses will inform the discussion and will be included in a future publication.

YYZ thanks Vera Frenkel for suggesting this engagement as part of the work initiated by Onsite Gallery.

Onsite Gallery’s working group has provided ten Concrete Steps to Reinvent Publicly Funded Art Institutions as a possible institutional framework. Developed from workshops with community members in early 2016, the conversation was inspired by responses under the Twitter hashtag #museumsrespondtoferguson and, of course, many others who have invested much time, energy, and thought into this conversation over the years.


Change your mission and mandate to reflect your institution’s aim to contribute to the betterment of society. Reflect on who historically and currently decides what art is… and how value and excellence are placed.


Understand the colonial and class systems through which museums and public galleries were formed and the resulting systemic barriers today.


Get people of colour, ability, gender, sexuality, class and age on your staff, boards and as volunteers. Value that diversity creates excellence.


Review your programming and ask yourself if it reflects your community. Consider: cultural background, class, age, gender, ability, sexuality and different learning styles.


Don’t just make room for diverse programming, understand that different types of people need to become the decision-makers in publicly funded art galleries for these institutions to improve and evolve into spaces not yet envisioned.


Create different platforms for different types of people, ways of communicating and learning.


Link public galleries and their exhibitions and events to grassroots community initiatives and diversity of the city or town. Make the local matter.


Create public galleries as spaces for responding to current events as spaces beyond passive contemplation and reflecting.


Learn to work collaboratively, absorb and propagate the fact that decisions, project leads and input from diverse voices (from different realities) create better programming and institutional culture.


Making publicly funded art institutions more accessible spaces will take time, discomfort and learning from failure.

Representations: YYZ in the 80s

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We are excited to announce the launch of YYZ’s second online exhibition Representations: YYZ in the 80s which takes a look at our programming initiatives during our first decade. This exhibition is part of Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC), Community Memories program supported by Canadian Heritage.



Curator: Peter Joch

Special thanks to Ana Barajas, Mallory Wilkinson, Celeste Hayward, Melanie Lowe, and Kayla Yetman for their immense help and support.

Thanks to Elizabeth MacKenzie, Andy Patton,Sandra Meigs, Mark Lewis, and Philip Monk for their generous and unique insights on the content of the project.

Please note: Every reasonable effort has been made to contact the copyright for images and texts reproduced in this archive.

YYZ will gladly receive information that will enable errors or omissions to be rectified.